GSK completes partial sale of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings shares

Proceeds from the transaction will be used for general corporate purposes

GSK has agreed to the sale of 28.2 million ordinary shares in Aspen at a price of ZAR372 per share, raising gross proceeds of approximately ZAR10.5bn. Following settlement of the sale, GSK will hold 28.2 million ordinary shares in Aspen, representing approximately 6.2% of the issued share capital. GSK has undertaken not to dispose of any further shares in Aspen for a period of 180 days following completion, subject to certain limited exceptions

The gross proceeds of the transaction are equivalent to £574m at the prevailing exchange rate on 12 March 2015. Proceeds from the transaction will be used for general corporate purposes. The net profit on disposal will not be included in core operating profit and core earning per share (EPS) in 2015 and it is expected that GSK will no longer account for Aspen as an associate going forward.

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