Food and Beverage M&A Update

1Q 2021


  • The Food & Beverage industry index rose 10.6% in Q1 2021 and outperformed the S&P 500 index, which increased 7.4% in the same period
  • M&A deal volume was up 78% to 203 completed transactions in Q1 2021 from 114 deals during the same period in the prior year
  • Strategic buyers accounted for 27.5% of deal volume in Q1 2021 vs PE investors with 72.5%
  • Henan Shuanghui Investment and Development (SHE: 000895) raised $1.08 billion in development capital on February 20, 2021, representing the largest transaction in Q1 2021
  • Despite a selloff in February 2021, stock prices and valuation multiples have trended higher in Q1 from prior year levels
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