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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]

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]

Current Acquisitions Focus on Top Line Revenue Growth

Two recently published news reports are reflective of trends we have seen in the market, both of which highlight the focus on top line revenue growth and reduced hiring. First, a recent survey of business owners by the Wall Street Journal found that half of small business owners expect that the cou... [read more]

Justifying a Sale Price

In a recent banking and finance article in NJ Biz, we underscored the changing attitudes of business owners toward more realistic values for their businesses. “I think everybody recognizes that the market is not going to go back to the crazy days of 2007,” said Achim Neumann, President, A Neuma... [read more]

Offer Received…Now What?

Receiving a purchase offer on a business is very often perceived by business owners as the “finishing line,” whereas in reality, this is only the first step in transferring a business. “Too often, we can sense the business owner’s excitement and relief from finally having received an offer... [read more]

Business Valuations — Not Just For Sellers Anymore

When interacting with small to mid-sized business owners and their advisors, there is increasing evidence that “strategic” business valuations are being employed as a vital planning tool.  A recent study indicated that over 65% of the total valuations performed in 2011 were “strategic” in ... [read more]

Predictions for 2012— What Now?

As a recent Wall Street Journal article noted, there had been as many incorrect projections for 2011 as there had been correct ones. Thus, we will not even venture to attempt a prediction for 2012, short of noting that the three key challenges transferred from 2011 into the new year are the same: a... [read more]

Where is “the beef?”

Borrowing from a recently revamped Wendy’s advertising campaign, the question “where is the beef” is often translated by business owners into “how will the buyer finance the transaction?” “In times when financial resources are more limited, a financial structure becomes paramount in fac... [read more]

How Do You Measure Goodwill?

We are often asked by clients how we assess Goodwill.  “It must be the most frequently raised issue in the valuating process,” says Achim Neumann, President of A Neumann & Associates, New Jersey, “and indeed from an owner’s perspective, several issues come into play, such as customer a... [read more]

Small Business Climate Change?

Traditionally, the summer months of July and August have been slow in the business brokerage industry. Buyers and sellers do not have their minds set on transferring businesses during the dog days of summer. “This year, however, has been quite different,” says Achim Neumann, President of A Neum... [read more]

The Three Popular “Myths” Of Selling (Or Buying) A Business?

Over the past ten years our firm has been involved in many discussions with business owners considering the sale of their businesses. There are a few particular myths that have repeatedly surfaced during these discussions. “A typical business owner will sell a business only once in his or her lif... [read more]

Recession Offers Small Business Opportunities in Second Quarter

For the second quarter of 2011 it looks like Main Street and Wall Street will present two very different pictures. While large publicly traded companies are expected to report strong profits, small businesses across the country are still dealing with tight credit, nervous customers and increased co... [read more]

Financial Aspects of Selling a Business

What are some of the financial aspects of running a business while selling it? Most owners know more about running a business than selling it, which can be a daunting task by any measure. A business transfer is complicated endeavor, and if not executed properly, runs the risk of losing substantial v... [read more]

What Defines A Successful Entrepreneur?

Today, we would like to briefly touch upon a common question we are often confronted with by (mostly) first-time business buyers: what makes a successful entrepreneur – or more importantly, will I succeed in the business I am about to purchase? There is a significant number of articles, blogs and... [read more]

Excellent long-term client relationships

Historically and particularly in these tough economic times it is difficult and time-consuming to acquire new clients. It’s therefore critical to maintain excellent long-term client relationships with your existing clients. Generally the first year of a client relationship is the easiest to maint... [read more]