26 June 2017
L1 Retail to buy Holland & Barrett from The Nature’s Bounty Co. and The Carlyle Group for £1.77 Billion
London, UK – The Board of The Nature’s Bounty Co. and The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that L1 Retail, the retail investment arm of LetterOne, has agreed to purchase Holland & Barrett for £1.77 billion.
Originally founded in 1870, Holland & Barrett has grown to be Europe’s largest Health and Wellness retail chain with stores in more than 1,150 locations worldwide, a significant rapidly expanding online ecommerce capability and a world-class leadership team supported by its global employee base of more than 4,200 associates and staff.
Headquartered in Nuneaton, UK, the company’s annual revenues in 2016 exceeded £610m, marking 32 consecutive quarters of like-for-like growth in the business, helped by significant investments into new store openings, the company’s online sales platform and click-and-collect retail capabilities and marketing campaigns such as “The Good Life”. Continued international growth across Scandinavia and in Holland & Barrett’s partnerships with Tesco plc in the UK, Apollo Hospital Group in India, and AS Watsons in Hong Kong, helped increase the company’s international operations footprint to 16 countries.
Commenting on its acquisition L1 Retail Managing Partner Stephan DuCharme said: “Holland & Barrett is a clear market leader in the UK health and wellness retail market, with attractive growth positions in other European and international markets, and growing online presence, with a leading customer loyalty programme and 10 million active cardholders. We look forward to working with Peter Aldis, CEO, Holland & Barrett and his strong management team. We believe that the company is well positioned to benefit from structural growth in the growing £10 billion health and wellness market and has multiple levers for long term growth and value creation.”
Steve Cahillane, President & CEO, The Nature’s Bounty Co., said: ”We are proud of the growth in both sales and market share that Peter Aldis and all associates at Holland & Barrett have achieved in the past seven years. This is due to their high standards of delivery and to the investments supported by Carlyle notably in new product development, store relocations & refurbishments. We wish Peter and all associates well in the future as they continue to build the business.”
Peter Aldis, CEO, Holland & Barrett, added: “ We are delighted to now be in partnership with the L1 Retail team and its advisory board of internationally-renowned retailers. We have upgraded much of our core store portfolio to concept stores to deliver additional in-store theatre and increased customer engagement. New products launched through our ethical sourcing programme have also been a key growth driver helping to underpin our substantial investment to gain presence across an increasingly global Health and Wellness market. We are particularly proud that our international business last year received the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Carlyle has been a great partner for Holland & Barrett over the last few years, investing in the brand, our people, and next generation technology, which has driven our growth. We look forward to building on this track record as we enter the next chapter with L1 Retail.”
Marco De Benedetti, Managing Director and Co-Head, Carlyle Europe Partners advisory team, said: “It has been a privilege to work with Peter and his talented management team over the past seven years. We have invested heavily in the Holland & Barrett brand, built an innovation pipeline, opened over 300 new stores, built an industry leading omni channel platform, and expanded the business internationally. This has delivered 32 quarters of consecutive like-for-like growth and sustainable financial performance.”
The L1 Retail investment team aims to leverage its strong track record in retail to buy and build the next generation of retailers internationally. Led by Managing Partner Stephan DuCharme, and supported by an Advisory Board of internationally renowned retail leaders - Karl-Heinz Holland, Clive Humby and John Walden – L1 Retail aims to add value through its deep sector and strategic expertise as well as its familiarity with data and financial markets.
Carlyle was advised by Goldman Sachs, Houlihan Lokey, UBS, PWC, Latham Watkins LLP, and OC&C.