PARIS, March 24 L'Oreal said on Monday
it had signed the share purchase agreement selling to Nestle
its holding in dermatology joint venture Galderma, a
key step to completing its deal to buy back shares from the
Swiss food giant.
L'Oreal announced last month it would buy back for 6.5
billion euros ($9 billion) an 8 percent stake held by Nestle in
the French cosmetics group, loosening a 40-year partnership and
allowing both firms to boost earnings per share.
The deal hinged on the sale to Nestle of L'Oreal's holding
in their Galderma joint venture - which will leave Nestle with
100 percent of Galderma. This share purchase agreement was
signed on Friday, but completion of the sale remains conditional
to approval by the competition authorities, L'Oreal said in a
(Reporting by Natalie Huet; Editing by Andrew Callus)