One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co. have closed their previously announced acquisition of Stamford, Connecticut-based Nestlé Waters North America, a provider of bottled water. The seller was Nestlé S.A. No financial terms were disclosed. In conjunction with this transaction, Dean Metropoulos has been appointed chairman and interim CEO of NWNA. BofA Securities Inc and RBC Capital Markets LLC were financial advisors to One Rock on the deal.
NEW YORK, March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — One Rock Capital Partners, LLC (“One Rock”), in partnership with Metropoulos & Co., today announced completion of the previously announced acquisition of Nestlé Waters North America (“NWNA” or the “Company”), a leading provider of bottled water in North America, from Nestlé S.A.
In conjunction with the completion of the transaction, Dean Metropoulos, an industry veteran with 40 years of experience operating and investing in successful food and beverage brands, has been appointed Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
NWNA consists of the former United States and Canadian operations of Nestlé Waters and offers an extensive portfolio of highly recognizable, responsibly sourced, and sustainably packaged regional spring water and national purified water brands. Continuing a longstanding commitment to environmental leadership, the Company has 27 production facilities across North America, 16 of which are Alliance for Water Stewardship (“AWS”) certified across 15 sites, with five of the certified facilities being AWS Platinum, the highest-level certification. The Company also operates the direct-to-consumer and office beverage delivery service ReadyRefresh®, a certified Carbon Neutral® business.
Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal counsel to One Rock, and BofA Securities, Inc. and RBC Capital Markets LLC acted as its financial advisors. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as legal counsel to Metropoulos & Co. with respect to the transaction.
ABOUT NESTLÉ WATERS NORTH AMERICA
Nestlé Waters North America offers an unrivaled portfolio of bottled water brands for healthy hydration, including Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Splash and Pure Life®. The company also owns and operates ReadyRefresh®, a customizable water and beverage delivery service.
Based in Stamford, Connecticut with approximately 7,000 associates in the United States and more than 230 in Canada, Nestlé Waters North America manages natural resources for long-term sustainability, and conserves more than 20,000 acres of natural watershed area. It currently sources water for six regional spring water brands from 42 active springs throughout the United States and Canada. Nestlé Waters North America is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the more than 120 communities where it operates in the United States and Canada.