Casa Saba to sell pharma retail arm to Alliance Boots for $638 mln

MEXICO CITY Tue May 6, 2014 9:32am EDT

MEXICO CITY May 6 (Reuters) - Mexican company Grupo Casa Saba said on Tuesday it had agreed the sale of its pharmacy retail business to European retailer Alliance Boots for 8.3 billion Mexican pesos ($638.07 million).

The transaction requires Alliance to launch a tender offer for the shares of Farmacias Ahumada S.A., which trade on the Chilean stock exchange, Casa Saba said in a statement.

Farmacias Ahumada has over 1,400 stores across Mexico and Chile and is also the franchise licensee for GNC, a chain of health consumer products in Chile and Brazil, it added.

Alliance Boots, which runs Europe's largest pharmacy chain, is 45 percent owned by U.S.-based Walgreen Co.

($1 = 13.0080 Mexican Pesos) (Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom)

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