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PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Successfully Brokers the sale of Metco Industrial to ThoroughClean Australia

 

March 2018

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Johnsons is pleased to announce the successful sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to a synergistic trade buyer in the industrial services sector. After facilitating a comprehensive, end-to-end sales and negotiations process, our client – Metco Industrial – has been acquired by ThoroughClean for an undisclosed amount. Based in Adelaide, South Australia – Metco has long specialised in the design, assembly and manufacture of purpose-built ultra high pressure water cleaners (15,000 to 40,000 psi). ThoroughClean is a QLD manufacturer of mid-range high pressure water cleaners (2000 to 15,000 psi), supplying several market sectors including both light and heavy industrial.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to Metco and would like to extend our congratulations to both the Vendor and the Purchaser.

After 9 years progressing the R&D of Australian-specific high-pressure solutions and more than doubling sales over the last 5 years, Metco’s owner engaged Johnsons to lead a divestment campaign to identify a strategic acquirer to take Mecto to the next level. Following  comprehensive buyer research and a national marketing campaign – targeting both trade and financial buyers – Johnsons generated more than 39 Expressions of Interest and secured Offer & Acceptance within 12 weeks of going to market.

According to ThoroughClean’s CEO, the acquisition of Metco is an important step in achieving the company’s goal to become the leading supplier in Australia and New Zealand of a diversified range of high pressure water solutions.

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients achieve great results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Brokers the Successful Sale of Critical Care Education Services to Medcast

 

March 2018

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Johnsons is pleased to announce the successful sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to a synergistic trade buyer. After facilitating a comprehensive, end-to-end sales and negotiations process, our client – Critical Care Education Services – has been acquired by Medcast for an undisclosed amount. Critical Care is a niche training organisation that provides highly specialised, post-graduate training programs to healthcare practitioners across Australia. Based in Sydney, Medcast is an Australian health professional education company that provides a full range of e-learning solutions and blended courses to clients spanning corporate, government, NGOs and training organisations.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to Critical Care’s directors and would like to extend our congratulations to both the vendor and the purchaser.

In 2017, Critical Care’s director engaged Johnsons to undertake a national divestment campaign on his behalf. Having established the Business more than 25 years previously and grown it into one of Australia’s leading providers of post-graduate training & development services for medical and nursing practitioners, the owner sought to exit in order to move into retirement.

Commenting on the successful transaction, Critical Care’s founder noted: “Right from the outset, Johnsons provided us with the right advice and action plan to navigate the sale process. They were instrumental in locating several potential suitors, as well as being the architect behind the structuring of the transaction to achieve a balanced commercial outcome for both myself and the purchaser.”

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Successfully Brokers the Sale of BusinessWorks to Hal Group

 

March 2018

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Johnsons Corporate is pleased to announce the successful sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to a synergistic trade buyer. After facilitating a comprehensive, end-to-end sales & negotiations process, our client – BusinessWorks – has been acquired by Hal Group for an undisclosed amount. Based in East Melbourne, BusinessWorks is an IT services & managed services provider focused on servicing the SME sector. Based in NSW, Hal Group is a complete IT services company that offers a wide range of solutions to the SME, corporate and government sectors.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to BusinessWorks’s director and would like to extend our congratulations to both the vendor and the purchaser.

In 2017, BusinessWorks’s director engaged Johnsons to undertake a strategic divestment campaign on his behalf. After +30 years building the Business into a leading, local one-stop provider of high value-add services, he sought a succession plan from BusinessWorks so as to turn his focus towards personal interests and eventual retirement.

Reflecting on his experience, our client commented: “After meeting with Johnsons Corporate to discuss our objectives, we felt confident that their strategic and proactive approach was the right fit for us… The sale process was managed in a highly professional and efficient manner. The result was a successful sale to Hal Group, a Sydney based IT services company, keen to establish themselves within Victoria.”

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Successfully Brokers the Sale of Mayneline Kitchens & Joinery to an undisclosed national construction group

 

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Mayneline photo_WebJohnsons is pleased to announce another successful sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to a synergistic trade buyer. After facilitating a comprehend-sive, end-to-end sales and negotiations process, our client – Mayneline Kitchens & Joinery – has been acquired by interests associated with a national construction group, for an undisclosed amount. Based on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Mayenline is a leading cabinetry and joinery manufacturer specialising in multi-storey residential devel­opments in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to Mayneline’s owner and would like to extend our congratulations to both the vendor and the purchaser.

In 2016, after growing the business over 12 years, Mayneline’s director engaged Johnsons to assist with a divestment campaign in order to focus more of his energy and resources towards other business & personal interests. Following a comprehensive marketing campaign – targeting international and local trade buyers as well as financial buyers – Johnsons generated more than 42 expressions of interest and secured offer & acceptance within 13 weeks of going to market. As an acquisition Mayneline will provide its purchaser with strategic diversification as well as con­trol over the supply of key inputs.

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Successfully Brokers the Sale of DRM Audio Visual to Generation-e.

 

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DRM Photo_WebJohnsons is pleased to announce another successful sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to a synergistic trade buyer. After facilitating a comprehensive, end-to-end sales and negotiations process, our client – DRM Audio Visual – has been acquired by Generation-E Productivity Solutions for an undisclosed amount. Victorian-based DRM Audio Visual is a long-standing, market leading provider of high-end integrated audio visual solutions to the commercial, education, government, non-profit and arts & entertainment sectors. Generation-E is one of Australia’s leading unified communications and digital collaboration providers and a Microsoft gold partner.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to DRM Audio Visual and would like to extend our congratulations to both the vendor and the purchaser.

Having positioned the 30-year-old Business for continued growth in the modern AV industry, DRM’s owner engaged Johnsons in 2016 to assist with a national divestment campaign that would allow him to enter retirement. Following a comprehensive, national marketing campaign – targeting both trade and financial buyers – Johnsons generated more than 27 expressions of interest and secured offer & acceptance within 16 weeks of going to market.

According to Generation-e’s CEO, this acquisition will strengthen the company’s position as a leader in Microsoft Cloud and unified communications and further extends its managed service offerings. Maintaining DRM’s Melbourne facility will also serve to increase Generation-E’s geographic footprint.

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Successfully Brokers the Sale of Superior Active Wear to Gildan Activewear Inc.

 

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Work container unload & high wharehouse images-20Johnsons is pleased to announce the successful sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to an international trade buyer. After facilitating a comprehensive, end-to-end sales and negotiations process, our client – Superior Active Wear – has been acquired by Gildan Activewear Inc for an undisclosed amount. NSW-based Superior Active Wear is a market leading importer and national distributor of premium printable apparel, which it supplies to a wide range of Australian wholesalers and to online resellers. It has long acted as Gildan’s exclusive distributor to the Australian marketplace. Headquartered in Canada, Gildan Activewear is a world leader in clothing manufacturing and distributes its products to global markets through both retail and printwear channels.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to Superior Active Wear and would like to extend our congratulations to both the vendor and the purchaser.

After more than 30 years in the industry, Superior’s directors were looking for a new owner to lead the Business on its next growth phase. In 2016 they engaged Johnsons to facilitate a sale process seeking a strategic acquirer. Following a comprehensive marketing campaign – targeting both trade and financial buyers – Johnsons generated more than 49 expressions of interest and secured offer & acceptance within 16 weeks of going to market.

For the buyer, Gildan Activewear, this acquisition presents an opportunity to establish a directly controlled distribution foothold in the Australian marketplace. President Mike Hoffman commented, “We are enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to working with Superior’s management team to continue growing the business.”

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Brokers the Acquisition of Pratt Safety Systems by Paramount Safety Products

 

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HQ & TeamJohnsons is pleased to announce another successful acquisition of a private, mid-sized Australian business. After facilitating a comprehensive end-to-end research, qualification and negotiations process, our client – Paramount Safety Products – has acquired Pratt Safety Systems for an undisclosed amount. Paramount, the name behind Prochoice Safety Gear, is a leading national manufacturer and distributor of industrial personal protection equipment. Pratt supplies Australian industry with quality site safety and environmental protection products that stand up to the challenges of Australian conditions.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to Paramount’s directors and would like to extend our congratulations to both the purchaser and vendor.

In 2015, Paramount’s board delivered a mandate to pursue growth and diversification through acquisition. The directors engaged Johnsons to undertake a strategic acquisitions campaign on their behalf, with instructions to identify a number of suitable, off-market targets and to manage negotiations through to a completed transaction.

Within 8 weeks Johnsons presented Paramount’s board with a qualified, short-list of 19 targets. The directors quickly prioritised Pratt Safety Systems, recognising in it an established and well-reputed player with a complementary product range that represented an ideal fit for its diversification objectives.

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector, targeting financial and synergistic trade buyers. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

NEWS: Johnsons Goes High Tech to Target 1000+ Buyers And To Close M&A Deals in 5-8 Months

CASE STUDY IN THE USE OF SOPHISTICATED M&A TECHNOLOGY.
Originally published by Cloud Navatar’s Alok Misra on March 11, 2016.

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The Johnsons Corporate team pioneered the Six Stage Sales process that helps them systematically cast a wider net when seeking buyers for businesses. Thanks to their adoption of sophisticated M&A technology, Johnsons Corporate is well positioned to be a leader in Australian mid-market M&A, widening their targeting ability to more than 1000 buyers and closing each deal within 5-8 months.

When it comes to selling mid-market businesses, Johnsons Corporate doesn’t believe in taking shortcuts. The Johnsons Corporate Six Stage Sale Process, developed and refined for over 50 years, is based on the conviction that the sale and acquisition of mid-market businesses warrants a systematic approach to cast the net over a broader pool of prospects in more commercial and geographic markets than others would even contemplate.

In practical terms, the Johnsons approach translates into custom marketing campaigns to 500 to 1000 targets (as opposed to 30-40 targets that most corporate advisory firms work with), and it’s central to how they have been able to create a unique position in the Australian mid-market M&A marketspace.

Challenge

Running such a comprehensive process takes more time, and Johnsons realized they needed to “up their game” with sophisticated technology to run the mandates intelligently. Since they were used to finding global buyers, Johnsons scoured every corner of the globe for the right technology. The goal? To define a clear beginning and end to this well-defined process, and deliver faster results to clients — within a range of 5 to 8 months.

Most of the M&A advisory software that Johnsons came across was heavily dependent on consultants to deploy and required spending significant amounts of time and money. They didn’t want to burn valuable deal-making time working with consultants and building software workflow – they wanted a proven product for investment bankers, one that could jumpstart their efforts to lead their market.

Solution

The Johnsons team chose New York based Navatar, the connected growth platform for private markets that leverages data and technology like S&P CapitalIQ and Navatar Deal Connect. The critical test was to figure out whether Navatar’s M&A-out-of-a-box approach would be able to support Johnsons’ Six Stage Sale Process and improve their ability to cast a wider net and deliver faster results for their clients.

The Johnsons process was implemented within four weeks. In a short time, Johnsons was able to create a custom database of prospective targets and improve how they were managing their marketing campaigns to target segments. Where Navatar really shined was in managing the engagements. After deployment, the Johnsons’ team, across different offices, could drill down to any engagement and immediately see what was required next and by whom. They are now able to efficiently profile and track a whole range of acquisitive trading companies from across multiple industry segments, as well as financial buyers and their preferences. They can also leverage their custom research in a much more effective & meaningful manner and use it across multiple campaigns. And they are able to provide their clients with detailed & regular reporting throughout the whole process.

Johnsons has been able to streamline the marketing activities that target multiple synergistic acquirers from across the same industry as their client, as well as adjacent industry segments. They also reach out to international acquirers as a member firm of M&A Worldwide, a global network of more than 40 boutique M&A firms operating in over 36 countries. In addition to financial and strategic buyers, Johnsons also markets to accounting firms nationally, positioning the business as a prospective acquisition opportunity for clients of these firms.

With greater visibility across their business, Johnsons is eyeing rapid growth. “Navatar was the only technology that matched our ambition – and it did so out of the box” said Adrian Ness, Director, Johnsons Corporate. ”Thanks to Navatar, we are able to simultaneously manage and communicate with multiple local and international buyers across several campaigns at any one time. Additionally, our campaign reporting to clients is now fully automated providing complete visibility across all buyer communications. This empowers our clients to make better business decisions in relation to the sale of one of their most valued assets – their business.”

With over 50 years of experience buying and selling private & family owned businesses, Johnsons Corporate offers an approach specifically designed to maximize the value of a business.  They always adopt a customised marketing strategy to each and every engagement. And every client they take on has an associated marketing campaign in order to sell their business and create competitive tension at the table.  Their experience and expertise lies in executing business sales and acquisitions to strategic buyers & sellers, whether they come from local or international markets (via our partners M&A Worldwide).

See the original Blog Article as published by Navatar Group: a premier provider of cloud solutions – which combine CRM, content management and data – for the financial services industry.

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Brokers the Sale of Bridgeman Stainless Solutions to Direction Fund Limited

 

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IMG_0119Johnsons is pleased to announce the successful sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to a financial buyer. After facilitating a comprehensive, end-to-end sales and negotiations process, our client – Bridgeman Stainless Solutions – has been acquired by Direction Fund Limited for an undisclosed amount. Bridgeman is the manufacturer and supplier of a wide variety of customised stainless steel products and solutions for a number of commercial and industrial sectors. DFL is an investment fund that invests in SMEs and listed stocks in order to enhance returns for charitable organisations for the deaf and hearing impaired.

The team at Johnsons were pleased to act as lead advisors to Bridgeman’s directors and would like to extend our congratulations to both the vendor and the purchaser.

In 2015, Bridgeman engaged Johnsons as its managing director sought to step back and set in place a succession strategy for his retirement. The directors also believed the Business would benefit from a new owner with the capital and capabilities to take the business to the next level.

Prior to engaging Johnsons Corporate, Bridgeman had dealt with two other advisors over a 2+ year period with no successful outcome. Within 4 months of going-to-market, Johnsons’ proactive approach had secured 3 written offers to acquire the Business. Of those, DFL went on to undertake exclusive due diligence and complete the acquisition.

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector, targeting financial and synergistic trade buyers. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.

PRESS RELEASE: Johnsons Corporate Brokers the Successful Sale of SRO Group to Murray Engineering

 

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SRO Aerial ShotJohnsons is pleased to announce the sale of a private, mid-sized Australian business to a trade buyer in the same industry sector. After facilitating a comprehensive, end-to-end sales and negotiations process, our client – SRO Group – has been acquired by Murray Engineering for an undisclosed amount. SRO Group is a leading electrical engineering business with operations in Australia and China that provides turnkey solutions for the design, manufacture and integration of electrical infrastructure for heavy industrial projects. Murray Engineering is a Western Australia resources services provider.

The Johnsons team were pleased to act as lead advisors to SRO Group and would like to extend our congratulations to both the vendor and purchaser.

In 2015, SRO Group engaged Johnsons to find an investor to help take the business to the next level. This was Johnsons second engagement with the Business, having previously divested the Group’s mechanical division in 2013.

For Murray Engineering the acquisition opportunity represented a chance to create a national presence. Managing director, Craig Lindsay-Rae, said the acquisition was a union of two like-minded companies. “SRO’s expertise and professionalism provides Murray Engineering with electrical and mechanical opportunities on the eastern seaboard.”

For over 50 years Johnsons Corporate has specialised in the provision of business sales and acquisition services for mid-sized, private Australian companies. Our clients get results because Johnsons’ approach is specifically designed for the mid-market business sector, targeting financial and synergistic trade buyers. Custom research and direct marketing capabilities, combined with expertise in sales and negotiations, create a service unavailable elsewhere in the field of traditional business broking and corporate advisory.