Business deal-making slows in Kansas City

An assortment of Russell Stover chocolates. |Courtesy of BrokenSphere/Wikimedia Commons
The acquisition of Russell Stover chocolates wasn’t counted among Kansas City’s 59 acquisitions in the first half of 2014. | Courtesy of BrokenSphere/Wikimedia Commons

Fifty-nine companies based in the Kansas City area bought another company or were sold through June, the lowest first-half total in seven years as measured by CC Capital Advisors, an affiliate of Country Club Bank.

The total includes only publicly disclosed deals, so it misses any that remain private. And it excludes Switzerland-based Lindt & Sprüngli AG’s deal to buy Kansas City-based Russell Stover Inc., which was announced earlier this month after the count cutoff date.

Local deals this year include the sale of Cereal Food Processors Inc. to a Tennessee-based mill, and Euronet Worldwide Inc.’s $242 million deal to buy a British company.

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