Bayer, a global leader in health care and nutrition, said that it has agreed to sell its Dr. Scholl’s business to Boston-based private equity firm Yellow Wood Partners for $585 million.
Dr. Scholl’s is an iconic, one-of-a-kind brand, which is synonymous with foot care. The brand has an over 110 year heritage with unmatched brand equity in the foot care category and the #1 sales position in the most attractive segments – a true category leader. Dr. Scholl’s generated sales of $234 million in 2018.
With the acquisition of Dr. Scholl’s, Yellow Wood Partners will create a stand-alone company in which it plans to invest in all aspects of the business to drive the growth and profitability of the brand to deliver value for all of its stakeholders. The divestiture enables Bayer to focus on building its core over-the-counter brands.
“The Yellow Wood team is excited to become the next steward of the iconic Dr. Scholl’s brand,” said Dana Schmaltz of Yellow Wood Partners.
“Dr. Scholl’s is the leading brand in the footcare category and we see great potential to grow the brand in its existing and other sales channels. The brand fits extremely well into the Yellow Wood consumer-focused business model as our firm has the operating experience from other carve-out investments to work with the Bayer employees who are continuing with the brand to build an exciting new stand-alone platform company.”
“We believe that we have found the right partner in Yellow Wood Partners to continue to invest in and grow the Dr. Scholl’s brand,” said Heiko Schipper, member of Bayer’s Board of Management and president of Consumer Health.
“Since Bayer took ownership of Dr. Scholl’s in late 2014, we have made progress in revitalizing the brand and developing an exciting pipeline of innovative products. We look forward to seeing the brand taken to the next level of success under Yellow Wood’s ownership.”
Yellow Wood Partners will acquire the product rights to Dr. Scholl’s in the Americas and take over approximately 30 dedicated brand personnel in the US and Canada, including Sales and Marketing, Research & Development and others. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2019 subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including approval by the competition authorities.
Citi and Sawaya Partners acted as financial advisors to Bayer, while Covington & Burling provided legal advice. Fried Frank acted as legal advisor to Yellow Wood. – TradeArabia News Service