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2019 Ag Technology M&A Annual Review

The performance of the general agriculture market continues to disappoint, and with it comes the challenge for precision and digital technology companies to gain traction and market adoption, notably those platforms focused on major row crops. Despite the difficult market conditions, agtech deal volume in 2019 was steady compared to the very strong year in

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2019 Global Food and Agribusiness M&A Review

Verdant Partners is pleased to present this 2019 Global Food and Agribusiness M&A Review of activities impacting the global food and agribusiness industry. This installment has three distinct features: 1) unique insights on developments in the industry; 2) summaries and comments on select transactions and investments during the past year; and 3) perceptions and expectations for

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Independents Need to Compete on Personal Relationships

Rod Osthus Interviews Dean Cavey, Managing Partner of Verdant Partners In a recent installment of RC Thomas Company’s podcast series, Rod Osthus interviewed Dean Cavey of Verdant Partners. Mr. Osthus and Mr. Cavey discussed dynamics of the global seed industry, with a specific focus on the challenging circumstances facing independent branded seed marketers in the

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More Consolidation On The Way In Produce

I have been connected to the produce industry for nearly 40 years. It is clear to me that we are in unprecedented times as many shippers are selling their companies or looking to consolidate their sales efforts with competitors. We must look to the recession of 2008 to understand how we got here. In 2008,

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Verdant and AgTech Insight Form Strategic Partnership

Champaign, IL, and Salinas, CA, USA Verdant Partners LLC, Champaign, IL and AgTech Insight LLC, Salinas, CA are excited to announce the formation of a strategic alliance between the two firms.  As part of the newfound relationship, AgTech Insight will advise and provide digital and precision agriculture consulting services to Verdant on a non-exclusive basis,

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Opportunities for Ag Companies with Parametric Insurance

Verdant Partners LLC (Verdant) has been working with Gallagher, a high-profile global insurance brokerage group based near Chicago, to assist agribusiness companies in managing their risks in various ways.  In a previous document, we highlighted opportunities to use Reps & Warranties Insurance in connection with the acquisition or disposition of a business.  In this article,

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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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