Whitehorn Merchant Capital Inc. advised the shareholders of Wild Rose Gourmet Meats Inc. (“Wild Rose”) on its sale to a subsidiary of High Plains Bison Inc. of Denver, Colorado. Wild Rose operated under the Carmen Creek Gourmet Meat brand and distributed bison meat products throughout Canada and the European Union.

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The shareholders of Wild Rose engaged Whitehorn to source strategic buyers interested in expanding Wild Rose’s operations and provide the shareholders with a succession solution. The shareholders remain active in the business, managing the Carmen Creek division of High Plains Bison Inc. As part of this transaction, Whitehorn:

  • Developed a marketing strategy and supporting documentation to approach interested parties;
  • Sourced potential investors and buyers. Whitehorn approached both strategic buyers of the business as well as private equity funds with a history of investing in food related businesses;
  • Negotiated the business terms of the transaction including the valuation, consideration, and transition terms;
  • Managed due diligence, including information requests, information/document coordination and management meeting preparation and oversight; and
  • Worked closely with legal counsel to ensure legal agreements reflected the business terms, and assisted with the review, negotiation and assessment of the binding legal documentation.

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