The Pet Industry

Pet Industry M&A 2012…and beyond

M&A Pet Transactions slowed after the first quarter of 2012, resulting in a total of 29 announced transactions in comparison to 41 announced transactions in 2011. The pet industry also continues to experience premium valuations compared to its consumer products brethren. Strong, growing brands have been selling for 1.0x to 2.0x revenue or 6.0x to 12.0x EBITDA. In other consumer products segments, anything above 1.5x revenue and 7.0x EBITDA is considered noteworthy.

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Why is Private Equity so interested in the pet industry and is your company a candidate?

I get at least one contact a week from a private equity firm that wants to invest in the pet industry.  As politely as I can, I tell them to line up behind the other 50+ firms I have on my list that would like to invest in pet.  As owners of manufacturing companies, you probably get many of these calls as well.  So I decided to delve into the question of “why is private equity so interested in pet, and what type of companies would be an ideal acquisition for these groups? “

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Women Pet Industry Pioneers: Stephanie Volo, CEO of Planet Dog

This article is first in a series of interviews with some of the pet industry’s most powerful and influential women.  Today I am very excited to present my recent interview with Stephanie Volo, co-founder and CEO of Planet Dog.

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A Crystal Ball into our Economic Future – a morning with Economist Brian Beaulieu

Almost two years ago to the day, I wrote one of my first blogs about listening to an economist at the Denver CEO Forum.  Dr. Beaulieu, Executive Director of the Institute for Trends Research (www.ecotrends.com), had many predictions about how we should invest/spend our money in the future as well as naming the pet industry as one of the top 10 industries for the future.

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