Seafood Executive Outlook 2019: Investment, optimism and a lot more M&A

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Seafood executives are in an optimistic space right now, with many saying they expect higher revenues, more M&A activity and more investment in infrastructure and new product development in the coming year.

That’s according to results of an exclusive email survey IntraFishconducted with over 300 top global seafood industry executives earlier this year. The survey’s findings were revealed during the IntraFish Leadership Breakfast during Seafood Expo North America in Boston in March.


The survey respondents represented various sectors of the seafood industry, but largely self-identified as being in the aquaculture, processing, wholesaling and distribution sectors.

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Could Blackstone go fishing for deals with new $22bn-plus fund?

The Blackstone Group has just raised more than $22 billion from investors for its latest private equity fund. With this mountain of money could the US-based buyout giant look at seafood mergers and acquisitions (M&A)?

Given the increased private equity appetite for seafood M&A, maybe, according to Undercurrent News sources. Blackstone — the world’s largest asset manager with $472bn on its books — completed the first close of its eighth private equity in March, according to Bloomberg News. However, Blackstone has not yet set a limit on the investment pool, which it ultimately expects to eclipse the $24.56bn fund record set by fellow buyout behemoth Apollo Global Management in 2017, which has $249bn under management, reported Bloomberg.

Blackstone has been eyeing deals in the sector before. Back in 2015, Undercurrent revealed Blackstone made a bid for the Peruvian anchovy assets of China Fishery Group, along with industry players Parlevliet & Van der Plas (P&P) and Samherji.

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Nine big seafood M&A moves to watch for in 2019

By Jason Huffman, Tom Seaman and Jason Smith

The seafood industry has a fever and the only thing that will cool it down in 2019 is more consolidation.

To say there were a lot of mergers and acquisitions in 2018 would be an understatement. Undercurrent News has identified 127 deals, up from 117 in 2017 and 102 in 2016. The fourth quarter of 2018 alone saw 42 deals, the most since we started tracking in January 2015. The joint second-highest quarter for deals was Q3 of last year when we recorded 34, the same as in Q4 of 2017.

These deals include quite a few big ones in multiple sectors, from salmon aquaculture in Chile to fishing firms, processors, wholesalers and exporters in Europe, the US, Canada, and Asia. But the global M&A party is not nearly over based on the conditions, as suggested by Ignacio Kleiman, a managing partner at Antarctica Advisors, in Miami, Florida, in an earlier interview.

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Sources: Iberconsa, Pescanova an ‘ideal match’; management would prefer PE

The likely upcoming sale process for Portobello Capital’s stake in Grupo Iberica de Congelados (Ibercosa) will attract a lot of trade and private equity interest, with the Madrid, Spain-based  private equity (PE) investor in a strong position, said one banker.

According to one source, Gorjan Nikolik of Rabobank, investors should look at unifying Ibercosa and Grupo Nueva Pescanova. However, Nikolik acknowledged the issues with a move like this. Other sources said this is not likely to be a move the management of Ibercosa is likely to want to see, at least in the short-term.

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Is now a good time to sell your company?

US seafood companies may have a window.

President Trump’s increasingly tough stance on trade is worrying many US seafood industry players, as it does not necessarily consider that some 85-90 percent of the seafood we consume in this country is imported. Increasing barriers to imports many result in higher raw material costs, lower profitability, a slowdown in revenue growth and, consequently, a potential general decrease in Enterprise Values (EV) for those companies exposed to these possible regulatory challenges.

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Source: IntraFish

Los fondos de inversión revolucionan la industria pesquera gallega

Son negocios en expansión con generación constante de caja, de ahí que sean atractivos para este tipo de sociedades.

La comercialización de productos del mar está al alza en Europa (por la recuperación del consumo tras la crisis), Estados Unidos (con nuevos formatos) y Asia (por una creciente clase media en China). En Galicia es una industria muy atomizada pese a que las Rías Baixas concentran la mayor capacidad productiva de la eurozona. Aún así, solo Nueva Pescanova figuraba entre las top 100 del mundo, un ránking al que ha entrado Ibérica de Congelados (Iberconsa) tras la compra por esta última de la argentina pesquera Santa Cruz. Ninguna de ellas está en manos de industriales de la pesca; la primera es propiedad de la banca acreedora, que ya ha iniciado contactos para desinvertir, y la segunda está en manos (en un 55%) del fondo Portobello Capital.

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Boston panelists: Lots of M&A talk but valuation ‘disconnect’ stops deals from getting done

BOSTON, Massachusetts, US — There’s a lot of factors in the seafood sector right now that would suggest the pace of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is destined to heat up soon.

But for all of the talk, the pace of US seafood dealmaking slowed in 2017, at least for ‘announced’ deals, according to a recent presentation made by bankers and deal advisors speaking at an M&A panel at the Boston seafood show.

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Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions: A Primer

Featuring Ignacio Kleiman, Managing Partner – Antarctica Advisors

The economic landscape for the global seafood industry is shaped not only by trends in the marketplace, but also by access to resources and financial capital. SeafoodSource is convening a panel of experts to discuss the challenges the industry faces and the opportunities presented by shifting interest rates, mergers and acquisitions and the forces of supply and demand.

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Boston Show 2018 Preview: A sneak peek at what’s to come

Get ready for three chaotic days. Here’s a look at new product innovations for the expo don’t forget to join the IntraFish Leadership Breakfast in Boston.

The Boston Seafood Show is upon us once more. Here’s a preview of what’s rolling out for the expo.

Also, join us in Boston for the IntraFish Leadership Breakfast “Markets, Sustainability and Leadership: Creating the Future of the Latin American Shrimp Industry.”

The program includes presentations, discussions and unrivaled networking March 12.There will be executives from Skretting, Rabobank, Antarctica Advisors, WWF and Ecuador’s National Chamber of Aquaculture and more.

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