SunOpta Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Food Company

SunOpta has acquired 34 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms. It has also divested 7 assets.

SunOpta’s largest acquisition to date was in 2015, when it acquired Sunrise Growers-Frozsun Foods for $450M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2020, when it sold SunOpta - Global Ingredients Segment to Amsterdam Commodities NV for $372M. SunOpta has acquired in 7 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include food (53%) and distribution (33%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity41
    • M&A Buy Activity34
    • M&A Sell Activity7
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 5

SunOpta, Inc.

2233 Argentia Drive Suite 401,
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2X7
Canada,
(905) 821-9669
www.sunopta.com

SunOpta is the largest soy processing company in North America, supplying branded product manufacturers such as Hain Celestial (West Soy) and Dean Foods (Silk). The Company also sells other organic, non-genetically modified soy, oat and corn ingredients to food manufacturers. In addition, SunOpta is the largest distributor of organic groceries in Canada. SunOpta?s other holdings include an environmental services company involved in cleaning bridges, ships and other surfaces; and a steam explosion technology division dedicated to exploiting a proprietary technology for extracting pulp in an environmentally friendly manner from straw and other natural products. SunOpta was founded in 1973 and is based in Mississauga, Canada.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 33 - - 1 - - 34
vol $459M $3M $463M
Sell (0.8/yr) # 3 - - 1 3 - 7
vol $53M $67M $372M $492M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
SunOpta, Inc. - Global Ingredients Segment 2020-11-10 372M EUR Divestiture
Mississauga, Ontario
Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V 2020-11-10 - Divestiture
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.tradinorganic.com
SunOpta, Inc. - Tradin 2020-11-10 - Divestiture
Mississauga, Ontario
Sanmark Corp. 2019-04-02 3M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Benxi, China · www.sanmarkltd.com
SunOpta, Inc. - Specialty & Organic Soy & Corn Business 2019-02-25 67M USD Divestiture
Mississauga, Ontario
Opta Minerals, Inc. 2016-02-12 5M CAD Divestiture
Waterdown, Ontario · www.optaminerals.com
Niagara Natural Fruit Snack Co., Inc. 2015-08-12 7M USD Add-on Acquisition
St. Davids, Ontario · www.naturalfruitsnacks.ca
Sunrise Growers-Frozsun Foods, Inc. 2015-07-31 450M USD Add-on Acquisition
Placentia, California · www.sunrisegrowers.com
Citrusource LLC 2015-03-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Laguna Beach, California
SunOpta - Fiber and Starch Business 2014-12-15 38M USD Divestiture
, United States
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Food 18 (53%) 463M (100%) 5 (71%) 476M (97%)
Distribution 11 (32%) - 1 (14%) 11M (2%)
Agriculture 1 (3%) - - -
Consumer Products 1 (3%) - - -
Healthcare Services 1 (3%) - - -
Information Services 1 (3%) - - -
Manufacturing 1 (3%) - - -
Metals/Mining - - 1 (14%) 5M (1%)
Total 34 $463M 7 $492M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
Canada 14 7M 5 454M
  Ontario 7 7M 5 454M
  Quebec 4 - - -
  British Columbia 3 - - -
United States 15 453M 1 38M
  California 7 453M - -
  Minnesota 3 - - -
  North Dakota 1 - - -
  Nevada 1 - - -
  Iowa 1 - - -
  Illinois 1 - - -
Mexico 2 - - -
Netherlands 1 - 1 -
China 1 3M - -
Saudi Arabia 1 - - -
Domestic 14 (41%) 7M (1%) 5 (71%) 454M (92%)
Cross-border 20 (59%) 456M (99%) 2 (29%) 38M (8%)
Total 34 $463M 7 $492M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Rothschild Global Advisory
1
Raymond James - Investment Banking
1
PwC Corporate Finance LLC
1
Legal Deals
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
2
Van Doorne N.V.
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $450M
< $100M 3 $13M
TOTAL $463M
Largest Sunrise Growers-Frozsun Foods, Inc.
$450M (2015-07-31)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $372M
< $100M 4 $120M
TOTAL $492M
Largest SunOpta, Inc. - Global Ingredients Segment
$372M (2020-11-10)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
50%
1 (50%)
Strategic(s)
50%
1 (50%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
17%
1 (17%)
Strategic(s)
83%
5 (83%)

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