Hain Celestial Receives Nasdaq Extension to Evidence Compliance with Filing Requirement

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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life™, announced today that the Listing Qualifications Staff (the "Staff") of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC ("Nasdaq") has granted the Company's request for an exception to Nasdaq's filing requirement, as set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) (the "Rule"), which requires the timely filing of all periodic financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

As previously disclosed, on August 31, 2016, the Company received a letter from the Staff of Nasdaq as a result of the Company's inability to timely file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 with the SEC by August 29, 2016, as required under the Rule. 

On October 31, 2016, the Company timely submitted to Nasdaq its plan to regain compliance with the Rule and, on November 2, 2016, the Company received formal notice from the Staff that the Company had been granted an extension, through February 27, 2017, to file its periodic reports with the SEC.

The Company and the Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors are continuing to work diligently to complete the previously announced independent review and audit process relating to the 2016 fiscal year such that the Company is in a position to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 with the SEC as soon as possible and to thereby evidence compliance with the Rule. 

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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), headquartered in Lake Success, NY, is a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India.  Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Earth's Best®, Ella's Kitchen®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin'®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Casbah®, Rudi's Organic Bakery®, Hain Pure Foods®, Spectrum®, Spectrum Essentials®, Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, WestSoy®, The Greek Gods®, BluePrint®, FreeBird®, Plainville Farms®, Empire®, Kosher Valley®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Europe's Best®, Cully & Sully®, New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Johnson's Juice Co.®, Farmhouse Fare®, Hartley's®, Sun-Pat®, Gale's®, Robertson's®, Frank Cooper's®, Linda McCartney®, Lima®, Danival®, Joya®, Natumi®, GG UniqueFiber®, Tilda®, JASON®, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Live Clean® and Queen Helene®.  Hain Celestial has been providing A Healthier Way of Life™ since 1993.  For more information, visit www.hain.com.

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