Mass Spectrometry – Confidential
Running a confidential auction to sell a company.
Our client is a manufacturer of mass spectrometers, with numerous patents and trade secrets. Despite a warm reception for its devices in the marketplace, the company lacked the resources to grow the top line beyond current levels. The owners wanted to sell to a strategic partner to accelerate sales.
Our investment banking team prepared deal collateral, crafting a compelling story for strategic buyers, as they would bring the resources and capabilities that our client needed to accelerate growth.
Our team sourced strategic buyers and held a discreet auction, negotiating a substantial increase to the preferred offer. We also secured favourable terms with respect to escrow, timing of payments, liability exposure, working capital and employment agreements for the entire staff.
The new owner was able to exit an unfavourable supply agreement and generate significant cost savings through the deal.
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.
Our client, a software distributor, was suspicious that it ‘left money on the table’ because of sub-optimal pricing and the latitude given to sales people. The task was daunting as hundreds of thousands of transactions, across thousands of SKUs, are processed every year. The VMX team tested various segmentations within the transactions database, the CRM, and the company’s financial systems, driving new perspectives and insights, then made key recommendations which were implemented. Within the 3-month duration of the exercise, EBITDA run-rate increased by 15%, with visibility into more increases down the road.