Mars to acquire Synlab's veterinary lab diagnostics unit
Mars Inc., the U.S. confectionary and pet food giant, agreed to acquire Synlab Vet, a veterinary laboratory diagnostics provider.
Why it matters: Pet care is a burgeoning area for investors and strategics alike, with long-term prospects in the "humanization" of pets and the recurring revenue over a pet's lifespan.
Details: The veterinary unit of German medical diagnostics company Synlab Group (FSE: SYAB) will become a part of Mars Petcare's Science and Diagnostics division.
- Lazard was the financial adviser for Mars, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was its legal adviser.
- Financial terms weren't disclosed, though Synlab says its vet division accounted for less than 1% of total group revenue in 2022.
What they're saying: "This transaction is complementary to our existing diagnostics business and will bring additional reach across Europe," Mars science and diagnostics president Nefertiti Greene said in prepared remarks.
Catch up fast: The McClean, Va.-based company behind such brands as Pedigree, Royal Canin and Whiskas has been actively expanding its pet care portfolio, both in veterinary care and nutrition.
- In June, the company acquired Heska Corp., a Loveland, Colo.-based veterinary diagnostic and specialty product provider, in a deal valued over $1 billion.
- In February, the company completed its acquisition of Champion Petfoods, the Alberta, Canada, pet food maker behind brands Orijen and Acana.