M&A partners is a rapidly growing independent corporate advisory and investment firm based in Melbourne, Australia. The business was founded by Mark Hardgrave and Antony Lynch, who together have over 50 years experience in the Australian debt and equity markets and have worked with some of Australia’s wealthiest private companies.
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M&A Partners specialises in providing strategic corporate advice and investment solutions to its clients including sourcing, structuring and identifying investment opportunities. M&A Partners is the manager of the Avoca Private Investment Fund, that provides capital for investment in high growth Australian companies.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Advice, strategy, due diligence, valuation, deal structuring, and stakeholder communication
Access to extensive networks of both institutional and private investors for equity capital
Debt Raising and Restructure
Relationships with major lenders and experience in debt restructuring and workouts
Focused acquisition search process including detailed target identification, analysis and due diligence
Asset and Business Divestments
Structured sale process designed to fulfil vendor objectives and maximise sale proceeds
Succession Strategies and Buyouts
Advice and funding to undertake succession plans
Shareholder Value Strategies
Use of alternative structures to improve shareholder value including design and implementation of capital management strategies
Antony has over 20 years experience in direct investment and corporate advisory in Australia and overseas. Roles include Avoca Capital Partners, a specialist corporate advisory and direct investment business, Hudson Conway, Wardley Limited and Hong Kong Bank in London and Hong Kong.
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Andrew has over 15 years’ corporate advisory experience, advising across multiple industries, including technology, distribution, manufacturing and biotechnology. Andrew has advised private business owners on growth, succession, equity management, business exits, structures and governance
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Huw joined M&A Partners as a graduate in early 2022 and was recently promoted to the Associate level. He has a B.com from Melbourne University. Before M&A Partners he worked for one of Australia’s largest Superannuation funds in the investment area covering Private Equity, Venture Capital, Infrastructure, and Property investments.
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Principle - Avoca Funds Management
Gary has over 35 years of experience in equity markets. As Head of UBS Equities in Australia and then Global Cash Equities, he sat on the underwriting committees for over 10 years. Gary was also a member of the Gresham Capital Investment Committee.
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M&A Partners acted for Metal Manufactures on the acquisition of Convic Australia, a family-owned business in Thomastown, which specialises in the supply of specialised PVC and accessory products to the electrical, communications and civil industries in Victoria.
M&A Partners advised one of the leading Psychology and Counseling businesses in Australia, New View Psychology (NVP), on its sale to Partnered Health, a leading provider of Allied Health Care services and Medical Centres, backed by Quadrant Private Equity.
M&A Partners were engaged to advise the founder of a very successful and rapidly expanding Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) business. Following approaches from offshore FBA aggregators we advised the founder on its 100% sale to US based Amazon Aggregator, Heyday LLC. Bambody is a leader in women’s incontinence underwear segment on Amazon and is seeking a strategic partner to expand on a D2C basis.
Successfully completed the sale of Synergy, a network of 20 industrial supply stores plus a broader buying group, to Metal Manufactures
B.-d. Farm Paris Creek is Australia’s largest vertically integrated biodynamic and organic dairy business based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The company was founded by Ulli and Helmut Spranz in 1995 and produces a range of premium biodynamic and organic dairy products including milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter. M&A Partners acted as corporate advisor to B.-d. Farm Paris Creek on the sale of the business to ASX Listed company Longtable Group (ASX:LON) for $34m.
Bluebird is a New Zealand based snack food manufacturer opearting as a wholly owned subsidiary of Pepsico Inc. M&A Partners acted as corporate advisor to Bluebird on the divestment of their 'Flemings' muesli bar business. Flemings bars are a heritage New Zealand brand, which hold market leadership in the lunch box muesli bar category. Flemings was acquired by Prolife Foods in December 2016.
M&A Partners was engaged by Janel Horton, the founder and CEO of Dietlicious / GDS to provide strategic advice and assist in identifying a strategic partner / acquirer for the business. Dietlicious is one of the fastest growing direct to consumer (D2C) prepared meal businesses in Australia and has a long history of profitability. M&A Partners identified a new facility for the business in Melbourne and advised on the acquisition.
M&A Partners has been engaged by the vendors of Corvina Foods, a leading manufacturer of chocolate and bar products for the health and wellness segments.
Kadac is Australia’s largest specialised distributor of health, nutritional and wellbeing products to specialty health food, stores, independent grocery stores and major supermarkets. The business has been operating for over 40 years and distributes over 3,500 SKU’s to over 2,000 customers and 6,000 stores nationally with a focus on all natural, chemical free and organic products sourced from Australia and around the world. M&A Partners acted as corporate advisor to Kadac on the sale of the business New Development Corporation.
NY Bagels has been manufacturing premium New York style boiled bagels since 1992. In recent years the business had grown significantly, expanding to nation wide distribution with par-bake bagel products. NY Bagels was acquired in December 2016 by Pacific Equity Partners as a bolt on acquisition to an existing bakery operation. M&A Partners acted as corporate advisor to NY Bagels.
M&A Partners has been engaged by PFI to provide strategic advice to the founders and Directors on opportunities for growth and expansion in the Australian market
M&A Partners was engaged to provide strategic advice and valuation analysis to the vendors of SABB as part of a possible capital raising. As part of the engagement we conducted an in depth analysis of the craft beer and spirits segment in Australia and identified a number of opportunities for M&A among market participants.
Assessments Australia has been providing independent assessment services for in excess of 10 years to State and Federal Governments and not-for-profit entities throughout Australia. M&A Partners acted as corporate advisor to Assessments Australia on the sale of the business to MAX Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Maximus Inc. (NYSE:MMS)
Flinders provides trust administration, agency, administrator, executor and estate planning services. Additionally, Flinders assists with the provision of services for native title trusts. Australian Unity Personal Financial Services has entered into an agreement to acquire estate planning and administration specialists Flinders Australia Limited. The acquisition completed on 1 July 2015 and will give Australian Unity a broader platform of in-demand services for their clients and members as well as the clients of their financial advisers and accountants. M&A Partners acted as corporate advisor to Flinders Australia.
Since being founded in 2003, ASR has been a leading provider of education and advisory services to retail ASX investors. The Company delivers daily and weekly information to clients via a suite of Trading, Investing and SMSF reports on a subscription basis. M&A Partners acted as corporate advisor to ASR on the sale of the business to Amalgamated Australian Investment Group.
Established 1947, Neta is a leading supplier of quality Garden Watering, Irrigation, Water Supply, Filtration and Independent Water Supply products. Acted as corporate advisor on sale of business to Husqvarna
Icon Brands is an FMCG focussed, private investment company. Capilano (ASX:CZZ) is Australia's most well known honey brand and market leader. Acted as corporate advisor to Icon Brands on the sale of their stake in Capilano
Established in 1997, Saleslink is a leading provider of outsourced sales, merchandising and product development services. Saleslink provides Retail Sales Management services that include: national account management, field merchandising and order management for some of Australia's most well know brands. Acted as corporate advisor on strategic capital raising
Modern Baking Group is one of Australia's largest biscuit manufacturers, having been in the market since the 1950’s, the company now operates from a 18,000 square metre factory in Melbourne's Broadmeadows, and employs more than 170 staff. Modern Baking Group’s brands include Unibic traditional-style biscuits, the famous ANZAC biscuit, shortbread and sponge fingers, Erica's Kitchen pavlovas and vol au vents, and the Harvest Kitchen range of cookies. Acted as corporate advisor on strategic capital raising
Australian Unity is a national healthcare, financial services and retirement living organisation providing services to more than half a million Australians. A mutual company with an almost 175 year history and 650,000 customers nationwide, Australian Unity employs more than 2,000 staff in various locations across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. Established as The Illawarra Nursing Service in 1984, INS Health Care, the home care division of The INS Group, is a leading provider of community care services with over 70 staff and 126 home care packages operating in the NSW regions of: Illawarra, Macarthur, Southern Highlands and southern Sydney. Acted as corporate advisor to Australian Unity on acquisition of INS Healthcare
Founded in 2006, Assetic is Australia's premier Strategic Asset Management software and services provider, covering all infrastructure classes for customers with large-scale asset portfolios. The proprietary SAM software is recognised as the Australian market leader. Acted as corporate advisor on sale of company
Rivercorp is the owner and manager of 250ha of early season apple orchards based in Nangwarry and Loxton in South Australia. Duxton Funds Management a $620m USD agricultural fund manager based in Singapore - invested $12M into Rivercorp for further investment in Australian horticulture. Acted as corporate advisor for capital raising of $12M AUD
Ausmelt is a leading international supplier of top submerged lance (TSL) smelting technology to producers of copper, lead, tin, nickel, platinum group metals (PGMs), zinc and ferrous metals around the world. TSL smelting technology is also used to reclaim metal values from various wastes, leaving behind an environmentally benign, compact solid. Twenty-four commercial Ausmelt furnaces have been installed in nine countries. Acted as corporate adviser on takeover offer by Outotec Oij $54 M - 2010
Symex is an ASX listed manufacturer and supplier of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). The core business operates as Pental. Acted as corporate advisor for debt restructure and arranger of $23.5M rights issue.
Cardia is a developer and manufacturer of sustainable resins for the global plastics and packaging industries. Cardia’s proprietary resin products have a broad range of industrial and consumer packaging. Cardia has successfully commercialised its Biohybrid resins securing supply contracts with leading global packaging manufacturers. Acted as corporate advisor
The Hosico Engineering Group is a private company founded in 1977 offering complete project management for injection moulded plastics and cast aluminum products or components. Hosico is a world class supplier of precision light metal and Injection moulded components. Acted as corporate advisor on trade sale of company
Urban Intelligence is a diversified electrical contracting business based in Melbourne. Urban Intelligence offers a broad range of services including: smart systems (touch screens) installation, energy management, Voice over IP, security, audio visual, fibre, telephony, media servers and cabling for high end residential and commercial projects. Acted as corporate advisor on MBO - 2012
Cardioscan is a cardio reporting services provider based in Melbourne (est. 1984 ) - operations involve the supply of cardiac testing equipment and the provision of cardiac monitoring services to its key customers, which are among the largest pathology and private hospital networks in Australia. Acted as corporate advisor on trade sale of company - 2012
ProTen is a broiler chicken farming business that consists of 124 farming sheds over 6 farms in Australia, with an annual capacity exceeding 28 million birds, representing an approximate 6.0% market share. ProTen has long term extendible contracts to supply chickens to Australia’s largest chicken processor, Baiada Pty Ltd (Baiada). Baiada markets and sells chicken products under the well established brands - Steggles, Lillydale and Baiada. Acted as advisor and arranger to $9 M convertible preference share issue - 2011
The Silverton Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Broad Group Holdings Pty Ltd, is a national development group operating in the commercial, retail, industrial, mixed use including high-end residential, mixed use and land subdivision sectors. Acted as corporate advisor and mezzanine debt arranger - 2012