International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE: IFF) has agreed to purchase Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, a maker of ingredients for the cosmetics and personal care industry based in Québec City. IFF, a U.S. developer of flavours and fragrances used in consumer products, said it will pay about €283 million ($392 million) for the company, which is owned by Unipex Group Inc. The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter, follows the sale in April of Unipex Solutions Canada Inc to KODA Distribution Group. Headquartered in Paris, Unipex Group is a portfolio company of European private equity firm IK Investment Partners.
FF to Expand into Cosmetics Ingredients
Makes Binding Offer for the Acquisition of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics
June 12, 2015
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, today announced that it has made a binding offer for the acquisition of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, a business of Unipex Group. The transaction is structured as a binding offer in order to allow the seller to consult with its French works council prior to entering into the final purchase agreement. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015 and is subject to exclusivity protection.
“This acquisition would combine our fragrance expertise, global commercial network, leadership in natural ingredients, and unique R&D pipeline with Lucas Meyer Cosmetics’ research and cosmetics ingredients innovation”
Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, headquartered in Quebec City, Canada, with operations in France and Australia, develops, manufactures and markets innovative ingredients for the cosmetics and personal care industry. The Company offers proprietary active ingredients, functional ingredients and delivery systems that address health and wellness macro-trends in the beauty industry in both the developed and emerging markets.
“The addition of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics to the IFF portfolio aligns well with our strategic growth initiative to strengthen and expand our portfolio,” said IFF Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig. “The Company has a successful track record of delivering double-digit compounded annual sales growth since 2011 in a very attractive industry. We believe they will be an excellent complement to our existing portfolio and will strengthen our ability to achieve our Vision 2020 goals of accelerated growth and increased differentiation.”
“This acquisition would combine our fragrance expertise, global commercial network, leadership in natural ingredients, and unique R&D pipeline with Lucas Meyer Cosmetics’ research and cosmetics ingredients innovation,” added Nicolas Mirzayantz, Group President Fragrances. “This will strengthen our product offerings and enable IFF to be one of our customers’ partners of choice in the very attractive skin care and hair care segment. We’re looking forward to welcoming Lucas Meyer Cosmetics’ employees to IFF.”
“We believe IFF is the preferred partner for Lucas Meyer Cosmetics’ future development while preserving the continuity of the world-class, innovative and market-driven cosmetic ingredient expertise built over the years by our dedicated and loyal employees,” said Antonio Lara, Vice President and General Manager of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics.
Under the terms of the offer, IFF will pay approximately €283 million. The transaction, which will be funded from existing resources, is expected to add revenues of approximately €40 million on an annualized basis.
Morgan Stanley & Co. is acting as financial advisor to IFF, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is acting as legal advisor.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including IFF’s expectations and beliefs (i) that its binding offer will be accepted, (ii) regarding the timing of the closing of the acquisition; (iii) that the acquisition, if consummated, will accelerate IFF’s growth and increase its differentiation, (iv) regarding the impact of the acquisition, if consummated, on IFF’s future financial and operational results including its future product offerings and (v) regarding the future growth of the cosmetics and personal care industry and statements containing the words such as “anticipate,” “approximate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “could,” “should,” “will,” “intend,” “may” and other similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and stockholders and other potential investors must recognize that actual results may differ materially from IFF’s expectations as a result of a variety of factors, including, without limitation, the risks discussed below and those set forth in IFF’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
These statements involve risks and uncertainties related to IFF’s acquisition of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics include, but are not limited to, (i) whether Lucas Meyer Cosmetics will accept the offer and execute a binding purchase agreement, (ii) the ability and willingness of both parties to satisfy the conditions precedent and to close the transaction in the expected timeframe, (iii) the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, cost savings and synergies from the acquisition, (iv) costs and difficulties related to the integration of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics with IFF businesses and operations, (v) unexpected costs or liabilities, resulting from the acquisitions, (vi) the inability to retain key personnel, (vi) potential adverse reactions, changes to business relationships or competitive responses resulting from the acquisition, (vii) the ability of IFF to recognize the anticipated financial and operational benefits of the acquisition and (viii) other macroeconomic factors that could impact the growth of the cosmetics and personal care industry.
IFF disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to announce publicly the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products. Consumers experience these unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty care, detergents and household goods, as well as beverages, sweet goods and food products. IFF leverages its competitive advantages of consumer insight, research and development, creative expertise and customer intimacy to provide customers with innovative and differentiated product offerings. A member of the S&P 500 Index, IFF has more than 6,200 employees working in 32 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at www.iff.com; follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Michael DeVeau, 212-708-7164
VP, Global Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
Denise Gillen, 212-515-7308
Manager, Fragrances Communications
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