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Necessity for growth will bolster consumer products M&A

Q1 2016 Consumer Products Industry Spotlight


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While factors, including lower oil prices and continually increasing consumer spending, have provided benefits to the consumer products space, businesses in the sector are still facing profitability challenges, as they navigate a changing environment. Spending behavior has remained relatively similar to what we’ve seen in recent quarters, with consumers continuing to spend, but deploying their disposable incomes in nontraditional avenues and bigger-ticket items.

Key highlights from 2015:

  • Mergers and acquisitions deal value for 2015 came in at just shy of $214 billion across 1,865 transactions, representing a 3.7 percent decline in year-over-year (YoY) volume.
  • Excluding the 3G Capital-backed Kraft-Heinz merger in Q3, 2015 saw both YoY private equity (PE) capital invested and volume decline for the first time since 2009. $123.5 billion worth of PE transactions was completed last year across 708 transactions, a decline of around 7 percent in both value and volume.
  • The fourth quarter saw just a single consumer products initial public offering come to market, raising $48 billion in the process, a massive drop-off from an already depleted $1.5 billion raised via five listings in the third quarters.

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