H.I.G. Capital Acquires Bigsal, a Leading Animal Nutrition Company in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO – January 4, 2017 – H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm with $21 billion of equity capital under management,* is pleased to announce it has completed the acquisition of Bigsal (the “Company”) the leading animal nutrition provider in the North region of Brazil.
Founded in 2003 in the state of Rondônia, Bigsal’s high quality products, outstanding distribution capabilities and unique customer service have enabled it to grow into the leading provider of animal nutritional supplements in the North of Brazil. With a focus on ruminants, the Company also provides high-quality supplements for fish, pet and other animal species, serving as a one-stop-shop for its clients and commercial partners.
Fernando Marques Oliveira, Managing Director and Head of H.I.G. Latin America, said: “We are very pleased to get involved with Bigsal. The Company’s management and founding shareholders have done a terrific job in building the leading animal nutrition provider in Rondônia, and H.I.G. will now support Bigsal in its geographic and portfolio expansion, both organically and inorganically. We believe the Company will continue to benefit from the migration of cattle farming to the North of Brazil and the increased technification of cattle farmers, for whom the use of animal nutrition is a strong driver of productivity.”
“It was very important for us to find the right partner to carry on Bigsal’s ambitious expansion plans. H.I.G.’s strong presence in Brazil, track record of value creation and the collaborative nature of its investment team stood out from the beginning, and we are confident they will take Bigsal to new heights over the coming years,” said Valdemir Aimi, founding partner of Bigsal.
Mr. Aimi and Bigsal’s management team, responsible for building the Company into its current leading position, will remain with the Company along with new executives brought in by H.I.G., supporting Bigsal’s next growth cycle.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Ji-Paraná – Rondônia, Bigsal operates in the animal nutrition market. Bigsal’s broad portfolio ranges from basic minerals to complete feeds for cattle, fish, pet and other animal species, serving not only as a product provider but also a key partner in instructing its customers on the value and use of animal nutritional supplements. The Company has nearly 7,000 active customers and approximately 150 employees. For more information, visit www.bigsal.com.br.
About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with $21 billion of equity capital under management. Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá and Mexico City, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/value-added approach:
- H.I.G.’s equity funds invest in management buyouts, recapitalizations and corporate carve-outs of both profitable as well as underperforming manufacturing and service businesses.
- H.I.G.’s debt funds invest in senior, unitranche and junior debt financing to companies across the size spectrum, both on a primary (direct origination) basis, as well as in the secondary markets. H.I.G. is also a leading CLO manager, through its WhiteHorse family of vehicles, and manages a publicly traded BDC, WhiteHorse Finance.
- H.I.G.’s real estate funds invest in value-added properties, which can benefit from improved asset management practices.
Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.
* Based on total capital commitments managed by H.I.G. Capital and affiliates.