Cott Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Beverages Company

Cott has acquired 11 companies, including 7 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 3 assets.

Cott’s largest acquisition to date was in 2014, when it acquired DSS Group for $1.3B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2019, when it sold Cott - Soft Drink Concentrate Production & RCI International Division to Refresco Gerber B.V. for $50M. Cott has acquired in 5 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include beverages (55%) and consumer products (28%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity14
    • M&A Buy Activity11
    • M&A Sell Activity3
  • Total Sectors Invested 4
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 7
  • M&A Advisors 2

Cott Corp. (Cott)

1200 Britannia Road East,
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4T5
Canada,
(905) 795-6500
www.cott.com

Cott is a producer of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors. Cott produces multiple types of beverages in a variety of packaging formats and sizes, including carbonated soft drinks, 100% shelf stable juice and juice-based products, clear, still and sparkling flavored waters, energy products, new age beverages, and ready-to-drink teas, as well as alcoholic beverages for brand owners. Cott was founded in 1955 and is based in Mississauga, Canada.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 7 - 2 1 1 - 11
vol $2.3B $114M $2.4B
Sell (0.6/yr) # - 1 - 1 1 - 3
vol $50M $50M
  14

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Primo Water Corp. 2020-02-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Winston-Salem, North Carolina · www.primowater.com
S&D Coffee, Inc. 2020-01-31 - Divestiture
Concord, North Carolina · www.sdcoffeetea.com
WG America Co. (The Water Guy) 2019-11-18 - Add-on Acquisition
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania · www.waterguys.com
Cott Corp. - Soft Drink Concentrate Production & RCI International Division 2019-02-08 50M USD Divestiture
Tampa, Florida
Mountain Valley Spring Company LLC 2018-10-15 79M USD Add-on Acquisition
Hot Springs, Arkansas · www.mountainvalleyspring.com
Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc. 2018-02-12 35M USD Add-on Acquisition
Watertown, Connecticut · www.crystalrock.com
Cott Corp. - Bottling Activites 2017-07-25 - Divestiture
Tampa, Florida
S&D Coffee, Inc. 2016-08-04 355M USD Add-on Acquisition
Concord, North Carolina · www.sdcoffeetea.com
Eden Springs International 2016-06-07 530M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Préverenges, Switzerland · www.edensprings.com
Aquaterra Corporation Ltd. 2016-01-08 47M CAD Add-on Acquisition
Toronto, Ontario · www.aquaterracorp.ca
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Eden Springs International 2016-06-07 Watercooler Gigant 2020-01-03 3
Préverenges, Switzerland · www.edensprings.com Zoetermeer, Netherlands · www.watercoolergigant.nl
DS Services of America, Inc.    - PolyCycle Solutions LLC 2018-04-09 1
Atlanta, Georgia · www.water.com Irwindale, California · www.polycyclesolutions.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Beverages 6 (55%) 1.5B (60%) 1 (33%) 50M (100%)
Consumer Products 3 (27%) 434M (18%) 1 (33%) -
Electronics 1 (9%) 530M (22%) - -
Food 1 (9%) - - -
Packaging - - 1 (33%) -
Total 11 $2.4B 3 $50M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 6 1.7B 3 50M
  North Carolina 2 355M 1 -
  Florida - - 2 50M
  Pennsylvania 1 - - -
  Georgia 1 1.3B - -
  Connecticut 1 35M - -
  Arkansas 1 79M - -
United Kingdom 3 135M - -
Canada 1 47M - -
  Ontario 1 47M - -
Switzerland 1 530M - -
Domestic 1 (9%) 47M (2%) - -
Cross-border 10 (91%) 2.4B (98%) 3 (100%) 50M (100%)
Total 11 $2.4B 3 $50M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
1
Legal Deals
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $1.3B
$100M to $1B 3 $1.0B
< $100M 3 $161M
TOTAL $2.4B
Largest DSS Group, Inc.
$1.3B (2014-12-12)
sell # Total
< $100M 1 $50M
TOTAL $50M
Largest Cott Corp. - Soft Drink Concentrate Production & RCI International Division
$50M (2019-02-08)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
45%
5 (45%)
Divested to
Strategic(s)
100%
3 (100%)

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