Antarctica Advisors LLC Acts as U.S. Investment Banking Advisor to Oceana Group in the Announced Acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries, a Transaction Valued at Close to USD 400 million

Miami – May 20th 2015Antarctica Advisors LLC, the leading Food Industry-focused investment banking firm, acts as U.S. investment banking advisor to South Africa’s Oceana Group Ltd. in its announced transaction with Louisiana-based Daybrook Fisheries, Inc.

Johannesburg-listed Oceana Group announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Daybrook Fisheries for a purchase consideration of USD 382.3 million. Oceana Group is majority controlled by Tiger Brands, a leading economic group in South Africa, and investment fund Brimstone Ltd. Daybrook Fisheries is a leading privately-owned, vertically-integrated fishing company engaged in the processing of Gulf Menhaden into fishmeal and fish oil. Read more

Oceana confirms $382m deal for Daybrook Fisheries

South Africa’s Oceana Group has confirmed a deal with the parent company of US menhaden harvester Daybrook Fisheries, for $382.3 million.

The board of directors of Oceana has announced that it has concluded an agreement to acquire 100% of the the firm indirectly, by combination of a merger and stock purchase, for approximately ZAR 4.6 billion, which will be settled in cash.

The deal will be satisfied through a combination of Oceana cash on hand, term debt facilities (as required), an equity bridge facility and United States debt. Read more

Oceana deal could spark new wave of US M&A

South African firm Oceana’s $382.3 million (€341.1 million) acquisition of US menhaden fishing and processing group DaybrookFisheries may embolden other foreign companies to begin investing in the fragmented US seafood sector, and put pressure on domestic players to get involved as well, according to Ignacio Kleiman of Antarctica Advisors, the sole US investment banking advisor on the Oceana deal.

“This will give a lot of confidence for larger foreign companies to put money into the US sector,” Kleiman told IntraFish. “A lot of companies have looked but they haven’t pulled the trigger because it can be hard to understand.”

“This is not just a big deal for Oceana, but for the industry as a whole,” he added. “Other players are going to look into the US opportunities more seriously.” Read more