Agribusiness - Mergers and Acquisitions

With global demand for food rising and with trends such as food security, commodity price volatility and better supply chain management, among others, coming into focus, agricultural companies are looking for ways to find efficiencies and take advantage of growth opportunities. Historically, this sector has also been fairly fragmented, meaning there is room for consolidation. This applies to nearly every part of the agribusiness market from production to equipment to technology to farm management and more.

Those who want to take advantage of the M&A-related opportunities must have a strong understanding of the market and how the sector has evolved over the last several years. There are many ways to enhance your bottom line – whether it’s investing in Agtech or modernizing production facilities – you need to work with someone who knows the players, can navigate regulations and is fully aware of the various valuations in this sector.

Osler’s Agribusiness team has decades of experience working with all types of companies in this industry. We provide legal advice and practical business guidance for stakeholders looking to maximize their business opportunities through mergers or acquisitions. Osler’s M&A team is also complemented by experts in tax, competition, employment and other areas so that every aspect of a transaction is considered.

Recent experience

Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Maple Leaf Foods in its acquisition of two poultry plants and associated supply from Cericola Farms. The plants, located in Ontario and Quebec, process approx 32 million kilograms of chicken annually. Maple Leaf has secured 100% of the processed chicken volume from Cericola's primary processing plant in Schomberg, Ontario.

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2223890 Alberta Ltd.

2223890 Alberta Ltd. (AcquireCo), in its acquisition of Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. (RMDI). Under the transaction, AcquireCo acquired all issued and outstanding shares of RMDI.   The overall acquisition was valued at $195 million and the resultant entity is known as Rocky Mountain Equipment Alberta Ltd.

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UPL Limited

UPL Limited in its acquisition of Arysta LifeScience Inc. from Platform Specialty Products, a chemical production corporation listed on the NYSE, for US$4.2 billion.  UPL Limited is a leader in global food systems and with the acquisition of Arysta, becomes one of the top 5 agricultural solutions companies worldwide.

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Concentric Agriculture Inc.

Inocucor Technologies Inc. (now known as Concentric Agriculture inc.) in its acquisition of ATP Nutrition. This strategic partnership is the first major step toward Inocucor's vision to offer a broad range of products that support farmers across their crop nutrient and biological needs.

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