Chattem Acquires 5 Leading Johnson & Johnson Brands Rights for Over $400 Million
Chattem, Inc., a leading marketer and manufacturer of branded consumer products, recently announced the closing of its previously announced agreement to acquire the U.S. rights to five leading consumer and over-the-counter ("OTC") brands from Johnson & Johnson for $410 million in cash.
With the acquisition, Chattem's diverse portfolio of high quality brands has now been expanded to include the following additional brands: KAOPECTATE, an anti-diarrhea product; and BALMEX, a diaper rash product; ACT, an anti-cavity mouthwash/mouth rinse; UNISOM, an OTC sleep aid; CORTIZONE, a hydrocortisone anti-itch product. The acquired brands were divested in connection with the recent acquisition by Johnson & Johnson of Pfizer Inc.'s Consumer Healthcare business and certain regulatory requirements in connection with that acquisition.
“We are very excited to add these leading brands to the Company's existing portfolio of quality products,” said Zan Guerry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chattem. “With the tremendous cooperation of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc., we have worked very hard over the past several months to help ensure a smooth transition of ownership and remain very excited about the growth potential of these brands.”
The acquisition was funded in part with the proceeds from a new $300 million term loan provided by Bank of America pursuant to a Fifth Amendment to and restatement of its Credit Agreement, with the remaining funds principally being provided through the use of a portion of the proceeds derived from Chattem's previously announced sale of 2% Convertible Senior Notes due 2013.
Chattem, Inc. is a leading marketer and manufacturer of a broad portfolio of branded OTC healthcare products, toiletries and dietary supplements. The Company's products target niche market segments and are among the market leaders in their respective categories across food, drug and mass merchandisers. The Company's portfolio of products includes well-recognized brands such as Icy Hot(R), Gold Bond(R), Selsun Blue(R), Garlique(R), Pamprin(R) and BullFrog(R). Chattem conducts a portion of its global business through subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada.
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