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M&A Advisor Tip: Management Cross-Training

Management Cross-training and Succession Planning  A strong and committed management team has long been one of the attributes buyers look for in a business. And now, in the era of COVID-19, buyers will be increasingly interested in issues of cross-training, management succession, and leadership development. Buyers will be looking at how the business could be impacted if health issues or quarantine requirements prevent certain team members from working. Review your management succession plans, leadership development …

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Is COVID-19 the ultimate cure for one-more-year-itis?

I was talking to a business owner who shared how her teenage kids remember the Great Recession and the financial impact it had on their household. Now they’re seeing their own economic upheaval, in the form of lost summer job (income) opportunities. In good times and lean, money issues have always weighed heavily on her mind. So, she can’t help but wonder how this will impact her children’s financial mindset. I have similar thoughts, but …

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M&A Advisor Tip: Planning for Death or Disability

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about CEOs accelerating succession plans and backup management strategies in the wake of COVID-19. It’s a question every owner should be asking (now and always): What happens if you are unable to manage your company? No one likes to think about all the what-if scenarios in life. Most business owners have no plan for exiting their business at all, much less exiting in the face of conflict …

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Controlled Private Short Sale using UCC Article 9: a Winning Alternative to Bankruptcy Sale

As a business sale advisor with Exit Strategies Group, I help business owners obtain the best price and terms available in the market during a sale process. We sometimes encounter situations where the owner would like to sell the business, but the business is in a distressed position with the following characteristics: the fair market value of a business is less than the outstanding debt on the business, the business cash flow does not support …

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Can you sell a distressed business?

We’ve been getting this question from more business owners over the last few weeks. As with many important questions, the answer is, “it depends”. Financial distress occurs when a firm can’t generate enough profit to meet its immediate or long-term financial obligations. If your business is consistently accumulating debt, has unseasonable and sustained increase to accounts payable, or is falling behind on payroll taxes, it is likely distressed. Buyer’s Perspective The potential to sell a …

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M&A Advisor Tip: You are Not Stuck with Your Business

Worried about a recession? Burned out? No energy to do this all again? You are not stuck. Businesses sell in all market conditions, including in uncertain times like these. Yes, we’re coming off a period of peak demand in M&A. Buyers were lined up for quality opportunities. And they stretched their target parameters in order to find something that would fit. But many of those buyers are still active. There are buyers out there who …

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COVID-19 Exit Planning Insight: Keep a Journal

There’s no shortage of information out there right now on how company owners and CEO’s are responding to COVID-19. [By now, leaders have taken steps to survive and fight another day. Most now understand what business will look like for them until restrictions are lifted, and they’re formulating plans to thrive again post-pandemic.] With few companies going to market during this crisis, our insights will focus on exit planning, acquisition opportunities and non-elective sales for …

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The Seven Stages of Selling Your Business

Smart preparation and planning can help you build a business that’s ready to sell when you are. Ideally, you’ll start preparing for sale early in your business life-cycle. The more you know about what buyers want, and what you can expect from the market, the more options you’ll have to exit your business and maximize value upon exit. Seven Steps in the M&A sale process: 1. Status and strategy:  The first step is to check …

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M&A Advisor Tip: Organize Your Financials

Buyers that pay top dollar usually expect to see clear, well-organized financial statements prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and reviewed by a reputable CPA firm. If your business has more than $10 million in revenue, you should probably start investing in annual financial statement reviews at least three years prior to selling. Or, have a transaction-oriented CPA firm complete a “quality of earnings” report prior to going to market. For a referral …

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M&A Advisor Tip: Know when it is time to sell.

When you no longer have the fight, get out of the ring. Burnout is the second leading reason business owners sell, after retirement. Many business owners hold on too long, long after their drive has gone. When that happens, the business stops growing or even starts going backward – and the value of the business declines. The best time to sell is when you’re energized and motivated by your work. If you see burnout on …

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