Experience

The Integris Partners team offers our clients extraordinary transaction experience. Throughout our careers we have worked on behalf of, as well as across the table from, a wide range of entities:

  • Middle-market entrepreneurial companies;
  • Large companies such as Lockheed Martin, AT&T, United Technologies, Parker-Hannifin, ConAgra, DuPont, and dozens more, both publicly traded and private;
  • Financial sponsors such as American Capital Strategies, Cerberus, the Riverside Company, Doughty Hanson, and numerous others, including the private equity arms of hedge funds and family offices; and
  • Non-control investors such as venture capital firms, institutional lenders, and banks.

Many of our transactions have been cross-border involving European, Asian, and emerging markets companies, both as clients and as buyers.

Some statistics that suggest the depth of our bankers’ experience:

  • Managing Directors have over 15 years of transactional experience on average
  • More than 50 middle-market transactions with a total value of approximately $3 billion (excludes our deals with values > $500M)
  • We have served clients based all around the world and have completed assignments with companies in over 20 countries

Recent Transactions

Integris Represents AGRIBUSINESS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Northern Agri Holdings, a portfolio company of Lariat Partners, on the divestiture of WestFeeds, LLC, a leading manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of animal feed and nutritional products, to Ridley USA, a subsidiary of Alltech. WestFeeds, based in Billings, Montana, offers complete feed, mineral premixes, and supplements for cattle, equine, poultry, sheep, swine, goats, and companion animals. The Company operates out of three state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities (two in Billings and one in Great Falls) as well as five retail locations throughout Montana. WestFeeds also markets its animal nutrition products through an extensive network of dealers in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. (continued here)

Integris Represents BRANDED FOOD TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Wallace Farms, Inc. , on the sale of its Nick's Sticks division to Castleray, LLC, a private equity firm, and its portfolio company, Wenzel's Farm. The Nick's Sticks brand of grass-fed, clean label meat sticks was one of the earliest clean label meat snack products in the market, having built a significant Amazon client base, and a rapidly growing natural food distribution network, as it expanded its grocery store presence. (continued here)

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised LMS Bearings, Inc., a leading provider of custom bearings and other mechanical power transmission components, on its sale to P.T. International Corporation, a supplier of European and American standard industrial power transmission products, and a portfolio company of Tonka Bay Equity Partners. Based in Lafayette, CO, LMS is a premier supplier of high-quality power transmission products to original equipment manufacturers in a variety of industrial and commercial sectors. The product range includes various specialized bearings, machined parts, sprockets, chains, gears, motors, belting, and other mechanical power transmission components. (continued here)

INTEGRIS REPRESENTS AG CHEM BUSINESS

Integris Partners recently advised Willowood USA, an Oregon-based supplier of post-patent agricultural chemicals, in its recapitalization by Lariat Partners.Founded in 2009, Willowood has quickly become one the preferred providers of crop protectants in the US. The Company's product set includes herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and adjuvants, which are sold nationwide for use in both high value and commodity crops. Willowood's management team is comprised of seasoned industry veterans, whose product development and international supply chain expertise created a nationally recognized brand in just six years of operation. The Company's growth history and potential motivated management to seek a financial partner to bolster infrastructure and take advantage of near term growth opportunities. (continued here)

OUTDOOR INDUSTRY TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Cabela's, Inc. (NYSE: CAB), the leading specialty outdoor retailer and direct marketer, on the sale of its Outdoor Adventures business to Worldwide Trophy Adventures, LLC. Founded in 1985, Cabela's Outdoor Adventures is one of the world's premier hunting, fishing and experiential travel businesses. The company connects outdoor enthusiasts with a wide roster of outfitters in North America and internationally, assisting with trip selection, logistics, and also with the application process for securing tags to limited-entry hunts across a range of states and species. (continued here)

BRANDED FOOD TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Sartori Company in the divestiture of its Blue Moose of Boulder business. Comprising products sold under the Blue Moose and Ciolo brands, the company manufactures all-natural dips and spreads, including hummus, salsas, cheese spreads and pestos. Their award-winning products are sold through the natural, conventional, and club channels nationwide. The businesses were acquired by DWF Capital Holdings LLC, whose leadership includes Ed Shirley and Dan Fink. Shirley is the former CEO of Bacardi International and the former Vice Chairman of Procter & Gamble. Fink previously served on the executive and board levels of Bacardi and Richelieu Foods. (continued here)

BRANDED FOOD TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Noosa Yoghurt, LLC, in its sale to Advent International. Founded in 2009, Noosa has staked claim to prominent shelf position within the booming yogurt landscape with its “Aussie-style” product – a unique blend of sweet and tangy flavors that combines the smoothness of classic yoghurt with the thick, rich presentation of Greek style. Noosa’s all natural product line features 13 flavors, including traditional varieties like blueberry, raspberry and plain, as well as more exotic offerings such as strawberry rhubarb and pumpkin. Noosa is distributed in most major groceries across the country. (continued here)

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners advised National Meter and Automation, Inc., in its recent sale to Badger Meter (NYSE: BMI). Founded in 2004 and based in Centennial CO, National Meter distributes flow measurement products to the water utility industry from its locations in Arizona, California, Colorado and Kansas.

The Company’s products comprise some of the industry's most advanced water meters and communication modules, including systems from Badger Meter, Itron and Flowpoint Systems among others. In addition, National Meter offers a broad range of services, including installation, meter reading, technical support, and meter testing. This transaction represents Badger Meter's acquisition of one of its largest distributors, and its further integration of the water utility channel. (continued here)

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners, Ltd., recently advised Equipment Parts Wholesale, LLC (EPW), headquartered in Fresno, California, on its sale to the TVH Group, based in Belgium. Equipment Parts Wholesale is a market leader in replacement parts for aerial lift equipment in the United States, and distributes parts internationally. EPW also manufactures and sells component parts, safety equipment, and related supplies.
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INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners, Ltd., recently advised EnviroTech Services, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, on the sale of EnviroTech’s interest in Innovative, Ltd., a Toronto based distributor of ice melt and dust control products. EnviroTech is the United States’ leader in road solutions, having successfully provided de-icing, anti-icing, dust control, soil stabilization, and erosion control products and services for over 20 years. The Company has proprietary products for both de-icing and dust control and has established itself as a leading innovator of environmentally safety road solutions. (continued here)

AGRICULTURAL INPUTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners, Ltd., recently advised Lariat Partners, LP, a Denver, Colorado based middle-market private equity firm, on its acquisition of Northern Seed, LLC. Headquartered in Montana, the Company distributes certified wheat, barley and other cereal seed through its four seed processing facilities. Additionally, Northern Seed offers seed treatment and conditioning services to growers to reduce disease and significantly enhance yields. (continued here)

CONSUMER / BUSINESS SERVICES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Leisure Trends Group (LTG) of Boulder, CO on the sale of its retail tracking and consumer research businesses to NPD Group of Port Washington, NY. This represents the latest in a long series of transactions in the outdoor industry on which Integris has advised. LTG is the leader in retail market intelligence for the sports and recreation industries, tracking and analyzing point-of-purchase data from retailers across a wide range of specialty formats including regional and national sporting goods and outdoor chains, independents, and online merchants. (continued here)

AVIATION SERVICES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Integrated Airline Services, Inc. (IASAir), one of the country’s leading and longest-established airline ground handling companies, in its sale to Cargo Airport Services, LLC (CAS), a portfolio company of ICV Partners. Founded in 1984 and based in Dallas, TX, IASAir provides a wide range of handling services to air carriers including scheduled freight and passenger airlines, express parcel companies, and the United States Postal Service, among others. IASAir operates out of 41 locations across the US with approximately 1,600 employees. (continued here)

OUTDOOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Backcountry Access, Inc., the leading provider of snow safety products, in its sale to K-2 Sports, a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH). Founded in 1994 and based in Boulder, CO, BCA develops and sells Tracker beacons, Float airbags, shovels, probes, bindings, Stash packs, and a variety of other products to enhance the user’s safety in the backcountry snow environment. The Backcountry Access (BCA) brand is comprised of products designed by skiers, for skiers, and the compan's technology is sought out by leading retailers, outfitters, guides, and agencies. (continued here)

OUTDOOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners advised Kwik Tek, Inc., a leading designer and distributor of branded marine sporting goods and accessories, in its recently announced recapitalization by Guardian Capital Partners. Founded in 1991, Kwik Tek is the market leader in towables and inflatables. Its product line also includes wakeboards, water skis, kneeboards, life jackets, waterproof cases, protective fenders, and tow ropes. (continued here)

CONSUMER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Ameristep, Inc. on its sale to Synergy Outdoors. Ameristep, established in 1992, is the leading designer and distributor of hunting blinds, tree stands and tree steps. It delivers these products under some of the industry’s most powerful brands, including Ameristep, Bone Collector, Archer’s Choice and Non-Typical. Synergy is a leading manufacturer of game management products, crossbows and related outdoor goods. (continued here)

ALTERNATIVE CONSUMER FINANCING TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised LTS, Inc., d/b/a Fast Cash Pawn, of Denver, CO, on the sale of the Company to First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFS), based out of Arlington, TX. This transaction was valued at approximately $46,000,000 and includes the sale of Fast Cash Pawn’s 16 locations, which are based in Denver and the surrounding markets. (continued here)

GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Colorado Customware, Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado on a strategic transaction, which has helped position the Company for a step change in growth. The transaction was sponsored by Vision Appraisal Technology Holdings, Inc (“Vision Appraisal”), a portfolio company of Gemini Investors.
For more than 20 years, Colorado Customware (“CCi”) has provided governmental clients across the country with a fully integrated property tax assessment and collection system. (continued here)

CONSUMER / RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Boa Technology Inc., the creator of the patented, award-winning Boa® Closure System, on its recent recapitalization. Boa Technology, based in Denver, Colorado, is known for its “Dialed In For Life” reel-based closures that improve the performance and fit of footwear and equipment in snowboarding, biking, golf, hiking, and many other sports, as well as in utility and work boots, medical products, protective helmets, and numerous other applications. The transaction, the most recent of a number of consumer-product engagements completed by Integris, was sponsored by Glenbrook Consumer Partners and Boa Technology management. (continued here)

MARKETING SOLUTIONS AND MARKETING PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Vision Graphics, Inc., one of the largest commercial printing companies in the Rocky Mountain region, in the acquisition of Eagle:XM, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado. (continued here)

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Actagro, LLC, a portfolio company of RedCloud Capital, in its sale to Norwest Equity Partners. Actagro is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of organic acid liquid specialty plant nutrients created through its own proprietary processes. Actagro, based in Fresno, CA, offers products comprised of Actagro Organic Acids®, proprietary organic acid formulations that increase nutrient uptake and availability. Debt financing for this transaction was provided by GE Antares Capital and Madison Capital Funding. (continued here)

CONSUMER PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Magpul Industries Corp, the leading branded designer and manufacturer of accessories for the firearms industry, in a recapitalization transaction. Magpul, based in Erie, CO, is known for its high-performance, polymer-based products including magazines, stocks, sights, grips, slings, and many others, used by civilian enthusiasts, law enforcement, and militaries around the world. This transaction, the most recent of a number of consumer products engagements completed by Integris, was sponsored by Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. and Magpul's management, with debt financing provided by SunTrust Bank, Regions Bank, and Triangle Capital Corporation. (continued here)

LABORATORY SUPPLIES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Chata Biosystems, Inc. in the sale of its Solutions and Instruments Business to Boval Company, LP, a Cleburne, Texas based manufacturer of cell culture and diagnostic biological raw materials. Boval has acquired the Chata Biosystems name as part of the acquisition.

“Integris Partners was able to identify and generate interest from a buyer that would never have crossed our radar in the ordinary course of business, and was able to show how the combination of these two product sets would be able to complement each other and result in significant synergies and growth opportunities. We were previously unaware of Boval, and are confident that the Chata product lines will continue their dynamic grow under the new parent,” said Ted Ziemann, Chata Chairman and CEO. (continued here)

ALTERNATIVE CONSUMER FINANCING TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Mister Money Holdings, Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado on a divesture of 15 stores, covering 3 states, to EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW), based in Austin, Texas.

“Integris Partners helped us to present our Company’s diverse market reach in a way that enabled us to attract the attention of EZCORP, and a number of other strategic buyers. Not only did Integris run a process that enabled us to find the right fit for the states we were divesting, but they helped structure the transaction in a way that allowed our shareholders to maximize their cash return, while meeting the needs of the buyer,” said Doug Will, CFO of Mister Money Holdings, Inc. (continued here)

DISTRIBUTION TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Northern Colorado Paper, Inc. in its sale to Interline Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI). With headquarters in Greeley, Colorado, NCP is a leading distributor of janitorial, sanitation, and other paper supplies to the healthcare, education, food-service, manufacturing and service sectors along the Front Range from New Mexico to Wyoming. Interline Brands, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL is a leading national distributor and direct marketer of a range of products to the maintenance, repair and operations industry. This transaction is the most recent of a number of distribution industry engagements completed by Integris Partners. (continued here)

BUSINESS SERVICES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Accruit, LLC on the sale of its Like-Kind Exchange software technology platform “PEAK” to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and simultaneous entry into a Joint Business Relationship with PwC for on-going development of the corporate high-volume exchange market served by PEAK and by PwC’s own technology platform in this area, e-LKE. Accruit is a leading provider of Qualified Intermediary (QI) services for like-kind exchanges, a type of transaction that enables owners of real or personal property to enjoy certain tax advantages under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. PwC is a professional services firm providing audit and assurance, tax and advisory services. (continued here)

FOOD INGREDIENTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Custom Blending, Inc. of Fort Collins, CO on a recapitalization transaction which enabled its management team to acquire 100% ownership of the business. Funding for the transaction was provided by JPMorgan Chase. This recent assignment is another in a long history of food-related transactions undertaken by Integris.

“Integris Partners, led by Stephen van den Heever, helped us to present our company’s defensibility as well as its strong growth opportunities to a wide range of potential financing partners and delivered a tremendous outcome for us,” said Dan Berlin, co-owner of Custom Blending. (continued here)

AGRIBUSINESS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Galesburg Order Buyers (dba GrainStore, Ltd.) on its sale to Gavilon Grain, LLC. GrainStore, based in Galesburg, Illinois, is a leading merchandiser of agricultural commodities (principally corn and soybeans) handling a significant proportion of the total production of these crops in Western Illinois and serving a wide range of customers in the food processing, ethanol, and export markets.

Gavilon is a global commodity management firm which is indirectly owned by Ospraie Special Opportunities Fund, General Atlantic, Soros Fund Management and Gavilon management. This sale is only the most recent in a long history of agribusiness transactions led by Integris Partners. (continued here)

HEDGE FUND SERVICES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised J.D. Clark & Co., Inc. of Ogden, Utah on its sale to UMB Fund Services, Inc., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: UMBF).  This is the fourth transaction closed by Integris Partners in 2009.

“The Integris team brought the expertise necessary to work with a public-company buyer and helped us to achieve full value for our unique market position and experience in servicing the hedge fund industry,” said Jeff Clark, CEO of J.D. Clark & Co.  “Integris focused not only on price and terms, but also on our team’s role in post-transaction operations and integration.  By supporting me in my broader objectives for a sale, Integris helped to structure both the deal and the new entity in a manner that will maximize the benefits for all involved.” (continued here...)

PRINTING AND DIGITAL IMAGING TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Vision Graphics, Inc. on its acquisition of Keyline Graphics, Inc.

“Integris served as more than just my investment bank, they were true partners in this process. They developed a tight, focused list of potential targets and evaluated the possible synergies of each acquisition expeditiously,” said Mark Steputis, President of Vision Graphics. (continued here...)

INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING SERVICES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised APTECH Engineering Services, Inc. of Sunnyvale, CA on its sale to Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK). This is the second company sale in the infrastructure engineering sector on which we have advised in the last 12 months. (continued here...)

NICHE FINANCIAL SERVICES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently assisted Accruit, LLC, based in Lakewood, CO, in securing a growth capital investment led by Inter-Atlantic Group. (continued here...)

AGRICULTURAL INPUTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners, Ltd. recently advised Actagro, LLC, headquartered at its plant in Biola, CA, on a highly successful control recapitalization led by RedCloud Capital, Inc, based in Denver, Colorado. (continued here...)

NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Mayo Welding Services, Inc. of Berthoud, CO on its sale to Hettinger Welding, LLC, a portfolio company of Clearview Capital, LLC. (continued here...)