Where is Alcon’s corporate headquarters?

Alcon’s global headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Where was Alcon founded?

Alcon was founded in Fort Worth, TX in 1945 and continues to maintain Fort Worth as a major operational, commercial, and innovation hub.

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Where is Alcon incorporated?

Alcon is incorporated in the Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland.

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Who is Alcon’s independent auditor?

PricewaterhouseCoopers SA is the independent auditor for Alcon.

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When did Alcon go public?

Alcon was spun-off as an independently publicly-traded company on April 9, 2019 under the symbol “ALC”.

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What is Alcon’s CUSIP?

Alcon’s CUSIP number is: H01301 128

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What is Alcon’s Legal Entity Identifier, CFI Code and ISIN numbers?

Alcon’s ISIN number is ISIN - CH0432492467

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When does Alcon’s fiscal year end?

Alcon uses the 12-month calendar year, ending December 31, as its fiscal year.

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How many shares will I receive after the spin-off?

Novartis shareholders will receive one share of Alcon for every five Novartis shares or ADRs owned as of the close of trading on April 8, 2019.

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How are Alcon shares traded?

Alcon shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ALC”. As such, Alcon shares will be able to be traded and transferred across applicable borders without the need for conversion, with identical shares to be traded on different stock exchanges in different currencies.

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Does Alcon pay dividends?

Alcon currently expects that it will pay a regular cash dividend beginning in 2020 equivalent to approximately 10% of 2019 core net income. However, while the Alcon Board of Directors (the ‘‘Alcon Board’’) may, in its discretion, recommend the payment of a dividend in respect of each fiscal year, the declaration, timing, and amount of any dividends to be paid by Alcon following the spin-off will be subject to the approval of the Alcon shareholders at a General Meeting of shareholders.

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Who is Alcon’s transfer agent?

Computershare will act as registrar for the Alcon shares. Computershare Switzerland Ltd will act as the Alcon Swiss share registrar and Computershare Trust Company, N.A. will act as the Alcon U.S. share registrar and transfer agent.

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Does Alcon have a direct stock purchase plan?

Alcon does not have a direct stock purchase plan today.

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If I sold my Novartis shares before the day of the spin, but the trade settled on April 9, would I own Alcon shares?

No, you have to own Novartis shares as of the close of trading on April 8, 2019 to receive Alcon shares.

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Are there any restrictions when I can buy or sell shares?

There are no restrictions for investors. Investors can place orders on the SIX Swiss Exchange starting at 9:00 am Central European Summer Time, and on the New York Stock Exchange starting at 9:30 am Eastern Daylight Time. Alcon will start trading on the exchange at the market open.

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Will the number of Novartis shares or ADRs I own change as a result of the spin-off?

The number of Novartis shares or ADRs owned will not change as a result of the spin-off.

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When does Alcon trade on a “when issued” basis?

Alcon will not trade on a “when issued” basis.

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What happens to fractional shares that may result from the spin-off?

Shareholders will not receive fractional shares of Alcon, but instead will receive the cash equivalent.

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What will the cost basis be for my Alcon shares?

Please consult your broker to determine the cost basis of your shares.

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Is the distribution of Alcon shares considered tax-free income to all investors?

As discussed in the Form 20-F, the spin-off should qualify as a tax-neutral transaction for Swiss tax purposes and for nonrecognition of gain and loss under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Accordingly, except with respect to the receipt of cash in lieu of fractional shares or cash due to holders of physical shares certificates (Heimverwahrer) in certain circumstances, no gain or loss should be recognized by, or be includible in the income of, a Swiss Holder or a U.S. Holder as a result of the spin-off. Additionally, no Swiss withholding tax should apply on the distribution of Alcon shares in the spin-off. You are encouraged to consult with a tax professional regarding the tax treatment of this transaction.

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Will Novartis’s share price change significantly after the spin-off?

As a result of the spin-off, Novartis expects the trading prices of Novartis shares and ADRs at market open on April 9, 2019 to be lower than the trading prices at market close on April 8, 2019, but the shares and ADRs may be subject to other variables and trading conditions. There can be no assurance that the aggregate market value of the Novartis shares or ADRs and the Alcon shares following the spin-off will be higher than, equal to or lower than the market value of Novartis shares or ADRs if the spin-off did not occur.

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Whom should I contact regarding investor inquiries?

Contact Alcon Investor Relations by calling the following:

U.S.: +1-817-615-2789
International: + 41-589-112-110
Email: investor.relations@alcon.com

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Where can holders of Novartis ADRs get more information?

To get more information about the mechanics of the spin-off, please contact Computershare, the distribution agent for Alcon shares at the following numbers:

Computershare
U.S. Toll Free: +1 800 736 3001
International: +1 781 575 3100

Computershare Switzerland
+41 62 205 77 00

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Where can I find all of the SEC filings for Alcon? Where can I download and view quarterly and annual reports?

You can find information to our public filings on alcon.com/investors

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How can I exercise my voting rights to Alcon after the spin-off?

After the spin-off, each Alcon share will be entitled to one vote at any General Meeting of Alcon shareholders. However, voting rights may only be exercised for shares registered on the Alcon share register on the record date for the relevant General Meeting.

Alcon shareholders that hold their shares as book-entry shares via the SIX SIS or through the facilities of the DTC should contact their custodian, bank, broker or other nominee for more information on how to register and vote their Alcon shares following the spin-off.

Novartis shareholders registered on the Novartis share register will not automatically be registered on Alcon’s share register, but to facilitate prompt registration following the spin-off, Alcon will receive data from the Novartis share register. In case you do not want Alcon to receive your data from the Novartis share register, please contact the Novartis Share Registry during regular Swiss business hours by telephone at +41 61 324 7204 or by email at share.registry@novartis.com.

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