Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
Invitation to Novartis Extraordinary General Meeting on September 15, 2023, and Shareholder Information Brochure issued
Sandoz Listing Prospectus published
Proposed distribution of a dividend-in-kind of Sandoz shares to Novartis shareholders: one Sandoz share for every five Novartis shares and one Sandoz ADR for every five Novartis ADRs
Sandoz Spin-off planned to occur on or around October 4, 2023
Basel, August 18, 2023 — Novartis today issued the invitation to an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Novartis shareholders, scheduled to take place on September 15, 2023, in relation to the proposed 100% Spin-off of Sandoz, the Generics and Biosimilars business of Novartis.
At the EGM, shareholders of Novartis will vote on two proposals:
A special distribution by Novartis AG of a dividend-in-kind to effect the Spin-off of Sandoz Group AG
A reduction of the share capital of Novartis AG in connection with the Spin-off of Sandoz Group AG
The EGM has been called after the Novartis Board of Directors unanimously endorsed and recommended that shareholders approve the proposed separation of Sandoz via a Spin-off.
This is a key step in the separation process, which was initiated in August 2022 when Novartis announced its intention to separate the Sandoz business to create an independent company by way of a 100% Spin-off. Novartis is confident that the Spin-off is in the best interests of shareholders, creating a European champion and a global leader in Generics and Biosimilars, and a more focused Novartis. Looking ahead, both companies would be able to focus on maximizing value creation for their shareholders by prioritizing capital and resource allocation, employing separate capital structure policies, and increasing management focus on their respective business needs.
Further information issued today on Sandoz and the proposed Spin-off includes:
Shareholder Information Brochure General Meetings | novartis
Listing Prospectus (published by Sandoz) https://www.sandoz.com/prospectus
A supplement with Sandoz H1 2023 combined and pro forma financial statements is planned to be published in early September.
If Novartis shareholders approve the proposed special distribution at the EGM, the Spin-off will be implemented through the distribution of a dividend-in-kind of Sandoz shares to Novartis shareholders, and of Sandoz ADRs (American Depositary Receipts) to Novartis ADR holders.
Novartis shareholders and Novartis ADR holders will receive:
1 Sandoz Share for every 5 Novartis Shares
1 Sandoz ADR for every 5 Novartis ADRs
The Spin-off is expected to be tax neutral for Swiss tax and US federal income tax purposes.
Additional Transaction Details
The proposed 100% Spin-off of Sandoz is planned to occur on or around October 4, 2023. The Novartis Shareholder Information Brochure includes an indicative timeline of the next steps for the proposed Sandoz Spin-off.
Sandoz is planned to be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, with an ADR program in the US. The ADRs will not be listed on a US national securities exchange.
In addition to Novartis shareholder approval, completion of the proposed Sandoz Spin-off is subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, including receipt of the necessary approvals for the listing of the Sandoz shares, no event outside of the control of Novartis preventing the Spin-off and no material adverse change. There can be no assurance regarding the ultimate timing of the proposed transaction or that the transaction will be completed.
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