Hain Celestial Announces Acquisition Of Rice Company

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., an organic and natural products company providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, announced the acquisition of Tilda Ltd. (Tilda), a premium 100 percent branded Basmati and specialty rice products company. The Tilda brand offers a range of over 60 dry rice and ready-to-heat branded products under the names Tilda®, Akash® Basmati and Abu Shmagh® to consumers in over 40 countries, principally in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe, North America and India.

In calendar year 2013, Tilda generated approximately $190 million in net sales and is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial's adjusted earnings in the second half of fiscal year 2014 by $0.06 to $0.10 per diluted share.

"We are very excited by the strategic acquisition of Tilda, which expands our worldwide better-for-you product portfolio into the premium Basmati rice category along with other specialty rice products. We plan to grow the Tilda brand further using our existing solid distribution platform in the U.S., Canada and Europe with Basmati and ready-to-heat rice product offerings," said Irwin D. Simon, founder, president and chief executive officer of Hain Celestial, in a prepared statement. "Additionally, Tilda's existing, fast-growing markets in MENA and India provide us with new markets for expansion of our global brands including Earth's Best®, Ella's Kitchen®, Celestial Seasonings®, Terra®, Rice Dream® and Almond Dream®, to name a few."

"We welcome Rohit Samani, managing director — U.K., and his team of sales, marketing, operations and finance professionals, including Bob Bailie, Sunil Bhanji, Umesh Parmar and Lesley Woodward, who collectively have over 100 years of experience at Tilda. Rohit and his team will be responsible for Tilda and our growth into these new markets," continued Irwin Simon.

Shilen Thakrar of the founding family said, "Over the past 40 years, my family has grown Tilda into a globally recognized food brand with premium positions in multiple markets around the world. We have an enviable reputation for continuous innovation and, over the years, have brought many successful new products to the market."

"The global market for Basmati rice has grown strongly over the last several years. At the same time, the growth in the ready-to-heat market has also been strong. We believed Tilda needed to align with a company with the full resources, size and scale of Hain Celestial and its global platform of products in order to realize the full worldwide potential of our rice brands. We are delighted to entrust our family's business into the capable hands of Irwin Simon and his team at Hain Celestial," continued Shilen Thakrar.

Hain Celestial was advised by Jefferies Inc. and DLA Piper on the transaction. Tilda was advised by Rothschild and Dechert LLP.

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