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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.