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What Drives Value Creation in a Turnaround Situation

Is your company facing a turnaround?  To answer that question, perhaps we should first define a turnaround.  According to Investopedia, “A turnaround is the financial recovery of a company that has been performing poorly for an extended period of time. To effect a turnaround, a company must ackn... [read more]

A Buyer’s Top Five Mistakes When Buying a Business

Over the years, we have seen certain buy-side mistakes that recur again and again. Here is a list of some of the more common problems seen over the years. #1 – Insufficient Information Verification Important information about the business should be verified, in particular as it relates to trend li... [read more]

Not A Penny More!

“Not a penny more” or “this is the percentage commission I’m willing to pay out, and not a point more!”- familiar words every business owner has heard in the past from one of the business’ customers. What do you do? Whereas this negotiation approach might be viable in an ongoing business... [read more]

Post-Closing Business Seller Liabilities When Transferring A Company

Image from Alpha Stock Images CC license Approximately 8 out of 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months; only 4% make it to $1M in revenue and only 0.4% to $10M, according to Forbes. Thus, for any business owner having succeeded among the 500,000+ businesses started each year and come to the p... [read more]

The Three Most Important Aspects Business Buyers Seek

Assuming a particular industry has been pre-selected, there are several criteria that an investor is seeking when evaluating various businesses to purchase within that industry. “It is important for a business seller to know these criteria” says Achim Neumann, President, A Neumann & Associa... [read more]

Poor Legal & Accounting Advice

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A typical sale of a business is not simply facilitated by a business broker or M&A advisor. “As a matter of fact, a successful transfer is always a team approach” says Achim Neumann, President, A Neumann & Associates, LLC, a leading New Jersey-based mergers & a... [read more]

A Good Business Buyer Introduction

Regardless of how successful a business is managed, business owners often express quite a bit of anxiety when meeting the first potential buyer for their business. “There is no question, these folks are quite nervous before the first meeting, as they don’t know what to expect,” says Achim Neum... [read more]

An Unsolicited Offer – What NOT to Do

It takes planning to successfully sell a business, and one of the most “unplanned” events is an unsolicited offer. “As a matter of fact, we often experience business owners requiring our services due to an unexpected offer,” says Achim Neumann, President, A Neumann & Associates, LLC, a N... [read more]

They Are All Big Deals – Tips for A Successful Business Acquisition

If you are purchasing an existing business to add into your own, you are taking a step that involves a lot of terrific potential but also a lot of risk.  In truth, a considerable portion of company mergers fail. But there is a lot to you can do to tilt those odds more in your favor.  They are all ... [read more]

A Failed Direct Deal?

Quite often our firm is hired to establish a value for a company through an independent accredited fair market valuation, but then we find the company’s owner attempting to sell the company on his own. “The concept of ’doing a deal‘ directly might be enticing and perceived as a good way to ... [read more]

Who Is The Right Buyer, Anyhow?

One interesting question we are consistently confronted with is “who will be the buyer for my company?” This question is even more relevant in light of a recent Wall Street Journal article describing the sale of a company to its employees by way of an ESOP. “There is no question that a sale o... [read more]

Middle Market Trends

As the “spring market” starts arriving in the North-East US, supported by an improving transaction market, we wanted to give our readers insight into a few current trends and research reports for “Main Street USA”. A recent study conducted by the IBBA (international Business Broker Associati... [read more]

“I don’t need a valuation. I KNOW what my company is worth.” = Big Trouble

Accountants and licensed CPA firms will be the first people to corroborate the assessment– that valuing a business is a specialized discipline that requires specific expertise. While accountants and professionals do play a key role in the gathering of necessary current financial information, they ... [read more]

Business Sellers Should Demand an Independent Valuation……Ahead Of Time

If a small business owner wants to sell a company now or sometime within the next five years, an independent business valuation is an essential first step.  If the time is now, then the appraisal serves as the basis for a potential deal structure.  Should a potential transaction be further down t... [read more]

Fiscal Cliff Resolved…Now What?

We’ve learned over the years that holidays are a time for many companies to take a step back and reflect. Many use this time to formulate new plans, budgets and human resource allocations for the upcoming year. “The same principles apply to us as an M&A and business brokerage firm,” says ... [read more]

Maximizing the Proceeds of a Business Sale: A Case Study

Last month, we discussed how the top line of a transaction (the sale price), isn’t the only thing a business seller should be focusing on.  Ultimately, minimizing the tax impact will maximize the proceeds of any business sale.  Many readers of our e-newsletter were intrigued by this idea— esp... [read more]