Tag Archives: Plan & Prepare

Avoiding expensive mistakes by understanding multiples of EBITDA

A multiple of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) is a means to reflect the economic value of an operating business and is a significant driver of sale price discussions in M&A transactions. EBITDA represents the earnings stream (free cash flow) produced by a company available for distribution to the investor. Multiples are […]

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Synergy, the ‘Magic Dust’ of Value

Synergy is the magic dust that allows for the achievement of revenue enhancement and cost efficiencies in business mergers and acquisitions. The value of synergy depends entirely on the assumptions made about how combined businesses will operate after closing. The assumptions are unique to the companies involved in the deal and may not always be […]

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Confidentiality and Playing Close to the Vest

Most M&A professionals will warn you that you can’t keep your intentions to sell your business close enough to your vest. Confidentiality in M&A transactions is a serious concern in four areas: With employees of the selling company With customers and suppliers of the selling company With competitors of the selling company and the public […]

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Exit strategies; do you have one!?

A great amount of real wealth is created when entrepreneurs sell their business. The secret behind ultra-successful entrepreneurs is their development and implementation of an exit strategy and timetable of events beginning with the start their business. The good news is the short and long term successes are not mutually exclusive. Exit planning is absolutely […]

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Hidden Marketplaces and their “Targets”

In the current economic environment, troubled, distressed, insolvent and Chapter 11 bankruptcy businesses are presenting strategic and financial investors with attractive opportunities. Distressed transactions may provide the acquirer with a pathway to: gain access to a new client base or geographic territory; acquire assets at extremely discounted prices; effectively eliminate a competitor; or new technology, […]

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How do I prepare my company for sale?

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

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Discovering the Potholes of Deals

The buyer’s due diligence process deals with the legal, financial and strategic reviews of all of the seller’s documents, contractual relationships, operating history and organizational structure. Due diligence is a process and a test of the value proposition underlying the transaction to insure that the buyer’s company meets the expectations created before the signing of the […]

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Relying on a Handshake or a Letter of Intent (LOI)

In acquisitions, a Letter of Intent, or LOI, is a document that outlines the key business terms the buyer and seller agree to, which later become the basis for all agreements and documents that legally bind a business sale. Common clauses in the LOI should include who the buyer and seller are, purchase price, structure […]

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Generating Multiple Buyers

It has long been recognized in the Merger & Acquisition market that “having only one buyer is the same as having no buyers.” For the seller of a business, having multiple buyers is an absolute requirement to maximize the sales value of an owner’s business. But just how does the M&A Professional bring multiple buyers […]

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How Do I Maximize the Sales Price of My Company?

Maximizing the sales price of a business involves focusing on the “value drivers” of the industry. Value drivers are the set of key factors that reduce financial risk, improve financial returns and create value for the company. These aspects are used by buyers, investors and financial lenders to determine the value of a company. Value drivers […]

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Valuation: What Is the Value of My Company?

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. When selling one’s business, clarifying the seller’s goals and measuring those goals’ financial needs with the proceeds from […]

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If I am selling my company, what’s the importance of a Growth Vision for my company?

A vision for Growth Strategy is a practical approach to achieving top-line revenue growth and bottom-line profit results. Company growth strategies are critically important whether the seller is a start-up business or has been in business for years. In today’s economic recovery many CEOs and business owners have become strategic buyers turning to acquisitions in […]

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