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 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 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.
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.
We were hired by a multinational, Japanese trading company to sell a financially distressed and non-core business. We were able to work through numerous, complex, working capital, legal and antitrust issues and find a suitable buyer.
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.