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Case
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Reference no. IMD-7-1694
Published by: Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Originally published in: 2017
Version: 23.01.2018
Revision date: 09-Mar-2018
Length: 17 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

The case describes a strategic dilemma faced by the management team of Galderma, a 50/50 dermatology joint venture (JV) between Nestle and L'Oreal, which had been set up in 1981, following Nestle's strategic and sizable investment in L'Oreal. The lock-up agreement governing that investment was due to expire on April 24, 2014, triggering the very real possibility of a change not only in Nestle's shareholding in L'Oreal but also in Galderma's ownership structure. Despite both parent companies' demonstrated commitment to Galderma's long-term success, after nearly 33 years of joint operations, the time had come when the JV and its shareholders could do better with more freedom. Dissolving the JV would enable its parent companies to pursue their respective growth strategies independently. It would also create wider business potential for Galderma, especially as its recent introduction of new medical aesthetic products, in response to the growing market demand for aesthetic procedures, threatened to overlap with L'Oreal's core offering. At the same time, with the launch of Nestlé Health Science (NHS) in 2011, helping consumers lead healthier lives in every aspect, beyond nutrition, became central to Nestle's corporate strategy. Galderma could evolve along one of the four paths - maintaining the status quo, L'Oreal as corporate parent, Nestle as corporate parent or finally, Initial public offering.
Locations:
Size:
EUR1.6 billion
Other setting(s):
2014

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Abstract

The case describes a strategic dilemma faced by the management team of Galderma, a 50/50 dermatology joint venture (JV) between Nestle and L'Oreal, which had been set up in 1981, following Nestle's strategic and sizable investment in L'Oreal. The lock-up agreement governing that investment was due to expire on April 24, 2014, triggering the very real possibility of a change not only in Nestle's shareholding in L'Oreal but also in Galderma's ownership structure. Despite both parent companies' demonstrated commitment to Galderma's long-term success, after nearly 33 years of joint operations, the time had come when the JV and its shareholders could do better with more freedom. Dissolving the JV would enable its parent companies to pursue their respective growth strategies independently. It would also create wider business potential for Galderma, especially as its recent introduction of new medical aesthetic products, in response to the growing market demand for aesthetic procedures, threatened to overlap with L'Oreal's core offering. At the same time, with the launch of Nestlé Health Science (NHS) in 2011, helping consumers lead healthier lives in every aspect, beyond nutrition, became central to Nestle's corporate strategy. Galderma could evolve along one of the four paths - maintaining the status quo, L'Oreal as corporate parent, Nestle as corporate parent or finally, Initial public offering.

Settings

Locations:
Size:
EUR1.6 billion
Other setting(s):
2014

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