FMCG company Emami on Friday announced the acquisition of Dermicool, one of the leading brands in the Prickly Heat Powder and Cool Talc category, from consumer giant Reckitt for a total consideration of Rs 432 crore. After the acquisition, Emami will become a marker leader in this niche segment.
“The acquisition is funded through internal accruals and is subject to customary closing conditions,” Emami said in a statement, adding Dermicool commands 20% market share in the high growth and low penetrated category. “Combined with Emami’s Navratna Cool Talc, Emami will become the leader in this niche category which would also help realise synergetic benefits and optimize costs,” it added.
The prickly Heat powder and Cool Talc category is worth about Rs 750-800 crore now.
“We already have Navratna Cool Talc in the category. Navratna is currently the no. 2 brand and Dermicool is no. 3. And now, after this acquisition we will be no. 1 in this category,” Harsha V Agarwal, director, Emami
“During the pre-Covid times till 2019, the segment was growing 10-12% CAGR. During Covid times the category was impacted. We are very hopeful that in the next fiscal the category will grow at the pre-Covid level rate,” he added.