Kvichak - Vigor Deal Closing
EPOCH PI ANNOUNCED THE APRIL 9 COMPLETION OF THE MERGER OF KVICHAK MARINE INDUSTRIES AND VIGOR INDUSTRIAL. THE COMBINATION OF THESE TWO LEADERS IN THE MARINE INDUSTRY WAS A MARRIAGE OF VALUES ASSISTED BY EPOCH PI, AN INVESTMENT BANK DEDICATED TO SERVING PURPOSE-DRIVEN, VALUES-ORIENTED COMPANIES.
Kvichak is a recognized global leader in the design and construction of high quality, high performance, and hard working aluminum workboats with 100 employees at two locations in the Puget Sound region. Vigor Industrial is a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest with 2,300 employees and 9 locations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The business combination makes strategic sense, combining the aluminum work boat building expertise of Kvichak with the technical strength and greater resources of Vigor, but the key was shared values.
Keith Whittemore, President of Kvichak, said, “We had several objectives for the transaction including realizing a strong valuation for our business, but doing so in a way that was good for our people and our business. We knew it would be hard to do, but Vigor brought us all three, and we couldn’t have done it without EPOCH.” Making a good business deal is hard, and combining that with ensuring the parties share core beliefs adds complicating elements, but they are the ones that are important to ensuring long-term transaction success.
Kvichak and Vigor share common goals: providing world-class maritime and industrial services to build the products customers need, to build family-wage career opportunities craftspeople deserve, and to build the communities where Vigor employees live and work. That’s what you’d expect from a company with the core values of:
TRUTH: We Seek the truth, and we Speak the truth RESPONSIBILITY: We act on what we know is right EVOLUTION: We seek mastery, and adapt to a changing world LOVE: We care about the people we work with, and the world we live in
EPOCH π is an investment bank, advisory firm and pending B Corp that strives to make a difference. We match our client’s dreams, aspirations and values with practical realities to find the best available solution. We identify partners and structures that align values, missions and financial objectives to create thriving relationships. Our purpose is to provide soulful solutions for purposeful people and conscious companies.