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GlaxoSmithKline PLC - GSK sells its holding in Hindustan Unilever

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GlaxoSmithKline PLC
07 May 2020



Issued: 7 May 2020, London UK - LSE


GSK sells its holding in Hindustan Unilever



On 1 April 2020 GlaxoSmithKline plc ("GSK") announced the completion of its divestment of Horlicks and other Consumer Healthcare nutrition products in India to Unilever, including the merger of its Indian listed entity, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited ("GSK India"), and Hindustan Unilever Limited ("HUL").  Through the merger of GSK India with HUL, GSK acquired a 5.7% stake in HUL, an Indian public company listed on the Indian National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). 


GSK has, through its subsidiaries GlaxoSmithKline Pte Limited and Horlicks Limited, today agreed to the sale of 133,772,044 ordinary shares in HUL at a volume-weighted average price of approximately Rs. 1,905 per share, raising gross proceeds of approximately Rs. 254.8 billion (the "Placing").  Following settlement of the sale, GSK will no longer hold any HUL shares.


When GSK originally announced the divestment of Horlicks in December 2018 the Company expected gross proceeds from the overall transaction to be approximately £3.1 billion and net proceeds to be approximately £2.4 billion after hedging costs, taxes and other expenses had been settled.  With the appreciation of HUL's share price since then, GSK now expects gross proceeds from the divestment to be £3.4 billion and net proceeds from the divestment to be £2.9 billion.  This includes the proceeds received on closing of the transaction on 1 April 2020 and the expected proceeds from the sale of our Bangladesh business, which is expected to close later this year.


HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Private Limited, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited and Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited are acting as joint placement agents for the Placing.


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Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements

GSK cautions investors that any forward-looking statements or projections made by GSK, including those made in this announcement, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described under Item 3.D "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2019 and any impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


This announcement does not constitute a prospectus or an offer or invitation to purchase securities. 


This announcement is only addressed to, and directed at, persons in member states of the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129).


In addition, in the United Kingdom, this announcement is not being distributed, nor has it been approved for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA"), by a person authorised under FSMA and is directed only at persons (i) who are persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments who fall within the definition of "investment professionals" in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order"), or (ii) persons who are high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, or (iii) other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated ("relevant persons"). Under no circumstances should persons who are not relevant persons rely or act upon the contents of this announcement. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates in the United Kingdom is available only to, and will be engaged only with, relevant persons.


This announcement is not an offer for sale of securities in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. GSK does not intend to register any part of the Placing in the United States or to conduct a public offering in the United States of the shares to which this announcement relates.


The Placing and the distribution of this announcement and other information in connection with the Placing in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. No action has been taken that would permit the Placing or distribution of this announcement in any jurisdiction where action for such purpose is required. Persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.


Morgan Stanley India Private Limited, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited and HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Private Limited (together, the "Placement Agents") are acting for GSK and for no one else in connection with the Placing and will not be responsible to anyone other than GSK for providing the protections afforded to their customers or for affording advice in relation to the Placing, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to in this announcement. The Placement Agents may participate in the Placing on a proprietary basis.


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