CWC Q2 2019 Health and Wellness M&A and Financing Report

This report is prepared as a courtesy to the Health and Wellness business community by Columbia West Capital based on our research and information collected by our firm. Despite our dedicated efforts, occasionally a deal might be missed or appropriate credit not given to legal or financial advisors. Please feel free to contact us if you have information on a transaction that you want to ensure is included and credit attributed to appropriate advisors.

 

M&A - Strategic

 

4/19/2019  Think Products LLC acquired Think Gum LLC. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Think Gum manufactures and markets chewing gums intended to help restore brain help and boost memory and is based in San Carlos, CA. Think Products manufactures chewing gums and is based in Dallas, TX.

 

5/6/2019  Keystone Natural Holdings, LLC acquired the Tofu, Seitan and Tempeh Businesses of WestSoy Brand from The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NasdaqGS:HAIN). The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Tofu, Seitan and Tempeh Businesses of WestSoy Brand comprises organic food products. Keystone Natural produces plant-based protein food products and is based in Chicago, IL.

 

5/21/2019  Unilever United States, Inc. acquired Olly Public Benefit Corporation. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Olly develops and provides nutritional supplements and is based in San Francisco, CA. Unilever manufactures and sells food, refreshments, home, and personal care products and is based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Goodwin Procter LLP served as legal advisor to Olly. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP served as legal advisor to Unilever.

 

5/22/2019  Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) acquired This Works Products Limited for $54.4 million. This Works Products manufactures skincare and bodycare products and is based in Wimbledon, United Kingdom. Canopy Growth engages in production, distribution, and sale of cannabis in Canada and is based in Smith Falls, Canada.

 

6/4/2019  Jeff Hamann and Gregg Hamann acquired controlling interest in Before the Butcher, LLC. Before the Butcher manufactures plant-based packaged food and is based in Irvine, CA.

 

6/21/2019  PepsiCo, Inc. (NasdaqGS:PEP) and Karlovarské minerální vody, a.s. acquired Knjaz Milos A.D. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Knjaz Milos develops, produces, and markets mineral water, energy drinks, juices and other beverages and is based in Arandelovac, Serbia. Karlovarské produces, distributes, and exports mineral and spring water for customers worldwide and is based in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Clifford Chance Prague LLP, Janković, Popović & Mitić Law Firm, and Kocian Solc Balastik served as legal advisors to Karlovarské and PepsiCo.

 

6/21/2019  Project Juice LLC acquired Beaming Wellness, Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Beaming Wellness owns and operates cafes that provide salads, soups, snacks, gluten and dairy free baked goods, smoothies, and juices and is based in Del Mar, CA. Project Juice produces organic cold-pressed juices and juice cleanses and is based in San Francisco, CA.

 

6/28/2019  D.D. Williamson & Co., Inc. acquired the DuPont Natural Colors Business of DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences Iberica SL. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The DuPont Natural Colors Business comprises manufacturing of natural color solutions and is based in Spain. D.D. Williamson provides caramel color and natural color solutions for food and beverage applications and is based in Louisville, KY.

 

7/2/2019  Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO) acquired Ranir, LLC for $750.0 million. Ranir develops, manufactures, and sells consumer oral and personal care products and is based in Grand Rapids, MI. Perrigo manufactures and supplies over-the-counter (OTC) healthcare products, infant formulas, branded OTC products, and generic pharmaceutical products and is based in Dublin, Ireland. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Ranir. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP served as legal advisor to Perrigo.

 

7/10/2019  New Age Beverages Corporation (NasdaqCM:NBEV) acquired Brands Within Reach, LLC for $6.5 million. Brands Within Reach markets and distributes natural spring and mineral water and natural functional beverages and is based in Mamaroneck, NY. New Age develops, markets, sells, and distributes healthy liquid dietary supplements and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages and is based in Denver, CO.

 

7/16/2019  Mondelez International, Inc. (NasdaqGS:MDLZ) acquired Perfect Bar, LLC. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Perfect Bar produces protein bars and is based in San Diego, CA. Mondelez manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide and is based in East Hanover, NJ. Greenberg Traurig, LLP served as legal advisor to Perfect Bar. Baker & McKenzie LLP served as legal advisor to Mondelez.

 

M&A - Financial

 

6/4/2019  The Riverside Company acquired La Galvanina S.p.A. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. La Galvanina produces premium private label and branded mineral water and traditional and organic soft drinks and is based in Rimini, Italy. Riverside is a private equity firm based in New York, NY.

 

6/6/2019  PK Ventures, Inc. acquired Primrose's Kitchen Limited. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Primrose's Kitchen manufactures organic breakfast cereals and is based in Buckland Newton, United Kingdom. PK Ventures is headed by three former Cadbury Schweppes executives and backed by a team of investors including Ben Elliot.

 

6/17/2019  Butterfly Equity acquired Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. from Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated, a subsidiary of Campbell Soup Company, for $510.0 million. Bolthouse produces plant-based milks, juices, protein drinks, salad dressings, and baby carrots and is based in Bakersfield, CA. Butterfly Equity is a private equity firm based in Los Angeles, CA. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Butterfly. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal advisor to Campbell Soup Company.

 

6/18/2019  AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC acquired the assets of TruFood Mfg., Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. TruFood is a contract manufacturer of branded and private-label nutrition bars, protein bars, chocolate moulded products, and baked goods and is based in Pittsburgh, PA. AUA is a private equity firm based in New York, NY. McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. served as legal advisors to AUA.

 

6/25/2019  An investor group led by Swander Pace Capital, Dragoneer Investment Group, LLC, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom and Hayden Slater acquired Bragg Live Food Products, Inc. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bragg manufactures and distributes organic apple cider vinegar products and is based in Santa Barbara, CA. Swander Pace is a private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA. Dragoneer is an employee-owned investment manager based in San Francisco, CA.

 

Private Placements

4/2/2019  Clara Foods Co. announced that is has received its Series B round of funding from Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE:INGR) and other investors. Clara Foods produces baking products, food and beverage ingredients, nutrition supplements, and animal/pathogen/salmonella free egg white products and is based in San Francisco, CA. Ingredion produces and sells starches and sweeteners for various industries and is based in Westchester, IL.

 

4/9/2019  Turtle Island Foods, Inc. announced that it has received $7.0 million in a round of funding. Turtle Island produces vegetarian food products and is based in Hood River, OR.

 

4/17/2019  Chez Isabelle, LLC, dba Adrenaline Shoc, announced that it has received a round of funding from new investor Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. (NYSE:KDP). Adrenaline Shoc develops and manufactures energy drinks and is based in Beverly Hills, CA.

 

4/18/2019  Miraculex announced that it has received a round of funding from SOSV. Miraculex offers food technology solutions focused on developing natural sweetener-based products and is based in Davis, CA. SOSV is a venture capital firm based in Princeton, NJ.

 

4/23/2019  SmartyPants, Inc. announced that it has received a round of funding from new investor Balance Point Capital. SmartyPants develops and provides gummy vitamins for kids and adults and is based in Venice, CA. Balance Point Capital is a private equity firm based in Westport, CT.

 

4/24/2019  An unknown buyer acquired a 6.5% stake in Beyond Meat, Inc. (NasdaqGS:BYND). Beyond Meat manufactures, markets, and sells plant-based meat products and is based in El Segundo, CA.

 

5/2/2019  Cali'Flour Foods, LLC announced that it has received a round of funding from Sunrise Strategic Partners, LLC and CircleUp Network, Inc. Cali'Flour Foods manufactures and sells vegetable-based pizza crusts and is based in Chico, CA. Sunrise is a venture capital firm based in Boulder, CO. CircleUp operates an equity crowdfunding platform and is based in San Francisco, CA.

 

5/13/2019  Impossible Foods, Inc. announced that it has received $300.0 million in funding from existing investors Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited and Horizons Ventures Limited with participation from individual investors, Jay-Z, Jay Brown, Will.i.am, Jaden Smith, Kirk Cousins, Paul George, Katy Perry, Trevor Noah, Alexis Ohanian, Kal Penn, Questlove, Ruby Rose, Phil Rosenthal, Zedd, and Serena Williams, and other investors. Impossible Foods develops meats and cheeses from plants and is based in Redwood City, CA. Temasek is a sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Singapore. Horizons is a venture capital firm based in Central, Hong Kong.

 

5/17/2019  Libre Naturals Inc. announced that it has received a round of funding from new investor S CAP. Libre manufactures allergen-free snacks, including granola bars, unbaked granolas, and oatmeal cups and is based in Duncan, Canada. S CAP is a venture capital firm based in New York, NY.

 

5/17/2019  Bright Greens, Inc. announced that it has received a round of funding from new investor S CAP. Bright Greens produces fruits and vegetables-based smoothies and is based in Rockville, MD.

 

5/21/2019  Cala Health announced that it has received $50.0 million in a round of funding from 17 investors, including Novartis AG (SWX:NOVN), Baird Venture Partners, LifeSci Venture Partners, and other investors. Cala Health develops a wearable neuromodulation therapy indicated for essential tremor and has other offerings under development focused on neurology, cardiology and psychiatry, and is based in Burlingame, CA. Novartis researches, develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products worldwide and is based in Basel, Switzerland. Baird Venture Partners is a venture capital and private equity firm based in Chicago, IL. LifeSci Venture Partners is a principal investment firm based in New York, NY.

 

5/31/2019  Fresh Trading Limited announced that it has received a $43.6 million round of funding from returning investor The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). Fresh Trading produces and distributes juices and is based in London, United Kingdom.

 

6/6/2019 Hart Dairy announced that it has received $10.0 million in its seed round of funding from new investor Alium Capital Management Pty Ltd. Hart Dairy produces and sells free-range and grass-fed milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter varieties and is based in Augusta, GA. Alium Capital is an investment firm based in Sydney, Australia.

 

6/25/2019  The Nue Co. Ltd. announced that it has received $9.0 million in a round of funding led by Waldencast with participation from Columbia Care Inc. (OTCPK:COLX.F), Unilever Ventures Limited and Redo Ventures. Nue produces nutritional supplements from organic ingredients and is based in London, United Kingdom. Waldencast is a principal investment firm based in New York, NY. Columbia Care develops, manufactures, and markets medical marijuana products and is based in New York, NY. Unilever Ventures operates as an investment arm of Unilever plc and is based in London, United Kingdom. Redo Ventures is a venture capital firm based in New York, NY.

 

6/26/2019  PanTheryx, Inc. announced that it has received $50.0 million in a round of funding from Perceptive Advisors LLC. PanTheryx researches, develops, and commercializes products that promote intestinal health and is based in Boulder, CO. Perceptive Advisors is an employee-owned hedge fund sponsor and is based in New York, NY.

 

6/26/2019  Good Catch Foods announced that it has received $10.0 million in a round of funding from New Crop Capital, Stray Dog Capital and other investors. Good Catch develops and manufactures vegan, plant-based food substitutes for seafood and is based in New York, NY. New Crop is a venture capital firm based in Washington, D.C. Stray Dog is a venture capital firm based in Leawood, KS.

 

6/27/2019  ByHeart, Inc. announced that it has received $22.0 million in funding from 49 investors. ByHeart develops infant nutritional food products and is based in New York, NY.

 

7/8/2019  Tava Organics, LTD announced that it has received $7.6 million in a round of funding from Harbinger Ventures LLC, Cambridge Companies SPG, Blueberry Ventures and other investors. Tava Organics produces and sells flavored ghee and is based in Los Angeles, CA. Harbinger is a venture capital firm based in Boulder, CO. Cambridge Companies is a private equity and venture capital firm based in Newport Beach, CA. Blueberry Ventures is a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, CA.

John Farr