Cargill - M&A Summary and Business Overview

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Cargill M&A Summary

Cargill has acquired 42 companies, including 11 in the last 5 years. A total of 8 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 22 assets.

Cargill’s largest acquisition to date was in 2021, when it acquired Sanderson Farms for $4.5B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2015, when it sold Cargill - US Pork Business to JBS S.A. for $1.5B. Cargill has acquired in 13 different US states, and 12 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include food (44%) and agriculture (15%).

Cargill Business Overview

Where is Cargill headquartered?

Cargill is headquartered in Wayzata, Minnesota.

How many employees does Cargill have?

Cargill has 142,000 employees.

What sector is Cargill in?

Cargill is an agriculture company.

When was Cargill founded?

Cargill was founded in 1865.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity62
    • M&A Buy Activity40
    • M&A Sell Activity22
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 12
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 39
  • M&A Advisors 7

Cargill

Cargill, Inc.

15407 McGinty Rd W,
Wayzata, Minnesota 55391
United States,
(952) 742-7575
www.cargill.com

Cargill is a global company involved in the food, agriculture, financial, and industrial sectors. Its operations include the trading, processing, and distribution of agricultural commodities; production of meat, poultry, and other food products for both retail and foodservice markets; and the provision of essential industrial products like salt and bio-industrial materials. Cargill was formed in 1865 and is based in Wayzata, Minnesota.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 30 1 7 2 - - 40
vol $5.2B $5.6B $10.7B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 20 - 1 1 - - 22
vol $2.3B $2.3B
  62

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Owensboro Grain Co. 2022-11-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Owensboro, Kentucky · www.owensborograin.com
Salmones Multiexport S.A. 2022-05-27 - Stake Purchase
Los Lagos, Chile
Format Solutions 2022-03-07 - Divestiture
Hopkins, Minnesota · www.formatsolutions.com
Croda International - Bio-Based Industrial Business 2021-12-22 1.0B USD Divestiture
Goole, United Kingdom
GrainBridge LLC 2021-10-12 - Divestiture
Omaha, Nebraska · www.web.grainbridge.com
Arkema - Epoxides Business 2021-09-27 - Divestiture
Blooming Prairie, Minnesota
Aalst Chocolate Pte. Ltd. 2021-08-24 - Add-on Acquisition
Singapore, Singapore · www.aalst-chocolate.com
Sanderson Farms, Inc. 2021-08-09 4.5B USD Add-on Acquisition
Laurel, Mississippi · www.sandersonfarms.com
Animal Microbiome Analytics, Inc. 2021-07-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Oakland, California · www.animalbiome.com
Leman Decoration Group 2021-05-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Moeskroen, Belgium · www.lemandecorationgroup.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Food 18 (44%) 1.3B (13%) 7 (32%) 2.2B (94%)
Agriculture 6 (15%) 6.6B (62%) 3 (14%) 37M (2%)
Chemicals 4 (10%) 1.0B (10%) 4 (18%) 96M (4%)
Consumer Products 4 (10%) 1.7B (16%) 2 (9%) -
Software 3 (7%) - 2 (9%) -
Distribution 2 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Beverages 1 (2%) - - -
Life Science 1 (2%) - - -
Manufacturing 1 (2%) 33M (< 1%) - -
Renewable Energy 1 (2%) - - -
Business Services - - 1 (5%) -
Machinery - - 1 (5%) -
Retail - - 1 (5%) -
Total 41 $10.7B 22 $2.3B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 19 5.6B 15 1.6B
  Minnesota 2 - 4 37M
  Ohio 2 - 1 -
  Illinois 2 - 1 -
  Texas 2 33M 1 -
  Nebraska 1 - 1 -
  Missouri 1 580M - -
  Mississippi 1 4.5B - -
  Kentucky 1 - - -
  Colorado 1 - - -
  California 1 - - -
  Arkansas 1 - - -
  Arizona 1 - - -
  New York - - 1 -
  Florida - - 1 -
Brazil 4 293M 1 706M
Netherlands 3 1.7B 1 -
Australia 2 - 1 -
Belgium 3 - - -
Chile 2 - - -
Germany 2 609M - -
Spain - - 2 -
United Kingdom 2 1.0B - -
Canada - - 1 -
  Ontario - - 1 -
Colombia 1 - - -
Norway 1 1.5B - -
Singapore 1 - - -
Switzerland - - 1 -
Ukraine 1 - - -
Domestic 19 (46%) 5.6B (52%) 15 (68%) 1.6B (69%)
Cross-border 22 (54%) 5.1B (48%) 7 (32%) 706M (31%)
Total 41 $10.7B 22 $2.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
2
J.P. Morgan Securities
2
Barclays Investment Bank
1
Legal Deals
Mayer Brown
2
Baker & McKenzie
1
Freshfields
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 4 $8.8B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.9B
< $100M 1 $33M
TOTAL $10.7B
Largest Sanderson Farms, Inc.
$4.5B (2021-08-09)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.5B
$100M to $1B 1 $706M
< $100M 2 $132M
TOTAL $2.3B
Largest Cargill - US Pork Business
$1.5B (2015-07-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
17%
7 (17%)
Strategic(s)
37%
15 (37%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
9%
2 (9%)
Strategic(s)
82%
18 (82%)

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