Unilever to acquire St. Ives and VO5 manufacturer Alberto Culver for $3.7 billion

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MELROSE PARK, ILLINOIS (BNO NEWS) — Unilever has acquired Alberto Culver Company (ACC), which manufactures important beauty care brands such as TRESemme, Alberto VO5, and St. Ives, for approximately $3.7 billion, ACC said Monday.

Along with the acquisition, Unilever will receive all of the outstanding shares of ACC – which said its company was valued at $1.6 billion – for $37.50 per share in cash. The transaction is structured as a merger and is subject to approval by owners holding a majority of ACC’s outstanding shares, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.  


The $37.50 per share price represents a 33 percent premium to Alberto Culver’s 12-month volume weighted average share price and an 18 percent premium to its all-time high closing share price achieved earlier this year.

“Throughout our history, and particularly in the last decade, we have grown Alberto Culver’s key brands’ sales and market shares at a pace exceeding our highly competitive categories’ growth rates. This has been the result of a combination of innovation, excellent service and entrepreneurial drive, all planned and executed by an incredibly talented team,” said Carol Lavin Bernick, ACC’s Executive Chairman.

“Our shareholders have benefitted year in and year out from their efforts. We are enormously proud of our people and what they have accomplished,” Bernick added.

Alberto Culver, which also manufactures Nexxus, Noxzema, and Simple, generated sales of almost $1.6 billion and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of over $250 million for the 12-month period ending June 30

“We are delighted to be acquiring Alberto Culver. Their people have done an excellent job of building an impressive range of brands such as TRESemmé, VO5, Nexxus, St. Ives and Simple. These will complement Unilever’s existing portfolio of iconic brands like Dove, Clear and Sunsilk in hair care and Pond’s and Vaseline in skin and will help build on our strong global positions in both the hair care and skin care categories,” Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever said.

Alberto Culver has operations in nine countries, including the US, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, the UK, South Africa and Australasia with six manufacturing facilities and around 2,700 employees.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, approval of the Alberto Culver shareholders and other customary closing conditions.

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  • Friend of Animals

    I do not purchase items tested on animals.  TRESemme, St. Ives, and Nexxus are (or were) products I buy/use bc the labels read “not tested on animals.”  However, today when I started to purchase my usual St Ives Apricot Facial Scrub, I noticed the bottle/tube design was different….. so I read the back, and realized it no longer says it’s not tested on animals… then I noticed “Unilever” written at the bottom.   Because I have always known Unilever as being a company who does massive cruel animals testing, the St Ives went back on the shelf.    I will not knowingly financially support a company who tortures animals for profit… Even if it means finding a new facial scrub, shampoo, and conditioner.  There are many animal-free testing options available in this day and age; there is simply no excuse for inflicting torture.  Please clarify this matter, Unilever!  Do you, or don’t you test on animals?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YU3WJX77VMDEXIZZ7KAB6LEYU4 migsly

     I completely agree with Friend of Animals. I used to buy St. Ives because it didn’t test on animals. Then tonight I saw Unilever too on the back of the scrub and put it back on the shelf.

  • Bev

    I, too, have stopped using St Ives’ products. Unilever is one of the biggest abusers of animals and I won’t purchase ANY of their products. (Won’t drink Lipton tea, either – it’s a Unilever company.)