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Unilever to buy Dollar Shave Club for US$1 billion


Unilever PLC agreed to buy Dollar Shave Club LLC in a deal said to be worth about US$1 billion, giving it a piece of the fast-growing business of selling grooming products online by subscription.

The Anglo-Dutch consumer products maker is expected to close the deal, subject to regulatory approval, in the third quarter, Unilever said in a statement, without disclosing terms.

The company is to pay cash, said people familiar with the terms, who asked not be identified as the valuation has not been disclosed.

Merlin Koene, a spokesman for Unilever, declined to comment.

Unilever, which generated about 17 percent of its revenue from North America last year, is to gain a subscription model Dollar Shave Club is using to take on brands such as Procter & Gamble Co’s Gillette and Edgewell Personal Care Co’s Schick in the estimated US$3 billion US men’s shaving products market.

The acquisition would be Unilever’s biggest since a more than US$3 billion deal to raise its majority holding in its Indian affiliate, Hindustan Unilever Ltd in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

At the US$1 billion price, Unilever is paying five times Dollar Shave Club’s projected revenue this year.

Venice, California-based Dollar Shave Club has used advertising making fun of the high price and technical development of razor blades to boost sales, which the company forecasts at US$200 million this year, up from US$4 million in 2012.

Dollar Shave Club has 3.2 million members, according to the statement. The company sells razors for as little as US$1 per month, as well as shaving supplies.

It recently expanded its product line into hair care, offering pomade and hair cream that has made a comeback with young male consumers.

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