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Evaluating Reckitts Surprise Bid for Schiff

Evaluating Reckitts Surprise Bid for Schiff

Higher prices & higher stakes for M&A in nutrition

The natural products industry voiced a collective “Huh? Who?” last No­vember when global consumer pack­aged goods giant Reckitt Benckiser came in at the 11th hour to snatch up Schiff Nutrition. For weeks, signs had pointed to Leverkusen, Germany-based Bayer as the acquirer. Bayer, already a power player in the consumer healthcare market, had laid out a healthy offer of roughly $1.1 billion, or $34 per share, to buy Salt

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