Combine a loan and equity to buy out a shareholder
Sebastien Charland, Chief Financial Officer at Agendrix

185,000 employees now using its trailblazing platform.

About the company

Offers workforce management software to help companies with employee scheduling, time sheets and communications.

Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec

Industry: SaaS

Entrepreneur challenge

This rapidly growing company was looking to buy out a shareholder who had reached retirement age. The young SaaS firm didn’t meet all of the financing criteria of traditional banks. And even though the business was performing well, the owners felt that simply taking out a sizeable loan for the buy out was not an affordable option.

BDC expertise

To hedge its risk, BDC partnered with the company’s chartered bank Desjardins to offer a 50/50 pari passu loan, combined with equity from both institutions. This lowered the debt and enabled the owners to retain control of the company with two minority shareholders. At the same time, the firm now has access to more resources and products from its shareholder Desjardins Capital.


  • Solution enabled company to buy out shareholder, without excessive debt
  • Retained control of company with two minority shareholders
  • Has grown from $1M to $10M in annual recurring revenue since 2016
  • Boasts low employee turnover, particularly for the tech industry
  • Well-positioned for further growth

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