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2018-06-01 14:00 CEST
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Novartis completes sale of stake in consumer healthcare joint venture to GSK for USD13.0 billion

Basel, June 1, 2018 - Novartis AG ("Novartis") today announced the completion of the divestment to GlaxoSmithKline PLC ("GSK") of its 36.5 percent stake in a consumer healthcare joint venture (JV) for a total consideration of USD13.0 billion. The divestment was completed in accordance with the terms of the transaction announced on March 27, 2018 and brings to an end Novartis' participation in the JV, which was formed in 2015 as part of Novartis' portfolio transformation.

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Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic and biosimilar pharmaceuticals and eye care. Novartis has leading positions globally in each of these areas. In 2017, the Group achieved net sales of USD 49.1 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.0 billion. Novartis Group companies employ approximately 124,000 full-time-equivalent associates. Novartis products are sold in approximately 155 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com.

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