Read Cigna's Official Announcement of Express Scripts Acquisition

March 08, 2018 - 6:19 am

Cigna to Acquire Express Scripts for $67 Billion

  • Drives greater affordability and connectivity with customers and their health care providers, while making health care simpler
  • Creates an expanded portfolio of health services with greater choice, alignment and value across a proven services platform
  • Expands distribution of health services for employers, health plans and government agencies
  • Delivers first year double digit earnings per share accretion and enhances Cigna’s revenue and earnings growth

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. & ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ: ESRX) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Cigna will acquire Express Scripts in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $67 billion, including Cigna's assumption of approximately $15 billion in Express Scripts debt. The merger consideration will consist of $48.75 in cash and 0.2434 shares of stock of the combined company per Express Scripts share. The transaction was approved by the board of directors of each company. 

 “Cigna’s acquisition of Express Scripts brings together two complementary customer-centric services companies, well-positioned to drive greater quality and affordability for customers,” said David M. Cordani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cigna. “This combination accelerates Cigna’s enterprise mission of improving the health, well-being and sense of security of those we serve, and in turn, expanding the breadth of services for our customers, partners, clients, health plans and communities. Together, we will create an expanded portfolio of health services, delivering greater consumer choice, closer alignment between the customer and health care provider, and more personalized value. This combination will create significant benefits to society and differentiated shareholder value.”

“First and foremost, we believe this transaction delivers attractive value to the Express Scripts shareholders" said Tim Wentworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Express Scripts. Regarding the combination of Cigna and Express Scripts, Mr. Wentworth noted, "Together, our two organizations will help make the healthiest choices the easiest choices, putting health and pharmacy services within reach of everyone we serve. Adding our company's leadership in pharmacy and medical benefit management, technology-powered clinical solutions, and specialized patient care model to Cigna’s track record of delivering value through innovation, we are positioned to transform healthcare. We will continue to have a distinct focus at Express Scripts and eviCore on partnering with health plans, and together, build tailored solutions for health plans and their members. Importantly, this agreement is a testament to the work of our team and their resolute focus on providing the best care to patients, and the most value to clients.”

Compelling Strategic Benefits

  • Expanded Consumer Choice. Offering a full suite of medical, behavioral, specialty pharmacy and other health engagement services accessible across a wide array of retail and online distribution channels, providing optionality for all customers. This will position the combined company to deliver superior services, responding fully to the dynamic needs of our customers and clients, which will drive long-term value creation for shareholders.
  • Patient-Provider Alignment. Using a broad and proven network of delivery system partnerships to drive the combined company’s role as the connective tissue between individuals and their health care providers, providing a more coordinated approach to an individual’s health care journey, reducing complexity and creating better outcomes.
  • Personalized Value. Making health care simpler for consumers by harnessing actionable insights and predictive analytics, maximizing adoption of evidence-based care and delivering industry-leading innovation and medical technology to support care decisions.

Terms of the Agreement

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, the transaction consideration will consist of $48.75 in cash and 0.2434 shares of stock of the combined company per Express Scripts share, or $54 billion in the aggregate. Upon closing of the transaction, Cigna shareholders will own approximately 64% of the combined company and Express Scripts shareholders will own approximately 36%. The consideration represents an approximately 31% premium to Express Scripts’ closing price of $73.42 on March 7, 2018.

Upon closing, the combined company will be led by David M. Cordani as President and CEO. Tim Wentworth will assume the role of President, Express Scripts. The combined company’s board will be expanded to 13 directors, including four independent members of the Express Scripts board.

The combined company will be named Cigna. Cigna's headquarters in Bloomfield, Connecticut, will become the headquarters for the combined company, and Express Scripts will be headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. At closing, the combined company will make an incremental investment of $200 million in its charitable foundation, to support the communities in which it operates, and with the continued focus on improving societal health.

Financing, Closing and Approvals

Cigna intends to fund the cash portion of the transaction consideration through a combination of cash on hand, assumed Express Scripts debt and new debt issuance and Cigna has obtained fully committed debt financing from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition. Upon completion of the transaction, Cigna is expected to have debt of approximately $41.1 billion. Cigna expects to have a debt-to-capitalization ratio of approximately 49% following the acquisition, and aims to achieve a ratio in the 30’s within 18 to 24 months after the transaction closes. Cigna expects to maintain its investment grade ratings.

The transaction, which is expected to be completed by December 31, 2018, is subject to the approval of Cigna and Express Scripts shareholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. Until the closing, Cigna and Express Scripts will continue to operate as independent companies.


Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as sole financial advisor and provided a fairness opinion to the Cigna Board of Directors, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal counsel and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as regulatory counsel to Cigna. Centerview Partners LLC and Lazard Frères & Co. LLC are acting as financial advisors, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel and Holland & Knight LLP is serving as regulatory counsel to Express Scripts.

Joint Conference Call

Cigna and Express Scripts will host a joint conference call today at 8:00 a.m. EST. A link to the conference call is available in the Investor Relations sections of Cigna’s and Express Scripts’ websites located at and