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FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: The Exit Strategies Blog

Buy Low, Sell High

Timing is everything. Almost everyone is familiar with the world’s greatest tip to stock investors, “buy low, sell high.” These simple words of wisdom are equally useful to private business owners; however, sage advice is not always easy to follow in the same moment you’re reaping the benefits of high profitability. With the current bull […]

Goethe on Exit Planning

Early this morning at my Rotary meeting I heard a quote that struck a chord with me. Our speaker, Stephan Stubbins, recounted the story of how he co-founded a successful theater company that helped save one of our local state parks. Once Stephan and his partners quit their jobs and fully committed themselves to starting a theater company, things […]

Which Business Valuation Will Facilitate Negotiation?

You are getting ready to sell your business so you must ask yourself some questions:  When do you want to exit?  Who is the most likely buyer?  Is the business adequately prepared to sell?  How does it compare to other like businesses?  And of course, what’s it worth? All business valuation relies on some prediction […]

Hidden Problems with the Price Formula in Your Buy-Sell Agreement, and Solutions

It is tempting to select a formula approach to pricing shares when business partners come and go. After all, a formula is easy for everyone to understand, and in theory at least, inexpensive to apply. If you’re satisfied with getting to a price, any price, then congratulations – job done. But the goal is to […]

Why Start-Up when you can Acquire a Business?

The successful start-up entrepreneur has been glamorized in the media through reality shows like Shark Tank and wide spread accounts of people that have become fabulously wealthy growing a business that started with a kernel of an idea. However it’s no secret that the rate of start-up failure is notoriously high, according to the bureau […]

Make No Mistake: The IRS is Serious About Qualified Appraisals and Appraisers

The IRS and the Tax Courts are serious about requiring taxpayers to properly determine the value of non-cash estate assets, gifts and charitable contributions. To avoid having the value of an inherited, gifted or donated privately-held business interest challenged or rejected by the IRS, obtain a qualified business appraisal (valuation) from a qualified business appraiser. The […]

Is 2017 a good year to sell my company?

Sellers often ask us if it is a good time to sell their business. My response is usually, “yes, but it depends”.  The optimum time to sell a particular business depends on many factors, and this article discusses some of them. First of all, timing depends on the company: How are its business fundamentals? Is […]

Exit Strategies helps ProtoFab Expand its Prototyping Capabilities in the Northern California Machining Services Market

Exit Strategies recently advised on the merger of two closely-held Northern California precision machining companies. Founded in 1996 by Grant Kerr, GMAN Precision LLC is a full-service precision machine shop specializing in complex machined parts and services for R&D, prototyping, and preliminary production work. Its markets include aerospace & defense, biotech, electronics, energy, food processing […]

Exit Strategies Advises IRR San Francisco-Sacramento on its Sale to BBG

Exit Strategies, a California based mergers and acquisitions (M&A) brokerage and business valuation firm, recently advised the owners of Integra Realty Resources of San Francisco and Sacramento on the sale of their Northern California commercial real estate valuation company to BBG, Inc. BBG ranks among the largest real estate valuation and assessment firms in the […]

Do investment bankers, M&A advisors, business brokers and transaction intermediaries actually add value? And if so, how?

Sophisticated repeat sellers of businesses such as private equity groups clearly understand the value that an M&A advisor adds, since virtually all of them hire one when selling a portfolio company. On the other hand, business owners who are selling for the first time haven’t experienced the value that a capable intermediary can add, which […]

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