Despite the fact that many deals in process were abruptly halted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while lockdowns became the norm as the virus spread globally, transaction activity resumed relatively quickly. For companies who performed well during the pandemic, multiples were equal to or better than pre-COVID levels. For companies adversely impacted by the pandemic, creative structuring was required to reset pricing and terms in order to complete the transaction. As we enter what appears to be a “k” shaped economic recovery, the market will offer a hybrid of buying opportunities in underperforming sectors and a seller’s market for strong performers.

Notable transactions completed by Peter Day & Associates in 2020 were as follows:

IT Staffing

Annex Group Consulting sold to S.i. Systems
Peter Day & Associates acted as the exclusive M&A advisor for Annex.

Established in 1998, Annex Consulting Group is a full-service IT and management consulting firm specializing in staff augmentation contracting, permanent staffing, and outsourced solutions. An industry pioneer in British Columbia, Annex has grown to become one of the leading IT recruitment companies in B.C. based on annual revenue. Annex has completed 4,000 projects for 520 clients with a 97% customer satisfaction rating.

Founded in Calgary (1994), S.i. Systems is one of the largest IT contingent staffing firms in Canada. S.i. Systems developed the staffing workflow concept and uses a proprietary database MatchGuide® to “Make the Match” with clients on short term contracts, permanent placements and payrolling services. S.i. Systems has offices that support IT clients across all major cities in Canada.

Office Coffee Services

WA-2! Coffee Services sold to Canteen
Peter Day & Associates acted as the exclusive M&A advisor for WA-2!

Wa-2! is a leader in office coffee services in Vancouver offering high quality office coffee, beverages and kitchen supplies with superior service and a commitment to “Great Taste, Great Service and a relentless pursuit of Best-In-Class”.

Canteen is a subsidiary of the Compass Group of Companies, a national leader in food service management and support services. Canteen is a family of companies, serving clients across the country with both national and regional offerings for dining, coffee and vending lines of business.