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Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper has been acquired by Dages Paint

ABOUT THE DEAL: Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper (also referred to as the “Company” and “Sellers”) has been acquired by Dages Paint (the “Buyers”). Established in 1976 and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper has become the preeminent, independent retailer of high-quality paint and decorating supplies in the region. With three locations, […]

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A. Arnold World Class Relocation has been acquired by the Management Team

ABOUT THE DEAL: A. Arnold World Class Relocation (“A. Arnold” or the “Company”) has been acquired by the Management Team (“Buyers”) of the Company. Established in 1905 and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, A. Arnold is one of the largest, independent moving companies in the country; transporting families and entire corporations around the world. Through the […]

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Knowing your key performance indicators

QUESTION: “AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, WHAT CAN I DO IN THIS PRESENT ECONOMY TO PROTECT MY COMPANY?” Know Your Key Performance Indicators! If you are not keeping score, you aren’t going to make it. You must know your numbers! You can start with your monthly income statement and balance sheet. You must identify the Key […]

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“Targeted” PEGs

For many smaller middle market companies (less than $50 million in revenues), Private Equity Groups (PEGs) are “targeted” buyers that seek to acquire ongoing, profitable businesses with realistic growth potential. PEGs provide access to capital, offer insights and expertise, assist with improving market share and operating efficiencies, and have a clear exiting path. Often times, PEGs […]

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Bull’s Eye: The Net Working Capital Target

In conjunction with the future earnings of a business, merger and acquisition (M&A) deals 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 (the “Enterprise Value”). Due to the […]

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Good Intentions

The Letter of Intent (LOI) may be the single most important document created during the merger and acquisition process. This document outlines the mutually-agreed upon key business terms between the buyers and sellers. Although nonbinding in nature, sellers should always consider the following before signing the LOI: Provide the most accurate information and data during […]

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The Most Appropriate Process

When discussing the motivating factors of maximizing M&A sale prices, value drivers are best understood in terms of how they influence either expected cash flows (EBITDA) or the perceived risk (the purchase multiple). The significance of the planning and conducting phases of the sales process can often times be overshadowed from heavily focusing on the […]

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Confidentiality: Loose Lips Sink Ships

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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The Honeymoon is Over…

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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Understanding CAPEX & Multiples?

Currently, in the M&A community, discussions regarding the purchase price of a target company are most often expressed as a multiple of EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization). If EBITDA is the benchmark, what is the justification for such a wide range of transaction multiples from 3-4-5 to 8-9-10 in the same or […]

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New Cars for Everyone!!

Commonly referred to in the Letter of Intent (LOI), a clause or similar verbiage may be found asserting that, “from the date hereof, until the closing of the transaction contemplated by this LOI, the Company shall conduct its operations only in the ordinary course of business …” What is the definition of the phrase “only […]

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Quality of Earnings Assessment

In order to gain insight into a company’s future earnings and cash flows, a Quality of Earnings (QE) assessment must be done quickly after the signing of a Letter of Intent. In the M&A context, the QE of a business refers to how close a company’s earnings are to actual free cash flow. A QE […]

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Avoiding the “Tire Kickers”

Lackadaisical buyers or “Tire Kickers” 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 unsure of the type of business, looking for a deal but far below market value, or […]

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Strategizing for “The Big Dance”

Having a preliminary valuation performed by a qualified M&A professional is one way for a middle market entrepreneur to identify the issues in their business that should be addressed, cleaned-up, or improved to make their business more successful and eventually more attractive to prospective buyers. A preliminary valuation analysis will identify the “value drivers” of the […]

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In the Year 2030… Succession Planning

There are four types of valuations used to understand middle market transactions and helpful with succession planning: Fair market value, hypothetical concepts, most commonly used in estate, income and gift tax planning or litigation support. Preliminary estimate of value in the market-place; will include strategic values recently paid in an industry. Investment value, value particular […]

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The Lone Wolf: A Seller’s Nightmare

“Having only one buyer is the same as having no buyers,” is a statement often quoted by professionals in the M&A marketplace. After exhausting every qualified financial and strategic buyer, private equity firms, and the like, and to no avail; what is a Seller to do about the lone prospective buyer? Seller rest assured, if […]

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The Offering Memorandum: Framing the Story

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sales process begins with the preparation of a thorough Offering Memorandum (OM). This critical document provides the framework for profiling a company and positioning it for sale. An effective OM requires collaboration between the Sellers and the M&A advisor to capture the essence of the business. These conversations will include: […]

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How Seller’s weaknesses are made Buyer opportunities

It is important for the Seller to address Company weaknesses up front in the Offering Memorandum (OM) as opposed to later in the sales process. If not disclosed early, Buyer discovered weaknesses will certainly have price implications and challenge the Buyer’s confidence in the Seller’s management ability and honesty. A simple list of common weaknesses […]

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Who is on the hook?

Earn-out agreements are useful but contentious tools in M&A transactions to bridge disagreements. In an earn-out, the seller agrees that a portion of the deal consideration will be contingent upon the future performance of the company. Sellers must participate in estimating their earn-out expectations and in due diligence of the likelihood of collection. The possibility […]

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So how much is it worth; valuation versus value?

Although both methods use the same reference data and terminology, there is a difference between a formal valuation and the M&A transaction value of a Company. These variations can most simply be thought of as: formal valuations value entities that own businesses and M&A bankers value businesses. The formal valuation tends to be the approach […]

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