Ironbridge Equity Partners announces that they, together with management, have made an investment in Alliance Corporation.

(TORONTO, July 31, 2015) – Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) of Toronto, Ontario is pleased to announce that they, together with management, have made an investment in Alliance Corporation (“Alliance” or the “Company”) of Mississauga, Ontario.

Alliance is a leading full-service, value-added distributor and manufacturer of products and solutions including cabling, assemblies, antennas and related active and passive connectivity componentry to support wireless, broadband, broadcast and wireline networks for the North American market. Over the past 20+ years, Alliance has developed a strong, well-recognized reputation as the “one-stop-shop” for infrastructure solutions, and has played a vital role in the build-out of the telecommunications infrastructure industry in North America. Alliance provides diversified kitting and fulfilment solutions to national carriers, OEMs, system integrators and general contractors via strategically placed stocking and manufacturing facilities in Canada, United Sates and Mexico.

“The wireless and broadband infrastructure sector has experienced significant growth in recent years driven by ongoing expansion and upgrading of networks in order to meet the accelerating data demands of consumers, and businesses,” said Ron Moss, President of Alliance. “The Ironbridge partnership comes at an opportune time in our Company’s history to pursue and capitalize on these favorable industry dynamics.”

“Alliance has a long and successful history of providing excellent supply-chain solutions and value-add manufacturing to the major carriers in North America. Alliance has built a broad supply and customer base through consistent performance and strong customer service,” said Andrew Walton, Partner at Ironbridge. “We are tremendously excited to be partnering with the Alliance team and working with them in growing the business going forward.”

Alliance is the fourth investment in Ironbridge’s second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP, a fully-committed $154 million fund.

Ironbridge’s team of nine professionals invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services. The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value.

For more information, contact:

Andrew Walton
Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners
(416) 867-2274
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Ron Moss
President
Alliance Corporation
(905) 817 9226
www.alliancecorporation.ca

Andrew Walton joins Ironbridge

(Toronto – January 26, 2015) Ironbridge Equity Partners is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Walton as a Partner.

Andrew spent the past 7 years as a Partner with two Canadian based middle-market private equity funds. Prior to that, Andrew was a Partner in the PwC Transaction Services group where he advised both private equity and corporate clients on local and international acquisitions and divestitures. Andrew has held several operational executive roles within portfolio companies including CEO of Westridge Cabinets Ltd and CFO of New Food Classics Partnership. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant (SAICA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Accounting Honours from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.

For more information, contact:

Alan Sellery

President and Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners
(416) 863-0101
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

 

Ironbridge sells Frost Fighter Inc.

(Toronto – October 1, 2014) Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) of Toronto, ON is pleased to announce the successful sale of Frost Fighter Inc. (“Frost Fighter” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of high-quality, temporary portable heating equipment, to Headwater Equity Partners of Vancouver, BC. Ironbridge partnered with the existing management to acquire the business in December, 2011. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Frost Fighter:

Frost Fighter is a manufacturer of temporary portable heating solutions used in harsh weather environments. The Company’s products are primarily used in construction, oil and natural gas, mining and natural resources, industrial, agricultural and military applications across Canada and the United States. Frost Fighter’s corporate office and manufacturing plant is located in Winnipeg, MB.

About Ironbridge:

Ironbridge’s team of professionals invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services. The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value. Ironbridge is currently investing from its second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP, a fully-committed $154 million fund.

For more information, contact:

Alan Sellery
President and Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners
(416) 863-0101
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Peter Dowse
Partner and Chief Financial Officer
Ironbridge Equity Partners
(416) 863-0106
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Ironbridge Equity Partners announces that they, together with management, have made an investment in M&M Resources Inc.

(TORONTO, July 30, 2014) – Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) of Toronto, Ontario is pleased to announce that they, together with management, have made an investment in M&M Resources Inc. (“M&M” or the “Company”) of Fort Nelson, British Columbia (“BC”).

M&M is a leading energy services business focused on the oil and gas industry in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta. The Company services these geographies via locations in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John, BC. M&M’s veteran operators and extensive, well-maintained equipment fleet provide best-in-class land-clearing and trucking services. M&M provides these services for seismic land clearing, infrastructure, pipeline and well site development. M&M is well positioned in a region where international energy companies have made significant investments to access the prolific natural gas fields in the Liard, Horn and Montney basins.

“We have experienced material development in the region, due in part to the potential of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) production on the West coast of Canada, and we look forward to our new partnership with Ironbridge. We believe that the Ironbridge team is well suited to support the growth of our business,” said Mike Barrette, President of M&M. “Ironbridge has demonstrated a proven track record of working with owner-operators and giving them the resources to grow. Ultimately, we believe this alliance will allow us to continue to provide superior service and scale to all of our First Nations partners and blue chip E&P customers.”

“We look forward to this new partnership with Mike and the M&M management team and believe the group has the experience and skill set to continue to develop and grow this business,” said Jeff Murphy, Partner at Ironbridge. “Mike and his team are ambitious and motivated to succeed –we are anxious to start working as a team on the next set of growth initiatives.”

M&M is the third investment in Ironbridge’s second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP, a fully-committed $154 million fund.

Ironbridge’s team of seven professionals invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services. The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value.

For more information, contact:

Jeff Murphy
Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners
(416) 863-0107
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Michael Barrette
President
M&M Resources Inc.
(250) 774-4862
mikeb@mmresinc.com
www.mmresinc.com

Ironbridge completes the final closing of Fund II at CAD $154 million

(TORONTO, April 28, 2014) – Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) today announced that it has completed the final closing for its second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP (the “Fund”), raising C$154 million from Canadian, US and UK investors and surpassing its initial target size of $125 million. The fund was oversubscribed by institutional investors and brings the fundraising process to a close in less than ten months of marketing.

Alan Sellery, Managing Partner of Ironbridge commented, “We are very pleased with the support we have received from both Canadian and international institutional investors. With over 60% of the capital sourced from outside Canada, we believe this is indicative of the attractiveness of the Canadian market and the quality of the investment opportunities that exist here.”

Ironbridge’s team of seven professionals invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services. The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value.

Elm Capital acted as the exclusive placement agent for the Fund.

For more information, contact:

Alan Sellery
Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners
 
 
(416) 863-0101
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Etienne Deshormes
CEO
Elm Capital Associates Ltd
Elm Capital USA Ltd
 
+44 20 7901 8941
edeshormes@elmcapital.com
www.elmcapital.com

Ironbridge completes the second closing of Fund II at over CAD $90 million

(TORONTO, Jan 6, 2014) – Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) has completed a second closing from US and Canadian institutional investors, adding approximately $45 million of commitments to its second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP (the “Fund”). In less than six months of marketing, the Fund has received total commitments of over $90 million against a target of $125 million and an approximate hard cap of $150 million in capital. The Fund closed its first investment, Frischkorn Audio-Visual Corp., in October 2013.

Ironbridge’s team of seven professionals invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services. The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value.

Elm Capital is acting as the exclusive placement agent for the Fund.

For more information, contact:

Alan Sellery
Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners
 
 
(416) 863-0101
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Etienne Deshormes
CEO
Elm Capital Associates Ltd
Elm Capital USA Ltd
 
+44 20 7901 8941
edeshormes@elmcapital.com
www.elmcapital.com

Ironbridge Equity Partners announces that they, together with management, have made an investment in Frischkorn Audio-Visual Corp.

(TORONTO, October 1, 2013) Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) of Toronto, Ontario is pleased to announce that they, together with management, have made an investment in Frischkorn Audio-Visual Corp. (“Frischkorn Audio-Visual” or the “Company”) of Mississauga, Ontario.

Frischkorn Audio-Visual is Canada’s leading independent provider of audio-visual services to corporate clients. The Company has locations in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick. Over the past 35+ years, Frischkorn Audio-Visual has built a strong, well-recognized national brand by continually providing crisp, high-quality and flawless event production for corporate events, association events, galas, conventions, product launches and hotel meetings.

“We are extremely happy to partner with Ironbridge for our next phase of growth,” said Norbert Frischkorn, President of Frischkorn Audio-Visual. “Ironbridge have shown a deep understanding of our business, and I believe that in addition to capital they will bring business expertise that will help us to continue our growth, by continuing to produce great events for our clients.”

“From our first meeting with the team, we were extremely impressed with the business Norbert Frischkorn has built,” said Pete Samson, Managing Partner at Ironbridge. “The Company is well run by a very strong management team. We look forward to working with them as they continue to provide customers with the best service in the business.”

Frischkorn Audio-Visual is the first investment in Ironbridge’s second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP.

Ironbridge’s team of seven professionals invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services.  The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value.

For more information, contact:

Peter Samson
Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners

(416) 863-0102
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Norbert Frischkorn
President
Frischkorn Audio-Visual

(905) 281-9000
nfrischkorn@frischkornav.com
www.frischkornav.com

Ironbridge completes the first closing of Fund II at ~ CAD $50 million

(TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2013) – Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) has reached a first closing of approximately CAD $50 million of commitments for its second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP (the “Fund”). The Fund has a target of CAD $125 million and is backed by a diverse group of Canadian institutional investors including Northleaf Capital Partners, two chartered banks and a large life insurance company.   Ironbridge has now started to market the fund outside Canada and given the strong interest being shown by international investors, it is expected that the fund will rapidly reach its target size.

Alan Sellery, Managing Partner of Ironbridge commented, “We are very pleased with the support we have received from Canadian institutional investors which we see as recognition of the high quality of our team, the value created within our existing portfolio companies and the strong performance of our past investments”.   The four Ironbridge partners including Alan Sellery, Peter Samson, Peter Dowse and Jeffrey Murphy bring to lower mid-market companies in Canada decades of experience as private equity investors, senior managers and strategic consultants.  Ironbridge expects to close its first investment in the Fund at the end of September.

Ironbridge’s team of seven professionals invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services.  The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value.

Elm Capital is acting as the exclusive placement agent for the Fund.

For more information, contact:

Alan Sellery
Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners

(416) 863-0101
info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Etienne Deshormes
CEO
Elm Capital Associates Ltd
Elm Capital USA Ltd

+44 20 7901 8941
edeshormes@elmcapital.com
www.elmcapital.com

Ali Akbar and Andrew Mitchell join Ironbridge

(TORONTO, June 3, 2013) Ironbridge is pleased to announce the addition of two new Associates to the investment team; Ali Akbar and Andrew Mitchell.

Ali joined Ironbridge after more than three and a half years at KPMG. From 2011 to 2013 Ali worked in KPMG’s Corporate Finance group, one of Canada’s leading mid-market transaction advisers, providing investment banking services including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, as well as debt and equity financings across a broad range of industry sectors.  Ali began his career in 2009 in KPMG’s audit practice with a focus on energy, mining, and industrial markets.  Ali holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, where he graduated with Great Distinction and is also a Chartered Accountant.

Andrew joined Ironbridge after more than five and a half years at Ernst & Young.  From 2010 to 2013 Andrew worked at Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance, one of Canada’s largest corporate finance firms focused on mid-market transactions, where he was an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions group and a member of both the Diversified and Consumer Products industry teams.  Andrew began his career in 2007 in Ernst & Young’s Assurance & Advisory practice providing audit-related services to a variety of companies ranging from public multinationals to private, owner-managed businesses.  Andrew holds an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s School of Business at Queen’s University and is also a Chartered Accountant.

For more information about Ironbridge Equity Partners, please visit www.ironbridgeequity.com.

Contact:

Alan G. Sellery
President & Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners Limited
(416) 863-0101

info@ironbridgeequity.com
www.ironbridgeequity.com

Ironbridge Equity Partners is pleased to announce the recent sale of Gesco Industries Inc. (“Shnier”)

(TORONTO, March 6, 2013) Ironbridge Equity Partners of Toronto (“Ironbridge”) is pleased to announce that it, together with Signal Hill Equity Partners (“Signal Hill”) and Penfund Management Ltd. (“Penfund”) have divested 100% of their equity stake in Shnier to Blue Point Capital Partners.

Founded in 1938, Shnier (www.shnier.ca) offers value-added products, programs and services to over 4,000 residential and commercial flooring customers,.  Shnier is headquartered in Brampton, Ontario and operates five state-of-the-art warehouses, sales offices and showroom facilities across Canada.

Ironbridge (www.ironbridgeequity.com) invests in Canadian lower middle-market businesses operating in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and consumer and business products and services.  The Ironbridge investment team has extensive financial and operating experience and works closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to enhance value.

Ironbridge contacts:

Alan Sellery
President & Managing Partner

(416) 863-0101
info@ironbridgeequity.com

Peter Samson
Managing Partner

(416) 863-0102
info@ironbridgeequity.com

Peter Dowse
CFO & Partner

(416) 863-0106
info@ironbridgeequity.com

Jeff Murphy
Managing Partner

(416) 863-0107
info@ironbridgeequity.com