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.
Two entrepreneurs who had grown a highly technical, animal genomics, analytical laboratory business to the point where it needed to expand beyond its capital and geographic limitations, retained us to advise them on the sale. After a comprehensive global marketing process, the company was sold to a NASDAQ-listed company. Since its acquisition, the business has grown and become an important revenue-driver for the buyer.
We were hired by a human biotech company to evaluate quickly the best course of action for its animal health and nutrition subsidiary, because a strategic investment in the parent company restricted funding of non-human activities. A prompt sale of the company resulted. The client chose us for our domain knowledge of animal nutrition and our ability to begin the marketing process faster than any other investment bank.
A major European pharmaceutical company wanted to sell a non-strategic pesticide and plastics- related business. We studied the business, conducted a thorough analysis and assisted in its sale to a publicly traded, U.S.-based company.
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 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.
A private, national, seed corn production and marketing company wanted to restructure its business after the termination of a marketing agreement with a larger company. We studied the company and developed a model to project its financial affairs under various scenarios and with different capitalizations.
Working with the client, we then developed a recapitalization strategy. We implemented it by arranging a term loan with an international bank and an Industrial Revenue Bond financing for a research facility. Later, when the client’s growth required still more capital, we arranged an equity transaction with an international chemical company. Our client was later sold to that company, and we acted as advisors in the transaction.