The Hershey Acquisitions and Exits, 14 Deals Between 1997 and 2018
food Company

The Hershey has acquired 13 companies, including 6 in the last 5 years. A total of 4 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 1 asset.

The Hershey’s largest acquisition to date was in 2017, when it acquired Amplify Snack Brands for $1.6B. The Hershey has acquired in 7 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include food (100%).

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The Hershey Co.

100 Crystal A Drive,
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
United States,
(717) 534-4200

The Hershey Company is a producer of chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. The Company's principal product groups include chocolate and sugar confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products; and pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings and beverages. Hershey's five operating segments comprise geographic regions including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and other international locations, such as India, Korea, Japan, the Middle East, China and the Philippines. The Company markets its products in approximately 60 countries worldwide. The Hershey Company was formed in 1894 and is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 8 1 1 1 1 1 13
vol $714M $1.6B $420M $2.7B
Sell (0.2/yr) # - - 1 - - - 1

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Largest Amplify Snack Brands, Inc.
$1.6B (2017-12-18)
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Food M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the food sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 241 food companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 6 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 12 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the food sector over the past 3 years is Peak Rock Capital with 5 platform acquisitions.

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