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Positioning, A New Year’s Resolution?

Whether a sale is in the imminent future or not, business owners who run their companies with a “for sale” attitude keep their companies tuned up, generating increased profits and boosting enterprise value. Fundamentals for positioning your company “for sale” value include: Have a plan, align organizational objectives, focus on what creates value, i.e. profitable […]

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The Confidential Information Memorandum

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sales process begins with the preparation of a thorough Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM). This critical document provides the framework for profiling a company and positioning it for sale.   An effective CIM requires collaboration between the Sellers and the M&A Advisor to capture the essence of the business. These conversations will include:   Company overview – history, who we are, what we do   Define the core business – processes, technologies   Strengths and weaknesses – success factors, […]

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Value Proposition

The value of a company is in the eye of the buyer; therefore, sellers of lower middle market companies should position their businesses to drive the strategic value and attractiveness before a possible sale transaction. Enhancing the value of a company is an ongoing process, and sellers should begin preparing their company for sale 18 to 24 months before marketing […]

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Crystal Balls, Bubbles, Cycles, Roll-ups and Business Values

Recently, I was discussing with a good friend and long-time client the past financial successes of her company. Its continued annual growth in revenues, net income, and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was extraordinary. Should she continue with the Company’s compounding growth and ride it to the glass ceiling of mid-size companies […]

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Double Down!!

Most private companies have an opportunity to double their value over a 3 – 5 year period by adopting a disciplined approach to reducing risk and increasing quality. A preliminary valuation performed by an experienced M&A professional will identify many of these “risk areas,” and may be used as a road-map to strengthen the business, […]

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How Do I Create Value?

For business owners, there is a subtle balance between making the necessary decisions to successfully run their business day-to-day and focusing on the long-term value of their business. The actual realization of that value, an eventual exit, should always be present in the owner’s current strategies. The objective is for owners to make decisions that […]

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Hire an M&A Advisor?

Upon engaging an M&A Advisor to sell their business, a seller can expect an Advisor to find a buyer for the business at the highest possible price with the most advantageous terms. An M&A Advisor would provide the following services to accomplish this goal: Provide the seller with a preliminary business valuation; confirming the expectations […]

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Valuations: To Sell or To Grow?

The uses of business valuations are almost unlimited: buy/sell agreements, fairness opinions, purchase price allocations, estate planning, gift taxes, charitable contributions, shareholder transactions, Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPs), solvency and insolvency opinions, collateral valuations, litigation support, etc. In the context of selling one’s business, clarifying the seller’s goals, and measuring those goals’ financial needs with […]

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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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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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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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Transactions Structured for Success!

Transactions between buyers and sellers of middle market businesses are often complicated. Driven by opposing motivations and interests, both parties want the most advantageous deal for their side. Sellers must be sure to consider every offer, especially offers that are less than the asking price of their business. A “lesser” offer in hand will not […]

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Show Me the Cash in Private Company Stock

In company sell transactions, secured and unsecured promissory notes, public and private company stock, short and long term earn-outs, all consideration has to be measured to its equivalent value in cash. Equivalent cash measurements allow for the meaningful comparison of offers by Sellers, and it is necessary to enable Sellers to make rational and informed […]

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What’s a Rolodex?

Technology has disrupted nearly every sector of the economy, and there appears to be no slowing down or looking back from this trend. Due to the uniqueness of each deal, the numerous and varied complexities, and the amount of “hands-on” hours required to complete a transaction, the investment banking industry has proven to be a […]

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Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork!

Selling a middle market business is a multifaceted process that requires tremendous preparation, patience, and strategic positioning. With the uncertainty of capital markets, the unpredictability of prospective buyers, and a business to run, business owners will find themselves well-served by assembling an experienced M&A Team to manage and execute a formal sales process. At a […]

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Define Your After- Sale Role?

When a buy/sale deal closes, many times the interests of the buyer and seller differ. Most sellers want to take all the consideration due to them immediately, and disappear. It is rare for a buyer to not want the seller to provide a seamless transition of the operations of the business just sold by remaining […]

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Appearance Matters?

The physical appearance of a business’ equipment and facilities, including office, manufacturing, and warehousing space, weighs heavily with prospective buyers and must be consistent with the purchase price. Business owners who are determined to receive a premium for their business have to consider the inherent value of a fresh coat of paint, clean workspaces, an organized […]

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Barriers to Entry: Build a Wall!!!

Business owners must “build a wall” around their businesses to avoid advances from would-be competitors, and reinforce their position in the market. Barriers to entry deter new competitors from entering a market, secure the revenues and profitability of established companies, and increase the value of protected businesses. Consequently, businesses with high barriers to entry reduce […]

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Management Team: Exit With A Deep Bench!

An experienced, motivated and stable management team is the most significant value driver of M&A transactions. Businesses with a strong management team focus on the sustained growth of cash flows and profitability, command higher valuations in the marketplace, and allow for the seamless exit of the owners. In the eyes of prospective buyers, there is […]

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