Many entrepreneurs believe that the only role of a M&A Advisor is to find buyers for their companies. However, this is only half of the story. M&A Advisors do a lot more than simply locate buyers. Here are just a few of the valuable services they provide to sellers:
When it comes to tax time, privately held companies want to show as little profit as possible. However, when it's time to borrow money or sell the business, they want to show just the opposite. Lenders and prospective acquirers want to see a strong bottom line.
Crunching numbers from financial statements should be enough to provide a realistic picture of what a company is worth, right? The data says no! Market research and our experience in the M&A market indicates that a company's value is based on the financial performance and the company's specific risk factors.
Selling a business is something most owners only do once in their lifetime. Make sure you sell yours successfully by avoiding these four common mistakes.
The 2017 SHOT Show has come and gone, and with almost 65,000 attendees, it was the second most attended show ever! Just over 20% of the exhibitors at the show were new this year, and to say that there has been tremendous growth in the industry is an understatement.
Selling a Business - By the Numbers
1 - The number of times most people will sell a business in their lifetime.
2016 was a year of changes. We launched our new sister company, Fortis Group, specifically to provide small business with the same expertise and care that the middle market demands. We had some team transitions, helping us to expand our capacity to serve clients.
Compass Advisors is pleased to announce the acquisition of LineHaul Logistics by Axiom Logistics. Based in Missoula, MT, LineHaul is a 3rd-party logistics provider for companies across the country. They specialize in flatbed freight brokerage and work with companies that need to move large, heavy, or difficult shipments.
Axiom acquired for strategic reasons.
This article, written by Bryce DeGroot, was originally published in the Montana High Tech Alliance newsletter.
Entrepreneurs are visionary leaders who are driven by ideas and execution. They are intensely devoted to building their company. It should come as no surprise that most business owners spend little time planning for the inevitable fact that they will someday exit their company.
The decision to sell a company or a share of equity can be driven by personal goals such as retirement, the need to free up time or capital for the next venture, or business strategy.
The best exit strategy weaves together the company’s growth strategy and long-term exit planning into an outcome that maximizes value and achieves the shareholder’s personal goals.
We are pleased to share that we recently published our 2016 M&A Report. We published it to provide insights for business owners and advisors in the lower middle market. It focuses on activity in 2015 and expectations for the remainder of 2016.
Report highlights include:
- Deals by buyer type
- Valuation multiples
- Interview with an active buyer
- Buyer perspectives on 2016
To download the report, please click here: http://www.compass-advisors.com/reports/