The Procter & Gamble Company Selling Major Pet Care Stake for $2.9 Billion

The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG  ) announced today that it is selling a major stake in its pet food businesses to privately held Mars, for $2.9 billion in cash.

While Mars may be better known for its candy bars than pet products, Mars Petcare is one of the "leading" pet food and veterinary care providers in the world, according to the press release from the two companies. With more than 35,000 employees spread across 50 countries, its acquisition of Procter & Gamble's IAMS, EUKANUBA, and NATURA brands in certain regions is seen as a "significant strategic move," the companies said. Mars pet brands inlcude Pedigree, Whiskas, Banfield, and Royal Canin.

"This acquisition is a perfect fit with our Mars Petcare vision of making 'A Better World For Pets'," said Mars Petcare Global President Todd Lachman in a statement today. "The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science, attracts world class talent and grows our world leading portfolio."

For Procter & Gamble's part, President and CEO Alan Lafley is quoted as saying that exiting pet care is "an important step in our strategy to focus P&G's portfolio on the core businesses where we can create the most value for consumers and shareowners." P&G expects the deal with Mars won't have a material impact on its fiscal 2015 results.

While Procter & Gamble will hang on to a portion of its pet business equivalent to 20% of global sales, it will be exploring plans to exit entirely.The geographic regions in the acquisition announced today include North America and Latin America. Markets not included in the transaction are primarily in the European Union.

Subject to regulatory approval, the two companies expect to seal the deal in the second half of 2014.

-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (0)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2908643, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 8/27/2015 5:33:59 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Justin Loiseau

Energy and Macroeconomic Specialist keeping investors up to date with macro news, utilities, and good companies doing good things.

Today's Market

updated Moments ago Sponsored by:
DOW 16,654.77 369.26 2.27%
S&P 500 1,987.66 47.15 2.43%
NASD 4,812.71 115.17 2.45%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

8/27/2015 4:01 PM
PG $71.48 Up +0.58 +0.82%
Procter & Gamble CAPS Rating: ****