Buying out equity investors to achieve accelerated growth
Nathan Sheaff - President and founder of Sciemetric

A leader in the application of real-time signature analysis technology

About the company

Designs and manufactures a full range of process monitoring test and analysis hardware and software for the world’s top manufacturers.

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Industry: Hardware and software

Entrepreneur challenge

The owner and his management team were looking to buy out the company’s venture capital investors and regain full control of the company to maximize the firm’s growth potential. Patient capital was required to make this important business transition, as well as invest in key areas such as management, sales and R&D expansion.

BDC expertise

BDC’s Growth & Transition Capital team provided mezzanine financing with flexible repayment terms to protect the company’s cash flow and invest in its growth. The firm also benefited from BDC’s guidance on financial management and potential U.S. acquisitions. As well, BDC’s advisory services team helped the company develop a market entry strategy in China.


  • Tripled company revenues
  • Doubled earnings and increased cash generated
  • Made key investments in the company
  • Galvanized team to reach ambitious sales goals
  • Eventual acquisition enabled access to world markets and global channels

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