Financial vs. Strategic Buyer

January 23, 2017

The distinction between a financial buyer and a strategic buyer is pretty straightforward. A financial buyer acquires a company as an investment for returns. A strategic buyer acquires a company to advance a business plan.

This table offers some basic characteristics of the two buyer types.

 

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[Listen] The Buyer’s Perspective: Interview on Exit Coach Radio

January 4, 2017

I enjoyed my time talking to Bill Black about the buyer’s perspective in business acquisition. These insights might be helpful if you are a motivated seller and desire to be attractive to potential buyers of your business.

Check out more of Bill Black’s Exit Coach Radio interviews here.

Top Three Ways to Begin the Business Valuation Process with Your Clients

December 28, 2016

As an advisor, you have your client’s trust and thus, you desire to direct them wisely. When your client is a business owner there is an additional asset to consider- an asset that is hard to put a number on. Each business is unique and requires a careful valuation process. The valuation process can feel complicated and often evokes emotion. Read more

Don’t Fear the Acquisition Jump: How Nonprofits Acquire Private Businesses

December 20, 2016

As an executive at a nonprofit, you deeply and sincerely care for your organization’s mission. Fulfilling the mission is the pinnacle of your organization’s purpose. Whether that mission is employment services, environmental conservation or political advocacy, your mission is important and engaging to the community. And if you’re like other nonprofit executives, you consider your organization’s nonprofit status as an important piece of advocating for the mission. Carrying a 501(c)(3) status allows for distinct operations and means more money can go towards the mission. Therefore, you are understandably concerned about what acquiring a private entity could mean for that status.

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Nobody’s Dead: The Story of M&A Tombstones

December 20, 2016

Tombstones in the financial industry- one of those things that is done just because it has always been done.

Tombstones? Yep, tombstones.

Curious about the term? So were we.

 Before we did some research, DVS team members took a guess at the reason why the term “tombstone” is the final step in announcing a closed deal.

 

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Selling Your Business? The Key Is Preparation

December 15, 2016
You have worn many hats throughout your life- child, sibling, spouse, parent, business owner. To many, the role of business owner may appear to simply be a job title. But to those of us who know better, the role of business owner becomes an integral piece of a person’s life. The time, effort and money put into the business instills a deep care for the business, its people and its future.

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