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01.23.13 CWC Q4 2012 Health and Wellness M&A and Financing Report


This report is prepared as a courtesy to the Health and Wellness business community by Columbia West Capital based on our research and information collected by our firm. Despite our dedicated efforts, occasionally a deal might be missed or appropriate credit not given to legal or financial advisors. Please feel free to contact us if you have information on a transaction that you want to assure is included and credit attributed to appropriate advisors.   

M&A - Strategic

10/5/2012 Vantage Specialty Chemicals acquired Desert Whale Jojoba Company, Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Vantage Specialty Chemicals manufactures specialty chemicals and intermediates and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Desert Whale Jojoba Company grows, produces, and supplies raw materials to the cosmetics and personal care industries and is based in Tucson, Arizona.   

11/1/2012 The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NasdaqGS:HAIN) signed a letter of intent to acquire BluePrint. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Hain Celestial Group manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells natural and organic products and is based in Melville, New York. BluePrint manufactures and distributes organic cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices and is based in New York, New York.   

12/8/2012 Rocket Farms, Inc. acquired Agriventures USA, Inc. from The Riverside Company. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  Rocket Farms operates as a nursery company and is based in Salinas, California. Agriventures, doing business as HerbThyme Farms, Inc., grows, ships, and markets conventional and certified organic fresh culinary herbs in the United States and is based in Perrysburg, Ohio.     

12/17/2012 Reckitt Benckiser LLC completed its acquisition of Schiff Nutrition International Inc. (NYSE:SHF) for $1.5 billion. Reckitt Benckiser manufactures household, health and personal care, and food products under a variety of brands. Reckitt Benckiser is based in Parsippany, New Jersey. Schiff Nutrition develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes vitamins, nutritional supplements, and nutrition bars in the United States and internationally and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.     

12/19/2012 The Coca Cola Company invested in Fair Oaks Farms Brands LLC. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Coca Cola engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Fair Oaks produces the Core Power high protein milk shake and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.   

12/19/2012 Continental Mills Inc. has acquired Sun Country Foods Inc. fromBrynwood Partners. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Continental Mills engages in the manufacturing and distribution of dry bakery mix products worldwide and is based in Seattle, Washington. Country Foods manufactures and markets Kretschmer wheat germ brand and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.   

12/19/2012 NBTY Inc. has acquired Balance Bar Company from Brynwood Partners for $78.0 million. The Balance Bar Company provides energy and nutrition bars and is based in Valhalla, New York. NBTY is the leading U.S. supplement manufacturer and is based in Ronkonkoma, New York.   

12/19/2012 ChromaDex Corporation has acquired Spherix Consulting Inc.The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ChromaDex supplies products and services to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries and is based in Irvine, California. Spherix provides scientific and regulatory consulting services for suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of a wide range of select foods and is based in Washington, D.C. 

12/21/2012 Royal DSM N.V. (ENXTAM:DSM) acquired Fortitech, Inc. fromTrilantic Capital Management LLC and other shareholders for $634.0 million in cash. Royal DSM operates as a life sciences and materials sciences company worldwide and is based in Heerlen, the Netherlands. Fortitech engages in the development and manufacturing of custom nutrient premixes for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries and is based in Schenectady, New York.