Growth can be fueled in many different ways

Truly game-changing growth strategies require significant capital and out-of-the-box thinking.

We see your entrepreneurial spark and are moved to ignite your potential through our direct lending and buy-side advisory work.

Need growth financing, but your bank cannot provide (any or enough) capital?

Ambitious growth plans typically need fresh capital to support them, to make new hires, buy equipment, support channel partners, etc. Traditional lenders can only provide so much fuel, and only the account managers who know what they’re doing can truly make a difference.

Trying to clean up your shareholder base?

It may be that differences in the vision each shareholder has for the business are arising. Or, a few shareholders are getting older and want to cash out. Whatever the reason, the buy-out of existing shareholders is often tricky and sensitive.

Wanting to buy the business you operate from its existing shareholders?

You are a top executive, perhaps with a stake in the business you currently run. Existing shareholders may be retiring, or looking to move on to other endeavours. How do you buy their shares, and gain control?

Raising equity, but want to reduce the impact of dilution?

Institutional equity in Canada is picky—if you can raise it, you have built a promising business. But it is very expensive in the long-term, because you had to give a substantial portion of the business up, and you had to yield some strategic direction to a new partner.

Looking to acquire a competitor(s) and need capital?

You have identified an interesting target, maybe you’ve already made a verbal offer or provided a letter of intent. How you finance the acquisition is a strategically important question – done wrong, it can hamper your business for some time.

You see an opportunity to consolidate your industry?

You have reached a meaningful size, and have become a known player in your space, which is fragmented. You have substantial financial resources, and plan to put them to good use by acquiring smaller competitors. In short, you’re rolling up your industry ahead of an exit in 5+ years. Great plan, but do you have the time to identify, connect with, negotiate and due diligence potentially hundreds of targets?

Refinancing appears to be possible, and want to get the right deal?

The light is getting brighter at the end of a turnaround, or you had to swallow a tough financing structure to consummate a critical acquisition. Whatever the situation, it may be time to consider refinancing unfavourable debt that was right at the time, but isn’t appropriate anymore given the strength of your business.

Market Insights
From the archives: July 2020

The Case for M&A During COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into unprecedented crisis. The IMF predicts that real GDP will contract by 7.6% in 2020 globally1. This…

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Case Studies

Pita Pit Canada
Pita Pit Canada ("PPC") is the franchisor to 228 Pita Pit locations across Canada. FirePower's M&A Advisory team was engaged to arrange its acquisition of a majority interest in Pita Pit International ("PPI"). FirePower generated multiple proposals from prospective institutional lenders, negotiating and structuring favourable terms and pricing to support PPC's future expansion plans.

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Corrosion Service
One of three equal shareholders of Corrosion Service, an infrastructure services company, approached FirePower, seeking to buy out the other two. Although this was a highly sensitive situation, we were able to structure a deal that led to a successful close.

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TFI
TFI is the largest distributor of specialty food preparation equipment and training programs in Canada, supplying over 10,000 locations. FirePower's M&A Advisory team advised management on the buy-out of existing shareholders.

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“We needed financing to fund our rapid expansion, and preferred debt over equity to avoid significant dilution.  We were already well into discussions with other lenders when FirePower’s Private Debt team came to the table.  Trevor and his team invested time and effort to gain an understanding of our business, giving us confidence that they would come through.  Ultimately, the team presented us with a loan structure offering the terms and flexibility that we needed, and despite being down the path with other lenders, we went with FirePower. With this loan in place, we're well positioned to fund our rapid growth without the heavy cost of dilution.”
Brandon Pizzacalla, COO, Co-Founder, GrowthGenius