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Kroger to sell specialty pharmacy business

Kroger is selling its specialty pharmacy business to CarelonRx, a subsidiary of Elevance Health.

Kroger has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its specialty pharmacy business to CarelonRx, a subsidiary of Elevance Health.

"Kroger Specialty Pharmacy has been part of our company since 2012, and we want to thank our management team and associates for their enduring commitment to their patients," said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. "As part of our regular review of assets, it became clear that our strong specialty pharmacy business unit will better meet its full potential outside of our business. One of the most important considerations was continued operations to ensure minimal disruption to our associates and patients. We are confident this transaction will help the business to grow and deliver better results for patients. We look forward to working toward a smooth transition for associates and patients."

The retailer's specialty pharmacy serves patients with chronic illness that requires complex care. Skilled clinicians and superior therapy programs allow patients and prescribers to benefit from education and resources, counseling, side effect management, financial assistance, personalized care and administrative expertise. The specialty pharmacy business supports patients facing diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, growth hormone deficiencies, multiple sclerosis and bleeding disorders.

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Kroger Specialty Pharmacy is separate from other Kroger Family of Pharmacies, including in-store retail pharmacies and The Little Clinics, and therefore in-store retail pharmacies and The Little Clinics are not included in this transaction.

This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the second half of 2024; it is not expected to have an impact on Kroger's 2024 guidance.

RBC Capital Markets is serving as financial advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer are serving as legal advisors to Kroger.

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