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It's A Very M&A Monday For Constellation Brands

It's A Very M&A Monday For Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), the parent company behind iconic alcoholic brands including Corona and other national brands, announced several notable updates to its M&A activity.

First, the company reached an agreement to sell its Canadian wine business to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. The Canadian wine branch includes well known wine brands such as Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin. The deal also includes wineries, vineyards, offices, facilities and retail stores for a total consideration of C$1.03 billion ($780 million).

Constellation Brands noted that it "seized the opportunity" to sell its Canadian wine business so it can better focus on premium, high margin and high growth brands.

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Separately, Constellation Brands announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the Charles Smith Wines collection, which consists of super and ultra-premium wines for around $120 million.

The acquisition solidifies Constellation Brands' position as the second leading supplier of Washington State wines and also adds a brand that has shown double-digit volume growth over the past three years.

The company also confirmed it has completed a previously announced acquisition of the High West Distillery, which includes all of High West's operations and brand portfolio of high-end American straight whiskeys.

Finally, Constellation Brands also announced it has acquired a minority stake in Bardstown Bourbon Company, the largest whiskey distillery in the United States.

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