Clorox to acquire dietary supplements firm Nutranext

The Clorox Co. is expanding its offerings in the dietary supplements market following its announcement to purchase Florida dietary supplement maker Nutranext.

"Adding Nutranext to our portfolio is consistent with our strategy to accelerate growth through acquisitions of leading brands in fast-growing categories with attractive gross margins and a focus on health and wellness," says Clorox Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer. "We're looking forward to leveraging our proven capabilities in brand building, including innovation and digital marketing, as well as strong partnerships in retail and e-commerce to accelerate growth of Nutranext brands."

The Nutranext acquisition brings significant scale and breadth to Clorox's dietary supplements business. It follows the company's May 2016 acquisition of the RenewLife brand, a leader in digestive health. Clorox's brand-building capabilities and retail execution behind the RenewLife brand have led to strong growth in the e-commerce channel and expanded distribution in the retail channel.

In calendar year 2017, Nutranext generated sales of about $200 million. Clorox will pay $700 million to acquire Nutranext, with the purchase price representing about 3.5 times calendar year 2017 sales.

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