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Strong M&A Market Despite Appearance of Some Economic Headwinds - Still a Good Time to Consider Selling a Business
M&A activity in North America continues at a robust pace this year with $849 billion of closed transactions for 4,754 deals in the first half of 2019. The post-recession trend of strategic and private equity sponsored activity continues at a strong pace for large and small deals alike, as shown in the chart below. If currently announced deals close this year, M&A activity will again cross the $2 trillion threshold in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year. While total dollar volume is skewed by a number of mega mergers, such as United Technologies $90 billion acquisition of Raytheon, the median size of all transactions over the past 5 years is less than $100 million, an important consideration for middle market companies as they assess M&A market conditions for their business.
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In 2018 we advised some forty companies on a variety of M&A and corporate finance projects. Among them were five important transactions...
John Simons speaks on SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION (SFA) Panel in New York City
Given Corporate Fuel’s extensive food industry experience, John Simons, Corporate Fuel Managing Partner, was invited to participate in a panel discussion on funding at the 2017 Summer Fancy Food Show. This session titled "All Money Isn't Green: A Panel on Funding Your Business" addressed over 100 owners and executive decision-makers who are contemplating different financing options.
A review of diligence material and readiness assessment is often key to a financing or sale process
Raising capital as well as mergers and acquisitions are resource intensive projects and are often distracting from the normal operating activities involved in running a business. While these projects can have great positive effects on a business, they can also be hugely disruptive and unproductive if you don’t take care to make sure that you are really prepared and ready to go down this road.
Transaction Structure is as important as valuation
Many business owners, when planning for a business exit, develop a sense for the value of their business through their own industry research. We have come to learn that just as important as business value is the transaction structure. That is, how much cash is exchanged at closing, and if not 100% of the transaction value, what risks exist for the seller in receiving the balance of the proceeds.
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