You’ve got questions – we’ve got answers!
If you’re like almost all of our clients you have a long list of questions about selling your company.
If these questions sound familiar and your company meets the following criteria, give us a call and we’ll be happy to address your questions and discuss if we can be of assistance.
Why Q1 Capital?
Q1 Capital is a Toronto-based investment banking boutique specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory for private mid-market Canadian companies.
- 26 Years of global, M&A, financial advisory and fund raising experience
- Solid track record of successful M&A deal execution for mid-market Canadian companies with enterprise values of between $5 million and $75 million.
- Broad and Deep Sector experience
Q1 Capital’s Investment Banking Expertise
- Our experience is broad and deep in both technology and non-tech sectors
- Our M&A methodology is proven: Professionalism, Preparation, Persistence, superb negotiation and execution.
- Proven success in identifying, engaging and closing transactions with foreign and domestic acquirers
- Our clients ALWAYS come first!
Our Commitment is Simple:
We will deliver Exceptional Service, Market Insight, Financial Advice, and Execution to help our clients achieve their goals.
Mike Middleton and his firm, Q1 Capital, were retained by the founding shareholders and management team of DSPA Software Inc. (“DSPA”) to spearhead the process of divestiture of the company. DSPA is a Toronto based provider of compensation software to the insurance industry on an international basis. At the time of the divestiture, DSPA had approximately 80 staff and had seen its revenue grow by over 70% in the most recent fiscal year. The utilization of Mike allowed the management team to continue to focus on the business and not get caught up in the complex negotiations, which were being handled by Mike. Mike, after reviewing the interest expressed by dozens of firms, brought four serious parties to the table in a competitive bidding process that resulted in a very favourable valuation and conditions of sale. The divestiture was completed in November 2007 with Mike arranging the acquisition of the company by a large US based multinational. The compensation paid to Mike was small in comparison to his contribution to the increase in the overall value received by the shareholders. I would strongly encourage anyone contemplating a divestiture to use a professional and have no hesitation in recommending Mike for the role.”
Mike Middleton and Q1 were engaged by ThoughtCorp to initiate and manage a process to identify, engage, negotiate and close the sale of my Company. At the time of our engagement, ThoughtCorp had over 100 employees and had been profitably operating for over 15 years. Mike came highly recommended which was important as I had a less than satisfactory experience with another banking firm that overpromised and under delivered. Mike and his staff prepared our management team and implemented a due diligence process, created a dataroom, identified and contacted prospective acquirers and put in place an auction process to maximize the value of our transaction. The process was well managed and resulted in interest from three large multi-national firms. Ultimately, we determined that the best offer and opportunity was presented by Epam Systems and following complex/rigorous negotiations we closed our sale transaction. I am extremely happy with both the process and outcome of my engagement with Mike and Q1 and would highly recommend him to any founder who is looking to sell their business.”
We’d built the company to sell it. But the first and most enticing interest in acquiring Clay Tablet caught us off guard – easily a year before we expected it. As I scrambled to prepare for that ever-so-crucial first meeting with the interested buyer, one name kept coming up: Mike Middleton. I knew enough to know that I didn’t know enough about this process. And even in my first call with Mike it was clear that he knew everything. And that was the beginning of our incredibly successful transaction.
Mike’s support, wisdom, guidance, and, yes, admonishment when it was warranted (I am, after all, a headstrong, Type A CEO) ensured the deal stayed
on the tracks despite the inevitable challenges and hiccups along the way. If you’re looking to sell your firm, and especially if it’s your first transaction, there’s no better way to ensure success than to have Mike and the team at Q1 on your side of the table.
Are private Canadian companies;
Have proven and sustainable business models;
Have a defensible or proprietary technology, product, or service and/or an established and valuable customer base;
Have enterprise values between $5 million and $75 million;
Are attractive to acquirers from outside of Canada;
Are generally profitable with predictable cash flow; and
Are not in financial distress.