CSR Cosmetic Solutions
Acting as exclusive advisor to the seller.
CSR is an Ontario-based, contract manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products. The CEO and sole owner had operated the business for over 15 years and was ready for a well-deserved retirement. A sale process run by a top-tier accounting firm in 2015 was unsuccessful.
Undeterred by the accounting firm’s result, we dug deep into the company’s metrics and knew we could negotiate success. We identified 102 potential buyers, both strategic and financial, through a search that went global and surfaced only 25.5% Canadian prospects. We created an auction-like environment that yielded 8 offers by the deadline, with Korean and American buyers making the most aggressive proposals. We overcame major cultural differences with the eventual winner, a Korean publicly traded contract manufacturer, and arrived at a deal in the upper end of the initial value guidance. The post-acquisition integration process was highly productive and the company is now growing under new ownership.
Versature is a rapidly growing Canadian VoIP service provider. Previously, the company had been through an unsuccessful sale process with another investment bank, but decided to work with FirePower after receiving assurances about how the sale process would be run. FirePower’s Investment Banking team crafted a story highlighting Versature’s strong growth story, brand, people and processes. The most compelling offer came from net2phone, a subsidiary of US public company, Under new ownership, and with expanded access to capital, Versature is well-positioned to accelerate its growth trajectory in the Canadian market, and collaborate on initiatives within IDT abroad.
Pita Pit Canada
Pita Pit Canada ("PPC") is the franchisor to 228 Pita Pit locations across Canada. FirePower's Investment Banking team was engaged to arrange financing for its acquisition of a majority interest in Pita Pit International ("PPI"). FirePower generated multiple proposals from prospective lenders, negotiating and structuring favourable terms and pricing with a lender interested in supporting PPC's future expansion plans.