Exit Strategies Insights

Industry insights, knowledge base and announcements for business owners and professional advisors


Exit Strategies helps ProtoFab Expand its Prototyping Capabilities in the Northern California Machining Services Market

Exit Strategies recently advised on the merger of two closely-held Northern California precision machining companies. Founded in 1996 by Grant Kerr, GMAN Precision LLC is a full-service precision machine shop specializing in complex machined parts and services for R&D, prototyping, and preliminary production work. Its markets include aerospace & defense, biotech, electronics, energy, food processing equipment, medical device, and others. ProtoFab, Inc., based in Petaluma, California, is an ISO9001:2008 certified Northern California manufacturer of precision-machined components for …

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Exit Strategies Advises IRR San Francisco-Sacramento on its Sale to BBG

Exit Strategies, a California based mergers and acquisitions (M&A) brokerage and business valuation firm, recently advised the owners of Integra Realty Resources of San Francisco and Sacramento on the sale of their Northern California commercial real estate valuation company to BBG, Inc. BBG ranks among the largest real estate valuation and assessment firms in the United States. With this acquisition, BBG will have 22 offices across the U.S. and a workforce of 262 employees. of San …

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Economic indicators help put the current U.S. economic climate in perspective.

I have four common gauges of U.S. economic activity that deserve a few moments of your attention today: stock market, interest rates, inflation and unemployment. Let’s look at graphs of each of these measures for a visual perspective on the state of our economy. Stock Market. The Wall Street Journal, Equities pg. B17, January 25, 2017 reported the DJIA rose 100 points amid expectations of increased government spending on infrastructure projects.  The DJIA crossed the 20,000 mark …

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Exit Strategies Grows Up!

Time flies when you’re having fun selling and appraising businesses. 2017 marks our 15th anniversary. I founded the firm in January 2002, in the wake of 9/11, coming off a 15-year management career in the industrial automation technology industry. Relying on my corporate merger and acquisition experience, financial training, and a passion for strategic deal-making; the founding was a classic case of spotting an under-served market and filling the needs in a better way. In the early years, we were primarily …

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U.S. Manufacturing Gears Up

Here is some good news to start your year. The Institute for Supply Management announced yesterday that its PMI national manufacturing index came in at 54.7 for December 2016, which is up from 53.2 in November and is the highest monthly reading of 2016. (Any reading over 50 signals growth.) This latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® shows new orders, production and employment growing, inventories contracting, and supplier deliveries slowing. The PMI is based on data compiled from …

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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 to believe that current rates are sustainable and can keep rising given the lower tax and infrastructure spending pronouncements coming …

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Exit Strategies Sells Aldetec, Inc. to Private Equity Backed Strategic Buyer

Sacramento, California – Exit Strategies is pleased to announce the acquisition of microwave electronics manufacturer Aldetec, Inc. by U.S. Technologies and Cornerstone Capital Holdings. Sold To: Aldetec, Inc. designs and manufactures integrated microwave assemblies and RF amplifiers for the commercial, military and space flight industry sectors. US Technologies (UST), of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, provides quality electronics design, manufacturing, engineering, testing, repair and refurbishment services, from complete finished units down to the component level. Cornerstone …

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E-commerce Business SocksRock.com Sold to Strategic Buyer

San Francisco, CA – Exit Strategies is pleased to report the sale of E-commerce company SocksRock LLC to a strategic buyer. Sold To: SocksRock, LLC established in 2008, is an e-commerce business selling customized athletic gear to sports teams and to corporations for identity programs. It has a track record of revenue growth, a website with intuitive product configuration and dynamic imaging capability, and superb customer satisfaction. SZ Ventures is a Texas-based aggregator and operator …

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Exit Strategies Advises Redwood Reporting on its Sale to Litigation Services

Exit Strategies, a leading California based mergers and acquisitions brokerage and business valuation firm, recently advised the owners of Redwood Reporting & Videoconferencing, LLC on the sale of their company to Litigation Services, LLC. Transaction price and terms are private. Sold to Redwood Reporting, with 13 seasoned court reporters and 4 support staff at the time of the sale, has provided professional court reporting services since 1987, and offers exceptionally strong experience with large construction defect litigation projects. Litigation …

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Recent Trends in the M&A Market

Pepperdine University, of Malibu, California, in conjunction with the International Business Brokers Association and M&A Source, publishes a quarterly Market Pulse Survey of business brokers that provides useful information concerning the market for Main Street ($0-$2M sales price) and lower middle market ($2-$50M sales price) businesses. Highlights from their most recent report for Q1 2016, include: 50% of all business sell Retirement is still the prime motivating factor for sellers followed by burnout. The strongest growth …

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