NVS Stock Alert: Novartis Shareholders Approve Sandoz Spinoff


  • Novartis (NVS) stock is climbing after getting approval for a spinoff.
  • This will see it spinoff Sandoz into its own public company.
  • Sandoz hopes to challenge Pfizer (PFE) in the global biologics drugs market.
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Novartis (NYSE:NVS) stock is rising higher on Friday after the company announced approval for the spinoff of its generic drugs business Sandoz.

Novartis conducted a shareholder vote on Friday seeking approval for the spinoff of Sandoz. The company succeeded in getting investor support for the split. The spinoff of Sandoz would see investors hold 99.7% of represented capital in support of the separation. This will have investors get one share of Sandoz stock for every five shares of NVS that they hold.

Sandoz has a big focus on biosimilars. These are cheaper versions of biologics drugs that are created using modified living cells. The company currently has 25 of these drugs in its pipeline, with plans to launch an additional five over the long term.

Richard Saynor, the CEO of Sandoz, has high expectations for the company. He seeks to take over the top position of biosimilars from Pfizer (NYSE:PFE). While that’s a lofty goal, investors will note that Sandoz is already the second-largest maker of these drugs in the world.

NVS Stock Movement Today

Despite the spinoff news, shares of NVS stock aren’t seeing much activity today. As of this writing, only about 474,000 shares have changed hands. That’s still well below its daily average trading volume of about 1.4 million shares.

NVS stock is up 1.2% as of Friday morning.

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