What We’re Seeing

Market Update1

The M&A landscape in the food & beverage industry in July remains active, with several notable transactions. Atlas Holdings to acquire Flagstone Foods for $90.0 million, Performance Food Group to acquire Reinhart Foodservice for $2.0 billion, and L Catterton to acquire Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group for $824.2 million.

What We’ve Been Doing

Closed Harris Williams Transactions


HW Advises Vital Farms on Its Investment from Manna Tree

Business Overview

  • Vital Farms (the “Company”) is a leading provider of ethically produced, pasture-raised protein and dairy products
  • As a Certified B Corp, Vital Farms offers ethically produced foods to consumers, raising the standards for animal welfare
  • Starting with 20 hens in 2007, Vital Farms now works with more than 150 independent, family owned egg farms in nine states becoming the leading supplier of pasture-raised eggs in the country
  • The Company has expanded its product offerings to include pasture-raised, grass-fed American-made butter, pasture-raised hard-boiled eggs, and pasture-raised liquid eggs
  • Vital Farms continues to raise the standards for taste and nutrition while also increasing supply chain transparency and promoting  the welfare of happy, healthy hens and cows
  • The Company was excited to partner with Manna Tree, a like-minded private equity asset manager that focuses on investing in growing companies that are improving the health of the food supply chain


Key Value Drivers

  • Strong brand momentum – allows premium positioning and unrivaled consumer loyalty
  • Attractive market segment – pasture-raised and organic eggs driving outsized growth in the space
  • Proven brand extendibility
  • Compelling growth profile with significant white space
  • Strong farm supplier network and support structure ensures greater animal treatment and consistent quality
  • Recent investment in a state-of-the-art processing facility
  • Best-in-class operations and leadership team


Vital Signs

Commodity Price Indices1


Protein Price Indices2,3


Restaurant and Grocery Store Sales Indices4


Consumer Food Price Index Inflation2


Key Trading Statistics1


Public Equity Market Overview

Public Company Sector Performance (Median One year change in stock price)1


Recent Equity Offerings5


Food and Beverage Industry Stock Performance Index4


M&A Market Overview

Highlighted Food and Beverage M&A Transactions1

Atlas Holdings to Acquire Flagstone Foods


  • Atlas Holdings announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Flagstone Foods, a snack company of TreeHouse Foods, Inc.
  • Flagstone Foods manufactures and distributes private label healthy snacks in North America
  • The transaction is in line with TreeHouse’s mission to refocus its business and focus on its core brands


Performance Food Group to Acquire Reinhart Foodservice


  • Performance Food Group (“PFG”) announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Reinhart Foodservice
  • Based in Rosemont, IL, Reinhart Foodservice operates as a foodservice distributor in the United States with 26 distribution centers
  • The acquisition will enhance PFG’s distribution services and presence, improving network efficiency, and help PFG achieve its long-term growth goals


L Catterton to Acquire Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group


  • L Catterton announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group
  • Based in Irving, TX, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group is a collection of 78 restaurants across 17 states and Washington, D.C
  • L Catterton has invested in several restaurant concepts and will seek to leverage this expertise to drive growth for Del Frisco’s

M&A Market Overview*

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Latest Deals and Announced Private Equity Activity1


* M&A transactions include European and cross-border deals since 2015.

Debt Market Overview

Food and Beverage Loan Activity6


Recent Debt Offerings7


M&A Overview*

Median LTM Trading Multiples & Quarterly Food & Beverage M&A1


Recent Food and Beverage M&A1



* M&A transactions include European and cross-border deals since 2015.

Food and Beverage Earnings Release Calendar

Earnings Release Calendar1


Public Comparables4






1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2. Unweighted Average

3. US Census Bureau

4. Factset

5. Thomson Financial

6. S&P

7. Reuters


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