Albertsons and Rite Aid announced yesterday that the companies plan to merge into a new publicly traded entity with an estimated $83 billion in annual sales. It is expected that the deal will close during the second half of the calendar year.
Here are some of the details of the planned merger:
- Albertsons’ private food label products will be sold in Rite Aid stores, and most Albertsons pharmacies will be rebranded as Rite Aid.
- The new company will operate about 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington D.C. It will service more than 40 million customers per week.
- The name of the company has not been determined, but it will have dual headquarters – Albertsons’ current home in Boise, ID, and Rite Aid’s current home in Camp Hill, PA.
- Rite Aid’s John Standley will become CEO of the combined company, and Albertsons’ Bob Miller will serve as Chairman.
- The company says it is too soon to determine if any overlapping stores will close. In the Greater Philadelphia market, both Albertsons (Acme Markets) and Rite Aid have a strong presence.
- According to Burt Flickinger III, managing director at the Strategic Research Group, “(Rite Aid) will get Albertsons distribution power and they both have good distribution centers. It is a strategic triumph for Albertsons, and whereas Kroger is selling off assets like convenience stores, Albertsons is profitably growing and making strategic acquisitions.”
- In exchange for every 10 shares of Rite Aid common stock, Rite Aid shareholders will have the right to elect to receive either one share of Albertsons Companies stock plus $1.83 in cash, or 1.079 shares of Albertsons Companies stock. Depending on the result of the election, Rite Aid shareholders will own a 28% – 30% stake in the combined company.
- Walgreens and Rite Aid planned to merge last year, but the deal encountered resistance from the FTC and fell apart. Shortly thereafter, Walgreens agreed to acquire 1,932 Rite Aid stores and select distribution centers. According to Bloomberg, the newly formed company will have fewer pharmacy counters than Rite Aid did before it agreed to sell the stores to Walgreens.