P&G to acquire German Merck’s consumer health business for about $4.21 billion

Date posted: Thursday 11 October 2018

Procter & Gamble has acquired Merck KGaA’s consumer health unit for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion), giving it vitamin brands such as Seven Seas and greater exposure to Latin American and Asian markets. The deal would help it expand its portfolio of consumer healthcare products which includes Vicks cold relief. The deal follows GlaxoSmithKline agreeing to buy Novartis out of their consumer healthcare joint venture for $13 billion after dropping its pursuit of Pfizer’s consumer unit.