DUBLIN, June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO; TASE) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements (VMS) business to International Vitamin Corporation (IVC). The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by early August.
Perrigo CEO John T. Hendrickson commented, "Our decision late last year to divest the U.S. VMS business was part of our ongoing portfolio assessment and ensures that we remain focused on our most profitable and strategic businesses. Having explored various options over the past several months, we are pleased to have reached an agreement to sell the business to IVC. We look forward to working with the IVC team to seamlessly transition the business and ensure that our customers continue to receive exceptional service during this transitional period. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 300 Perrigo employees who are dedicated to the VMS business for all of their contributions to Perrigo and to wish them all the very best going forward."
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP served as Perrigo's legal advisor and Houlihan Lokey served as Perrigo's exclusive financial advisor on the transaction.
Perrigo Company plc is a top five global over-the-counter ("OTC") consumer goods and leading specialty pharmaceutical company, offering patients and customers high- quality products at affordable prices. From the Company's beginning in 1887 as a packager of home remedies, it has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of OTC healthcare products and supplier of infant formulas for the store brand market. The Company is also a leading provider of generic extended topical prescription products, and it receives royalties from sales of the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri®. The Company provides "Quality Affordable Healthcare Products®" across a wide variety of product categories and geographies, primarily in North America, Europe and Australia, as well as in other markets, including Israel and China. Visit Perrigo online at (http://www.perrigo.com).
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