Merger & Acquisition Pace Accelerates in Nutritional Products and Consumer Healthcare Industries No Slow Down Seen in 2005

Health Business Partners Merger & Acquisition Market Update and Conference Call
Scheduled for 4:00 PM EST February 8, 2004

Warwick, RI, February 3, 2005 – Health Business Partners, LLC (HBP) today announced that it will be hosting a conference call on February 8, 2005 at 4:00 PM EST to share the highlights from its Merger & Acquisition Market Update Report covering the Nutrition and Consumer Healthcare industries. The report identifies an upswing of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, rising transaction multiples and a significant influx of buyers.

“The supplement segment of the Nutritional Products industry has not been this hot since 1998 – it is once again a good time to be a seller,” said Mike Chase, Managing Director of HBP. “The healthy and functional foods segment is exploding with interest from buyers – fast growing, branded properties with critical mass of sales are earning a premium over the market for comparable properties.”

According to Roy Bingham, Managing Director at HBP, “Now more than ever, we see strong growth rewarded with higher transaction premiums. The influx of private equity firms offering attractive deal terms including recapitalizations has provided added competition to strategic buyers across segments and up and down the value chain”

Each year, HBP compiles an update on M&A activity and an assessment of the environment for M&A deals in the Nutrition and Consumer Healthcare industries. In addition to a written report, which is available upon request, the firm is hosting a conference call to discuss the report in further detail on February 8, 2005 at 4:00 PM EST.

Owners and executives interested in participating in the conference call, should contact Mike Chase at 401-885-4670 or at [email protected]. Access to and absolutely confidential participation in the conference call is extended to qualified industry participants.

Founded in 1997, HBP ( is a leading boutique investment bank providing merger and acquisition services to buyers and sellers of businesses across the entire value chain of healthy, natural or organic foods and beverages, nutraceuticals and nutritional supplements, and OTC, personal and self-care products. Their typical transaction size range is $5 million to $100 million.


Roy Bingham
[email protected]
Mike Chase
[email protected]
(401) 885-4670

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