18 Dec 2018

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acts as exclusive financial advisor to the Brunet Group in a refinancing transaction

Founded in 1922 and based in Valleyfield, Quebec, Brunet Group (“Brunet”), comprised of various businesses, has established itself as a leading manufacturer and supplier in the field of infrastructure products and services. More specifically, Brunet is a key player in waterworks, drainage, sanitation, roads, highways and bridges.

This third-generation, family-owned and managed business boasts an experienced workforce of over 400 employees, including specialized engineers, in ten locations in Canada serving the eastern part of the country and Northeastern United States.

Brunet has significant operations in five primary sectors: precast concrete manufacturing, traffic management, PVC pipe manufacturing, ready-mix concrete, and distribution. It is an innovative leader in its field and has built a solid reputation for its expertise in the infrastructure construction market by offering a wide range of turnkey solutions and integrating its business units to provide customers with a vast spectrum of products and services to ensure successful project execution.

As part of a strategic realignment of its operations, Brunet called on Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to review and optimize its financial structure. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acted as exclusive financial advisor to Brunet Group, who now has a streamlined, adaptable and flexible structure that will make it possible to seize new business opportunities in a very active industry.

“The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton professionals played a key role in our refinancing initiative. They supported us every step along the way, from the preparation of our corporate profile to the final negotiations with potential financial partners. Their credibility and expertise were considerable assets in concluding our new credit facility”, says Bernard Brunet, President of Brunet Group.

To learn more about how Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can meet your company’s financial advisory needs, 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.

Transaction Brunet Group

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14 Dec 2018

This year, two teams from the firm participated in Tremblant’s 24h, a relay challenge that took place on December 8 and 9, 2018.

The teams raised $18,745 which will be used by three foundations: the Fondation Charles-Bruneau, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Fondation 24h Tremblant.

The event exceeded its objective, raising a total of $4,067,291 in donations.

This was Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s second time taking part in the sports challenge. Thank you to all the clients, suppliers, business contacts, partners, colleagues, families and friends for their great generosity, and to the participants who made this such a success.



Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton team’s members : Alexandre Joly, Maxime Décarie, Marie-Hélène Lafortune, Christine Bizien, Simon Chabot, Marc-Antoine LeDenn, Jade Clément-Latour, Marie Hamelin, Emmanuelle Rossignol, Jonathan Besserer, Jonathan Fréchette, Guillaume Béchard, Mila Sofia Cifola.

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12 Dec 2018

The Quebec government has tabled not a budget but an update. What does our tax advisor think?

Our expert Olivier Levesque, Senior Tax Consultant in the Roberval office commented the first economic update tabled by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government on Planète 104.5 FM radio.

According to Levesque, “The update is good news for Quebec’s economy, in particular, the forecast over $1.5B surplus by the end of the year. Also of note are measures for seniors and low-income families.”

To find our more, listen to the complete interview broadcast (in French) on December 4, 2018.

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11 Dec 2018

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, more than 150 people got together in Saguenay to listen to testimonials on entrepreneurial succession.

The panel, comprising two transferees and two transferors, was hosted by our firm’s Éric Dufour, Regional Vice-President and Entrepreneurial Succession leader.

Valérie Gilbert of Groupe Fernand Gilbert, Denis Gagnon of Évasion Sport, Marc Grenon of Aménagement Grenon, and Catherine Verreault of IGA Verreault, spoke of the inter-generational challenges of a family succession. They generously shared their experiences and advice with an attentive crowd.

Organized by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Saguenay-Le Fjord, the event gathered business people for the traditional Christmas brunch. It was also an opportunity to launch the regional cell of the Groupe la relève, famille en affaires!

Our firm is one of the business partners of this group, which is the only exclusive family entrepreneurial succession organization. The fifteen or so members who will make up the Saguenay cell will be able to share their challenges and projects in a private setting.

De gauche à droite: Éric Dufour, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Catherine Verreault, IGA Verreault, Valérie Gilbert, Groupe Gilbert, Sandra Rossignol, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Saguenay-le-Fjord, Denis Gagnon, Évasion Sport, Marc Grenon, Aménagement Grenon.