Partnership to expand distribution relationships to also bring Neptune branded products to market
LAVAL, QC, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Neptune Wellness Solutions, Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT), a diversified and fully integrated health and wellness company focused on natural, plant-based, sustainable and purpose-driven lifestyle brands, today announced an import and stocking distribution partnership with one of the world's leading consumer goods companies, making and selling around 400 brands in more than 190 countries, for professional beauty, personal care and hygiene product lines generating potential sales revenue from as much as USD $65 million up to USD $137 million over the next 18 months based on the consumer product company's and Neptune's projections.
Neptune expects to receive first shipments of products into its inventory by the end of October 2020. It should be noted that the distribution agreement does not require any minimum annual purchase commitments, acceptance of orders placed by Neptune are at the discretion of the global consumer product company. Accordingly, there is no certainty at this time that the full deal size will be realized.
The deal is consistent with Neptune's B2B and B2C dual go-to-market strategy to serve consumers at both wholesale and retail levels, with the Company serving as the U.S. and Canadian master distributor for its partners' products, including hand cleaning wipes and hand sanitizing wash and gels across commercial, industrial and institutional channels.
As a master distributor for the global CPG organization, Neptune additionally expects to expand its reach into major North American retailers to create new distribution opportunities for Neptune branded consumer packaged goods products.
"This is the latest in a growing list of partners, including national retailers in the club store channel, International Flavors & Fragrances, and others," said Michael Cammarata, Chief Executive Officer and President of Neptune. "We believe these high-profile partners will help Neptune expand our distribution relationships and help us with our goal of bringing our own branded products to market."
Dr. Toni Rinow, Chief Financial Officer and Global Operating Officer of Neptune, added: "We intend to develop long-term relationships with high-quality partners to steadily expand our revenue. At the same time, the business remains focused on innovation to drive revenue, and it is part of our core financial strategy to enhance margins and capitalize on asset-light innovations."
ABOUT NEPTUNE WELLNESS SOLUTIONS, INC.: Neptune Wellness Solutions is a diversified and fully integrated health and wellness company. With a mission to redefine health and wellness, Neptune is focused on building a broad portfolio of high-quality and affordable consumer products in response to long-term secular trends and market demand for plant-based, sustainable, and purpose-driven lifestyle brands. The Company utilizes a highly flexible, cost-efficient manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure that can be scaled up and down or into adjacent product categories to identify innovation opportunities, quickly adapt to consumer preferences and demand, and bring new products to market through its mass retail partners and e-commerce channels. Leveraging decades of expertise in extraction and product formulation, Neptune is a leading provider of turnkey product development and supply chain solutions to business customers across several health and wellness verticals, including legal cannabis and hemp, nutraceuticals, and white label consumer packaged goods. The Company has a strong position in cannabis and hemp research, development, and commercialization focused on the use of cannabinoids in household products to make them safer, healthier, and more effective. Neptune's corporate headquarters is located in Laval, Quebec, with a 50,000-square-foot production facility located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and a 24,000-square-foot facility located in North Carolina. For additional information, please visit: https://neptunecorp.com/.
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