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Year: 2021

Links’ List of Multiples and Buyers | December 2021

In Q3, private equity quarterly multiples were the highest on record collected by GF Data in their 16 year history. A combination of factors are contributing to this increase. According to GF Data, in Q3 2021, more platform transactions were completed vs. add-on transactions. Platform transactions are usually larger than add-on transactions and result in a higher multiple. Further, deals have been structured where buyers are paying on the trailing twelve-month EBITDA that has not completely recovered from the impact of COVID and normalizations to EBITDA fail to capture all the softness in earnings.

Links Capital's Perspectives | EBITDA Normalization

EBITDA Normalizations | October 2021

As discussed in a previous newsletter, EBITDA is a widely used proxy for the cash flow of a business and as a valuation metric for comparing businesses. Non-cash items such as depreciation/amortization, along with income statement expenses of interest and corporate taxes, are added back to net income to arrive at EBITDA.

Links' List of Multiples and Buyers | September 2021

Links’ List of Multiples and Buyers | September 2021

Consistent and growing EBITDA along with the size premium are again driving valuation multiples in private equity transactions. Private equity transactions greater than $100 million were valued under 8.0x EBITDA for three consecutive quarters, finally rebounding in Q2-2021 to the multiple range that was transacted prior to the onset of the Covid pandemic. Valuation multiples on a whole have re-aligned to where they are expected to be with size premiums falling back in line with historical premiums.

Links Capital's Perspectives | EBITDA and Business Valuation | April 2021

Links Capital’s Perspectives | EBITDA and Business Valuation | April 2021

EBITDA stands for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, it is a widely used proxy for a business’s cash flow and when multiplied by EBITDA market multiple, can determine the market valuation of a business.

Using EBITDA for valuation purposes, non-cash income statement items such as depreciation/amortization, along with interest expenses and corporate taxes, are added back to the net income to calculate EBITDA. EBITDA allows for the comparison of companies without the concern of different types of capital structures (lower versus higher levels of debt), differing tax rates or varying depreciation schedules on capital assets.

Links Capital Partners Ltd. advised the shareholders of Canfer Rolling Mills Ltd. on all aspects of the structuring and the negotiation of the divestiture of 100% of the shares to Tarpon Energy Services Ltd.

Canfer Rolling Mills Ltd. founded in 1994 is one the premier suppliers of pre-engineered buildings in Western Canada, operating out of 125,000 sq ft facility in Calgary, Alberta. Canfer Rolling Mills Ltd. also provides turnkey skid and modular buildings.

Tarpon Energy Services Ltd. founded in 2003 in Calgary, Alberta manufactures electronic products and services. The Company provides electrical and instrumentation, control systems, and steel building solutions as well as offers design and engineering, project management, construction, commissioning, and maintenance. Tarpon Energy Services operates worldwide.

Links Capital Partners Ltd. advised the shareholders of Nascor Ltd. on all aspects of the structuring and the negotiation of the divestiture of 100% of the shares to Arcticor Structures, a Calgary, Alberta

Nascor Ltd. was founded in 1982 and is Alberta’s largest manufacturer and distributor of engineered wood products including; I-Joists, roof truss and fixed/modular wall systems. A 77,000 sq ft facility in Calgary, Alberta and 30,000 sq ft facility in Edmonton Alberta. Nascor Ltd. also licenses out their I-Joist technology to licensees in Canada and the US.

Arcticor Structures, is a consolidator of Western Canadian businesses focused on the modular building and engineered wood products industries, addressing a manufacturing gap in temporary and permanent structures.

Links Capital Partners Ltd. advised the shareholders of AJ Industries Ltd. on all aspects of the structuring and the negotiation of the divestiture of 100% shares to Seaboard International a portfolio investment of the private equity firm Industrial Growth Partners.

AJ Industries Ltd. was founded in 1997 with the head office in Calgary, Alberta and service/distribution centers located in Edmonton, Red Deer, Lloydminister, Bonnyville, Brooks and Grand Prairie. AJ Industries Inc. is a value-added reseller and distributor of wellhead solutions and new/used piping solutions, along with the installation and rental of these products.

Seaboard International is a leading manufacturer of surface wellhead equipment for the onshore and offshore oil & gas markets. Industrial Growth Partners is a San Francisco-based specialist private investment partnership focused exclusively on acquiring middle-market industrial manufacturing and niche services businesses.

Links Capital Partners Ltd. advised the shareholders of Tiger Calcium Services Inc. on all aspects of the structuring and the negotiation of the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Tiger Calcium Services Inc. and the divestiture of shares in Keg River Chemical Corp.

Founded in 1964 as Tiger Chemicals, Tiger Calcium Services Inc. is a full-service provider and leader of calcium chloride products with a head office and logistics located in Nisku, Alberta and a production facility in the Mitsue Industrial Park, near Slave Lake, Alberta.

Keg River Chemical Corp is a manufacturer supplier of premium bentonite sulfur fertilizers to North America’s largest line suppliers and an extensive network of independent retailers – across the Western USA, Midwest, Western Canada and Quebec.

Links Capital Partners Ltd. advised the shareholders of the Tiger Calcium Services Inc. on all aspects of the structuring and the negotiation of the divestiture resulting in a majority share sale of the company to Tricor Pacific Capital (now Parallel49 Equity).

Founded in 1964 as Tiger Chemicals, Tiger Calcium Services Inc. is a full-service provider and leader of calcium chloride products with a head office and logistics located in Nisku, Alberta and a production facility in the Mitsue Industrial Park, near Slave Lake, Alberta.

Parallel49 Equity is a leading private equity firm that invests in profitable, well-managed, lower middle-market companies in the U.S. and Canada. Since its founding in 1996, the firm and its predecessor have managed over C$1.2 billion of investor capital.

Links Capital Partners Ltd. advised the shareholders of the Tiger Calcium Services Inc. on all aspects of the structuring and the negotiation of the divestiture resulting in a majority share sale of the company to Tricor Pacific Capital (now Parallel49 Equity).

Founded in 1964 as Tiger Chemicals, Tiger Calcium Services Inc. is a full-service provider and leader of calcium chloride products with a head office and logistics located in Nisku, Alberta and a production facility in the Mitsue Industrial Park, near Slave Lake, Alberta.

Parallel49 Equity is a leading private equity firm that invests in profitable, well-managed, lower middle-market companies in the U.S. and Canada. Since its founding in 1996, the firm and its predecessor have managed over C$1.2 billion of investor capital.

Links Capital Partners Ltd. advised the shareholders of the Can-Cell Group of Companies on all aspects of the structuring and the negotiation of the divestiture resulting in a 100% share sale of the company to Soprema.

Founded in 1976, the Can-Cell Group of Companies is a vertically integrated manufacturer / distributor of cellulose-based insulation and distributor of building materials and builders’ hardware products and includes Can-Cell Industries Inc., CCI Manufacturing Inc., Allied Paper Savers Inc. and Celufibre Industries Inc. with an Edmonton-based Corporate Head Office it operates both a manufacturing and recycling facility, six distribution centres and two cross-dock partner facilities.

Soprema is an international manufacturer specializing in the production of innovative products for waterproofing, insulation, soundproofing and vegetated solutions for the roofing, building envelope and civil engineering sectors. Founded in 1908 in Strasbourg, France, SOPREMA now operates in over 90 countries.