(Reuters) – Walgreens Boots Alliance, one of the largest U.S. pharmacies, said on Thursday it has sold some of its shares in drug distributor AmerisourceBergen Corp for $694 million and will primarily use the proceeds to pay down debt.
AmerisourceBergen will repurchase about $50 million of its common stock from Walgreens in this transaction, the U.S. drugstore chain said, adding that its ownership of AmerisourceBergen’s common stock would remain at 17%.
The Deerfield, Illinois-based company sold AmerisourceBergen shares for $1 billion last December, cutting its ownership from 20%.
The share sale has no impact on the long-term partnership between the two companies, Walgreens said.
(Reporting by Rishabh Jaiswal in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)