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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]

Unmotivated Business Sellers

What constitutes a motivated seller? The common perception is that ‘seller motivation’ translates into ‘willingness to reduce price’ whereas in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. “There is an old mantra in our industry: no motivation – no deal,” says Achim Neumann, Presi... [read more]

What Makes Business Buyers Walk – Out?

(Excerpt of the forthcoming book ‘The Road Beyond’) Recently, many buyers with strong résumés in the corporate environment have come into the business-buying market. These buyers often have significant IRA or 401k accounts that can be dissolved tax free under current IRS rules, with the funds ... [read more]

Due Diligence – Truly a Challenge?

By Achim Neumann “Due diligence” is commonly referred to as the process of verifying information that was previously presented in preparation for the sale of a business.  Unlike buying a car or house, justifying the price for acquiring a business entity requires financial documentation to verif... [read more]

Save The Commissions – Forget the Advisor!

Not surprisingly, the value of an M&A Advisor or business broker is often questioned. The intuitive reaction of a business owner is to question the commissions involved in selling a business and to try to avoid such “cost items.” “Rarely, though, does a business owner take into account t... [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]

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]

Our Second Biggest Competitor – Nobody!

In last month’s e-newsletter, I talked about how our biggest competitor in business transitions turns out to be the owner’s kids.  Most business owners figure they don’t need an intermediary to help them pass the business on to the next generation, and they’re largely correct.  However, ... [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]