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 NASDAQ-listed company required a fairness opinion in conjunction with a stock-for-stock merger transaction. We analyzed the business, undertook a valuation, and provided independent, expert confirmation that the agreed-upon price was reasonable to the seller.
A manufacturer and marketer of agricultural equipment was owned by a large group of third- and fourth-generation family members with varying financial and personal requirements. As a neutral and knowledgeable outside party, we were able to get all the owners on the same page. We then conducted an international, focused, competitive auction process, finding a European-based buyer. Finally, we assisted in closing the deal, which involved complex contract negotiations.
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.
A European multinational, animal health company wanted to divest a non-core animal health and pet products business unit. We assisted in identifying the profit and cost structure attributable to the business unit being divested, conducted a comprehensive buyer search and assisted with negotiating the letter of intent. Our reach beyond the traditional animal health buyers was the primary reason we were hired.
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.
An agricultural finance company had outgrown its capital base in going from start-up to over $21 million in revenues in just five years. We surveyed the equity market and found a New York-based investor to provide the needed money. A year later, the client was able to go public.