Market and WM Partners by the Numbers
US natural and organic industry
PACE OF GROWTH
Consumer health sector over US GDP
PORTFOLIO COMPANY SALE
Nutranext to Clorox Company in 2017
CO-FOUNDER COMPANY SALE
$2.9B in equity
($3.2B in asset value)
CFR Pharma to Abbot in 2014
ASSETS RAISED BY WM PARTNERS TO DATE ACROSS STRATEGIES
as of 3/31/2019
Deep industry and operating experience with a demonstrated ability to execute.
WM Partners is a middle-market private equity firm focused on the health and wellness industry. Its senior team has over 30 years of experience as operators and entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical and health and wellness industries, and in starting, growing and acquiring businesses.
WM Partners’ approach of creating scalable company platforms by integrating and consolidating add-on acquisitions is unique among its peers, and creates value through operational efficiencies. Through its prior experience, the WM Partners team has demonstrated a strong track record of acquiring and integrating companies for creating platforms that are attractive to strategic buyers.
An Alternative View
The Rise of Health Conscientious Consumers
Younger consumers are embracing healthier eating options and lifestyles, and are also growing to be the largest living adult generation in the US1. Similarly, older consumers are increasingly focused on “healthy aging,” which is further driving demand for products in the health and wellness industry. Consumers across all age categories are becoming more proactive and knowledgeable with regard to health and nutrition (e.g., are reading ingredient labels and questioning ingredient sources).
High Growth, but Industry Fragmentation
Decades ago, large consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies with well-recognized brands were leaders in the consumer industry. More recently, consumers have been moving away from these existing companies with conventional brands and have been seeking natural, organic, local brands that advance healthy and active living. These smaller companies may benefit from higher customer loyalty and rapidly growing revenues, and the large number of them in the sector creates the opportunity for integration and consolidation.
Increased M&A Activity, Creating Strong Opportunities
Large CPG companies have driven an increase in the number of acquisitions in the health and wellness industry. Specifically, these companies are acquiring more established natural products brands as they seek to react to consumer demand for healthier options. Larger consumer companies are looking for companies that offer products with organic ingredients, higher purity and proven efficacy. This creates strong opportunities for specialists like WM Partners to capitalize on the increased demand.
1. Pew Research Center, US Census Bureau.
WM Partners Leadership Profile
Alejandro Weinstein co-founded WM Partners in May 2015. Mr. Weinstein has more than 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. For approximately 10 years prior to founding WM Partners, Mr. Weinstein was the CEO of CFR Pharmaceuticals S.A., where he was responsible for transforming that company from a local Chilean pharmaceutical company into a major global pharmaceutical company with a presence in 26 countries and three continents. Under Mr. Weinstein’s leadership, in May 2011 CFR completed an initial public offering of its equity securities, which was one of the largest IPOs in Chile at that time by a Chilean company. In September 2014, Mr. Weinstein led the sale of CFR to Abbott Laboratories for approximately $2.9 billion.
CO-Founder and CEO
Jose Minski co-founded WM Partners in May 2015. Mr. Minski has more than 35 years of experience working in a range of sectors, including nutrition and consumer goods. Mr. Minski founded Nature’s Products, Inc. (“NPI”) in 1986 as a high-quality contract manufacturing company, which became part of Nutranext. Mr. Minski took on the roles of President and CEO of all entities in the Nutranext portfolio of companies, guiding the portfolio through nine significant acquisitions and one new venture
From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Minski served as the COO of Trolli, Inc., which he co-founded in 1985. Mr. Minski helped to vertically integrate and position Trolli for growth from the time he co-founded the company as a startup venture to its eventual sale to Texas Pacific Group (“TPG”) in 1997 for $120 million.
WM PARTNERS + ARTIVEST
A Partnership Driven by Differentiation and Technology
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