Celsius to Acquire Nordic Wellness Company Func Food Group Oyj
Expands Portfolio of Products; Gains Critical Access to Expand Celsius in the European Market, Well-Established Operational Infrastructure and Unique Marketing Platform
Boca Raton, FL (September 11, 2019) – (Nasdaq: CELH) Celsius Holdings Inc., maker of the leading global fitness drink, CELSIUS®, today announced that the company has entered into a series of definitive agreements with the shareholders, bondholders and certain other lenders of Func Food Group Oyj, a Finnish corporation (“Func Food”), pursuant to which Func Food’s outstanding debt will be restructured and Celsius will acquire Func Food. Consideration for the transaction is comprised of approximately $15.1 million in cash and the assumption of $9.5 million of outstanding debt (assuming a foreign exchange rate of $1.12=€1.00).
Func Food is a Nordic wellness company that markets and distributes beverages, protein bars, supplements and superfoods under the brands Celsius®, FAST Sports Nutrition, CocoVi and FitFarm. Func Food represents a comprehensive portfolio of well-being products which promote active and, healthy lifestyles by investing in high-quality ingredients and best-in-class food and beverage expertise. Celsius first began its relationship with Func Food in 2016 when Func Food acquired People’s Choice, the former distributor and took over the distribution of Celsius in the Nordics, solidifying Celsius® as the best-selling fitness drink in Sweden.
“The acquisition of Func Food is an important next step in our strategy to build a globally dominate brand and solidifies our position in the Nordics while opening a new distribution platform for the rest of Europe,” said John Fieldly, President and Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time, this transaction provides us with the ability to bring an entirely new, yet complementary product offering to consumers; Func Food’s innovative FAST business. The acquisition, valued significantly below our revenue multiple, approximately 1x incremental revenue, provides immediate accretion to our shareholders and incremental opportunities to expand our European footprint.”
Fieldly continued, “According to industry statistics, more than half of all European consumers plan to improve their health through food and beverages. Adding Func Food into the Celsius family will allow us to capitalize on these areas of opportunity and benefit from the growing Sports Nutrition and Energy Drink markets in Europe. The strategic acquisition of Func Food provides Celsius with additional scale and is expected to provide a meaningful increase to our top-line, with an expected pro-forma revenue run rate of approximately $100 million, while enabling us to maintain our historically solid gross margins and extract significant operating efficiencies that will allow for reinvestment for growth.”
Rationale of Acquisition
The acquisition of Func Food represents a meaningful opportunity for Celsius to quickly gain critical access to the European nutrition markets, expand its product offerings in-line with growing market potential and position the company to capitalize on a broader revenue base. With approximately $37.0 million in revenue and $702,000 in Adjusted EBITDA in 2018, Func Food offers a number of synergies and benefits that are expected to be captured through this business combination.
More specifically, Func Food
- is well connected to the European nutrition market, which will enable quick access to distributors and customers in new European markets;
- currently operates an established, multi-market supply chain providing the combined entity with central production planning and joint filling runs for new markets;
- sources the majority of its convenience products from leading manufacturers in continental Europe, which when combined with Celsius’ production in central Europe, will enable the creation of logistics synergies for new and existing markets; and
- has built a unique marketing and operational platform for the Nordics, the mechanics of which can be quickly replicated and expanded to other markets in Europe at a reasonable cost.
In addition, the combined business is expected to enable much stronger in-market investments to drive expansion across Europe before expected broader brand and market consolidation occurs. Adding Func Food’s FAST Sports Nutrition line to the Celsius® line- will provide Celsius with new, additive revenue streams and establish an additional product offer and platforms for growth.
Key Terms and Financing
Under the terms of the agreement, the $24.6 million purchase price will be comprised of a cash payment of $15.1 million and the assumption of $9.5 million of debt (assuming a foreign exchange rate of $1.12=€1.00), and represents a purchase price multiple of approximately 1.0x trailing 12 month revenue.
The Company intends to finance the acquisition with proceeds from a follow-on equity public offering of $25.0 million that is being contemporaneously announced.
The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Celsius and by the governing bodies of Func Food, is expected to close in October 2019, subject to successful completion of the follow-on offering by Celsius, required legal compliance by Func Food under Swedish law and other customary closing conditions.
For additional information related to this transaction, please refer to the Company’s report filed on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission contemporaneously herewith on September 11, 2019.
About Func Food Group Oyj (“Func Food”)
Func Food Group is a Nordic wellness company, which markets and distributes Celsius®, FAST, FitFarm and CocoVi brands in Finland and Sweden. Func Food was built in 2014 and 2015 through various acquisitions in Finland and Sweden.
About Celsius Holdings, Inc.
Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CELH), is a global company with a proprietary, clinically proven formula for its CELSIUS® brand and all its sub-brands. A lifestyle fitness drink and a pioneer in the rapidly growing performance energy sector, CELSIUS has four beverage lines that each offer proprietary, functional, healthy-energy formulas clinically-proven to offer significant health benefits to its users. The four lines include, CELSIUS® Originals, CELSIUS HEAT™, CELSIUS® On-the-Go, and CELSIUS® Sweetened with Stevia. CELSIUS® has zero sugar, no preservatives, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, and is non-GMO, with no artificial flavors or colors. The CELSIUS® line of products is Certified Kosher and Vegan. CELSIUS® is also soy and gluten-free and contains very little sodium. CELSIUS® is backed by six university studies that were published in peer-reviewed journals validating the unique benefits CELSIUS® provides. CELSIUS® is sold nationally at Target, CVS, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, 7-Eleven, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Fresh Market, Sprouts and other key regional retailers such as HEB, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Harris Teeter, Shaw’s and Food Lion. It is also available on Amazon, at fitness clubs and in select micro-markets across the country. For more information, visit CELSIUS® at www.celsius.com or Celsius Holdings, Inc., at www.celsiusholdingsinc.com.
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