Exit Strategies Insights

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


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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Indigo Piping Systems Sold to Strategic Acquirer

Exit Strategies is pleased to announce the strategic acquisition of California-based construction materials distribution company Indigo Piping Systems, by Dateline Exports, Inc. of Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1990 in Berkeley, California, Indigo offers a range of American brands of piping, valves and mechanical products for water infrastructure, fire protection and mechanical construction projects around the world. Indigo offers a complete supply service from expert product selection assistance to accurate on-time delivery to the international job site or port …

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Exit Strategies Represents Axis Systems in Sale to H&P Technologies

Exit Strategies serves as M&A advisor in industrial automation distributor merger-acquisition. Exit Strategies, Group Inc. is pleased to announce that H&P Technologies and its wholly owned subsidiary Behco, Inc. (www.behco.com) has acquired Xanthus, Inc., doing business as Axis Systems (www.axis-systems.com ) of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Exit Strategies served as exclusive M&A advisor to Axis Systems for this transaction. Established in 1976 by Tim Kline, Axis Systems is a leading supplier of quality automation technology solutions …

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Exit Strategies Group Adds Kevin Lam to its Team of Senior-Level M&A Advisors

Exit Strategies Group, Inc., a leading California-based business transaction advisory and valuation firm, today announced the appointment of Kevin-Quang Lam as a Senior M&A Advisor for the company. In this position, Mr. Lam will use his extensive merger and acquisition knowledge and first-hand business ownership experience to guide business owner clients through the entire transaction process. Kevin has completed transactions in a variety of industries and has deep experience with electronics manufacturing and technology companies. He …

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