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Alberto-Culver Plans to Split Units Into Independent Public Companies

Posted: June 19, 2006

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"This move unlocks strategic, long-term value for Sally and BSG,” said Winterhalter. “Sally will no longer be limited in their pursuit of consumers away from other retailers and into Sally stores. Likewise, Sally and BSG will no longer have to balance the fact that their largest vendors are competitors of the Alberto-Culver consumer business. Under nearly 40 years of Alberto-Culver ownership, Sally and BSG have grown and strengthened to become market leaders in their respective categories. This position of strength will enable us to continue to build both the Sally and BSG businesses as we pursue growth via new store openings, better trained sales consultants, persuasive advertising, new product lines, expansion of existing product lines, acquisitions and other growth initiatives. Furthermore, we have a strong, dedicated team in place to manage the business and facilitate future growth."

"With this action, Alberto-Culver becomes a focused global consumer products company,” said Marino. “We expect that the separation will eliminate the channel conflicts that we have experienced as well as competition for company resources. Our emphasis will be our consumer brands and maintaining and building long-term relationships with our trade partners by marketing and delivering world-class brands that delight our consumers."