Hydrofarm Completes $55 Million Equity Financing
Positions Company for Continued Growth Both Organically and Through Acquisitions
PETALUMA, Calif., November 1, 2018–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc. (“Hydrofarm” or the “Company”), a leading independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and horticultural products, today announced the completion of a $55 million equity financing. This financing included new strategic and institutional investors, as well as follow on participation from Serruya Private Equity (SPE), one of the largest investors in the cannabis industry, Hawthorn Equity Partners, and affiliates of Broadband Capital.
We are very pleased to complete this equity financing, which provides Hydrofarm with the financial flexibility to continue to grow the business both organically and through acquisitions. The hydroponics market is rapidly evolving and this capital raise allows us to fund and pursue strategic growth opportunities, including expanding our distribution capabilities, and enhancing our product offerings and service capabilities to satisfy the needs of our growing customer base.
Peter Wardenburg, Chief Executive Officer of Hydrofarm
Hydrofarm has a 40-year operating history as a leading supplier to the hydroponics and specialty indoor gardening market. The Company has one of the largest product offerings in the industry with over 5,000 SKUs from lighting solutions to nutrients to grow mediums, providing growers with a wide range of product choice to ensure their operations are maximizing efficiency, output and quality. Hydrofarm is both a manufacturer and distributor of hydroponic equipment and supplies and sells primarily through 1,500+ hydroponic and lawn and garden retailers across North America.
We are very excited about the significant growth opportunity in the broader global cannabis end market. Hydrofarm represents a unique opportunity to help the industry grow by creating a one-stop shop for all market participants to purchase hydroponics equipment and horticultural products, through its network of authorized resellers, for high quality, efficient cultivation.
Michael Serruya, Managing Director, SPE
“We believe the supply chain in this rapidly growing industry represents a large opportunity for an at-scale wholesaler and manufacturer. We are looking forward to working with the company to grow the business and its distribution and service capabilities,” said Michael Rapp, Broadband Capital.
“The strong investor response to this financing is a testament to Hydrofarm’s business strategy and position as one of the dominant players in the industry, as well as demand to participate in the growth of the global cannabis industry though an established, U.S. domiciled and federally-legal company,” said Adam Stern, CEO of SternAegis Ventures and Head of Private Equity Banking of Aegis Capital.
A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners and SternAegis Ventures acted as placement agents and financial advisors on the transaction.
About Serruya Private Equity
Serruya Private Equity Inc. is a global private equity firm focused on transforming companies by collaborating with management to develop and implement strategies which leverage SPE’s existing operational and financial resources. For additional information, please visit: www.serruyaequity.com
About Hawthorn Equity Partners
Hawthorn Equity Partners is a middle-market private equity fund with offices in Toronto and Chicago. The firm specializes in unique, proprietary, growth-oriented situations where it can partner with management to capitalize on defining moments in their companies’ growth trajectories. For additional information, please visit: www.hawthornep.com
About SternAegis Ventures
SternAegis Ventures is the management team within Aegis Capital Corp. that is responsible for venture capital and private equity financing. We are committed to identifying and financing ventures that can potentially realize above-average returns for investors willing and able to accept above average risk. For additional information, please visit: www.sternaegis.com
About Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc.
Hydrofarm is independently owned and is one of the nation’s leading wholesalers and manufacturers of hydroponics equipment and commercial horticultural products, including high-intensity grow lights, climate control solutions, and growing media. With an emphasis on excellent customer service, Hydrofarm has nine distribution centers across North America to best serve the growing needs of their customers. For additional information, please visit: www.hydrofarm.com