Spin-off of Alcon

Today, Novartis AG completed the spin-off of the Alcon eye care devices business, and Alcon Inc. debuted as independent publicly traded company. The Alcon shares were successfully listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd. and the New York Stock Exchange. They are also included in the Swiss Market Index (SMI), which comprises the 20 largest Swiss listed stocks.

The spin-off has been effected through a tax-neutral dividend-in-kind distribution of Alcon shares to holders of Novartis shares and ADRs that was previously approved by Novartis shareholders. It has been preceded by the complete legal and structural separation of the Alcon business into a standalone company through a series of transactions. Alcon is a global leader in eye care and the largest eye care device company in the world, with complementary businesses in surgical and vision care. In light of Alcon’s market capitalization of more than CHF 28bn (at close of trading on SIX Swiss Exchange), it was the largest spin-off and listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange in a decade at least.