Exit Strategies Insights

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

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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Exit Strategies Group Advises Health Concerns on Sale to Life Seasons

Transaction advisory firm Exit Strategies Group served as exclusive M&A advisor to ADG Concerns, Inc. DBA  Health Concerns on its successful sale to Life Seasons, Inc. Health Concerns is at the leading edge of research in herbal medicine and is known for bringing the centuries of knowledge amassed in the Chinese herbal tradition to the West. Health Concerns was the first company to manufacture Chinese herbal products in the United States for practitioners. Today Health …

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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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Begin with the Knowns and Unknowns

The world feels like it’s turned on its head right now. People are anxious, with good right to be. There’s so much we can’t predict about the weeks and months ahead. When planning your response, begin with what you know and what you don’t know. What we know: We’re in a pandemic, and social distancing can flatten the curve, meaning slow the rate by which the illness spreads. And, at this point, we can probably …

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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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Valuing a Business in Bankruptcy

According to data collected by the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, business bankruptcies declined from 60,750 (or 4% of total filings) in 2009, just after the 2008 financial meltdown to approximately 22,750 in 2019 (or approximately 3%).[1]  With overwhelming challenges ahead as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the question is not if these filings will go up over the next 12 months but by how much. Before I dig into valuing a business in bankruptcy, let’s …

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COVID-19 M&A Update: Survival Mode

As of 4/6/2020 The fact is, no one knows when this public health crisis will be resolved or when commerce will return to normal. The fact is, most businesses are struggling. They have scaled back or stopped operating. Leaders have taken quick decisive action to stem losses and preserve cash. They are taking advantage of government assistance. Luckier ones are less affected; some are thriving. Indeed, these are unprecedented times. Affected company leaders are taking …

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