M&A activity was up in the Food & Beverage (“F&B”) sector in 2012. Transaction volume, aggregate value and multiples were all higher year over year as the economy showed improvement and tax-minded business owners got nervous about an impending capital gains hike. In Q1 2013 activity slowed as a result of tax-driven M&A deal activity that pulled transactions into Q4 2012. However, according to a report from Deloitte, trading multiples across various F&B industry sectors (food packagers, ingredients, beverages, and retail) increased modestly on average during Q1 2013, compared to Q4 2012.
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