Our Family of Companies
Lynx Equity buys small and medium-sized businesses from owners looking to retire. With our buy-and-hold strategy in mind, we seek to acquire businesses with long track records of stability in industries that will continue to thrive. Explore our portfolio of businesses in North America, Denmark and the UK.
Turning your Goals into Reality
Whether you’re a business owner looking to sell or an investor looking for stable returns, our team welcomes the opportunity to discuss what we have to offer.
Brad Nathan on Starting from the Ground Up | Toronto Legends Podcast
Lynx Founder and President, Brad Nathan, talks about everything from his brief career at Bagel World to a horrible interaction with Tommy Lasorda, transitioning his hobby from combat sport to piano, and ranking 478th on the Financial Post’s list of Canada’s largest 500 companies. Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts
Lynx was the perfect solution for our company transition plan as it supported our desire to continue to work for the company we built while allowing for a seamless future exit. In addition, the Lynx model gave us the assurance our employee's jobs were secure and we could still deliver the same high-quality service to our valued clients. An added bonus has been having the resources of a larger company at our disposal including the support of our Lynx Operations Manager and the HR team.
When you read the philosophy on the Lynx website and start to meet the Lynx team, they talk about being a people-first company and I think that everybody says it; it’s the basic HR thing to say, “we love our people, we support our people, people are the key factor in all of our decision-making” but with Lynx, it genuinely is. I think if you look at Lynx’s growth over the three and a half years since I joined Blind Bay Village Grocer, it’s been remarkable to see what you guys have done and I do believe that’s because you never waver from your core values and when you’re genuine and your people come first, it’s just as simple as what we do in the store. If I look after my key 20 people, they look after the next 80, and those 80 look after the 2,200 people that come in our store everyday. It’s a good way to live your life and you should run your business the way you want to live your life; having fun and treating people well.
Finding a Lynx isn’t easy, in my opinion. A seller should generally feel pretty fortunate to find Lynx if their goal is to stay with the organization, take care of the employees, get their money out in a reasonable amount of time and with a reasonable amount of risk; and if they’re compatible, to hang around. I never for one minute expected to still be working at G&W. Much to my surprise, I am because I enjoy the people at Lynx, the people I work with, and our customers.
If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happy to call Lynx Equity my home. Their supportive team keeps me energized, happy, motivated and stress-free. Of all the opportunities I had to sell my business, none came close to what Lynx had to offer.
The best business decision I ever made was to start Maverick Express from the ground up. The second-best business decision was to sell my company to Lynx Equity. After running Maverick Express successfully for over 15 years, my wife and I came to the conclusion that we really didn’t have a solid succession plan. While she was ready to retire, I really wasn’t and our kids did not want to engage in the family business. We talked to many ‚tire kickers‚ over the space of about three years and then we discovered Lynx (or they discovered us, not exactly sure). Anyway, our discussions with Lynx were always positive, respectful and honest. Our deal was negotiated and closed within a reasonable time and that was over two years ago. I have stayed with the Company and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. My office staff was also retained and the morale remains very high. I would recommend Lynx to any business owner that wants to take some of his chips off the table‚ but still stay engaged and nurture his legacy.
I was actually enjoying an extended period of real profits after the LONG 15 year climb up Mt. Entrepreneur- The Dream! I was starting to salt it away with no immediate need or desire to sell, I would even think, “what’s the point? Just keep on doing what you like in a kind of semi-retirement mode.” But as time went on the problem I was being forced to come to grips with by close friends and family was, what if something happens to me! What kind of mess will my wife, children, and long service employees, who invested their working careers in making my Company successful, are facing? My trusted, experienced friend is saying “hey, I will step in to help run the Company until it can be sold which by the way will be difficult and under-valued without you to say nothing of the conflicts with family and customers. Also, the fact is I am almost as old as you and not looking forward to a forced re-entry into the manufacturing business world again! After outlining all the common sense reasons for looking for a suitable Broker and getting on with the process the thing that was holding me back from reaching that point of pulling the trigger was I had been a Senior Executive for some of the top Canadian firms and as such had experienced and in some instances managed thru acquisitions and take-overs so I was familiar with all the downsides and very few upsides. In most cases I was the on the Acquiring Side or the Winning Team so to speak and always felt the whole process was flawed and degrading to the Sellers who were passionately trying to justify their value. Well for me that day came over lunch with someone who had approached me years before right after the Great Collapse of 08. He was low key, no pressure and assured me the process would be slow and mutually compatible where I directed all the plays and had sign off before he would proceed. Because my major customer base was extremely well known and we had become a predominate supplier for the sourcing and manufacture of their key components, they of course were concerned and increasing the pressure about succession planning and the future management structure of my Company and who could blame them! In the end it came down to do I just carry on making money and hope another major downturn doesn’t beat me to the door of financial security if that happened in my business it usually meant four to five years to get back to the same place again (which realistically I didn’t have) or try to find a buyer who would give me in writing (legally binding) the 2 things I needed: 1) The ability to run the Company for an extended period of time with a business-as-usual approach thereby not upsetting key employees and customers and 2) Find a collaborative and supportive buyer who will add to the acquisition not detract from it by forcing divestiture and inappropriate staff, etc.
I never felt I would stay on and continue running the company but Lynx made it so worth it. During the due diligence and purchase phase, Lynx was very understanding, thoughtful and professional and it’s still true to this day (14 years later). I feel we share the same goals and part of family and not so much a large corporation.
Every person we’ve worked with at Lynx Equity has been friendly, responsive, and wonderful to do business with.
From Lynx’s first visit through to the signed purchase and sales agreement our experience dealing with Lynx was very positive and professional. We were both working towards the same goal of making a smooth and successful transition to ensure the long-term future of our organization. Since the sale, we are now happy to be part of the Lynx family of companies.
As a lifelong employee at Austin Graphics, (36 years) Lynx Equity was the 5th acquisition I had been through with our print company. Four owners, three name changes, and one merger. With each passing of the torch, a different mindset would reign with their ideas and grandeurs of what the company would be. Some for the better, some not so much. My initial meeting with Brad Nathan and Marvin Pludwinski was what I thought to be another “oh yay - here we go...” The old saying of the word 'assume' would be a good analogy, as my 10+ years with Succession/Lynx Equity has been nothing of what I assumed. They have put great faith and trust in me from the date of purchase and they have supported me in all our ups and downs. My life has been much richer from the day I met Brad & Marvin. I have been given opportunity, education and yes, some frustrations – life’s not perfect. I am extremely fortunate to say I don't work for Lynx, I work with Lynx; an extended friendship and an extended family.
If you are interested in selling your company and are interested in keeping the integrity and soul of the company you built intact, Lynx Equity would be an excellent choice for you. While I am not the individual who sold the company, I am the person who has been with the company prior to the sale, experienced most of the sales process, and am here to testify as to the end result of the entire transaction. If I could use one word to describe the experience simply, I would say: seamless. Throughout the process, my experience is that the Lynx team works very hard at making as few ripples in the business as possible. They are a strong team with talented individuals who know what they are doing. They place value on the people side of the business and truly understand how important the people are to the business. While many investment companies simply focus on multipliers and bottom line, the Lynx folks understand that it’s the people that help achieve the positive results of any business, and it shows in how they interact during and after the sales process. I know the previous owner personally and I know he is quite pleased with how the process went. I was his vice president. Now, I am the president of the company and I can sum up my experience with the Lynx team by saying they are extremely supportive, encouraging and are there if you need them. They let the local management team run their companies the way they see fit. They understand that the local team has a better understanding of the needs of the business and they rely on each company to manage and grow their company autonomously. This level of support and autonomy is what sets Lynx apart. It fosters a team environment, which has allowed us at United Fastener to be excited about the future of our company. Personally, I couldn’t be more pleased with the support and encouragement I have received from the Lynx team. Of the many possible buyers that wanted to purchase United Fastener, we all agree that Lynx was an outstanding choice for the health of our small company here in San Diego. We have been in this city since 1964 and with a business partner like Lynx Equity, we will be here past 2064! Please feel free to contact me personally if you should have further questions.
“With the planned retirement of our major shareholders, Label Express was looking for a good home for the business where its core strengths would be valued and retained. The packing sector in Europe has seen many privately owned print businesses purchased and swallowed by larger packaging PLCs. These acquisitions tend to result in the loss of business and customers, a good example being Essentra in Europe where the impact of this consolidation has been disastrous, ruining several good businesses. We were aware of the downfalls of the process and were keen to ensure that the business retained its identity of 'express lead times' with market-leading quality. Throughout the process with Lynx, the approach was totally different from some of the more adversarial approaches. Our view was that there had to be chemistry and a rapport. In the early days of meeting the Lynx team, we were pleasantly surprised by the honesty throughout the process and their ability to understand our business. This carried on throughout the process and has continued post-sale.”
Everything Lynx promised has been accomplished in a professional manner. My company remains intact just as it was before the sale—personnel, systems, etc., and they let us run the company as before.