Divestitures, Acquisitions, Management Buyouts and Financing

Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Boutique with Global Reach

 

Objectivity, integrity and independance: We build our relationships for the long term by closely protecting and defending your interests.

35 years
of Investment Banking Experience

400 +
Completed Transactions

$5 B +
Accumulated Deal Value

Selling a business can be one of the most stressful events a business owner will ever encounter. The business sale process is complicated and disruptive. The process can be challenging because there are many unknowns: What is my business worth? Who should I contact? How should I contact them? How much information should I provide? How do I keep things confidential? How will my employees and customers react? How can I prevent my competition from finding out? Cafa has the answers to these and many other sale-related questions.

A well-executed and integrated acquisition can help your company make a giant leap forward from where it is today. Based on your criteria, we use proprietary databases to identify ideal acquisition candidates. Once the perfect target is found we will help you structure the best possible offer and work towards closing a successful transaction. Cafa can also help you acquire the business you currently work for. We have conducted a number of very successful Management Buyouts (MBOs).

A successful financial structure establishes a proper balance between debt and equity ensuring optimal shareholder returns without endangering the company with too much debt.

Cafa provides practical, down-to-earth advice in several financial and corporate aspects to business owners, shareholders as well as company boards.

Our latest transactions

Sellside Advisor
has acquired
 
Consumer/Retail

Cafa advised the shareholders of QHouse Kids, a high-end juvenile and baby products distributor based in Montreal, on the sale of its shares to a strategic acquirer (confidential).

Advisory Services
 
Strategic assistance to the corporation
 
Financial Institutions

Makivik Corporation’s distinct mandates range from owning large profitable business enterprises and generating jobs; to social economic development, improved housing conditions, to the protection of the Inuit language and culture and the natural environment.

Buyside Advisor
has acquired
 
Industrials

Cafa advised demountable glass office wall system manufacturer Muraflex in its acquisition of LMT Group, a manufacturer and distributor of steel doors and hardware  for commercial and institutional markets.

Financing Advisor
has obtained acquisition financing
 
Financial Institutions

Cafa acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Groupe SFGT in raising financing from Fondaction, Laurentian Bank and BDC for the acquisition of Groupe Financier Maestro Inc.

Our latest publications

Selling a company
EBITDA or Rental Income – Impact On Enterprise Value

EBITDA or Rental Income — What Is Your Choice? Owning real estate in an operating company or leasing it from an affiliate can have a significant impact on enterprise value and the net disposal proceeds to vendors in an …

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Other subjects of interest
The Conglomerate Discount and the Danger of Over Diversifying

The Conglomerate Discount and the Danger of Over Diversifying a Business Diversification is good. For personal savings, diversification prevents concentrating too much risk on a single stock or investment type. For companies …

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Selling a company
Key Steps to Selling Your Business – A Roadmap

The key steps to selling your business successfully are illustrated in this complete roadmap and timeline. Business owners looking to sell their business frequently ask us what the steps and roadmap are to a successful …

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Acquiring a company
Customer Due Diligence – a Key Part of Due Diligence

The Customer Due Diligence is often overlooked or afforded less importance in an acquisition due diligence; yet a company's customers are probably one of its most important assets. In addition to being the ‘raison d’être’ …

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some detailed answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

No, Cafa does not lend or invest money.

As an independent investment banker, Cafa acts solely as an intermediary to facilitate your company obtaining the best-suited financing it requires without any conflicts of interest. We typically arrange funding from $5 million upwards. You can contact us to assess your needs, whether for project financing, debt financing or equity financing. Here are some of our newsletters related to financing:

Depending on your industry and the size of your business, there are many go-to-market strategies to prepare your business for sale and maximize your value. The first step would be to reach out to an investment banker, who will be able to provide an initial valuation range and go-to-market strategy for your business. Look at our “The Investment Banker …the benefits of using one…” and “The Process of Selling Your Business” newsletters to prepare prior to your first meeting. Then, contact us here.

We’ve successfully executed many Management Buyouts (“MBOs”). Oftentimes at the onset, neither the company owners nor the employees actually believe the transaction is possible. Although each situation has its own challenges, an experienced advisor can help you realize your goal. See our Newsletters on the “Key Elements for a Successful Management Buyout” and their takeaways. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss the feasibility of your MBO project. And if you’re a company owner interested in selling to your employees, we can help you orchestrate that too.

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