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 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.
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 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 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 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 specialty crop and horticultural joint venture entity wanted to raise cash to reduce its debt while in the technology development phase of its operations. We studied the operations and identified a Brazilian subsidiary as the most saleable of the assets. We located an American buyer and assisted in the completion of the transaction.