Colgate-Palmolive Acquisitions and Exits, 8 Deals Between 1989 and 2017
consumer products Company

Colgate-Palmolive has acquired 5 companies, including 2 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms. It has also divested 3 assets.

Colgate-Palmolive’s largest acquisition to date was in 2011, when it acquired Sanex for $757M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2011, when it sold Colgate-Palmolive Laundry Detergent Business in Colombia to Unilever NV for $215M. Colgate-Palmolive has acquired in 4 different US states, and 2 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include consumer products (80%) and healthcare services (20%).

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Colgate-Palmolive Co.

300 Park Avenue,
New York, New York 10022
United States,
(212) 310-2000

Colgate-Palmolive Co. is a consumer products company that operates in two product segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. The Company's Oral Care segment markets toothpaste and manual toothbrush brands including Colgate Total, Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, Colgate Max Fresh, Colgate Optic White and Colgate Luminous White toothpastes, Colgate 360° and Colgate Slim Soft manual toothbrushes and Colgate Optic White, Colgate Total and Colgate Plax mouthwash. Colgate’s Oral Care business also includes pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals. In the Personal Care market, Colgate produces liquid hand soap, which it sells under the Palmolive, Protex and Softsoap brands. Colgate’s Personal Care products also include Palmolive, Sanex and Softsoap brand shower gels, Palmolive, Irish Spring and Protex bar soaps and Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick and Sanex deodorants and antiperspirants. Colgate also manufactures and markets a wide array of products for the Home Care market, including Palmolive and Ajax dishwashing liquids, Fabuloso and Ajax household cleaners and Murphy’s Oil Soap. Colgate is a leader in fabric softeners with brands including Suavitel in Latin America and Soupline in Europe. Colgate-Palmolive was formed in 1806 and is based in New York City.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 3 - - 2 - - 5
vol $857M $857M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 3 - - - - - 3
vol $215M $215M

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$757M (2011-03-23)
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Largest Colgate-Palmolive Co., Laundry Detergent Business in Colombia
$215M (2011-03-23)

Consumer Products M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the consumer products sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 317 consumer products companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 17 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 2 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic consumer products acquirer over the past 3 years is Unilever NV, with 10 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the consumer products sector over the past 3 years is L Catterton Partners with 8 platform acquisitions.

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