Sara Lee Acquisitions and Exits, 16 Deals Between 1968 and 2012
food Company

Sara Lee has acquired 8 companies. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 9 assets.

Sara Lee’s largest acquisition to date was in 1985, when it acquired Tapestry for $30M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2009, when it sold Ambi Pur to The Procter & Gamble for $361M. Sara Lee has acquired in 5 different US states, and 2 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include food (58%) and apparel/textiles (29%).

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Sara Lee Corp.

3500 Lacey Road,
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
United States,
(312) 726-2600

Sara Lee Corp. was a consumer goods and food company headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Company was formed in 1939 and became defunct in 2012 when it split into Hillshire Brands and D.E. Masters Blends.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 5 - - - 1 1 7
vol $30M $30M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 4 - 2 1 1 1 9
vol $406M $406M

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Largest Tapestry, Inc.
$30M (1985)
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Largest Ambi Pur
$361M (2009-12-11)

Food M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the food sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 254 food companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 9 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 2 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic food acquirer over the past 3 years is Premium Brands Holdings, with 11 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the food sector over the past 3 years is Swander Pace Capital with 5 platform acquisitions.

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