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.
After a normal investment period, we were hired by a private equity firm to help it exit its investment in a navigation and control systems company. We conducted a competitive auction process focused on the logical navigation and technology companies, and the business was eventually sold to a Canadian company.
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.
A large farmers’ cooperative with financial difficulties needed to sell its fertilizer and crop inputs division to get on sounder financial footing. The accounting systems were complex, and it was difficult to establish value and a coherent offering memorandum for the divisions. While we were working on the assignment, the cooperative filed for bankruptcy. The trustee then retained us to continue with our assignment, ultimately selling the business to another major cooperative.
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 US-based agribusiness retained us to secure a revolving debt facility for its European operations. We packaged the necessary information on the subsidiary and facilitated the discussions and proposals with a select group of agribusiness-focused commercial lenders.
An agricultural equipment company was experiencing financial problems and lost the support of its bank. We were able to find a new lender and new mezzanine capital to restructure it financially. The company was then able to buy a competitor to enlarge its business to a more economically viable size, and we assisted in that purchase.