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Consumer M&A Watch – October 2021

By Carolina D'Alencon | October 28, 2021

Contract Manufacturing Edition | Oct. 2021

Actionable intelligence for leaders in the Consumer Products and Retail industry

COVID-19 has had a beneficial effect on global contract manufacturing services overall.  The demand for personal care D2C (e-commerce) brands accelerated during the pandemic due to consumers’ increased consciousness of health, wellness, and sustainability. Contract manufacturers were able to keep up with the high demand and benefited from the continuing industry change. On the Food & Beverage side, contract manufacturers benefited from a significant increase in demand for consumer-packaged foods – particularly products that are staple and comfort foods, add flavor and variety, or offer convenience.

Additionally, the medical device contract manufacturing market has experienced large growth due to the sheer necessity of ventilators and respirators. Likewise, the complexity of innovation in class three medical devices such as pacemakers and implantable medical devices has resulted in OEMs leveraging the expertise of electronic manufacturing services. As COVID begins to subside, contract manufacturing companies will rely heavily on flawless supply chain management to position themselves as robust strategic manufacturer partners to pharma and medical device companies from their more traditional transaction relationship. According to MarketandMarkets research, the Global Medical Device industry is expected to reach $113.3 billion by 2026, a 11.5% CAGR from 2021 numbers of $65.9b.

While 2020 had a decrease in M&A activity in the Global Contract Manufacturing space, 2021 started strong – with global strategics and private equity buyers looking to capitalize on the ongoing industry trends primarily through expansion: capacity, manufacturing capabilities, geography diversification of customer base, and new customer accounts. 7 Mile Advisors has completed several transactions within the Consumer Products & Services space. These transactions span the major verticals of Contract Manufacturing including Food & Beverage, Cleaning Products, Recreational Products, Personal Care, and others. Most recently, 7MA represented Innovasource, a leading household and industrial cleaning products company, on its sale to Energizer. Our extensive experience in the sector led by Mark Landry, a Partner with an impressive career with Unilever spanning more than 20 years, provides us with valuable insights into the M&A market, active investors and strategic buyers, and valuation trends.

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7MA provides specialized Investment Banking & Advisory Services to the professional service firms in the Consumer Products & Retail industries. We help our clients determine the right strategic partners for their businesses, transition ownership, raise capital, grow through acquisitions, and evaluate new markets. We advise our clients on M&A and private capital transactions, and provide unique market insights. Our team brings experience and energy to all of our engagements, with a focus on helping our clients navigate a changing marketplace.

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