Corporate Finance in Atlantic Canada

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Different types of buyers

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In general, there are 3 groups/types of buyers for mid-market private businesses:

  1. Strategic.  Such buyers are often called industry buyers because they are typically in the same (or related) industry as the target.  These buyers tend to be larger companies seeking to consolidate your business with their existing operation, and so, they often have access to synergies from combining the two businesses.  These synergies can mean that such buyers can afford to pay more than the below types of buyers (i.e. they can pay a strategic premium over/above standalone financial value).  These buyers are often an option for mid-market businesses and less so for small businesses, but that can depend on the industry.
  2. Financial.  Financial buyers are aplenty in the Atlantic marketplace, given the prevalence of debt and equity capital.  These buyers have access to capital and either financial or management expertise, but aren’t currently operating in the industry of the target (and therefore don’t have synergies to allow them to pay the above premium price).  Such buyers range from formal private equity funds (such as the Sobeys/McCain-founded SeaFort Capital), to informal groups of owners seeking to invest in businesses and their management teams, to individuals who have a dream of being an owner (and have never acquired a business before).  In today’s market, there are many more financial buyers than business opportunities, and so these buyers/investors are looking in almost all industries and sizes in Atlantic.
  3. Management.  Existing employee or senior management groups have always been an option to acquire your business.  Historically, the challenge was often that such buyers didn’t have capital, and so often required significant vendor financing assistance.  In recent years, that is no longer the case, due to the availability of capital (both debt and equity) to assist management teams in acquiring the businesses they work for.  While management buyers can’t do the above strategic price, they can pay a fair price and therefore are a credible alternative.

Stay tuned for more blog entries on each type of buyer.

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Written by Dan Jennings

June 12, 2019 at 9:23 am

Target Mazda acquired

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https://www.ngnews.ca/business/new-glasgow-mazda-dealership-asks-communitys-help-with-rename-255627/

The New Glasgow News is reporting that the NB-based Smith family has acquired New Glasgow, NS’s Target Mazda car dealership.

The Smith family also own Mazda dealerships in Dieppe, NB and Truro, NS, while Target Mazda claims to be the oldest Mazda dealership in Atlantic Canada.

This is another in a long series of transactions in the consolidating auto dealer industry, which has been commented on in this blog many times.

Written by Dan Jennings

December 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Conquest Engineering acquired

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https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/business/cbcl-acquires-conquest-engineering-265070/

The Chronicle Herald is reporting that Halifax-based CBCL Ltd has acquired Conquest Engineering Ltd of Saint John, NB.  As is common with many engineering firms, both are said to be employee-owned.

This continues the consolidation trend in the engineering industry.

Written by Dan Jennings

December 4, 2018 at 11:41 am

More insurance broker consolidation

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http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1558403-long-standing-independent-brokerages-merge

The Chronicle Herald is reporting that Antigonish Insurance and AA Munro Insurance (both Antigonish, NS-based insurance brokers) are merging.

This continues the consolidation trend in the P&C insurance brokerage industry.

Written by Dan Jennings

April 3, 2018 at 9:15 am

Engineering industry consolidation

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http://englobecorp.com/canada/en/nouvelles/february-7-2018-englobe-corp-and-crandall-engineering-ltd-are-joining-forces-in-atlantic-Canada

Quebec-based Englobe has announced an acquisition of Moncton-based Crandall Engineering.  Crandall was employee-owned and is an engineering firm specializing in municipal, water/wastewater, buildings and traffic engineering.  Englobe calls itself one of Canada’s largest engineering firms and specializes in soils, materials and environmental engineering.

This continues the consolidation trend in the engineering sector, including across Atlantic Canada.

Written by Dan Jennings

February 8, 2018 at 10:11 am