Nestlé and Alcon: The Value of A Listing

(w/ A. Sjöman and V. Dessain) HBS Case 205-056.

In response to a perceived undervaluation by the capital markets, Nestle is considering divesting a part of its ophthalmology subsidiary, Alcon, and must decide on a listing location. In the process, students are challenged to wrestle with the valuation of a conglomerate, the tradeoffs involved in listing in the United States versus Europe, and the incentive and tax consequences of that listing decision.