Tag Archives: Plan & Prepare

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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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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When Opportunity Meets Need

Companies driven by growth strategies need to consider mergers and acquisitions, especially when the following motivations exist: To capture operational synergies To grow market share or access to distribution channels, markets or products To provide new capabilities, technologies or talent Opportunities exist when “targets” provide: Increase scale Broadened product and service offerings Geographic expansion New […]

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NACVA’s 2015 40 Under 40 Honorees!

Congratulations to Allston Advisory Group’s Senior Managing Director, Nolan K. Kapp, for being selected as a 2015 NACVA 40 Under 40 Honoree!! NACVA and the CTI are founded on excellence, superior quality, and the spirit of pioneering. They have a rich history of partnering with visionary leaders across all spectrums of the accounting and financial consulting professions regardless […]

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Calculation of Value: The Precursor to an Exit

Business owners contemplating an exit from their business should begin the transaction process by engaging an experienced M&A Advisor to perform a Calculation of Value. Although the requirements for a calculation engagement may be more limited than for a valuation engagement, business owners should expect an efficient and systematic approach to the calculation of their […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Non-disclosure confidentiality agreements, the acquisition profile and the executive summary

It is most appropriate to have targeted buyers sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or a Confidentiality Agreement (CA) before exchanging sensitive information regarding a seller’s potential acquisition target. Will the potential buyers sign? It depends, most times it will be signed; sometimes only after negotiating various details; potentially slowing down the sale process. A carefully […]

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Stock Appreciation Rights (SAR) Plan: Rewarding & retaining key staff in connection with building a business for value or sale

Rewarding key personnel is an important element of many Middle Market M&A transactions. A Stock Appreciation Rights (SAR) Plan is a method for Companies to give their key employees a bonus if the Company performs well financially. Participants do not own stock nor are they required to purchase anything; however, their benefit from the SAR […]

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Normalization of Income

“Normalizing Adjustments” are essential to value a Company and to make meaningful comparisons between a Company’s past and future performances. The normalization of the financial statements should reflect a willing buyer’s expectations for operating results and assist in determining the appropriate future cash flow stream. In order to minimize confusion and disagreements between Buyer and […]

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Preparing for the Dance, the Buyers’ List!

A key step in the sell-side merger or acquisition process is generating a list of potential acquirers. Today, M&A professionals avail themselves to extensive and expensive research tools which help them in identifying possible buyers for their sell-side clients’ businesses. This relatively straightforward exercise of identifying likely acquirers from databases may be greatly enhanced by […]

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