Market Monitor: Flavors & Fragrances

Market Monitor: FLAvors & fragrances

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Making the right decisions for your business starts with having the most accurate and current information available. Our Flavors & Fragrances Market Monitor keeps you up to date on the events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide the industry.

The Allure of Flavors & Fragrances

Flavors & Fragrances companies are captivating strategic acquirers and private equity investors due to their loyal customer bases, enticing gross margins, and abundant growth prospects.

The Power of Flavors & Fragrances

Despite their minimal share in product costs, Flavors & Fragrances significantly influence consumer choices, resulting in high switching costs and formidable barriers to entry.

Key Attributes Driving Premium Valuations

Hexagon Capital Alliance has identified pivotal characteristics that attract interest and elevate valuations:

  1. Robust R&D Function: Technical expertise and a proficient team of certified flavorists drive innovation and product differentiation.

  2. Thriving End-Markets and Formats: Focus on high-growth segments like sports nutrition and better-for-you snacks, with expertise in sought-after formats such as functional gummies and RTD beverages.

  3. Appealing Gross Margins: Premium, tailored flavors command strong margins, bolstered by the inertia of high switching costs.

  4. Experience with Emerging Brands: Adaptability and agility to meet the evolving needs and swift market entry demands of emerging brands.

  5. Embracing Natural & Organic Trends: Predominantly featuring a portfolio of natural and/or organic flavors to align with the flourishing clean label movement.

  6. Robust Backlog: Proactive sales pipeline coupled with a surge in sample requests, underpinned by a stellar conversion track record.

  7. Manufacturing Capabilities: Versatile liquid and powder manufacturing capabilities, including spray drying, with ample capacity to facilitate expansion.

Embracing these attributes not only attracts interest but also enables Flavors & Fragrances companies to command premium valuations in the market.

For more information or questions, please contact our contributors:

Rich Anderson, Managing Director: randerson@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Johnny Sherwood, Director: jsherwood@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Brennan Anderson, Vice President: [email protected]

 

Market Monitor: Outdoor & Recreation

Market Monitor: Outdoor & Recreation

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Market Monitor: Outdoor & Recreation

 Making the right decisions for your business starts with having the most accurate and current information available. Our Outdoor & Recreation  Market Monitor keeps you up to date on the events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide the industry.

Outdoor & Recreation Market Insights

  • According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the Outdoor Recreation market experienced a slight downturn of 3% in retail sales for FY 2023 compared to FY 2022.
  • While M&A activity in the Outdoor Recreation sector was sluggish in the first four months of 2023, there has been a remarkable uptick in completed transactions during the same period in 2024.

Transactions Overview

  • 2023 Transactions Overview
    • 12 transactions completed through YTD April 2023.
    • 10 strategic acquirers and 2 financial buyers.
  • 2024 Transactions Surge
    • YTD April 2024 saw 32 completed transactions.
    • 24 acquisitions by strategic buyers and 8 by financial buyers.

Market Dynamics and Opportunities

  • This surge is especially promising amid concerns regarding high interest rates and inflation. Moreover, new entrants targeting emerging trends like pickleball, outdoor adventure, camping, and peak physical performance enhancement indicate a vibrant market landscape.

Consumer Spending Shifts

  • Consumer spending patterns suggest a shift towards focused expenditure on specific sports or activities within the Outdoor Recreation segment, potentially impacting broader market segments.

M&A Outlook

  • Anticipated M&A activity acceleration throughout 2024.
  •  Financial buyers eyeing entry into the Outdoor Recreation market, while others seek to bolster existing portfolios following a tepid 2023.
  •  Strategic buyers prioritize enhancing core competencies and expanding within their niche domains.

For more information or questions, please contact our contributors:

Rich Anderson, Managing Director: randerson@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Tyler Dale, Managing Director: tdale@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Johnny Sherwood, Director: jsherwood@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Brennan Anderson, Vice President: [email protected]

 

Market Monitor: Healthcare

Market Monitor: Healthcare

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Market Monitor: Healthcare

Making the right decisions for your business starts with having the most accurate and current information available. Our Healthcare Market Monitor keeps you up to date on the events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide the industry.

M&A in Healthcare Services: Q1 2024 Trends

  • U.S. healthcare services M&A activity in Q1 2024 saw a 10.8% decrease in volume compared to Q1 2023, reaching 174 transactions.
  • Despite the overall decline, physician medical groups remained the second-largest segment by transaction volume, highlighting continued consolidation in the sector.
  • The trend towards smaller, add-on deals within physician services suggests a shift in M&A strategy.

Focus on Outpatient Care

  • The healthcare industry continues to prioritize outpatient care due to factors like:
    • Increased cost-effectiveness for both providers and patients.
    • Growing specialization within the medical field.
    • A focus on preventative care and early intervention.

M&A Outlook

While facing challenges like staffing shortages and stricter regulations, the pace of M&A activity is expected to pick up in the healthcare sector. This is driven by:

  • Anticipated interest rate decreases.
  • Rising valuations of public healthcare companies, making them more attractive acquisition targets.
For more information on healthcare M&A trends, visit Healthcare M&A News. 

If you have any questions, please contact our contributors:

Paul Kacik, Managing Director: pkacik@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Brad Erhart, Director: berhart@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

 

Market Monitor: Apparel, Accessories & Footwear

Market Monitor: Apparel, Accessories & Footwear

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Market Monitor:
Apparel, Accessories & Footwear

Making the right decisions for your business starts with having the most accurate and current information available. Our Apparel, Accessories and Footwear Market Monitor keeps you up to date on the events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide the industry’s M&A trends.

Activity Heats Up in Apparel, Accessories & Footwear Despite Economic Challenges

Consumers have faced economic headwinds with inflation and high interest rates, leading to a slowdown in Apparel, Accessories & Footwear (AAF) spending in 2023. However, this hasn’t stopped M&A activity in the sector.

Valuation Metrics Rebound

While transaction activity has slowed, valuation metrics for publicly traded AAF companies have rebounded to pre-downturn levels (average of 2021-2023). This suggests continued investor confidence in the long-term potential of strong AAF businesses.

Success Through Strategic Management

Recent earnings reports from Q4 2023 reveal positive surprises from several AAF companies. Notably, casual fashion brands like Gap, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Carter’s exceeded expectations. Additionally, discount retailers like Kohl’s, Burlington, and Dillard’s also reported strong earnings.

A key factor in these successes appears to be effective inventory management, allowing companies to offer competitive prices in a cost-sensitive market.

M&A Outlook: Strong Players Remain Attractive

Well-positioned AAF companies with characteristics like high growth potential, strong margins, and efficient inventory management are likely to remain attractive targets for both strategic and financial buyers. These companies can expect premium valuations in M&A activity.

For more information or questions,  please contact our contributors:

Rich Anderson, Managing Director: [email protected]

Tyler Dale, Managing Director: tdale@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Johnny Sherwood, Director: jsherwood@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Brennan Anderson, Vice President: banderson@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Market Monitor: Healthcare

Market Monitor: Healthcare

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Market Monitor: Healthcare

Making the right decisions for your business starts with having the most accurate and current information available. Our Healthcare  Market Monitor keeps you up to date on the events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide the industry.

  • In Q4 2023, U.S. healthcare services Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) volume reached 183 transactions, with a total of 740 closed deals in 2023, representing a 24.4% decrease from 2022. In 2024, there is anticipation for increased M&A activity driven by private equity investors needing to offload assets and deploy capital. The average holding period among U.S. and Canadian private equity funds spiked to 7.1 years in 2023, the longest in 20+ years, paired with a record-high dry powder of nearly $1 trillion.
  • Further, with the Federal Reserve signaling the possibility of three rate decreases in 2024, that will hopefully loosen up the debt markets and drive additional activity.
  • As healthcare organizations have navigated the various challenge in today’s environment, those that have been able to differentiate and traverse the landscape are positioning themselves as prime acquisition candidates for both strategic and financial buyers.
  • In 2024, we see payer and patient pressure continue to drive the shift of care to outpatient settings as organizations continue to bend the cost curve and provide care in the lowest cost setting, and more organizations adopt technologies that create greater efficiencies.

For more information or questions, please contact our contributors:

Paul Kacik, Managing Director: pkacik@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Brad Erhart, Director: berhart@hexagoncapitalalliance.com

Daren Oddenino, Director: [email protected]