Hain Celestial completes strategic acquisition in the UK

Hain Celestial completes strategic acquisition in the UK

Company acquires market-leading brands including Hartley's and Sun-Pat from Premier Foods.  

The Hain Celestial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a leading natural and organic products company providing consumers with A Healthy Way of Life™, today announced the closing of the acquisition of Premier Foods plc's portfolio of market-leading packaged grocery brands including Hartley's®, Sun–Pat®, Gale's®, Robertson's®, and Frank Cooper's®—with peanut butter, honey, jams, fruit and jelly, marmalade and chocolate product offerings—along with its Histon manufacturing base in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial's earnings beginning with the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. The Company estimates that net sales during the eight month period from closing to June 30, 2013 will approximate $180 million with accretion in earnings per diluted share during that period approximating $0.25 before acquisition related charges. Consideration consisted of £170 million in cash and 836,426 shares of Hain Celestial common stock.

The business being acquired generated over $250 million in sales in its last fiscal year, of which approximately 60 percent were branded products, and will become part of the Hain Daniels Group. Hain Daniels Group, wholly owned by Hain Celestial, was established in October 2011 following the acquisition of The Daniels Group. Hain Daniels makes and sells fresh food and drinks in eight chilled and frozen food categories under leading brands including the New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Johnson's Juice Co.®, Linda McCartney®, Farmhouse Fare® and Lovetub®.

"This acquisition furthers our goal to expand in the United Kingdom and positions the newly expanded Hain Daniels business in the top 40 of all food and beverage suppliers in the UK," commented Irwin Simon, founder, president and CEO of Hain Celestial. "We expect to leverage the loyal customer base from Hartley's, Sun-Pat, Gale's, Robertson's, Frank Cooper's and Rose's with our existing global brands including Rice Dream®, Celestial Seasonings®, Earth's Best®, Terra® Chips and Sensible Portions® in the United Kingdom marketplace."

"Our mission at Hain Daniels is to offer our customers and the consumer relevant, convenient, inspiring and innovative branded fruit and vegetable solutions for a wide variety of consumption occasions. We believe creating an Ambient Grocery Division through the acquisition and integration of these Premier Foods brands with its experienced workforce will strengthen this proposition," added Rob Burnett, CEO of Hain Daniels.


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