Referred by another client, Capital Seaboard’s shareholders engaged Ascend not only because of our expertise but for our commitment to singular attention and tailoring our processes to clients’ unique needs. As a family-owned business, the goal from the outset was to find the best partner to advance the legacy that Capital Seaboard built over 60+ years. We shepherded the shareholders through the entire lifecycle of the transaction:
- Organizing and preparing the company for a sale, including a bottom-up financial model, detailed cross-sell and upsell analysis for each buyer, and KPI deep dive analysis along with positioning and marketing materials
- Conducting outreach efforts by developing a bespoke universe of prospective buyers and facilitating communications with each group
- Creating a competitive environment to maximize price and terms
- Soliciting and negotiating letters of intent
- Managing the due diligence process
- Liaising with the buyer’s advisors to close the transaction
- Business Services
- Sell-Side Transactions
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The shareholders identified three key items as desirable in a partner for Capital Seaboard—#1 continuing the company’s legacy #2 ensuring employees were well taken care of and there was a culture fit #3 finding a partner that knew the space as well, if not better than they did. After considering Capital Seaboard’s strategic and market position along with the expectations of the shareholders, we narrowed our focus to buyers that could leverage the company’s cross-sell opportunities, profit per drop-off, brand new facility, and highly differentiated SQF certification. A limited, client-specific process.
In the midst of the process, COVID-19 hit, significantly disrupting the restaurant industry and turning the food distribution space upside down. The process was put on hold, and the pause was used as an opportunity to shift focus towards navigating Capital Seaboard through several strategic and operational changes. The business thrived and became even more attractive to buyers interested in finding a target with quality products and uncompromised service throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We received multiple LOIs from private equity firms and strategics looking to capitalize on what Capital Seaboard had to offer.
Ascend demonstrated extraordinary patience and persistence in helping us find the right partner for Capital Seaboard. The Ascend team advised us through negotiations with numerous interested buyers that had varying deal structures, never pushing us to settle until we found the perfect partner that met our team’s objectives. They were fully committed, providing valuable strategic guidance through a major shift in the company’s focus and through a global pandemic that heavily impacted our industry. Without the support and integrity Ascend provided, we would not have received the maximum value and fit we ultimately were able to achieve.
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