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.
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.
A major Dutch international seed company wanted to divest its vegetable seed businesses, one in California and the other in The Netherlands, in order to concentrate on its agronomic seed businesses. Our market intelligence was the primary factor in our selection for this project, which was successfully completed with the sale of one business to its management and of the other division to another large international company.
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 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 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 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.