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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Stavis takes investment from seafood group with global raw material reach

A global æshing and processing company based in the Netherlands has made an investment in US supplier Stavis Seafoods, the newly promoted CEO of the latter conærmed to Undercurrent News.

On Wednesday, importer and processor Stavis issued a statement on a “strategic partnership” with a ærm named IMV Holding, which is based in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

Chuck Marble, the former Stavis president who the company also announced is taking over from Richard Stavis as CEO, conærmed IMV has taken an equity stake in the Boston, Massachusetts-based processor.

He declined to comment to Undercurrent on whether IMV has taken a majority or a “This partnership sits very well with the strategy and mission of Stavis Seafoods. These are two family businesses with tremendous expertise and resources in the seafood industry. We look forward to leveraging synergies to achieve the Stavis growth strategy,” Marble told Undercurrent, in a statement.

According to Stavis, IMV has vessels and processing facilities around the globe.

Ignacio Kleiman, whose ærm Antarctica Advisors was the advisor to Stavis and the family in this transaction, said the deal is a “strategic integration play” for the US processor.

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M&A advisor: Future consolidation a must for seafood industry

‘Cases such as Pescanova will have to be defined to succeed,’ Ignacio Kleiman says.

Ignacio Kleiman, M&A advisor and managing partner at Antarctica Advisors, said there will be more consolidation in the global fishing industry if it wants to achieve better efficiency, capital and management, reports Faro de Vigo.

“To trade perishable goods, such as fishery products, with the added complexity that it is for food, has many obstacles,” Kleiman said. “It requires a certain level of sophistication.”

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