It is a difficult time for investors
Johnson & Johnson
who need to decide soon about participating in it J&J’s $40 billion exchange offer To participate in
J&J’s consumer health activity in May,
The offer ends Friday, August 18, but many brokerages want retail customers of Johnson & Johnson (Ticker JNJ) to give instructions before that date. Charles Schwab (SCHW) and TD Ameritrade customers, for example, need to issue instructions by the end of the day on Monday either by phone or online.
The pricing period for the exchange offer begins on Monday and continues through Wednesday in detailAvailable online. J&J shares were down 0.5% Monday at $172.97 while Kenvue (KVUE) was down 2.6% at $23.12. Based on current prices, J&J owners should receive eight Kenvue shares for every J&J share. The exact percentage will be announced on Thursday.
J&J holders must choose to participate in the exchange offering, or split as the tax-free exchange is known on Wall Street. This makes it unlike a subsidiary company, where the owners of the parent company automatically get the shares. J&J owners can trade in all, part, or none of their possessions for Kenvue inventory. If they do nothing, they will keep all of their J&J stock. J&J has an extension Online investor question and answer Extensive details are available on page 400 plus Kenvue S-4.
Clients at Fidelity Investments have until the end of Thursday to issue their instructions. The Company will handle the guidance on a best effort basis on Friday to 2 p.m. ET. Fidelity clients need to have inventory in their brokerage accounts to make the swap and this may be the case for other companies.
It’s also available to Merrill customers until the end of Thursday (5 p.m. ET). Barron He was unable to set a deadline on
Merrill and Morgan Stanley retail customers must contact their financial advisors if they wish to participate. Fidelity customers can use the phone, while Schwab customers can run elections online or over the phone.
“Don’t wait too long if you want to replace JNJ with Kenvue,” says Adam P. Cohen, MD, of West Hartford, Conn. CPA. He has dealt with three different account brokerage firms that own Johnson & Johnson. He expects the instruction-making process to take more time on the phone later this week.
Under an offer announced July 24, Johnson & Johnson is allowing its investors to exchange their stock for Kenvue stock. J&J is willing to exchange 1.5 billion Kenvue shares for J&J shares and possibly as much as 1.7 billion, or roughly 90% of Kenvue, which owns popular brands like Band-Aid, Listerine and Tylenol.
J&J holders have a financial incentive to barter with the company offering Kenvue stock at an effective 7% discount to the market price. J&J holders expect to receive approximately $107.50 in Kenvue stock for $100 in J&J stock.
Oversubscription is expected to increase supply, with the result being that J&J holders will have to be prorated, meaning they will be able to swap only a portion of their J&J stock for Kenvue. Proportionality is difficult to predict, but is expected to be in the 20% to 40% range, in line with the proportionality in previous deals such as
(GE) stock exchange offer
(SYF) in 2015, which proportionately reached 30%. J&J’s exchange offering is the largest ever, and is twice the size of GE’s offering.
J&J holders of “single lots” of 99 shares or less who agree to exchange all of their shares will be able to fully participate in the offering and will not be prorated. This feature can make the barter profitable for retail investors.
Far from retail investors, the show attracts interest from Wall Street editors who buy J&J stock and short Kenvue to get the spread. Index funds and active managers are also considering whether or not to participate. One reason to do the swap is that Kenvue will be added to the
Standard & Poor’s 500
After the show is complete.
Cohen says diversification is another reason investors should get involved. J&J holders now effectively own a portion of Kenvue. By making the election to exchange JNJ shares for Kenvue, shareholders can continue to hold a position in the spin-off company. J&J will retain its large pharmaceutical and medical device business following the transaction.
Another reason to get involved is that reviewers have put pressure on Kenvue stock, which is down more than 5% since announcing plans to show up on J&J’s July earnings conference call. Kenvue stock is near a 52-week low and is down from a peak of about 28. dollars. Based on GE’s precedent, Kenvue could soar after the swap offering is completed.
Kenvue is trading at about 18 times estimated earnings for 2023 and yielding 3.5%, while J&J is bringing in about 16 times estimated earnings for 2023 and yielding 2.7%. Kenvue’s high price/earnings ratio reflects the stability of its business and the durability of its brands.
One new wrinkle is that the exchange ratio is close to a cap, which means that if J&J rises in value much more, or Kenvue falls even more, J&J holders will receive less than $107.50 in Kenvue for every $100 of J&J shares. The cap is about 8.05 Kenvue shares per J&J share, and that ratio is now about 8 based on current prices, Barron estimates.
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