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.

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10 Mar 2021

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team is pleased announce the successful sale of Dubo Électrique Ltd (‘‘Dubo’’) to Guillevin International Co. (“Guillevin”).

Founded in 1955, Dubo is one of the leading value-added distributors of electrical products in the province of Quebec. It offers a wide range of electrical, lighting, automation, controls and complementary products for the industrial, OEM, commercial, residential, government, institutional and electrical contractor markets.

The Company’s enhanced services are supported by a team of experienced specialists and range from project management to logistics and inventory management, as well as kitting and personalized order processing and a diversity of value-added services. The Company has seven branches in the province of Quebec, including its 100,000 sq. ft. head office and distribution center in Montreal.

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Dubo Électrique Ltd is acquired by Guillevin International Co.

Dubo called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance experts to advise on the sale of the company.

‘‘The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton team provided an exceptional level of expertise and guidance at every stage of the transaction. They demonstrated a great understanding of my business and objectives and were able to implement and lead a sale process aligned with what was important to me. They are nothing less than a dream team‘’ states Sylvie Boileau, President and CEO of Dubo.

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. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is part of the global organization, Grant Thornton. Our global footprint spans across more than 140 countries with over 56,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

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.

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28 Jan 2021

Our firm advises WeCook on a growth financing transaction led by Desjardins Capital.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team is pleased to announce the successful closing of WeCook’s capital raise.

WeCook, Quebec’s leader in fresh, ready-to-eat, home-delivered meals, has closed a financing round to accelerate its nation-wide growth, having delivered +420% run-rate sales growth in the last year. The financing round included numerous returning investors, including lead investor Desjardins Capital, and also included debt facilities provided by National Bank’s Technology and Innovation Group.

Founded in 2013, Montreal-based WeCook delivers meals to approximately 20,000 customers through its online sales platform and prepares nearly 2.5 million meals a year. Since its founding, the company has focused on both industry-leading product quality as well as its highly analytical and disciplined digital marketing strategy. For over 8 years, WeCook’s focus on the prepared meal space has allowed it to develop a leading position in this high growth segment as well as develop a deep and fundamental understanding of its customers. With +65,000 Facebook followers and 35,000 Instagram followers, the company has developed a proprietary social media strategy that has allowed it to reach its rapidly growing audience in a highly impactful and efficient manner.

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WeCook secures growth capital to support its ongoing nation-wide expansion.

“We turned to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team in 2020 at a time when events unfolding in the market introduced both uncertainty and opportunity to our existing strategy,” states Etienne Plourde, CEO and Founder WeCook.

“The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton team were able to put together and execute a financing strategy specifically tailored to our evolving needs, acting as a direct and seamless extension of our team, and providing critical assistance throughout the process. We would not hesitate to work with them on future transactions.”

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 2,800 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 56,000 people in over 140 countries.