Integris Partners recently advised Willowood USA, an Oregon-based supplier of post-patent agricultural chemicals, in its recapitalization by Lariat Partners.
Founded in 2009, Willowood has quickly become one the preferred providers of crop protectants in the US. The Company's product set includes herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and adjuvants, which are sold nationwide for use in both high value and commodity crops. Willowood's management team is comprised of seasoned industry veterans, whose product development and international supply chain expertise created a nationally recognized brand in just six years of operation. The Company's growth history and potential motivated management to seek a financial partner to bolster infrastructure and take advantage of near term growth opportunities.
Brian Heinze, CEO of Willowood USA, said, "With Integris Partners, we aligned ourselves with a team that offered both financial and agricultural expertise. Their understating of ag chem distribution, commodities markets, and grower dynamics allowed Integris to properly position our Company's unique features and growth potential. They ran a focused process that exceeded shareholder expectations, and delivered a partner that we are thrilled to team up with."
Kevin Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lariat Partners, said, "Willlowood has experienced exceptional growth during its relatively short history, and the Company is poised to capitalize on a number of exciting opportunities in the next several years. For Lariat, this investment is a chance to leverage our successful history in the agricultural inputs industry while partnering with a top flight management team."
Lariat Partners is a Denver-based private equity firm focused on the middle market. With its People First, Strategy Second relationship philosophy and its CORE investment strategy targeting Consolidations, Consumables and Recurring Revenue businesses, Lariat offers a differentiated approach to partnering with entrepreneurs and growing their middle market businesses. The firm targets companies across a number of industries, including Specialty Agriculture, Energy & Environmental Services, Consumer Products and Maritime Services.