A Breach Of Confidentiality Could Spell Disaster

Undoubtedly, maintaining confidentiality throughout the process of selling a business is one of the most important aspects of a business transaction. Some contend that confidentiality is THE most important aspect, often even exceeding the value determination.  Why so? “Simply stated,” says Fran... [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]

The Business Seller’s Checklist

Successfully selling a business is a unique and challenging project to say the least. A business owner must have many things in place in order to have a high probability of an efficient transfer and exit from their own company. According to Achim Neumann, President of A Neumann & Associates, LLC... [read more]

Increase Transaction Value When Selling A Business

By Achim Neumann A significant portion of our efforts have been to develop “Strategic Business Valuations” for owners. “In other words,” says Achim Neumann, President A Neumann & Associates, LLC, a full-service M&A advisor and business brokerage firm based in Atlantic Highlands, New... [read more]

The Hidden Wall Street Impact on Main Street Transactions

By Achim Neumann Frequently, we see business owners attempting to “time” the sale of their businesses, motivated by factors like personal lifestyle, tax considerations, business seasonality, or a desire to finish a project  before selling. “Over and over, we have cautioned business owners... [read more]

Asking Price Premiums with a Business Broker

Two months ago, I talked about how our biggest competitor in business transitions turns out to be the owner’s kids.  Last month, I let everybody know that our second-biggest competitor is “nobody.”  Many small business owners are determined to sell a businesses on their own in order to avo... [read more]

Helping Out Our Biggest Competitors – the Kids!

By Frank Arcoleo, one of Neumann and Associates premier M&A Advisors I’m often asked who our competition is.  There are other M&A advisors out there, some smaller and some larger.  And although I’ve met a few of them, I’ve rarely, if ever, run across any of them in dealings with pro... [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]

The Top 5 Mistakes In Selling A Business

Quite often, business owners attempt to sell their company “on their own” once they are ready to retire. However, the process of selling a business is fraught with unknowns that make it so difficult – often with far reaching negative impact. “There is no question that it appears tempting to... [read more]

Optimism On Main Street?

“The overall economic outlook is unexceptional, but Main Street is more confident about the future than it has been in years” concludes a recent Wall Street Journal Article [WSJ August 29, 2013]. These findings are supported by a WSJ/Vistage survey as well as a Wells Fargo/Gallup poll, which in... [read more]

Selling Your Business to Fund Retirement

Many business owners plan to use their current business as their future retirement account.  What we mean by that is that most of a business owner’s net worth is usually tied up in the business and when it comes time to actually retire, one simply coverts that business value to a retirement inco... [read more]

Business Seller’s Price Expectations

Very often, a business owner’s price expectation for the sale of a business is substantially “off the mark” – interestingly enough though, these misestimates occur in both directions – under and over! In less than 10% of all scenarios are the expectations consistent with what the Fair Mar... [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]

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]

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]