Novartis completes divestiture of influenza vaccines business to CSL Limited for USD 275 million

Novartis today announced that it has completed effective July 31, 2015 the divestiture of its influenza vaccine unit to CSL Limited.

PRESS RELEASE

Basel, Switzerland, August 3, 2015

- Novartis today announced that it has completed effective July 31, 2015 the divestiture of its influenza vaccine unit to CSL Limited.

This marks the end of a series of transactions previously announced and completed,that are focusing Novartis on its three leading businesses of global scale - pharmaceuticals, generics and eye care.

Since April 2014, the influenza vaccines unit results have been reported under Discontinuing Operations in the Novartis consolidated financial statements.

Disclaimer

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