The Bonnefield Story

The Bonnefield Story

Keeping Farms in Families While Increasing Long-Term Value

In 2005, when two brothers and a friend were trying to get an agricultural business back on its feet, they realized the path to financial success was in restructuring the balance sheet. While the business’ income statement was reasonably healthy, cash flow was always dangerously tight due to an inefficient capital structure. If they could sell some of their land, and lease it back on a long-term basis, they could unlock their equity in land, and finance their business appropriately. They would re-invest in the operations and enjoy doing what they knew and loved most, which was running the business well.

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