Food and Beverage M&A Update

4Q 2019


  • The fourth quarter of 2019 saw the fewest number of deals closed in over three years in the Food & Beverage sector
  • Despite a sluggish Q4, overall deal volume in 2019 managed a 2.7% increase over 2018
  • Q4 lower middle-market transaction volume in the $0 -50MM EV tranche ticked down slightly while the larger $500-1B EV tranche saw a meaningful uptick in transaction volume over Q3
  • Private equity investors have been active over the past two years and have surpassed strategic buyers in terms of total capital invested for all disclosed deals
  • The acquisition of Greene King by CK Asset Holdings in an approximately $3.5 billion deal represented the largest deal in Q4
  • Stock prices and valuation multiples trended upwards through 2019

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