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 manufacturer and marketer of agricultural equipment was owned by a large group of third- and fourth-generation family members with varying financial and personal requirements. As a neutral and knowledgeable outside party, we were able to get all the owners on the same page. We then conducted an international, focused, competitive auction process, finding a European-based buyer. Finally, we assisted in closing the deal, which involved complex contract negotiations.
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 NASDAQ-listed company involved in animal identification products and implantable RFID devices for pets was sold through a competitive auction process, which we conducted. When the buyer decided several years later to take a different strategic direction, it hired us to represent it in the sale of the majority of its assets to a competitor.
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.
After a normal investment period, we were hired by a private equity firm to help it exit its investment in a navigation and control systems company. We conducted a competitive auction process focused on the logical navigation and technology companies, and the business was eventually sold to a Canadian company.