Tag Archives: M&A

Growth Strategy: Leave It All On The Field

A solid growth strategy provides companies with a quantifiable vision for growth in revenues and profitability; thereby, enhancing the value of the company post-implementation and increasing its attractiveness to strategic buyers. Company owners must identify the value drivers of their business, determine an acceptable level of risk, and decide on the best method for their […]

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BURGER KING® has been acquired by Carrols

ABOUT THE DEAL: Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Carrols”) (Nasdaq: TAST) has acquired six BURGER KING® restaurants in Kentucky and Indiana. Headquartered in Western Kentucky, the franchisee owns and operates six restaurants, and employs nearly 180 people. Over the last thirty years, the franchisee has built a talented workforce and a loyal, consistent, and predictable customer […]

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Did You Get What You Paid For?

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are a framework of accounting standards, rules and procedures defined by the professional accounting industry. No single reference source exists for all of GAAP; briefly, the sources of GAAP are: Accounting principles promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) including Financial Accounting Standards of the Financial Accounting […]

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Normalizing Adjustments & The True Company Value

Although a detailed analysis of the financial statements reveals pertinent financial data, the true value of a Company requires that normalizing adjustments be made to the financial statements. Normalizing adjustments reflect a more accurate financial performance, both historically and projected. Normalized financial statements also help determine the Company’s future cash flows, and assess its financial […]

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Due Diligence: It’s in the Cloud!

Upon execution of the Letter of Intent (LOI), buyers and sellers kick-start the due diligence phase of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process. Due diligence, a most critical step in the M&A process, provides buyers the opportunity to confirm the seller’s financials, determine the risks, establish the potential benefits and understand the overall strategic fit. […]

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The LOI: Defining “is”

When contemplating a merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction, it is important to consider each step of the deal process seriously; beginning with the end in mind. Executing a Letter of Intent (LOI) constitutes a critical juncture in the M&A process; however, if it’s that important, why is it non-binding? The importance of an LOI in […]

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Collaboration Generates Winning Deals

Investment bankers have access to an array of industry-specific data, statistics, and analytics; however, the most comprehensive understanding of a business’ nuances originates from sincere collaboration between sellers and their trusted M&A advisors. No two businesses are alike; therefore, sellers must carefully select an experienced team of investment banking and support professionals. A qualified advisory […]

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Up-Rite Systems, Inc. has been acquired by Fletchline, Inc.

ABOUT THE DEAL: Up-Rite Systems, Inc. (also referred to as the “Company” and “Sellers”) has been acquired by Fletchline Inc. (“Fletchline” or the “Buyers”). Established in 1993 and headquartered in Bardstown, Kentucky, the Company is a nationwide rack installation company; dealing exclusively in material handling equipment installations. Located in Springfield, Tennessee, approximately thirty miles north […]

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The Prospect Village Shopping Center has been acquired by Kroger

ABOUT THE DEAL: The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has acquired The Prospect Village Shopping Center. Built in 2000, the Center is approximately 153,486 square feet, and anchored by a newly renovated Kroger Marketplace. Located on Hwy 42 in northeast Jefferson County in Prospect, Kentucky, the Center is conveniently located in one of the most affluent […]

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Traffic Builders has been acquired by GS Marketing

ABOUT THE DEAL: GS Marketing, Inc. (“GSM” or the “Buyers”) has acquired Traffic Builders, Inc. (the “Company” or “Sellers”). Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Traffic Builders is a multichannel direct marketing agency servicing over 300 automobile dealers of all manufacturer types across the United States. The Company, with approximately 20 full-time employees, is an expert in creating […]

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Lynn’s Paradise Café has been acquired by Fresh Capital Group

ABOUT THE DEAL: Lynn’s Paradise Café (also referred to as the “Café” and “Sellers”) has been acquired by Fresh Capital Group (“Buyers”). Opening its doors in 1991, in Louisville, Kentucky, Lynn’s Paradise Café created a unique setting that has continuously attracted a diverse clientele from around the world. The Café has always made customers feel welcome; presenting […]

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Emergency Exits!

According to a number of recent surveys, including the Securian Financial Services survey, it’s estimated that less than 30 percent of business owners have an exit strategy. These figures are alarming given the inevitability of an exit, and the fact that most business owners’ accumulated wealth is tied to their businesses. After years of hard […]

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Know When To Hold ‘Em

Exiting a business at its highest value requires business owners to have a deep understanding of their business, their industry, and the marketplace at large. As the publisher and businessman Malcolm S. Forbes said, “the best vision is insight.” Timing the market necessitates a business owner’s ability to recognize the not-to-often phenomena of “in the […]

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Looking Back to Move Forward

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) is the premier international organization serving the educational and resource needs of middle-market M&A professionals. AM&AA surveys its membership annually to provide insights into sell-side transaction multiples of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and sell volumes completed in the second half of 2014; generating […]

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Earn-Outs: A Viable Solution

A major point of contention between buyers and sellers in M&A transactions is the purchase price. Earn-out agreements provide buyers and sellers with an effective technique to “bridge the price gap.” Although opinions and experiences vary widely, carefully structured earn-outs can mitigate risk and successfully meet the needs of both buyers and sellers. Risk reduction […]

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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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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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