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: October 2020

A Comparative Data Maturity Score for the Mid-Market: How do you stack up?
"Data is the new oil."  By now, most have heard this quote dating back to 2006 and credited to British mathematician Clive Humby, who…

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Case Studies

LEAP
LEAP Group was formed to acquire the assets of Metal Networks, an online quoting platform for metals procurement based in Austin, Texas. FirePower arranged a compelling deal structure for LEAP in this distressed situation.

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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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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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While our eventual buyer represented a great strategic and cultural fit for TSi, we faced some notable challenges throughout the process. Al and his investment banking team were instrumental in getting us over the hurdles. They detailed the compelling advantages of making this transaction work for both sides, highlighted evidence of the value the deal would create, then worked relentlessly to get us to a successful outcome.
Dan Wood, Chair and Founder, TSi Auto Solutions