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Failing to Plan Your Exit is Planning to Fail

Ben Franklin is credited with saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” And Warren Buffet once said, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” These sayings are great reminders for business owners looking to exit. For most business owners, their company represents the lion’s share of their net worth. It also represents their life’s work and a legacy worth protecting. Getting their exit …

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Opportunity Zones: a Compelling Tax-Advantaged Investment for Business Sellers

Cashing in on the sale of your business is the final reward for many years of dedication and hard work. Then your CPA tells you how much you will owe in taxes. It’s a shock, but there’s a relatively new reinvestment opportunity that may help trim your tax bill … In April 2018, The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designated Opportunity Zones in 18 States. The Tax Cuts and …

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California’s AB5 Law May Impact Small Business Values

Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), signed into law last month by governor Gavin Newsom, will impact the valuation of many small businesses in California that have grown to depend on independent contractors.  For impacted owners intending to sell in the near term, this new law may require a change of plan. The new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, creates an explicit three-part test for whether a worker can be classified as an independent …

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Understanding the Value of Intangible Assets

As a follow-up to our recent post on profiting from intangible assets in a business sale, this post introduces intangible asset valuation. As our last post outlined, “intangible assets are identifiable, non-physical in nature. They are something you can describe, document … and, most importantly, transfer.” Once identified, there are several ways to value intangible assets. I’ll discuss a common approach called the “with and without” method, using a simple and recognizable case study. Let’s …

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Exit Strategies Advises Olympus Controls on Sale to Applied

PORTLAND, OR (August 22, 2019) — Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Olympus Controls Corp. has been acquired by Applied Industrial Technologies.  We represented Olympus and its shareholders as their exclusive M&A advisor. Established in 1998, Olympus Controls is a leading distributor of world-class machine automation products focused on assemblies and engineered solutions. Olympus specializes in motion control, robotics, machine vision, sensor and IIOT technologies, and is one of the largest and …

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Profit from Intangible Assets in a Business Sale

The sale of a business includes intangible assets. This article explains what intangible assets are and how articulating, supporting and protecting them enhances business sale outcomes. Let’s get started. What is an Intangible Asset? Intangible assets are things that are non-physical in nature that you can identify, describe, document (e.g. a contract, list, logo, drawing or schematic) and, most importantly, transfer. Intellectual property is an example of an intangible asset. The Financial Accounting Standards Board …

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Phase I Environmental Assessment in M&A Transactions

A Phase I environmental site assessment is commonly required by buyers and lenders in merger and acquisition transactions that include commercial real estate. One may even be called for when the target company (seller) uses or stores hazardous materials at a leased facility. Sellers are generally rewarded for conducting a Phase I assessment before taking a deal to the marketplace. Understanding environmental risk allows sellers to argue for a higher price and increases the likelihood …

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Roundup of Recent Sale Transactions

Sitting down and writing quality articles on business valuation, exit planning, mergers and acquisition strategy has taken a back seat this year, thanks to a strong M&A market. In this post I will recap many of the transactions for which Exit Strategies (ESGI) provided sell-side advisory services during the first half of 2019. I haven’t included deals that we were asked not to announce. Nor have I included the internal buy-sell transactions, management buyouts and …

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Steps in a Management Buyout

As a friend of Exit Strategies you know us as M&A brokers and appraisers, but you may not know that we advise on management buyouts. By management buyout (MBO) I mean selling a company or business unit to managers and key employees using a combination of equity and debt. The assets and cash flows of the company are used to finance most of the purchase price, with the equity portion supplied by management or a …

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Financial exit planning, Is your business ready?

I recently had a client looking to sell their medical supply business and retire. I worked with management to pull together all the documentation and financials needed, and conducted conduct a probable selling price analysis. With report in hand I met with our clients to review the results and plan a go-to-market strategy. Unfortunately, the probable selling price fell slightly short of what the client needed to retire (after taxes). We identified excessive inventory as one …

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