Category Verdant in the News

Microbiome Products for Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities

Bacteria, yeasts and fungi have played a major role in agriculture and food and drink production for millennia.  Discovery and development of the full potential of microorganisms, collectively known as the microbiome, is now a major focus for agricultural companies, large and small, established and startup. Rhizobial inoculants, soil phosphate mobilizers such as Penicillium bilaii,

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South America – An Important Agricultural Region for the Future

With vast land availability, rich water resources, and a relatively small population, the South American continent will remain a critical and growing region for agriculture in 2019. We foresee continued growth for competitive enterprises involved in the biological inputs, genetics, commodity row crop, niche tree crop, and produce markets. Limited capital availability in South America

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Consolidation in Floriculture Breeding

In the past decade, Dümmen Orange, backed by private equity firm BC Partners (and predecessor investor H2 Equity Partners), has shaken up the floriculture breeding segment with 24 acquisitions. Other private equity firms have followed suit, including Foreman Capital’s investment in Van den Bos in 2016 and Nimbus’s investment in Royal van Zanten in 2018.

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Ag Technology: The Next Wave of Consolidation

The last few years, agriculture has been dominated by headlines of mergers and acquisitions by and between some of the largest agricultural companies in the world.  Depressed commodity prices, demand for innovation, increasing regulation, and growing costs to develop new products has driven unprecedented consolidation. Amidst efforts by the most storied and established agriculture companies

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A Solution to Representations & Warranties Risks

Verdant Partners has become increasingly aware of a relatively new insurance product that is rapidly gaining popularity in support of merger & acquisition (“M&A”) transactions.  That product is Representations & Warranties  (“Reps & Warranties”) insurance.  Verdant recently met with AJ Gallagher (“Gallagher”), a global insurance brokerage and risk management firm based near Chicago, who is

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Dynamics of the Global Vegetable Seed Market

Three significant developments and trends were apparent in the global vegetable seeds sector during 2018: 1) regulators’ decisions concerning the Nunhems divestment, as a whole, resulted in less opportunity for competitors to pick up valuable species / programs; 2) general market slowdown was observed but may be an extraordinary result of the trade war in

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Seed World: Diving into the Mega-Merger Waters

An article written by Joe Funk and published by Seed World on January 11, 2019. Expert weighs in on the Dow-Dupont, Bayer-Monsanto acquisitions. In 2015 and 2016, the headlines announcing the pending Dow-DuPont merger of equals and the Bayer-Monsanto merger were still wet on the page in 2015 and 2016, respectively, when the public conversation

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2018 Agribusiness M&A and Investment Review

Verdant Partners is pleased to present this 2018 Annual Agribusiness M&A and Investment Review as a reflection of completed deals and consolidation drivers shaping our industry. On the surface, 2018 seemed relatively calm compared to the considerable level of activity that took place in 2016 and 2017. Amidst profitability headwinds facing farmers, and consequently the

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eFarm News Argentina: Casanova and Lanusse from Agrifex: “Seed industry is an excellent niche for M&A”

An article written by Javier Preciado Patiño, eFarm News Argentina’s Editor in Chief, and published on September 4, 2018. Buenos Aires, September 4th. Luis Casanova and Felipe Lanusse are two young professionals who run the local representation of Verdant Partners, an investment consulting group. Luis is an agronomist graduated from Buenos Aires University who worked in

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