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Vitamin Shoppe acquires vitamin manufacturer


North Bergen, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe Inc. has purchased FDC Vitamins LLC, doing business as Nutri-Force Nutrition, a contract manufacturer of vitamins, minerals and supplements, from MBF Healthcare Partners L.P. and other minority holders. Nutri-Force is a current manufacturer for Vitamin Shoppe as well as for other domestic and international customers and distributors.

The transaction was structured as a purchase of FDC Vitamins LLC equity by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vitamin Shoppe. The purchase price is approximately $85 million which includes a $5 million earn out based on 2014 financial performance.

The purchase price will be paid with available cash. The acquisition of Nutri-Force is expected to be neutral to slightly accretive to 2014 earnings per share, excluding transaction and integration costs. Vitamin Shoppe also said the purchase extends its capabilities into manufacturing and strengthens product development

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