Entries by Al Statz

How 100 minus 90 equals 20

Here’s a story of how 100 – 90 = 20. We recently represented some owners who had lots of options when it came to selling their business. They had a high demand manufacturing operation, and buyers wanted in – offering everything from minority or majority investments to full exit options. At first, the sellers thought […]

M&A Advisor Tip: Make contracts assignable

One key factor that significantly impacts the value of any contract is whether it’s assignable. Don’t put yourself in a position of negotiating assignability at time of sale. It eliminates confidentiality and opens the door for customers to highjack your deal. Knowing your company is for sale—and that the sale is dependent on their contract—shrewd […]

Entrepreneurs really do think of business as their baby

Many business owners say selling their business feels like giving a child up for adoption. As it turns out, that’s not just a metaphor. Research shows entrepreneurs really do think of their business as a kid. Researchers found parallel brain activity between owners thinking about their business and parents thinking about their kids. In either […]

Buyer’s top focus is employee team

Employees. Finding them. Keeping them. It’s on everyone’s mind right now. And for the company or person who buys your business, it just may be their number one concern. In the latest IBBA and M&A Source Market Pulse Report, a quarterly survey of M&A advisors, respondents indicated that employees were buyers number one due diligence […]

M&A Advisor Tip: Buy your buddy a beer, not experience

I’m all for friendships, but I wouldn’t risk my financial future on one. Unfortunately, many business owners do just that. If you’re like me, many of your professional advisors have become your friends, and you want to honor those relationships. But M&A is a specialist’s world. If you engage your usual advisor (e.g., attorney) to conduct a business sale and they are not a specialist in M&A transactions, you could be […]

Exit Strategies Group Announces Successful Acquisition of Tri-Phase Automation

(Milwaukee, WI) – Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that it recently served as exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of Tri-Phase Automation, IMAC Motion Control and i-Tech (“Tri-Phase”) on their successful sale to Flow Control Group (FCG), a portfolio company of KKR & Co. Tri-Phase is a leading regional automation solutions provider […]

M&A Advisor Tip – Know Your Priorities

The market is still strong, and sellers are receiving multiple offers, but the buyers they choose aren’t always the ones with the biggest checks. Would you take a lower price to ensure that the buyer’s culture fits yours? How about a million-dollar price cut if it meant getting all cash at close and avoiding years […]