Waldencast Acquisition Corp., (NASDAQ: WALD), a special purpose acquisition company this week announced it has entered into definitive simultaneous business combination agreements with leading science-based, results-driven skin care brand Obagi and award-winning makeup and skin care brand Milk Makeup. The approximately $1.2 billion three-way transaction is a first step in Waldencast’s strategy to create a global best-in-class multi-brand beauty and wellness platform.
Obagi is a leading physician-dispensed brand in the dermo-cosmetic space, the highest-growth category in skin care. Obagi is ranked number one by US dermatologists and plastic surgeons and is recognized for its clinical excellence, industry-leading innovation, and science-backed approach . Strongly anchored in the medical space through practitioners’ recommendation, its products also span the consumer and spa segment. Obagi’s ambition is to become the top professionally recommended brand in the world, by extending its portfolio into new consumer and retail channels, as well as expanding geographically to new key skin care markets.
Milk Makeup is a high-growth, cult-favorite beauty brand among Gen-Z consumers and a leader in clean beauty that has grown organically through a diverse and inclusive community and is known for its cultural relevance and iconic products. Milk Makeup is built on the promise of clean, cool beauty that works with best-selling hero products at key retailers. The brand values of Good for You, Good for the Planet and Good for the Community resonate strongly with its passionate community. The brand’s ambition is to become one of the world’s top make-up brands, expanding its community, portfolio, and geographic reach.
Waldencast will be led by Founder and CEO Michel Brousset, who has over 25 years of experience leading and scaling global consumer and beauty brands at L’Oréal and Procter & Gamble. Prior to founding Waldencast, Mr. Brousset was Group President of L’Oréal North America Consumer Products. Waldencast’s Co-Founder and CEW Board Member, Hind Sebti, who has over 20 years of beauty-specific operational experience at L’Oréal and Procter & Gamble will act as Chief Operating Officer. Tassilo Festetics, who will serve as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Technology Officer, has held various financial roles across multiple geographies over a nearly 15-year career at AB InBev, where he served as Global VP of Technology as well as CFO of AB InBev Asia. Felipe Dutra, who will serve as Executive Chairman of Waldencast, is the former CFO/CTO of AB InBev and has over 30 years of global experience in M&A, capital markets execution, implementation of financial and operational strategy best practices, and delivery of superior growth and shareholder value. Obagi CEO Jaime Castle and Milk Makeup CEO Tim Coolican will remain responsible for their respective businesses, reporting to Michel Brousset and working closely with the Waldencast’s leadership team to accelerate profitable growth while preserving each brand’s distinct DNA and entrepreneurial spirit.
Michel Brousset, Waldencast Founder and CEO, said: “Partnering with Obagi and Milk Makeup is a major milestone in our ambition to build a best-in-class global multi-brand beauty platform, which will be home for the next generation of high-growth, purpose-driven brands. I greatly admire Obagi and Milk Makeup, both leaders in their respective categories, and I am looking forward to working with Jaime and Tim to further accelerate the growth of their respective brands, while preserving each brand’s unique business model. We believe the brands will benefit strongly from the Waldencast ecosystem, bringing operational scale, and attracting best-in-class talent and capabilities.”
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