Entries by Exit Strategies

Targeting Strategic Buyers for Your Company

One aspect that separates M&A advisors from business brokers is the approach used to identify and target buyer candidates. The typical business brokerage approach is largely advertising based. They place a description of the seller’s business on several websites (BizBuySell and others) and then simply await inquiries. Business listing websites are effective for “main street” businesses […]

How to Apply for an SBA Loan

Thousands of small businesses receive funding for real estate, equipment, working capital and business acquisitions through loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA loan terms are very reasonable. Down payments range from 10%-35% depending on various factors. Interest rates are generally 2-3% above the prime lending rate. This low cost of capital has […]

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 […]

Increase Business Value with Recurring Revenue

Businesses with a higher percentage of recurring revenue generally sell for higher prices. Recurring revenue business models are highly sought after by strategic and private equity buyers because they are perceived as less risky. Future revenue is more predictable and requires less ongoing sales effort and reinvestment. Companies like Salesforce.com pioneered recurring revenue in the […]

Early-Stage Tech Company Exits

You’ve built a world-class software solution, delivered to customers as a SaaS application or web service.  You’ve recruited a team and created intellectual property. Customer retention is strong and the buzz is growing in your vertical market. Each new customer acquisition represents incremental recurring revenue that falls directly to your bottom line – and the company is […]

Rising Interest Rates and Investment

Since July, the benchmark interest rate, the US 10-year treasury bond, has risen from 1.35% to over 2.55%. That’s a very big move in a short-period. Post-election day the rising rate trend accelerated. We saw a similar spike in 2013, only to see rates retreat. Is it different this time? Valuation Building Block Markets seem […]

The Best Financial Decision I Ever Made

In 2007 I found myself at a crossroads. After almost twenty years on a steady career path, I felt it was time for a change. The problem was that I didn’t know what I wanted to do next. I considered going into consulting, did the mandatory networking with old contacts, and even gave serious thought […]