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Agribusiness M&A Due Diligence

Conducting M&A due diligence in today’s global marketplace is a demanding, high-pressure undertaking that requires considerable skill and expertise.

M&A transactions are among the most complex activities a business can undertake, so it should come as no surprise that so many of them fail every year. It’s essential to take a strategic approach to due diligence to avoid M&A catastrophe.

Our consultants' expert due diligence approach will improve your odds of successful M&A, or in identifying the right M&A targets. We have worked on numerous food and agribusiness M&A long-term outlook projects and we bring our expertise to all elements of the value chain.

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Customer Stories

Oilseed crushing and biodiesel study

A due diligence project for a large agricultural equipment company, studying the oilseed crushing and biodiesel markets for the US, Europe, South America, China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. The study examined the structure of the market, the policy environment, the economics of crushing and biodiesel, oilseeds available in each country, and the 10-year supply/demand outlook of oilseed crushing and biodiesel production in each region. The study served as the independent market consultant’s report for a group of investors of the facility.

US organic vegetable production study

A due diligence study for a large US organic vegetable producer analysed the study related to aqcuisition of a large US and international organic vegetable producer, including a detailed assessment of production potential and reasonable expectations of future growth for the company and industry.

North American rice milling study

A due diligence analysis was conducted for rice milling companies in North America. The study related to an acquisition of several rice assets in North America. The project included detailed assessments of the structure of the North American rice supply chain from production to distribution, a competitive assessment of the target assets, and an examination of how the acquired assets should be put together and be positioned in the marketplace. The project was conducted for a major regional player, and we collaborated with its in-house M&A team.

Grain elevator study

Due diligence review for a private equity firm regarding the purchase of a US Midwest elevator company. The study included a forecast of commodity production in the draw region, competing elevators and shuttle loading facilities, growth in exports and access to rail transportation.

Featured Consulting Experts

Richard Brostowicz

Richard's expertise and experience in market research, crop protection products, biotechnology and commodity crops has been critical for regional and global market research and consulting efforts. Prior to Agribusiness, Richard worked for 23 years in several managerial positions with Monsanto's operation in Brazil. He worked in planning, plant management, new business development and eventually started up Monsanto's BI department. Prior to Monsanto, he acted as investment portfolio director and market research manager for the Adela Group, a venture capital investment company in Brazil. In his 45+ years as a professional, Richard has carried out and coordinated more than 300 market research projects and some 150 consulting efforts in Brazil, South America, Africa and Asia.

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Nolin Huddleston

Mr. Huddleston has led consulting efforts across numerous industries including agribusiness, biotechnology, international development, software, telecommunications, and healthcare. Before joining IHS Markit, Mr. Huddleston was chief business officer for an international genomic health institute. Mr. Huddleston also worked internationally as a short-term consultant with the World Bank, served as associate director for a boutique consulting firm, and was an associate on the economic and business analysis team at Booz Allen Hamilton.Mr. Huddleston has a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in engineering management from George Washington University.

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Edward Oliver, Ph.D.

Dr. Oliver specializes in identifying investment opportunities, business strategy and assessing the economic and business impact of changes in policy and markets. He has been with the company since 2000.He specializes in identifying investment opportunities, business strategy and assessing the economic and business impact of changes in policy and markets for multinational corporations and institutional clients. He works extensively on research, analysis and due diligence projects for clients in all areas of the bio-energy (biomass, ethanol and biodiesel), livestock (dairy, eggs, poultry and meat), arable (cereals, oilseeds, proteins and sugar), and agricultural inputs (agrochemical, seed and fertiliser) supply chains.He is an agricultural economist by training and has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College and an MSc. in Farm and Rural Business Management from the University of Aberdeen, in addition to several other postgraduate and undergraduate agricultural and economics qualifications.

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Juan Sacoto

With wide and deep supply chain expertise (20+ years) on key segments including inputs, crops, livestock and meat, biofuels, food processing and others, Mr. Sacoto covers most segments of the agriculture and food supply chain. With IHS Markit Agribusiness since 1997, His expertise includes business strategy, market research, economic modeling and forecasting, and mergers and acquisitions. Market segments covered include fertilizer, seed, crop and livestock production and processing, sugar refining, aquaculture, ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, biofuel feedstocks, transportation, and food consumption.Mr. Sacoto has evaluated agribusinesses in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, EU, China, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, Russia, Indonesia and Southeast Africa. He is fluent in Spanish. He has a Bachelor's degree in finance from Jacksonville State University and Master's in international business (IMBA) from the University of Memphis.

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Tom Scott

His work involves taking medium and long-term outlooks for global and regional environments and applying them to decision making situations. His specialties include business strategy, agribusiness economic development and market analysis. In addition to his work in North America, he has extensive experience in the agribusiness sectors of other regions. Before joining us in 1989, Tom worked for the Continental Grain Company in roles including management, trading, logistics and merchandising. He has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

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