(Corrects spelling of "Hydralyte" in paragraph 4)
* Deal to boost feminine care products line-up
* Deal value includes tax attributes worth about $100 mln
* To get Monistat brand of OTC yeast infection treatment
April 25 Prestige Brands Holdings Inc, a
marketer and distributor of healthcare and cleaning products,
said it would buy rival Insight Pharmaceuticals Corp for $750
million in cash to expand its range of feminine care products.
Prestige, known for its Dramamine motion sickness pills and
Comet cleaning products, said it would also acquire tax
attributes with a present value of about $100 million as part of
its largest ever acquisition.
Insight Pharmaceuticals, whose investors include Swander
Pace Capital and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, sells the
Monistat brand of over-the-counter yeast infection treatment and
home pregnancy tests.
This is the second acquisition by Prestige in less than two
weeks. The company agreed last week to buy Hydralyte, an
over-the-counter oral rehydration brand, from Australia-based
Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust for an undisclosed amount. (link.reuters.com/fyn58v)
Tarrytown, New York-based Prestige said the two acquisitions
would boost its pro-forma revenue to about $800 million in the
fiscal year started April.
The company said the Insight deal is also expected to
immediately add to its earnings and free cash flow per share.
Prestige, in February, posted lower-than-expected results
for the third quarter and cut its profit forecast for the year
ended March as retailers reduced inventory due to weak customer
traffic and higher competition.
The Insight deal is expected to close in the first half the
current fiscal, the company said.
Sawaya Segalas, & Co LLC acted as exclusive financial
adviser to Prestige.
Shares of the company closed at $27.31 on the New York Stock
Exchange on Thursday. They have fallen about 24 percent this
(Reporting by Maria Ajit Thomas in Bangalore; Editing by Savio