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, our M&A Advisory team dug deep into the company’s performance and metrics. We identified 102 potential buyers, both strategic and financial, through a search that went global and surfaced only 26% 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.
GrowthGenius is an AI-assisted sales prospecting service provider for B2B businesses, based in Toronto. The company needed financing to fund its rapid expansion. Raising equity was unappealing because of the high cost of dilution, so the founders sought out a debt solution. After meeting with multiple lenders, they selected FirePower, whose efforts to get to know the founders, understand the business, and tailor a loan structure that worked for the company and its owners proved to be the difference.
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.