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 major crop input markets, substantial alliances, mergers, and acquisitions took place. According to Verdant’s proprietary database of transactions covering the span of crop agribusiness, total observed deal volume during 2018 fell only 2% compared to 2017.
Overall, participants in agriculture sought new opportunities for improved efficiencies, advanced technology, increased distribution, and expanded profitability. Considerable deal activity was recognized in digital agriculture, produce, and vegetable seed segments.
This installment of our Agribusiness M&A and Investment Review summarizes select transactions and investments during the past year and offers unique insights and expectations for the year to come. We hope that you will read this report with great interest and consider contacting one of the professionals on our team should you have questions or be interested in exploring opportunities. The future remains bright for agriculture, and the team at Verdant Partners remains ready and willing to partner with you to review, develop, or implement your strategy, as well as execute resulting transactions.