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GSK completes transaction with Pfizer

August 01, 2019 / Anna Smith

GlaxoSmithKline GSK has announced the completion of its transaction with Pfizer to combine their consumer healthcare businesses into a world-leading joint venture. Under the terms GSK has a controlling equity interest of 68 Percent and Pfizer has an equity interest of 32 Percent in the venture, which brings together the two highly complementary portfolios of consumer health brands, including GSKs Sensodyne, Voltaren and Panadol and Pfizers Advil, Centrum and Caltrate. Following the announcement, the joint venture will focus on completing the integration of the two businesses, which is expected to realise annual cost savings of £0.5 billion by 2022 for expected total cash costs of £0.9 billion and non-cash charges of £0.3 billion. The companies also stated that up to 25% of the cost savings are intended to be reinvested in the business to support innovation and other growth opportunities. Brian McNamara, chief executive officer at GSK Consumer Healthcare, said that now...