Nestle to acquire Pfizer's infant nutrition business for US$11.85B in bid to boost sales in emerging markets

VEVEY, Switzerland , April 23, 2012 (press release) – In a strategic move to enhance its position in global infant nutrition, Nestlé has agreed to acquire Pfizer Nutrition for USD 11.85 billion. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, will be accretive to the Nestlé model both for growth and margins as well as the group’s earnings per share in the full first year. Nestlé estimates the acquired business’ 2012 sales at USD 2.4 billion. Eighty five percent of Pfizer Nutrition’s sales are in emerging markets, many of them with large, fast-growing populations.

Infant nutrition is a high-value, science-led category. Pfizer Nutrition is a dynamic, high-quality infant nutrition business that complements Nestlé’s existing portfolio with strong brands in key segments and geographies. It will enhance our infant nutrition business, building on our growth-focused strategy, global presence and pioneering research and development. We will be able to combine well-known brands like S-26 Gold, SMA and Promil with our existing portfolio of trusted and successful brands such as Nan, Gerber, Lactogen, Nestogen and Cerelac infant cereal.

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