March 22, 2019 / 6:24 AM / 3 months ago

REFILE-Novartis says listing of Alcon eye care business expected on April 9

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BERLIN, March 22 (Reuters) - Shares in Alcon, the eye care business being spun-off by Novartis, are expected to start trading on April 9 on the Swiss Market and the New York Stock Exchange, Novartis said on Friday.

"Alcon obtained approval for listing on SIX Swiss Exchange and New York Stock Exchange," Novartis said in a statement, adding that Alcon would enter the SMI, Switzerlands blue-chip stock index, on its first trading day.

Novartis added Alcon had secured debt financing of $3.5 billion, adding that Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS AG were advising Novartis on the transaction. (Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, Editing by Tassilo Hummel)

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