GSK spins off Haleon in biggest European listing for a decade

After close of trading today, GSK will consolidate its share price, returning it to roughly the same as before the demerger. — Reuters pic

After close of trading today, GSK will consolidate its share price, returning it to roughly the same as before the demerger. — Reuters pic

Monday, 18 Jul 2022 3:31 PM MYT

LONDON, July 18 — British drugmaker GSK spun off its consumer health business today in the biggest listing in Europe for more than a decade.

The new company, Haleon, becomes the world’s biggest standalone consumer health business, home to brands including Sensodyne toothpaste and Advil painkillers.

Haleon shares will trade under the ticker “HLN” on the London Stock Exchange today.

GSK, meanwhile, will become New GSK, focused solely on vaccines and prescription drugs. The new business has been buoyed by recent clinical trial successes, including its potential blockbuster RSV vaccine, and a cash boost from the consumer health spin-off.

With the split complete, all GSK shareholders receive one Haleon share for each GSK share they own.

Today, GSK shares will trade excluding the value of the consumer healthcare business, so its price will likely drop.

After close of trading today, GSK will consolidate its share price, returning it to roughly the same as before the demerger.

That will ensure the company’s earnings per share and share price can be confirmed with previous periods, it has said.

The ratio for the GSK share consolidation will depend on fluctuations in the volume and price of GSK shares during trading today, the company said. — Reuters