M&A and Capital Markets Update - Food and beverage Q1 2013

While the volatile commodity price swings of 2012 have been much less dramatic, the first quarter of 2013 has realized continued price increases. From an M&A perspective, the food and beverage industry remains an extremely attractive industry segment. Corporate buyers are flush with cash as the top food and beverage companies on the S&P 500 have nearly $40 billion of cash and short-term investments. Valuations remain at a premium for food and beverage companies compared to the S&P 500, trading at a 37.2 percent premium in total enterprise value to EBITDA.

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