Generating competitive tension among lenders
Environics Analytics (“EA”) is a leading provider of marketing and analytical services. The company needed financing to support its expansion plans in the US and Canadian markets, and wanted to secure capital from a senior lender that understood EA’s value drivers.
FirePower’s M&A Advisory team managed the entire transaction, surfacing proposals from banks and institutional lenders in order to generate competitive tension. With this powerful advantage in hand, the FirePower team was able to negotiate and significantly improve on the terms of those proposals, to the benefit of EA. As EA’s CEO, Jan Kestle, put it: “FirePower’s team delivered what we needed: a term debt structure that is well thought out with respect to terms and conditions, and has enough flexibility to allow us to grow.”
Last Call Analytics
When FirePower first met Last Call Analytics, the company was building custom big data analytics and visualization software platforms for frontline sales staff, primarily of beverage & alcohol distributors, but also for clients in other industries. Last Call needed capital to grow, as well as strategic guidance to develop a stronger revenue model and focused direction. FirePower invested both capital and hard work, shifting the revenue model, focusing its resources, and ultimately, helping the company achieve its potential.
Our client, a software distributor, sought to optimize the pricing of its products and the incentives of its salesforce . Within the 3-month duration of the VMX exercise, EBITDA run-rate increased by 15%, with visibility into more increases down the road.