After thoroughly analyzing what is likely to lie ahead for your business, our goal is to work with you to illuminate your best path, lead you on its twists and turns, and get you where you want to be efficiently and creatively.
Providing Private Investment Banking Services Exclusively to Agribusiness Companies for Over 30 Years
Our deep collective knowledge of all aspects of agribusiness — our market intelligence — reduces the time we need to understand a client’s business, markets, and value, enabling us to meet client needs in the shortest possible time frame. Our clients include operating companies across the food chain, as well as private equity and other firms desiring to acquire agribusinesses. We bridge investment banking and agribusiness with extensive global experience to help our clients meet the growing challenges of a rapidly changing world market.
A private, national, seed corn production and marketing company wanted to restructure its business after the termination of a marketing agreement with a larger company. We studied the company and developed a model to project its financial affairs under various scenarios and with different capitalizations.
Working with the client, we then developed a recapitalization strategy. We implemented it by arranging a term loan with an international bank and an Industrial Revenue Bond financing for a research facility. Later, when the client’s growth required still more capital, we arranged an equity transaction with an international chemical company. Our client was later sold to that company, and we acted as advisors in the transaction.
A large Midwestern cooperative was looking for ways to market grain from a new unit-train loading facility. An existing client, a major global grain-trading company was seeking to originate grain to fill a northwestern grain export facility. We introduced the parties, and they entered into a mutually beneficial marketing agreement for global distribution of grain.
We provided a business valuation and identified alternatives for the owners of an animal vaccine company. One alternative involved preparations that would maximize the value of the company whenever the owners decide to realize their investment.
Two entrepreneurs who had grown a highly technical, animal genomics, analytical laboratory business to the point where it needed to expand beyond its capital and geographic limitations, retained us to advise them on the sale. After a comprehensive global marketing process, the company was sold to a NASDAQ-listed company. Since its acquisition, the business has grown and become an important revenue-driver for the buyer.
A major French seed company wanted to sell a flower seed production subsidiary in Costa Rica. We prepared a memorandum describing the subsidiary and its business attributes. After surveying the world market, we located a major Japanese company that was interested in purchasing the assets of the subsidiary in order to diversify its international production operation. We assisted in negotiations between the French company and the Japanese company and helped to bring the transaction to a successful conclusion.
A feed company with no family succession plan was prompted by industry consolidation to sell its dairy feed manufacturing business. We studied the business and prepared an offering memorandum, which we used to help generate a variety of potential international buyers in the animal nutrition industry. The company was sold through a competitive auction process to the highest bidder, utilizing the most tax favorable structure to the seller.