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Ares Capital Management Provides $145MM in Acquisition Financing to PetIQ

July 09, 2019, 08:50 AM
Filed Under: Consumer Products

PetIQ, Inc., a leading pet medication and wellness company, announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Perrigo Animal Health, a leading manufacturer of vet quality products for pet parents, from Perrigo Company plc for $185 million in cash. Perrigo Animal Health is now an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of PetIQ.  In addition, Michael Smith, a pet and consumer packaged goods industry veteran has been appointed Executive Vice President, Products Division with responsibility for managing all aspects of PetIQ’s product revenue, product strategy, retailer relationships and strategic product partnerships, reporting directly to Cord Christensen, PetIQ’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Christensen, commented, “We are excited to have closed this important acquisition, and on behalf of PetIQ we welcome the Perrigo Animal Health team to the PetIQ.  We look forward to capitalizing on our opportunities to increase our manufacturing scale, expand product and brand diversity, and improve our customer reach, all while we capture significant cost savings and synergies to fuel greater net sales and profitability.”

“To support our growing business, we are also very pleased to announce that Michael has joined us from the world’s largest retailer where he has held various leadership roles within the pet and personal care categories. In addition to Michael’s retail experience, he brings a strong consumer background having worked at leading consumer packaged goods companies including Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, and Energizer.  We look forward to Michael’s leadership contributions as we integrate Perrigo Animal Health and grow our existing pet products business over the next several years.”

The transaction was financed through a combination of $25 million of existing cash on hand, $145 million of new term loan financing from Ares Capital Management, with the remaining balance financed through PetIQ’s existing revolving credit facility with East West Bank. PetIQ continues to expect that this acquisition will be accretive to earnings in the first twelve months following the closing and thereafter. PetIQ expects to report 2019 second quarter financial results on August 7, 2019 at which point it will provide guidance for full year 2019 inclusive of the Perrigo Animal Health acquisition.

Jefferies LLC is serving as financial advisor, KPMG as accounting and audit advisor, and Winston & Strawn LLP and Baker Botts LLP are acting as legal counsel to PetIQ.

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