12 Aug 2021

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s team is pleased to have advised Liberty Spring in its acquisition of Elka Suspension.

Founded in 1986, Liberty Spring has earned itself an enviable position in the automobile and recreational vehicle sectors. It also occupies a prime position in other types of products that use springs within their applications. One in two vehicles around the world, except heavy trucks, have at least one spring manufactured by Liberty Spring.

The company now manufactures more than 200 million springs per year and it manufactures most of its products in Quebec, where 500 of its 750 employees work, and generates 66% of its sales outside the country. Its products excellent reputation and its willingness to provide its customers with the best service possible have allowed Liberty Spring to experience progressive growth over the years.

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Liberty Spring has acquired Elka Suspension.

This acquisition will allow Liberty Spring to diversify its offer by introducing a range of proprietary products focused on suspensions.

Liberty Spring called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s experts to obtain due diligence consulting services.

“Thanks to the support of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s team of experts and its due diligence work, we are reassured in this major transaction that we have just made”, says Bastien Poulin, Chief Financial Officer of Liberty Spring. “Philippe and his team have great transaction experience, knowledge of our industry, and track record with companies like us looking to grow in the market”.

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can help meet the needs of your business, please contact our deal team.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Our leading mid-market focused financial advisory team provides sector-specific advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity capital markets. We bring deep industry knowledge to each transaction to support our clients’ corporate finance strategies and priorities.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is Quebec’s leading professional services firm with more than 2,700 employees. As a member firm of the Grant Thornton International network and together with its Canadian counterpart Grant Thornton LLP, the firm is a member of one of the world’s largest professional services network made up of 58,200 people in over 140 countries.

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10 Aug 2021

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Corporate Finance advises EBSU Ltd on the acquisition of Woodlore International Inc.

Since 1981, EBSU Ltd (“EBSU”) has been developing and manufacturing quality and innovative residential cabinets, pre-assembled and ready to install. EBSU products are distributed in over 1,000 retail locations across North America through large renovation and hardware stores such as Lowe’s, Réno-Dépôt, Rona, BMR and Patrick Morin.

Also founded in 1981, Woodlore International Inc (“Woodlore”), is a leading furniture manufacturer located in Brampton, Ontario which runs a 140,000 square foot manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. In addition to their broad offering of quality office furniture, Woodlore

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EBSU Ltd has acquired Woodlore International Inc. to accelerate its growth plan.

EBSU called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team to advise the Company on the acquisition and financing its growth plan.

“The RCGT Corporate Finance team was instrumental in assisting my team and I every step of the way.” states Napoleon Boucher, president of EBSU. “Their expertise in mergers and acquisitions as well as their knowledge of the debt financing markets enabled us to obtain competitive terms and conditions all whilst managing the process in a very professional manner and allowing us to benefit from their extensive network.”

This acquisition allows Canadian-based EBSU to accelerate its growth plan and position itself among the major players in the North American manufacturing industry. In addition to the acquisition of Woodlore, EBSU has announced the construction of a new 180,000-square-foot plant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield which will be fully operational in the fall of 2021.

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can help meet the needs of your business, please contact our deal team.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a Canadian leader in the areas assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization.

Our leading mid-market focused corporate finance advisory team provides sector-specific advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity capital markets.

We bring deep industry knowledge to each transaction to support our clients’ corporate finance strategies and priorities.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is Quebec’s leading professional services firm with more than 2,700 employees. As a member firm of the Grant Thornton International network and together with its Canadian counterpart Grant Thornton LLP, the firm is a member of one of the world’s largest professional services network made up of 58,000 people in nearly 140 countries.

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28 Jul 2021

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team is pleased to announce the successful sale of Zac-Tranz Inc. to Loyal Express Group.

Founded in 2000 by Kenneth Bursey, Zac-Tranz is a privately held, Canadian-based transportation and logistics company, providing seamless terminal to door, on-time, container delivery and interchange services primarily in the Quebec and Ontario markets. Through organic growth and acquisitions, the Company is one of the leaders in the intermodal transport and logistics industry in Eastern Canada.

Zac-Tranz owns and operates three terminals in prime locations in the province of Quebec as well as additional terminal properties located in the greater Montreal area. With a solid and experienced team, state-of-the-art technology and a fleet of more than 500 trucks and chassis, they are a one-stop shop that can answer all of their customer’s needs.

Established in 1988, Loyal Express Group provides a full range of specialized freight and shipping services from dry, reefer to flatbeds equipment.

“With this acquisition, Loyal Express Group will increase and diversify their existing service offering to continue to be a preferred partner for all their customer’s needs for trucking, warehousing, logistics and now intermodal needs.” states Ted Stavrakis, President of Loyal Express Group. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome the Zac-Tranz team to the Loyal Express family.”

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Loyal Express Group acquires Zac-Tranz to accelerate growth and enhance diversification.

Zac-Tranz called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance experts to advise on a majority stake sale of the Company.

“I would strongly recommend the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Corporate Finance team to any entrepreneur that is considering the sale of their business.” states Kenneth Bursey, President of Zac-Tranz. “They demonstrated a great understanding of my objectives and were able to implement and lead a sale process aligned with what was important to me. They exceeded my expectations on all levels.”

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can help meet the needs of your business, please contact our deal team.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a Canadian leader in the areas assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization.

Our leading mid-market focused corporate finance advisory team provides sector-specific advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity capital markets.

We bring deep industry knowledge to each transaction to support our clients’ corporate finance strategies and priorities.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is Quebec’s leading professional services firm with more than 2,700 employees. As a member firm of the Grant Thornton International network and together with its Canadian counterpart Grant Thornton LLP, the firm is a member of one of the world’s largest professional services network made up of 58,000 people in nearly 140 countries.

Deal team:

Saki Tzanidis
Mark Rossi
Rachel Goldberg

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08 Jul 2021

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to have advised Matériaux Spécialisés Louiseville (“MSL”) in securing Desjardins Capital as a long-term strategic equity investor.

Since its founding in 2004, Louiseville-based MSL’s focus on innovation and sustainability, has allowed the company to establish itself as a leading global manufacturer of environmentally friendly fibreboard products designed for roofing, soundproofing and thermal insulation in commercial and residential applications.

MSL’s partnership with Desjardins Capital (“DC”) will allow the company to further accelerate its growth trajectory, including the ongoing North American roll-out of its soundproofing solution SONOpan. Using its patented Noise STOP TechnologyTM, SONOpan provides easy-to-install, cost-effective and highly efficacious soundproofing solutions made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials.

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Desjardins Capital invests in Matériaux Spécialisés Louiseville to accelerate growth.

“MSL is already a leader in its niche building product applications, and we are very excited about partnering with its top-tier management team to take its growth to the next level” says Jean-Philippe Bujold, Investment Director at Desjardins Capital.

MSL called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team to advise the Company on financing its growth and investment plan.

“I would strongly recommend RCGT’s Corporate Finance team to any entrepreneur considering a financing or M&A transaction”, states Patrick Wellington, President and CEO of MSL. “They are a world class team wholly dedicated to the success of their clients and seamless achievement of objectives. They exceeded my expectations on all levels”

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can help meet the needs of your business, please contact our deal team.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a Canadian leader in the areas assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization.

Our leading mid-market focused corporate finance advisory team provides sector-specific advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity capital markets.

We bring deep industry knowledge to each transaction to support our clients’ corporate finance strategies and priorities. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is Quebec’s leading professional services firm with more than 2,700 employees. As a member firm of the Grant Thornton International network and together with its Canadian counterpart Grant Thornton LLP, the firm is a member of one of the world’s largest professional services network made up of 58,200 people in nearly 140 countries.