Before Selling Your Business, Finish Strong

Posted on February 14th, 2023

Most buyers focus on the TTM (trailing twelve months) to evaluate what they will pay for your business, not what your EBITDA was five years ago in your peak, before you got tired, before you lost your mojo.


Deal Killers: Undisclosed Liabilities

Posted on January 5th, 2023

When you’re selling a business, put issues on the table right away. Whether you have ineligible employees on your payroll, you just lost a client, or litigation is pending—be up front.


Top Reasons Why Business Owners Should Get a Business Valuation

Posted on December 26th, 2022

A business valuation is a crucial tool for any business owner or manager, as it can provide valuable insights and information that can help inform important business decisions. There are several reasons why it is essential to know the value of your business and how often you should get a business valuation. 


‘Operation clean sweep’: Preparing your business for sale

Posted on November 21st, 2022

You’ve decided to sell. Now how can you get the most for your business? You need to “clean up your act,” so to speak, and address some operational issues that may not have been a priority for you over the years.


What are the myths of selling a company?

Posted on November 7th, 2022

There are several myths about selling a company that can be misleading or simply not true. Here are a few common myths about selling a company:


How Will M&A Respond to the Next Recession?

Posted on October 10th, 2022

The M&A world isn’t quite sure what to expect in the next recession. Private equity players weren’t nearly as dominant through the last market downturns. But today those firms have $1.8 trillion in uncommitted capital they need to put to work. With money to spend, and a timeline to do it, private equity may help keep valuations high.


Beware the Benchmark Valuation

Posted on August 5th, 2022

You can practice some back of the napkin math to value a company, but it’s not always reliable. A company with $3 million in EBITDA, may, as a general rule of thumb, sell at a 4x to 6x multiple. In other words, it might sell for $12 million to $18 million in an average market.


Double Benefit or Double Whammy

Posted on August 1st, 2022

When you sell in good economic times, most times your cash flow is growing, so you get more value out of your business. But multiples are also going up, so you get the benefit of rising cash flow plus rising multiples. Unfortunately, the reverse can happen in a down economy.


How will rising interest rates affect M&A?

Posted on July 17th, 2022

There’s zero doubt that interest rates are going up this year. The Fed issued a 0.25 percentage point rate hike in March, the first increase we’ve seen since late 2018. But more increases are coming, perhaps even monthly, in the year ahead.   


Employee Retention Adds Business Value

Posted on June 20th, 2022

The talent market was tight before the pandemic, but now we’re in a critical state. Finding employees is a challenge for everyone. And if you’re selling your business, it might be the buyer’s top concern.