The third quarter of 2019 saw the fewest number of deals closed in over three years.
Investors are moving up market to fewer but more sizeable companies.
Private equity firms are showing a slight uptick in market share against strategic acquirers in terms of deal activity.
Quest Nutrition was acquired by Atkins Nutritionals (NAS: SMPL) for $1 billion on November 7, 2019. The acquisition of the company will strengthen Simply Good Foods' position within the nutritional snacking category by expanding the portfolio of brands and product offerings while also providing greater consumer and channel diversification.
Stock prices and valuation multiples trend downwards through 2018 and slightly rebound into 2Q 2019.