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 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.
A public, agricultural biotechnology company in the U.S. wanted to reorganize its seed operations. We helped it acquire the cottonseed research program of another company, providing an analysis of the business, a valuation, and negotiating expertise. Later, we studied the client’s seed corn business, prepared an offering memorandum on it, located a buyer, and assisted in the negotiations that led to a sale. We also found a joint venture partner for the company’s alfalfa seed division.
A regional, cooperative seed company had successfully grown from a local to a regional company and wanted to expand nationally. We advised the owners that changing from a cooperative to a standard corporate structure would facilitate the access to equity capital, and the owners concurred. We located an international company that was interested in joint ownership with Americans of a U.S. company. It bought a fifty percent interest in our client, thereby providing the capital needed for our client’s growth.
A major European pharmaceutical company wanted to sell a non-strategic animal health and pet products business unit. We studied the business, developed an offering memorandum and assisted in its sale to a U.S. company. Our client chose us because of our ability to market the property beyond traditional animal-health buyers.
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.
A U.S.-based industrial conglomerate retained us to advise on the divestiture of its biological pesticides-based crop protection business. We advised our client through a long diligence process, eventually selling the business to a Japanese-based trading company.