FINALIST 2019

Since 2010, Martin Perreault has been the Senior Investment Manager at Desjardins Capital, a company supporting the growth of Quebec SMEs by offering customized financing in the form of loans and equity investments.

In 2018, his team successfully completed a business transfer transaction, which helped maintain Quebec ownership of Amisco, a manufacturing flagship of the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

A vision without the capacity to execute is a mirage!

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Amisco manufactures residential furniture and employs 300 people in its Saint-Pascal and L’Islet factories. Founded by the Poitras family in 1954, the SME was facing a succession issue because no one from the younger generation wanted to take it over.

By partnering with the Poitras family as shareholder-partners, Desjardins Capital (42% of the shares) and Investissement Québec (28% of the shares) not only ensured that Amisco’s operations are maintained in Quebec, but also provided it with the means to continue expanding.

Investing in the long-term

Martin Perreault has more than 20 years of experience in corporate financing. He firmly believes in the importance of providing long-term strategic and financial support to businesses in which his company invests.

As such, the Amisco transaction was structured to ensure the SME’s succession and enable it to rapidly increase its international sales. Amisco is already selling more than half of its production in the United States and intends to become number one in customizable furniture in North America.

Desjardins Capital has nearly 470 businesses, cooperatives and funds in its portfolio, and contributes to creating or maintaining 67,000 jobs.