First Trade Date for Procter & Gamble Co
|Company Name||First Trade Date (yyyy-mm-dd)|
|Procter & Gamble Co||1929-09-12|
|Procter & Gamble Co||PG|
|History and Business of Company|
(this information may include date of incorporation)
|The Procter & Gamble Company was incorporated in Ohio in 1905, having been built from a business founded in 1837 by William Procter and James Gamble. Today, the Company manufactures and markets a broad range of consumer products in many countries throughout the world. |
Unless the context indicates otherwise, the term the "Company" as used herein refers to The Procter & Gamble Company (the registrant) and its subsidiaries.
In March, 2003, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Wella AG from the majority shareholders and, in June, 2003, the Company completed a tender offer for the remaining outstanding voting class shares and preference shares. On September 2, 2003, the Company completed the previously announced purchase of the shares of Wella AG held by the majority shareholders for 3.16 billion Euros (approximately $3.42 billion based on spot exchange rates on that date). On September 10, 2003, the Company purchased the shares secured through the tender offer for 1.49 billion Euros (approximately $1.67 billion based on spot exchange rates on that date). As a result of these purchases, the Company acquired approximately 81% of the outstanding Wella shares (99% of the voting class shares and 45% of the preference shares). The acquisition was financed by a mixture of available cash balances and debt. Wella AG is a leading beauty care company selling its products in more than 150 countries, focused on professional hair care, retail hair care and cosmetics and fragrances.
On November 16, 2001, the Company completed the acquisition of the Clairol business from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and, on May 31, 2002, the Company completed the spin-off of the Jif peanut butter and Crisco shortening brands to the Company's shareholders and their subsequent merger into the J.M. Smucker Company.
In 1999, the Company announced its intention to transition from its previous geographic-based structure to a product-based global business unit structure. Concurrent with that change, the Company initiated a multi-year restructuring program, a discussion of which is incorporated herein by reference to Note 2, Restructuring Program, which appears on pages 42-43 of the Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2003.
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