Closing the deal when others couldn't
Versature is a rapidly growing Canadian VoIP service provider. The company acknowledges it plays in a very competitive space, albeit one that is ripe for a shake-up of the large, slow-moving incumbents. Versature had positioned itself well to be that disruptor, but needed more resources and sought a strategic partner. Previously, the company had been through an unsuccessful sale process with another investment bank. A decision was made to work with FirePower after receiving assurances that the firm would be undaunting in casting a wide buyers’ net and additionally, would run a carefully considered sale process.
FirePower’s Investment Banking team crafted a story highlighting Versature’s strong growth story, brand, people and processes, then approached more than 200 prospective buyers, and received bids from 4 strategics. The most compelling offer came from net2phone, a subsidiary of US public company, IDT.
Our Investment Banking team played a critical role throughout the letter of intent (LOI) negotiations, bridging differences in terminology and formulas. As Paul Emond, CEO of Versature explains: “The team's execution was impressive, guiding us through the final stage of the process to a successful close within 90 days of signing the LOI.”
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.
FirePower was engaged to prepare PrintFleet for a a sale, and guide the company through to closing. Weeks before closing, the buyer with whom PrintFleet signed an LOI following a competitive auction, a Japanese Fortune 500 company, terminated the deal because of an internal reorganization. FirePower re-ignited conversations with a US strategic who had done well in the auction, and closed without any major challenges at an attractive price, terms and conditions.