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Bridge the Gap

Economic uncertainty, volatility in the capital markets, and financing restrictions have created a challenging environment for committed buyers and sellers in the lower middle market. Foremost, valuations have come under deep scrutiny. Having reached all-time highs prior to the pandemic, buyers and sellers may find it difficult to align valuation expectations. Some considerations for both […]

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This Too Shall Pass

With the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic presumably in our rear view, the future for mergers and acquisitions in the lower middle market remains uncertain and unpredictable in the short-to-near term. Many strategic buyers (e.g. same industry or business) have adopted a wait-and-see approach to potential transactions, while financial buyers (i.e. private equity groups) have […]

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COVID-19 Impact on Merger & Acquisition Transactions

Many acquisition processes are being put on hold pending further clarity on the broader health and economic consequences of COVID-19.  In the future, the impact of the pandemic on buyers and sellers will be seen in a wide range of implications, including a “new” focus on: Preparing for sale – is it the right time; […]

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The Doomsday Ratio

Is your company prepared to survive a Doomsday scenario? Without quantifiable measurements in place, it may difficult to know how your business is actually performing. Financial ratios or benchmarks are used to assess the financial health of a company. The company’s financial statements, primarily the income statement and balance sheet, are converted to a standardized […]

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The Strategic Exit

If you are considering a sale of your business in the near future, strategic buyers, or corporate acquirers, must be at the top of your prospective buyer’s list. Strategic buyers operate in the same industry or business and may include competitors, suppliers, or clients of your company. The main objective of strategic buyers is to […]

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The Value of Confidentiality

Nearly every M&A advisor would agree that confidentiality is the foundation upon which successful transactions are built. Confidentiality is paramount throughout the M&A transaction process, but this is especially true when it concerns: the seller’s employees the seller’s customers and vendors the seller’s competitors and the public public companies and the possibility of insider information […]

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Quality of Data Drives Deals

The quality of data is the most commonly overlooked risk factor of business owners pursuing a sale of their business in the marketplace. Owners must be able to provide prospective buyers with evidence to support their earnings and their adjustments to earnings. Poor data quality is usually linked to: Antiquated accounting systems Incorrect revenue recognition […]

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Be Prepared!

It is impossible to list all the issues and decision points that may arise in the course of selling or preparing your business for sale. Every Merger & Acquisition transaction is different. A successful sale requires early preparation from the seller to optimize the sales value of their business and minimize the risk of a […]

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Integration: The “Real Work” Begins…

Leading up to a transaction, buyers and sellers of companies can’t help but be enthusiastic about the endless opportunities that lie ahead. With all the synergies, growth possibilities and efficiencies to be realized; what’s not to be excited about!? This Honeymoon phase may continue post-transaction, but as integration becomes a reality, the excitement dissipates and […]

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Taking Chips Off The Table

The thought of “cashing out” lingers in the back of every business owners’ mind. Confronted daily with time constraints, market volatility, hawkish competition, profitability and growth objectives, and employee satisfaction, owners often neglect taking the necessary actions to establish a viable exit strategy. There are simply not enough hours in the day. However, business owners […]

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Do Taxes Matter?

Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) are complex, multilayered, excitingly negotiable with endless options. M&A transactions present numerous tax planning and compliance issues. Below are tax considerations that appear repeatedly in middle market deals and only serve as a starting point for delving into more intricate and tedious tax issues: Structure – most commonly used structures are asset or stock purchases Reorganizations – tax-free reorganizations are subject to a myriad of IRS requirements Purchase price […]

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Net Working Capital: A Negotiated Target

In addition to the future earnings of a business, mergers and acquisitions require the delivery of the ordinary and necessary balance sheet of the business to the buyer. The balance sheet should be adequate for the continued operation of the business and exclude cash and long-term debt. Due to the varying nature of the balance […]

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The PE Alternative

Owners and stakeholders of companies with strong cash flows, defendable market positions, products and services in expanding markets and a management team capable of driving the business forward must consider private equity (PE) groups, or financial buyers, as a viable alternative to exiting their business. Although these groups vary in size and focus, most PE […]

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Know Your Options – PEGs

There are a host of prospective buyers for lower middle market companies (less than $75 million in revenues), and every possibility should be explored, vetted and considered. One buyer-type that must be on every business owners’ radar are Private Equity Groups (PEGs). PEGs provide access to capital, offer insights and expertise, assist with improving market share and operating efficiencies, and have […]

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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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