Schiff Nutrition International Acquires Leading Probiotic Brands And Rights To Probiotic Technology

BusinessWire (June 2, 2011) – Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. (NYSE: WNI), through its subsidiary Schiff Nutrition Group, Inc., purchased certain assets and assumed certain liabilities of Ganeden Biotech, Inc. (Ganeden) for $40 million in cash utilizing its existing revolving credit facility. Schiff now owns (1) the worldwide exclusive rights to use the leading probiotic technology GanedenBC 30 ® (BC 30, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) in the over-the-counter and dietary supplement space and (2) the leading brands Sustenex® and Digestive Advantage® under which BC 30 is currently sold. Ganeden and Schiff also intend to collaborate on extending the use of probiotic technologies into new areas of human health.

The probiotics category is growing over 20% on an annualized basis, according to Nutrition Business Journal. BC 30 has over 95 US and foreign patents and patent applications. Its successful probiotic bacteria strains have been shown to be hardier than other probiotic strains. BC 30 exhibits excellent stability and offers more flexibility in manufacturing and delivery systems. Recently BC 30 was introduced in gummies and chews, providing consumers an easier way to take supplements.

Tarang Amin, president and chief executive officer of Schiff Nutrition, stated: “Our focus is to deliver shareholder value by building premium brands and leading innovation. By acquiring the rights to the leading probiotics technology, we have entered a new, rapidly expanding category that creates accretive growth opportunities.

“We believe BC 30 has many inherent physical properties that make it superior to other traditional probiotic organisms. We intend to leverage this enviable technology and grow the Sustenex and Digestive Advantage lines. In addition, we plan to capitalize on Schiff’s brand marketing know-how, provide incremental marketing investment and use our well established customer relationships to increase distribution,” Amin concluded.

The assets and brands acquired from Ganeden generated net revenue of approximately $17 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. This transaction is expected to increase Schiff’s net revenues and, excluding one-time costs, be accretive to earnings for its fiscal year ended May 31, 2012. Management intends to address the impact of the acquisition on the company’s financial position when it announces its fourth quarter and fiscal 2011 financial results scheduled for July.

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