GSK announces agreement in principle to increase its stake in GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria PLC

Monday 26 November 2012, London UK – LSE announcement

GlaxoSmithKline plc (“GSK”) (LSE: GSK) and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria PLC (“GSK Nigeria” or the “Company”) today announced that they have reached agreement in principle on the terms of a proposal whereby GSK would increase its ownership in the Company from 46.4% to 80% (the “Proposal”).  A minimum public shareholding of 20% is required for a company to maintain a listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.    

Under the terms of the Proposal, GSK would acquire approximately 321 million shares in the Company on a pro rata basis from public shareholders, at an offer price of NGN 48 per share.  It is intended that the Proposal be effected by way of a Scheme of Arrangement.

GSK Nigeria is engaged in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of a wide range of Consumer Healthcare brands including Panadol, Sensodyne, Horlicks and Lucozade.  In addition the Company also sells several pharmaceutical products including antibiotics such as Augmentin and vaccines.  Approximately 70% of the revenue is from Consumer Healthcare Brands and 30% from Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines.

The Proposal represents a premium of 28% to the Company’s closing share price on 23 November, 2012.  The total value of the transaction at the offer price is approximately NGN 15.4 billion (£62 million).

Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, Chairman, GSK Nigeria said: “The Board of Directors unanimously believes that the Proposal is in the best interests of the continued growth of the Company, the shareholders, employees and customers, the community and Nigeria and intends to recommend it to shareholders.”

David Redfern, Chief Strategy Officer, GSK said: “This Proposal to increase GSK’s ownership of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria reiterates our long term support of the Company’s strategy and our confidence in the continuing growth prospects of the business.”

The transaction will be funded through GSK’s existing cash resources, will be modestly earnings accretive immediately, and will not impact expectations for the Group’s long-term share buyback programme.

The Company generated turnover of over NGN 21.5 billion in 2011 with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the past four years of 21%. 

The Proposal will be subject to requisite shareholder, regulatory and Court approvals including those of The Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited is acting as financial adviser to GSK.

V A Whyte
Company Secretary
26 November 2012

Accounting information
GSK will continue to consolidate 100% of the results and net assets of GSK Nigeria, but the share of profits due to the non-controlling interests and the non-controlling interests balance in the balance sheet will both be lower after the transaction.  GSK will record no gain or loss on the acquisition, with the accounting entries being recorded in non-controlling interests and shareholders’ equity.

GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information please visit www.gsk.com

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Cautionary statements
Under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, GSK cautions investors that any forward-looking statements or projections made by GSK, including those made in this announcement, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that may affect GSK's operations are described under 'Risk factors' in the 'Financial review & risk' section in the GSK Annual Report 2011 included as exhibit 15.2 to the company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2011.

This announcement does not represent the announcement of a definitive agreement to proceed with the Proposal and accordingly, there can be no certainty that the Proposal will proceed.  GSK reserves the right not to proceed with the Proposal or to vary the terms of the Proposal in any way.

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities whether pursuant to this announcement or otherwise. The distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe such restrictions. Any failure to comply with the restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.

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