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 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 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.
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 major U.S. crop sciences company decided to widen its marketing access to the domestic market by acquiring several independent seed companies. Our experience and reputation with the independently owned companies enabled us to develop and implement a strategic acquisition plan. We assisted in targeting a selected number of companies and established lines of communication between our client and those companies. We assisted in valuing the target companies and in negotiating and closing the transactions.
We were retained by an AIM-listed public company to divest a specialty chemical and horticultural division. We conducted a global search for buyers and eventually sold the majority of assets to a US-based company.
A regional, cooperative seed company had successfully grown from a local to a regional company and wanted to expand nationally. We advised the owners that changing from a cooperative to a standard corporate structure would facilitate the access to equity capital, and the owners concurred. We located an international company that was interested in joint ownership with Americans of a U.S. company. It bought a fifty percent interest in our client, thereby providing the capital needed for our client’s growth.