US trout farmer Riverence closes deal for larger rival Clear Springs

The second-largest rainbow trout farmer in the US, owned by the creator of a multitude of hit TV shows, has a deal for its larger rival, Clear Springs Foods, making it, by far it the largest farmer of the species in the country.

The purchase by Riverence Holdings, the parent company of Idaho’s Riverence Farms, means that the combined vertically integrated farmer will include 14 farms with a total capacity of 15,000 metric tons annually, four brood stations, two processing facilities, a value-added processing arm, waste recovery plant and a feed mill, the company said.

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Profand deal for Mercadona’s Caladero plant will widen product mix to salmon, whitefish

Spain’s Profand Fishing Holding has moved to acquire Spanish retail group Mercadona’s processing firm Caladero, after buying Stavis Seafoods and investing in Seafreeze in the US.

Zaragoza, Spain-based Caladero will add a new range of species Profand’s portfolio. Caladero processes salmon, trout, seabream and seabass, as well as sardines, in addition to octopus, squid and shrimp Profand is known for.

Vigo, Spain-based Profand agreed to buy 100% of Caladero, which specializes in products in modified atmosphere packaging MAP) trays for Mercadona, which took control of the plant in 2010 after it ran into difficulties under Carlos Amoros, its former owner. The plan at the time was to eventually find an industry buyer such as Profand, which is the main supplier of cephalopods to the retailer.

The deal, which is pending approval by the Spanish competition authority, will allow Profand to “boost its growth and consolidate its leadership in Spain in both volume and efficiency and productivity”, the company said.

The MAP-focused Caladero plant in Zaragoza has 55,000 square meters of production area with a capacity total of 21,000 metric tons of product per year, employing some 600 staff.

Caladero will add €200 million ($222.50m) and a net profit of €3.4m to Profand’s growing business. When Undercurrent News revealed Profand’s move for Seafreeze, done in partnership with Michael Tourkistas, the founder of US shellfish processor East Coast Seafood Group, it emerged the deal would take the company past $500m. So, the addition of Caladero will make the wider Profand group to around $720m in annual sales.

“This is a strategically important transaction both for Profand and for the Spanish seafood industry as a whole. The sector was deeply affected by the 2008/09 financial crisis and this transaction is recognition of the fabulous recovery the sector experienced,” Ignacio Kleiman, founding partner of Antarctica Advisors, told Undercurrent News.

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M&A Advisor: More US firms need to be looking to secure resources overseas

Undercurrent News – August 22, 2018

North American companies need to be more aggressively seeking access to raw material resources overseas, believes Birgir Brynjolfsson of Antarctica Advisors.

Speaking to Undercurrent News, Brynjolfsson – who worked as the exclusive advisor to Mitsui & Co on its March 2018 deal for Mark Foods – noted there is a perception that US companies in the seafood sector are interested in looking overseas for expansion.

“But what we’ve seen is that there are so many opportunities within North America that there is no need for the companies to start looking overseas.”

“We get a lot of inbound communications from advisors in Asia and Latin America asking ‘hey, we’ve got this opportunity, are you guys interested?’ And our recommendation is that the North American companies have not been aggressively going abroad acquiring the right resources.”

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Global seafood players need to buy US market access, says advisor on Mitsui investment in Mark Foods

The investment from Mitsui & Co in Mark Foods shows large, global groups are realizing acquiring or investing in a US distributors is the fastest way to get access to the market, said the advisor to the giant Japanese conglomerate on the deal.

“Global companies are realizing it takes a lifetime to build a market position in the US. The only way to achieve a strong position in the US market is through partnership or an acquisition of a well-established company,” Birgir Brynjolfsson of Antarctica Advisors, who worked as the exclusive advisor to Mitsui on the deal, told Undercurrent News.

Mitsui, which has also has minority stakes in the salmon farming arm of Chile’s Multiexport Foods and Vietnamese shrimp supplier Minh Phu Seafood, already has a US operation involved in the food sector.

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Antarctica Advisors Acts as Exclusive Investment Banking Advisor to Mitsui & Co (U.S.A.) in a Strategic Partnership Transaction with Mark Foods

March 16, 2018 – Antarctica Advisors LLC, the leading Seafood Industry-focused M&A advisory firm, acted as the exclusive investment banking advisor to Mitsui & Co (U.S.A.) in a strategic partnership transaction with Mark Foods, a New York-based importer and marketer of quality seafood products to high-end retailers, distributors, and restaurant groups in the U.S.

Mitsui & Co (U.S.A.) is the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsui & Co Ltd, one of the largest general trading companies in Japan and publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with $100 billion dollars in total assets. The group owns considerable seafood resources worldwide, including shrimp farming operations in Asia and salmon farming operations in South America.

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Chile salmon sales consolidation could lead to more mergers in future

There will be more consolidation on the sales side amongst Chilean salmon farmers in 2017, which could lead to more mergers in the future, according to a top industry dealmaker.

“The Chilean export industry has been relatively fragmented on the sales side; this has been an issue for years. Now, they have got their heads above the water and they can start to do those kinds of ventures,” Kolbjorn Giskeodegard, the seafood director at Nordea Bank’s equity research unit, told Undercurrent News.

This should develop further, however.

“We think that the consolidation the downstream Chilean salmon producers are undertaking is the beginning of the process that will result in fewer players on the production front as well,” Ignacio Kleiman, managing partner at seafood-focused investment firm Antarctica Advisors, told Undercurrent.

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Antarctica Advisors LLC Successfully Arranges and Closes CAD 240 million in new credit facilities for Ocean Choice International L.P.

Miami. November 18, 2016 – Antarctica Advisors LLC, the leading Seafood Industry-focused advisory firm, acted as the investment banking advisor to Ocean Choice International L.P. (“OCI”) in the CAD 240 million refinancing of its credit facilities with a syndicate of Canadian and U.S. lenders.

St. John’s, Newfoundland-based OCI is a leading vertically integrated seafood company engaged in harvesting, processing and marketing of a diverse range of Groundfish and Shellfish species for domestic and international markets. OCI operates six frozen-at-sea fishing vessels and five processing plants employing over 1,700 people in Atlantic Canada and at sales offices around the world.  Read more

Antarctica Advisors LLC Acts as the M&A Advisor to Sea Watch International in the Acquisition of Bar Harbor Foods

Miami. September 6, 2016 – Antarctica Advisors LLC, the leading Seafood Industry-focused investment banking firm, acted as the M&A advisor to Sea Watch International Ltd. in the acquisition of Looks Gourmet Foods Holding Company Inc. (d.b.a. Bar Harbor Foods).

Maryland-based Sea Watch International, the largest integrated producer of clam products in the U.S., on Friday completed the acquisition of Bar Harbor Foods, a leading producer of branded quality seafood products for retail.

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