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Canada's Sagard has agreed to sell its majority stake in France's largest drugstore chain.

Sagard to Sell French Drugstore Chain

Canadian asset management firm Sagard plans to sell France’s largest drugstore chain to a French consortium headed by global investment giant Ardian.

Ardian announced the group’s intention to buy Aprum Pharmacie through the acquisition of Montreal-based Sagard’s majority stake in the chain’s parent, Healthy Group. The deal’s completion is subject to “prior information and consultation with Healthy Group’s employee representative bodies,” Ardian said in a news release.

The buyers include bank Bpifrance and institutional investor MACSF. Healthy Group CEO Emmanuel Schoffler and the management team will reinvest in the company.

Aprium has about 470 pharmacies across France.

Sagard has held shares in Healthy Group since its inception in 2016 and invested in the development of Aprium, which has recorded about €1.6 billion in sales.

Photo: Aprium Pharmacie

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