M&A Summary: Q4 2018 – Food & Beverage

February 20, 2019

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There was significant activity in the Canadian food and beverage space in Q4 2018, with 23 deals involving a Canadian party either announced or closed during the period. This represents a decrease from 37 transactions in Q4 2017. Canadian food and beverage businesses continue to be active buyers of both domestic and international companies, as well as attractive acquisition targets for foreign buyers.

Despite challenging macroeconomic factors such as volatile equity markets, geopolitical uncertainty, and trade disputes, cross-border deal activity remains high as companies continue to prioritize the addition of scale regardless of geographical location and regulatory risk. Entering 2019, these macroeconomic factors will continue to have an impact on the food and beverage M&A landscape. Businesses will look to focus on identifying buyers who have an appetite to transact despite a certain level of market uncertainty.

The food and beverage industry continues to offer attractive opportunities for growth, but companies must find ways to invest proactively and respond to dynamic consumer preferences to remain competitive.
 

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Bob McMahon
National Leader, Retail and Consumer Business

Melissa Krakar
National Leader, Food and Beverage

Ryan Farkas
Partner, National Corporate Finance Leader