12 Nov 2018

Walter Capital Partners Invests in a Leading Canadian School Photography Company

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton advises Edge Imaging Inc. (“Edge”) on its sale to Walter Capital Partners (“Walter”).

Founded in 2005 and based in Burlington, Ontario, Edge is the largest Canadian-owned school photography company and the partner of choice for thousands of schools, having photographed over 10 million students since its inception. The company quickly established itself as a leader in this niche market for delivering very high-quality products with short lead-times. At the height of its business cycle, Edge currently employs over 400 people in Ontario and British Columbia.

Edge is a fully vertically integrated company which prides itself in delivering exceptional photography products as well as a great customer experience and leads the industry when it comes to privacy and security. Edge’s main target markets are elementary and high schools, and it also offers its services to colleges, universities and sports teams. Today, the Edge brand is recognized for consistently delivering high-quality products and offering a superior customer experience.

“This is an exciting new phase for Edge Imaging,” states Dave Pond, President Emeritus. “Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has done an exceptional job of aligning Edge with a family office private equity fund, Walter Capital Partners, who are committed financially and through their expertise to growing Edge into a truly national brand.”

‘’Working with Mark Rossi and his team at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton was a seamless process from beginning to end. They worked efficiently to quickly gain the necessary knowledge about our niche industry to put forward an attractive business investment case,’’ says Dan Boudreau, the newly appointed CEO of Edge Imaging. ‘’By being thoroughly prepared, the firm went to market with a very robust approach, which resulted in a selection of equity partners that was balanced and aligned with our business objectives. The team saw the deal through to the end and continued to provide ongoing support that exceeded all expectations.’’

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acted as exclusive financial advisor to Edge Imaging.

“We are very enthusiastic to partner with Edge Imaging and to share our capital and expertise to support their growth ambitions,” states Sam Ramadori, Managing Partner of Walter Capital Partners. “With the extensive work done by RCGT’s team in developing the opportunity and bringing together parties that share the same vision of Edge Imaging’s future potential, we are now in a position to put all the ingredients in place to replicate the successes we have had with the other companies in our portfolio.”

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 of 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 2,500 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 50,000 people in over 135 countries.

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26 Oct 2018
Simon Marcotte Légaré
Senior Director | MBA | Financial advisory

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton advises MTL Grandé Camera on a refinancing transaction.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to congratulate MTL Grandé Camera (“Grandé Camera”) on the successful closing of a refinancing with a new lender.

Grandé Camera is a leading provider of equipment and studio rental services for the television and movie production industries in Quebec and Ontario. Grandé Camera carries an extensive range of audio-visual, lighting, pre- and post-production equipment, and, combined with its multiuse studios, provides customers with the convenience of a one-stop shop for all their production requirements.

Grandé Camera will use the additional capital to support its growth plan with important investments in working capital and capital expenditures.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acted as exclusive financial advisor to Grandé Camera.

‘‘Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton played a significant role with respect to the development and execution of Grandé Camera’s refinancing strategy. The Corporate Finance team provided key advice and supported management on important decisions throughout the financing process. The time was short, and the pressure was high. Walid and Saki proved to be not only good advisors, but involved themselves like real partners would. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will definitely handle my next transaction,” says Iohann Martin, President and CEO, Grandé Camera.

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12 Nov 2018  |  Written by :

Simon Marcotte Légaré is a financial advisor. Contact him today!

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17 Oct 2018
Simon Marcotte Légaré
Senior Director | MBA | Financial advisory

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to congratulate Artitalia Group Inc. (“Artitalia” or the ‘‘Company’’) for its successful financing and shareholder buy-back.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Montreal, Artitalia manufactures an array of custom products for companies across North America and provides them with value-added integrated solutions including design, prototyping, project management and engineering expertise. The Company serves clients in the retail, hospitality & restaurants, material handling, and mail & parcel segments.

The financing and shareholder buy-back simultaneously ensure the continuity of the Vardaro family at the helm of the Company and provide the necessary financial resources to meet the high growth trajectory of the Company over the next few years.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acted as exclusive financial advisor to Artitalia.

“On behalf of the Artitalia Group, I would like to thank everyone at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton who took part in our project for your professionalism in helping us in securing financing for our shareholder buy-back’’, says Tony Vardaro, President. ‘’The financing process was swift, well explained and well executed. Thank you all once again for your partnership!”

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12 Nov 2018  |  Written by :

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09 Oct 2018
Simon Marcotte Légaré
Senior Director | MBA | Financial advisory

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to congratulate Nationex Inc. for its successful refinancing and shareholder buy-back.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Longueuil, Qc, Nationex (“Nationex” or the ‘‘Company’’) provides B2B courier services in Canada, with a major focus on Quebec and Ontario provinces. The company employs 200+ employees and handle over 40 thousand parcels on a daily basis.

Catryn Pinard, appointed CEO in 2015 and now sole shareholder of Nationex following the shareholder buy-back, is determined to help Nationex succeed as a 2nd generation family-owned company with the support of an experienced management team.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acted as exclusive financial advisor to Nationex.

“The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton team far exceeded our expectations”, says Catryn Pinard. “Your support was not only financial but also strategic. You were by our side throughout the entire process and exceeded your mandate by ensuring that all details were tied up following the closing of the transaction. Your implication and expertise, without a doubt, added significant value to our financing structure.”

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

12 Nov 2018  |  Written by :

Simon Marcotte Légaré is a financial advisor. Contact him today!

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