TEXT-S&P: Schiff Nutrition ratings remain on watch positive

Tue Dec 4, 2012 3:12pm EST

Overview
     -- U.S.-based vitamin, mineral, and health supplement (VMHS) company 
Schiff Nutrition Group has announced its definitive agreement to be acquired 
by Reckitt Benckiser PLC (A+/Stable/A-1). 
     -- The agreement with Reckitt supersedes the company's previous contract 
to be acquired by Bayer Healthcare LLC, a subgroup of Bayer AG 
(A-/Positive/A-2).
     -- We are maintaining our ratings on Schiff on CreditWatch with positive 
implications, including the 'B' corporate credit rating.
     -- The positive CreditWatch placement reflects the likelihood that we 
would raise our rating on Schiff to be on par with that of Reckitt following 
the closing of the acquisition, which we expect by year-end.

Rating Action
On Dec. 4, 2012, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said its ratings on Salt 
Lake City, Utah-based Schiff Nutrition Group Inc. would remain on CreditWatch, 
where we placed them with positive implications on Oct. 31, 2012.

Rationale
The CreditWatch reflects our expectation that we will raise our rating on 
Schiff to the 'A+' level of Reckitt Benckiser PLC following the completion of 
the transaction. Reckitt's bid to purchase Schiff was proposed subsequent to 
that of Bayer Healthcare LLC, a subgroup of Bayer AG. 

We would also withdraw our ratings on Schiff if the company's existing debt is 
repaid by Reckitt following the close of the acquisition, which we expect by 
year-end.

CreditWatch
We plan to resolve the CreditWatch listing upon completion of the transaction.

Related Criteria And Research
     -- Use Of CreditWatch And Outlooks, Sept. 14, 2009

Ratings List
Ratings Remain On CreditWatch
Schiff Nutrition Group Inc.
 Corporate credit rating     B/Watch Pos/--
 Senior secured              B/Watch Pos
    Recovery rating          3


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