About Solowave Investments


Solowave Design LP. / Solwave Design Corp. / Solowave Design International ("Solowave") is an entrepreneurial and innovative leader in the design and manufacture of ready to assemble ("RTA") Outdoor Living products for residential consumers. Under the Big Backyard, Cedar Summit Premium Play Sets and Yardistry brand names, Solowave delivers exceptional play and leisure structure options – all products are shipped to national distributors and offered for sale in a convenient RTA format for consumers around the globe.

Solowave operates three distinctive branded product lines. Big Backyard and Cedar Summit Premium Play Sets for premium RTA childrens' outdoor play systems are designed, engineered and manufactured to the highest standards in quality, safety, value and fun. The Yardistry line is a 'one of a kind', innovative outdoor building component system that allows Do-It-Yourselfer's and Professionals to build premium outdoor structures, screens and garden elements - beautifully, easily and affordably.

At Solowave we strive to incorporate architectural originality and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value in all our product designs. Solowave is an organization with the expertise, capacity and spirit to capitalize on emerging trends in today's dynamic consumer marketplace. As consumers continue to personalize and enhance their backyards our ability to mobilize resources and engage our supply chain allows us to continually exceed our customers' demands in innovative design, manufacture, safety and customer service.

Solowave enlists a blended manufacturing approach that leverages both domestic and offshore material and production capabilities. Head quartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Solowave's North American operations include a 170,000 square foot manufacturing, packaging and warehouse facility in Mount Forest, Ontario, and a 100,000 square foot distribution facility in Buffalo, NY. As a global player Solowave also maintains quality assurance, packaging and distribution facilities in China and sales and distribution facilities in the EEC. Solowave's products are sold in North America, the EEC, Asia, Australia and Russia. Current customers include Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Canadian Tire and Toys R Us.


The firm was founded by Richard Boyer, an entrepreneur with over 25 years experience creating and building successful companies. Solowave's other principal, Mat Wolf brings more than 25 years of financial and operations experience to the firm.

   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Aquiring and growing high-potential companies


Acquiring and growing high-potential companies Solowave Investments Limited combines investment capital and operational expertise to drive the growth of companies with exciting market opportunities.

Solowave has made investments in commercial real estate projects and high-growth companies from various industries. Under Solowave's guidance, portfolio companies have attracted significant financing from some of Canada's largest venture capital firms while building skilled senior management teams and establishing their presence in competitive global markets.

Building on success


We take fundamentally sound companies and work hands-on to make them stronger and bigger. Adding value through our operational expertise is at the core of Solowave's process of growing high-potential companies.
We work actively with - and enhance - the management teams of portfolio companies.

Typically, we encourage capital expenditures and strategic acquisitions by portfolio companies to expand upon their strengths and increase their scale and scope.

Extensive network of industry contacts


In addition to our financial resources, Solowave has established a network of industry contacts and key service providers. Their expertise in broad areas of management and operations are drawn upon to benefit all portfolio companies. Solowave also works closely with an advisory board comprised of industry experts and successful business leaders who provide ongoing technical expertise and strategic advice.

   


 

 

 



Richard Boyer

Principal

Richard Boyer, principal of Solowave Investments, is an experienced entrepreneur with over 25 years' experience creating and building high-growth companies. He is committed to becoming integrally involved with the growth and development of all portfolio companies.

Richard was founder and chief executive of Backyard Products Ltd., a manufacturer of consumer products based in Southern Ontario. In five years, he took the company from start-up to the market leader with 350 employees. Backyard Products generated 90% of its revenues from export markets in the United States, Europe and Asia. Richard sold the business to an American company in 1998 and launched Solowave the following year.

Solowave holds private portfolio investments in various high-growth companies in Southern Ontario. Richard has been central in raising capital and assembling a premier syndicate of investors, as well as in recruiting and developing the senior management team within portfolio companies and establishing a presence in a competitive global market.

   


 

 

 

 



Mat Wolf

Principal

Mat Wolf is a finance executive with over 25 years experience in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and financings. Mat focuses on financings and cash flow managment for the Solowave portfolio of companies.


Mat was a VP of Finance at KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. and led a team of advisors in an office in Southwestern Ontario, completing transactions with both privately held and publicly traded companies.
Mat also gained industry experience as the CFO of a start-up software company and the CFO of a North American multi-plant manufacturer and distributor of consumer products.

Mat is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the Co-op Program at Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration.

   


 

 

 



Solowave Investments is looking to acquire positions in businesses in Ontario that have a solid foundation in place and an untapped market opportunity.

Our participation is ideal for companies looking to spin out a business unit or for owners who want liquidity while ensuring a transition to new ownership that is committed to build and strengthen the business.

What we offer:

 

• Immediate liquidity
• Operational expertise
• Proven management and business skills
• Tax-efficient exit for existing majority owner

Solowave Investments invests in fundamentally sound companies where we can apply our operational expertise to grow the business - through new markets, new distribution channels, revised business processes, or innovative business practices. A business that has experienced a weak quarter or two may still be considered, but we are not looking for companies in receivership. We are also not looking for start-ups.

   


 

 

 



Solowave is looking to acquire positions in businesses in Ontario that have a solid foundation in place and an untapped market opportunity.

Our participation is ideal for companies looking to spin out a business unit or for owners who want liquidity while ensuring a transition to new ownership that is committed to build and strengthen the business.

What we're looking for:

 

• Enterprise value of $5-20 million
• Positive free cash flow (at least as a general trend)
• Manufacturing or industrial services sectors
• Southwestern Ontario-based



In identifying market opportunities we look for:

 

• Potential for growth within current markets (scale) or expansion into new  markets (scope)
• Evidence of high levels of industry profitability
• Markets with potential for high growth and substantial size



Once a potential opportunity is identified, Solowave's team, in consultation with our advisory board and industry experts, will analyze the target company and its markets and perform other aspects of due diligence.

 

   


 

 

 



About Big Backyard™

 

Big Backyard play sets and play houses come in several sizes and are built from  hand-selected, premium playground lumber.

They are ready-to-assemble, and include:

• Pre-cut, pre-drilled & pre-stained lumber
• All required hardware
• Detailed assembly instructions
• A 10-year limited warranty

With our extensive line of products and accessories, you can expand your Big Backyard Play System to grow with your families needs year after year. At Big Backyard, we are committed to providing a safe environment for children to play, explore adventurous possibilities and enjoy endless hours of fun.

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About Yardistry Limited™

 

Yardistry is the first building components system packaged for the retail market that allows Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Professional customers to build Structures, Screens and Fences...easily and affordably.

 

This unique modular system -- the only one of its kind in North America -- allows for the creation of hundreds of designs with only a few basic components.

With Yardistry components, customers can create Structures that provide shade or define outdoor living space; Screens that bring delineation to an area of interest or filter a view; and Fences to create privacy and further enhance the garden`s natural features. With Yardistry the designer is provided with ultimate flexibility, style, quality and craftsmanship that is sure to enhance any landscape.

 

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Cedar Summit Premium Play Sets®

 

Cedar Summit Premium Play Sets are built from hand-selected,
premium FSC Certified playground lumber.

At Cedar Summit we choose only the finest materials for our premium play set line which includes commercial-grade hardware, heavy-gauge dipped safety swing chains and angled ladders with metal safety grips. Our massive solid-beam structures are held in place with recessed hardware and metal bracket construction. We've even developed an exclusive swing beam specially designed for unlevelled yards.

Cedar Summit Premium Play Sets gives the consumer quality and aesthetics at an affordable price.

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103 Bauer Place,
Suite 5
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada
N2L 6B5

t: 1.519.725.5379
f: 1.519.725.9077

e: opportunities@solowave.com