Harper Brush Works has continued operations through a transaction with Cequent Consumer Products


Transaction Type:

Special Situations

Harper Brush Works, Inc.  SC&H Capital was retained in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa as the exclusive investment banker for this 112-year-old brush and broom manufacturer.  The company had seen its revenues gradually decline over the years, resulting in significant monthly losses.  SC&H’s charge was to quickly find a buyer for the business before it was forced to shut down.   

More than 115 groups executed confidentiality agreements and reviewed an exhaustive data room. SC&H brought fourteen groups to visit the plant and meet with management.  Within two months of its retention, SC&H named a stalking horse and scheduled a going concern auction. Six groups qualified to bid and robust auction took place.  Following more than twenty-five bids, Cequent Consumer Products, Inc. was named the successful bidder at a price approximately double the initial stalking horse bid.  Nearly all employees were retained and the plant continues to operate. 

Transaction Leaders

Ken Mann

Managing Director