Church & Dwight Co Inc, Ewing, NJ, has acquired Waterpik Inc, Fort Collins, Colo, for $1 billion in cash. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, is expected to close in the third quarter.
Waterpik’s net sales for the previous 12 months through June 30, 2017 were approximately $265 million. Waterpik is the #1 water flosser brand and the #1 replacement showerhead brand in the United States. Approximately 70% of net sales are in the water flosser segment with the remainder in showerheads. The international business represents approximately 20% of sales. The products are marketed in the United States and Canada and exported to over 80 countries.
“Oral care is important to us strategically,” said Matthew T. Farrell, Church & Dwight Chief Executive Officer. “Waterpik represents a powerful addition to our existing oral care portfolio which includes Arm & Hammer toothpaste, Spinbrush battery-operated toothbrushes, and Orajel oral analgesics. The flosser products business is a fast-growing platform and capitalizes on the trends of increased gum disease, oral care awareness across all demographics, and expansion of the middle-class in emerging markets. The Waterpik brand has a strong reputation among dental care professionals. Our oral care portfolio gives Church & Dwight a leading position in a growing category with tailwinds as the population ages and consumer interest in oral health continues to expand.”