Vancouver, BC – July 22, 2021 – CAI Capital Partners (“CAI”) is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Universal Group, and its related companies (together, “Universal”) has successfully closed the strategic acquisition of Beacon Lite (Ottawa) Ltd. and Signebec, (together, “Beacon Lite”).
Beacon Lite began operations in 1964 in Ottawa, Ontario with a strong commitment to safety and customer service. Over the years, Beacon Lite has expanded its services to include traffic control, traffic plans, traffic sign manufacturing, engineering, consulting, and equipment rentals. Beacon Lite is led by Luc Lemay and Simon Lemay both of whom will continue to lead the business and become shareholders of the combined organization.
“We are excited to be partnering with Beacon Lite. To have Luc and Simon with their extensive experience part of the Universal team will allow for continued growth of these great businesses and support our overall national strategic plan,” said Mike Menzies, CEO of Universal Group.
The acquisition expands Universal’s geographic presence, creating a strong national platform for further growth and will allow the combined organization to better support and service its customers and provide enhanced opportunities for its 1,700+ employees across the country.
“This marks the fifth successful add-on acquisition since we first invested in the traffic control services sector in November 2018. It is an exciting step for Universal Group and transforms the company into a true national platform for traffic control services,” said Rob Wildeman, CAI Partner.”
CAI’s equity co-investment partners in the combined organization include BDC Capital, Roynat Equity Partners, and Frind Enterprises. Debt financing for the transaction was provided by Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and The Bank of Nova Scotia. Universal was advised on the transaction by Lawson Lundell LLP and MNP Transaction Services.
About Universal Group
Universal is the leading traffic management and control services provider in British Columbia. Universal provides traffic control personnel, lane closure services, traffic permits and traffic management plans, road maintenance and landscaping/vegetation management services. The company is headquartered in Langley, British Columbia with additional locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. For additional information, please visit www.theuniversalgroup.ca.
About Beacon Lite
Beacon Lite is a leading provider of traffic control services and equipment rental in Ontario and Quebec. The company is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario with additional locations in Sudbury, Kingston and Gatineau, Quebec. For additional information, please visit www.beaconlite.ca.
About CAI Capital Partners
CAI Capital Partners is a Vancouver-based private equity firm focused on partnering with and growing founder-owned businesses in the Canadian lower middle market. Over three decades, CAI has invested over C$1.5 billion of equity capital into companies across North America. For additional information, please visit www.caifunds.com.
About BDC Capital
BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC- Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. With $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers a full spectrum of risk capital, from seed investments to transition capital, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who wish to scale their businesses into global champions. For additional information, please visit bdc.ca/capital.
About Roynat Equity Partners
Roynat Equity Partners facilitates growth and creates wealth in established mid-market private companies by providing patient capital, advice and contact networks to Canadian entrepreneurs. With over $300 million in committed capital and offices across Canada, Roynat Equity Partners is dedicated to helping mid-market companies grow and achieve their business goals. Flexible investment structures are tailored to the needs of partners and include common equity, preferred equity, and convertible debt and can be part of a complete financing solution provided by Roynat Capital and Scotiabank. Roynat Equity Partners is a division of Roynat Inc. which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scotiabank. For additional information, please visit www.roynat.com
About Frind Enterprises
Frind Enterprises is part of the Frind Group of Companies, a family office based in Vancouver, BC with a North American focus in real estate, private equity, venture capital and alternative investments. For additional information, please visit www.frindproperties.com.