Canadian private equity firm Ironbridge Equity Partners has agreed to sell Demers Ambulances, a maker of ambulances, to an investor group led by Clearspring Capital Partners. The financial terms of the previously announced transaction were not disclosed. Ironbridge initially invested in Beloeil, Québec-based Demers in 2012. The investor worked with Demers’ management to expand the company’s distribution in the United States, open a U.S. manufacturing facility, improve internal systems, and reduce working capital needs. Earlier in 2016, Toronto’s Ironbridge closed its third mid-market fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners III, at $238 million.
Ironbridge Equity Partners enters agreement to sell Demers Ambulances
(Toronto – November 23, 2016) Ironbridge Equity Partners (“Ironbridge”) of Toronto, Ontario is pleased to announce that they, together with management, have entered into an agreement to sell Demers, Ambulance Manufacturer Inc. (“Demers” or the “Company”) to an entity controlled by Clearspring Capital Partners (“Clearspring”).
The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Over the course of its investment, Ironbridge worked alongside management to expand its distribution footprint in the U.S., open a U.S. manufacturing facility, improve internal systems and processes, and reduce required working capital needs.
“The Demers management team were excellent partners and did a tremendous job growing the business and executing the U.S. growth strategy” said Pete Samson, Managing Partner of Ironbridge. “We are very thankful for the constructive partnership with management and wish them all the best under Clearspring’s ownership.”
“Ironbridge was a great partner and sounding board for the Demers management team,” said Alain Brunelle, President of Demers. “Ironbridge helped us to stay focused on executing our strategic plan and growing the business. We thank the Ironbridge team for their support and are excited about our next stage of growth with Clearspring.”
Demers was the second investment in Ironbridge’s second private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners II, LP, a fully-committed $154 million fund.
Headquartered in Beloeil, Quebec, Demers is the Canadian leader in ambulance design, manufacturing and distribution, and is the second-largest industry participant in North America. Demers produces state-of-the-art ambulances which are sold both directly to customers and indirectly through a dealer network. Demers serves over 400 clients composed mainly of government agencies, fire departments, public ambulance services, private ambulance services and hospitals. Through its commitment to quality and innovation, the Company offers best-in-class ambulances with a proven track record of long-term durability and efficient operating costs.
Ironbridge is a Canadian private equity firm whose strategy is to make equity and equity-linked investments in high-quality, mid-market, Canadian private companies. Target industries include consumer and business products and services, manufacturing, and distribution. The operating background of the principals enables Ironbridge to be a high-value partner to management teams as they seek to improve and grow their businesses. Ironbridge’s assets under management are over $400 million including its third private equity fund, Ironbridge Equity Partners III, LP, a fully-committed $238 million fund raised in April 2016.
For more information, contact:
Ironbridge Equity Partners
Demers, Ambulance Manufacturer Inc.
(450) 467-4683 ext. 224
Photo courtesy of Demers Ambulances