Bausch Health is getting closer to completing its separation from Bausch + Lomb Corporation.
The company has transferred common shares in an amount equal to approximately 38.6% of the issued and outstanding shares of Bausch + Lomb to an existing wholly-owned unrestricted subsidiary of the company.
Common shares in an amount equal to approximately 50.1% of Bausch + Lomb continue to be held by a wholly-owned restricted subsidiary of the company, and Bausch + Lomb itself remains a restricted subsidiary of the company. The company, through its subsidiaries, continues to hold the same number of shares of Bausch + Lomb as it did prior to the Internal Transfer, which in the aggregate comprises approximately 88.7% of the issued and outstanding shares of Bausch + Lomb.
The Internal Transfer is consistent with the Company's commitment to the separation of Bausch + Lomb and provides the Company with strategic flexibility while it evaluates all relevant factors and considerations relating to the separation of Bausch + Lomb. Further, the Company has engaged Houlihan Lokey and White & Case LLP as financial and legal advisors, respectively, to assist the Company in evaluating potential strategic alternatives.
The separation of Bausch + Lomb is contingent on the expiry of customary lockups related to the initial public offering of Bausch + Lomb, the achievement of targeted debt leverage ratios and the receipt of applicable shareholder and other necessary approvals.