Entries by Al Statz

New law exempting M&A Advisors from SEC registration is welcomed by small businesses and those who depend on them

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (H.R. 2617), signed into law by President Biden on December 29, 2022, includes a provision exempting brokers that facilitate small business M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) from federal broker-dealer registration. The section on “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification” amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, effectively codifying the […]

Better to sell early in consolidation. Here’s why.

Consolidation is inevitable in maturing industries. As an M&A advisor working with owners of private wholesale distribution, manufacturing and industrial service companies, one of the questions I am often asked is whether it is better from a valuation perspective to sell early in a consolidation phase, or hold off. It depends of course, but generally […]

Avoiding costly M&A delays and deal failure

No matter how motivated the buyer and seller, selling a business is always a challenge. There’s a lot that can go wrong, and deals can fall through at any time. Delays are one of the biggest problems contributing to deal failure. The longer the process drags on, the more likely it is that a) someone […]

Deal Killers: Undisclosed Liabilities

We have a saying: “Go ugly early.” When you’re selling a business, put issues on the table right away. Whether you have ineligible employees on your payroll, you just lost a client, or litigation is pending—be up front. For advice on exit planning or selling a business, contact Al Statz, CEO of Exit Strategies Group, […]

Exit Strategies Group Advises Parasound Products in Successful Sale

Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that it recently served as exclusive M&A Advisor to San Francisco based high end audio manufacturer Parasound Products, Inc. on their successful acquisition by StarWarriors IV, a company controlled by David Sheriff, a serial entrepreneur with in manufacturing and supply chain management. Deal terms were not disclosed. […]

Deal Killers: Loss of Key Employees

If you have certain employees who are critical to operations and would be hard to replace, take steps to secure them before a sale. Noncompete contracts can be one way to reduce employee defections. Take a look at your employee agreements, too, and ensure you have appropriate non-disclosure and “no raid” covenants. Give careful consideration […]

Deal Killers: An Ineligible Workforce

If you run a business and you know you have ineligible workers on your team, you must disclose that in a transition. In limited cases, you may find a buyer who is willing to accept the problem and address talent issues after an acquisition. Unfortunately, if you’re selling your business to a strategic buyer (e.g. […]

How to sell your business to a competitor

When you’re ready to retire, or exit your business, you may think selling to a competitor is your only option. But competitors are seldom your best buyer. They’re rarely willing to pay top value because they’re already established in the market. They can’t see that your “secret sauce” is any better than theirs, so they […]

Exit Strategies Group Advises on Successful Sale of Automation Inc.

Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that it recently served as exclusive M&A advisor to the owners of industrial automation solution provider Automation Inc. on their successful sale to Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT). Deal terms were not disclosed. Founded in Minneapolis in 1981, Automation, Inc. distributes motion controls, robotics, machine vision, process […]

Exit Strategies Group Advises Neff Power in Successful Sale

Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that it recently served as exclusive M&A Advisor to St. Louis based automation solution provider Neff Power, Inc. on their successful acquisition by GCG, a portfolio company of private equity firm Audax Group. Deal terms were not disclosed. Founded in 1965, Neff Power is a fast-growing industrial […]