Pet Industry Deal Activity – Q3 2010

Mergers and acquisitions within the Pet Industry continued to show strong volume and healthy deal multiples for the third quarter of 2010.  As medium and large strategic buyers in the sector look to employ cash reserves and financial buyers seek recession-resistant investments we expect to see continued, and growing, demand for manufacturers, distributors and retailers within the Pet Industry.  SDR expects deal multiples to remain favorable for niche players and for strong financial performers as the supply of qualified pet companies for sale falls short of the demand.  As fallout from the supply/demand inequity, buyers will look deeper into the candidate pool and we expect to see pet companies without a defensible niche and without strong financial performance will begin garnering attention from active buyers.

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