Expert Analysis & News

First Date

In Merger & Acquisition activity, the anticipation of the first meeting with a potential Buyer may be very intimidating for the Seller. The Seller must be relaxed, open, honest and friendly; however, the Seller must be prepared and rehearsed to answer several questions: Why are you selling? What are you going to do after the […]

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“BS Earnings”

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization, or EBITDA, is one indicator of a company’s financial performance, and is often used to calculate the earnings potential of a business. Earnings are measured in terms of the approximate cash flow of the business to the owner(s) before income taxes and interest expense. Eliminating the tax effects […]

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Cashing Out!!

Sellers of middle market companies rarely receive all cash offers for their companies, and therefore, must compare multiple offers by weighing each component of consideration in accordance with its cash equivalency as a baseline. The two most common standards for weighing the components of consideration include: the time value of money and the probability of […]

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Reverse LOI

Executing a Letter of Intent (LOI) constitutes a critical juncture in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, so why is an LOI for the most part nonbinding? A seller simply cannot afford the distraction, time and expense involved in having multiple prospective buyers simultaneously reviewing the seller’s confidential documents and performing due diligence. The fact that […]

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Communicate To Close!!

Successful transactions of lower middle market businesses have open, honest communication between the buyers and sellers. Business owners tend to be the greatest resource for information concerning the day-to-day operations of their company, and this information is ‘mission critical’ for serious, qualified buyers. Therefore, sellers should not hesitate to disclose on the front-end of the […]

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I Don’t Know. Maybe?

Lackadaisical buyers waste everyone’s time and money and should be avoided whenever possible. These casual buyers may be curious but lack the commitment to close, lack the resources to make an acquisition, have the resources but are unsure of the type of business, looking for a deal but far below market value, or just plain […]

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