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  • Wed, Oct. 19, 8:01 AM
    • Though not formally on the block, the company has met with a number of Chinese buyers over their interest in a buyout in the $4B area, including debt. GNC's market cap is $1.3B, and debt outstanding foots to roughly $1.6B.
    • Source: WSJ
    • Among those interested are the acquisitive Fosun Group, ZZ Capital, and a number of pharmaceutical companies.
    • China's vitamin and dietary supplement market could grow by more than 50% to $28.7B, according to one study, and that country's consumers are also putting more trust in Western brands after a number of local scandals involving counterfeit drugs.
    • Shares +5.9% premarket
    | Wed, Oct. 19, 8:01 AM | 9 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 13, 8:47 AM
    • GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) is higher after DealReporter tips of strong interest from Asian buyers. The full story is behind a paywall, but DealReporter indicates that several companies are in the hunt for GNC.
    • GNC +8.58% premarket to $28.60.
    | Wed, Jul. 13, 8:47 AM | 4 Comments
  • Sep. 21, 2014, 4:40 AM
    • Barron's says Vitamin Shope (NYSE:VSI) could rally 20% or more as an aging population and a greater focus on health drive demand for supplements and vitamins.
    • VSI has increased same-store sales for the past 35 quarters, yet shares are -30% since Feb. 2013 over what some saw as overly aggressive growth tactics.
    • VSI is the No.2 U.S. retailer of nutritional products, behind GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC). Some think GNC may take a run at VSI, especially following recent news that CEO Tony Truesdale will retire next June.
    | Sep. 21, 2014, 4:40 AM | 6 Comments
  • Sep. 18, 2014, 4:08 PM
    • GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) will consider its options after hearing from P-E firms, according to reports.
    • Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI) is also on the M&A radar with Reuters reporting a group of shareholders are pushing the company to look to sell itself.
    • One rather natural idea that's been bandied around for a while has been a GNC-VSI combination.
    • GNC +0.4% AH after a late-day spike to push shares up above $41. VSI was also a late bloomer on the day off the buzz.
    | Sep. 18, 2014, 4:08 PM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 11, 2014, 12:53 PM
    • GNC Holdings (GNC +5.6%) trades higher after Credit Suisse lifts the stock to an Outperform rating from Neutral.
    • The investment firm likes the potential for GNC and Vitamin Shoppe (VSI +6.2%) to merge and create synergies.
    | Aug. 11, 2014, 12:53 PM