Tag Archives: Synergy

Barriers to Entry: Build a Wall!!!

Business owners must “build a wall” around their businesses to avoid advances from would-be competitors, and reinforce their position in the market. Barriers to entry deter new competitors from entering a market, secure the revenues and profitability of established companies, and increase the value of protected businesses. Consequently, businesses with high barriers to entry reduce […]

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Brand Recognition Enhances Value?

Early orchestration of a strategy for your business’ brand will create additional value at the time your business is sold. A brand represents the face of the business; a unique and recognizable design, sign, symbol, or slogan employed to create an image that identifies a product and differentiates it from its competitors. Aside from generating […]

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Drive Value Through Operating Systems!

In addition to a knowledgeable and ambitious management team, developing innovative operating systems and procedures enhance the value of a business. Effective operating systems and procedures must be reliable, updated and maintained regularly, documented systematically, administered consistently, and adequate for growth of the business. Operating systems, or formalized business processes and procedures, are utilized most […]

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Management Team: Exit With A Deep Bench!

An experienced, motivated and stable management team is the most significant value driver of M&A transactions. Businesses with a strong management team focus on the sustained growth of cash flows and profitability, command higher valuations in the marketplace, and allow for the seamless exit of the owners. In the eyes of prospective buyers, there is […]

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Earnouts: Creating Confusion or Promoting Prosperity?

Earnouts, although palatable in principle, may be complex in structure, difficult to define, and subject to unintended consequences. Thus, the gut reaction of most investment bankers to the proposed use of earnouts as an instrument to close transactions is unequivocally: “Don’t use them!” This declaration will more than likely be superseded by a full disclosure […]

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Brasch Constructors, Inc. has been acquired by A.L. Post, Inc.

ABOUT THE DEAL: Brasch Constructors, Inc. (also referred to as the “Company” and “Sellers”) has been acquired by A.L. Post, Inc. (“Post” and the “Buyers”). Established in 1989 and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, the Company is one of Kentucky’s leading construction companies. From new construction and site evaluation to Design-Build work, Brasch Constructors continually exceeds […]

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U.S. Nut and Bolts has been acquired by Nebraska Heavy Industries

ABOUT THE DEAL: U.S. Nut and Bolts (the “Company” and “Sellers”) has been acquired by Nebraska Heavy Industries (“NHI” or the “Buyers”). Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, the Company, a full service fastener distributor, has served the commercial, industrial and manufacturer sectors for nearly ten years. Nebraska Heavy Industries, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based conglomerate, has interests in […]

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Prospective Buyers: What’s the Scenario?

The most desired transaction for lower middle market business owners contemplating the sale of their business requires deep consideration of the characteristics, motivations, and aspirations of the businesses’ prospective buyers. Customarily, strategic and financial buyers have the largest appetite for acquisitions in the private capital marketplace, and there are significant differences between the two buyer-types […]

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Restricted Stock Award Plans

Ownership can be a powerful tool in the effort to attract and retain talented people, have employees think and act like owners, create an ownership culture, and build successful succession plans. Restricted stock gives employees the right to earn shares of stock over some period of time through continued service or the accomplishment of certain […]

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Leaving It To Chance?

Since a company owner never knows for sure what exit strategy may be successful, they should always consider decisions based on maximizing company value no matter what strategy is ultimately followed. Company owners should focus on the qualitative factors that drive quantitative results that align and strengthen the organization, improve profitability, enhance access to capital, […]

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Private Markets: Stop the Clock!!

According to Robert T. Slee, an investment banker and influential author of Private Capital Markets: Valuation, Capitalization, and Transfer of Private Business Interests, US private markets operate on a 10-year transfer cycle, and mid-market companies are currently in the midst of unprecedentedly high valuations and a pre-recession earnings boom (Seller’s Market). Slee’s corroborated data suggest […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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