Tag Archives: Valuation

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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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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Know the Exit Channel!!

Most business valuations calculate the value of a private company using fair market value, and this value is rarely suitable for making investment and financing decisions. Fair market value, although compliance-oriented and theory-based, fails to consider a business owner’s objectives or reasons for a transaction. The type of transaction will determine the owner’s exit channel, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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