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Business Transition Strategies (BTS) is a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) firm focused on the lower-mid market. We sell and advise private companies, generally with revenues between $2 million and $20 million. Our range of services are designed to help owners prepare and complete a transfer. With offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts we are well positioned to serve New England and beyond. 

Our approach

Our advisors work as a team bringing a diversity of perspectives and talents to each engagement. Our team includes business owners, high level managers, sales professionals, business consultants and finance experts.  We have been where you are now and draw upon over three decades of experience to help you. Our emphasis is on generating the best return on investment for owners. Our team members also can help owners prepare for the transition down the road, and make changes that will enhance values.

Our process involves actively, and confidentially, analyzing your operation and then marketing it. We are not passive with our sales efforts; we research and identify prospects, and actively approach them directly. We also utilize web-based deal platforms and our own network of private equity firms, family offices, development offices as well as a database of highly capable individual buyers.

We develop a professionally prepared, confidential business review package, detailing the company’s operations, which will be used to attract buyers. We serve as the intermediary between you and prospects, and manage the entire sales process, beginning to end. Our team works effectively and collaborates closely with other advisors who represent the company, including attorneys and accountants. Many of our engagements are the result of referrals from other professionals.

Selling your company now provides the resources to achieve your goals. In some cases, a transaction can provide the owner a transition period between the all-consuming role of owner and retirement by still staying involved with the former business in a limited or advisory role. Whether you are selling to enjoy retirement, pursuing a recapitalization for growth or organizing a management buyout so your team can pursue its growth vision, BTS can advise you through the process.

Not ready to sell now?  Our team will help you identify and focus on issues that will maximize the value of your company when the time comes. In the process, these changes generally enhance operations and make ownership more enjoyable.

BTS continues to actively engage business owners across the region who are interested in selling. We welcome a chance for a conversation, whether the goal is to sell now or sometime in the future. If you would like to begin the conversation, contact us.

 

BTS News

  • Private Equity Trends

    Private Equity Trends

    More and more PE firms are searching for smaller transactions. The reason for this is simply competition

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  • Using a Specialist in M&A

    Using a Specialist in M&A

    While using an industry specialist to market a company may save a few days in preparing the offering materials, there is the danger of a cookie-cutter approach.

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  • Legal Breakfast Series: How I Sold My Company - A Case Study

    Legal Breakfast Series: How I Sold My Company - A Case Study

    Attorney Peter Burger and John Howe of Business Transition Strategies will be the featured speakers during the latest Orr & Reno Legal Breakfast Series on Wednesday, June 14 at the Orr & Reno offices

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  • What's Next Really Matters

    What's Next Really Matters

    The book explores the exits of owners ranging from the good to the bad, from the joyful to the ugly...Often overlooked is the reality that after the closing, everything will be different.

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  • Staying Current to Help Clients

    Staying Current to Help Clients

    Twice a year we attend a deal expo with private equity groups and strategic buyers...Connections made at this event broaden our list of people who will take our calls, answer our questions, help when

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  • Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

    Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

    Communication skills are critical in business, and overcoming fear of speaking is fundamental...it can be the difference between getting a sale or missing out.

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  • P+E+S=EF, a winning formula for Michael Coles

    P+E+S=EF, a winning formula for Michael Coles

    The experience factor is the way a customer feels about a business, and in part determines whether the customer returns or goes elsewhere.

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  • Tailwinds Continue for M&A Deals in 2017

    Tailwinds Continue for M&A Deals in 2017

    There are good indications that the favorable tailwind continues for M&A activity in the coming year. Key indicators paint a clear picture: buyers are actively seeking opportunities that advance thei

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  • Why Consider a Buy Side Transaction?

    Why Consider a Buy Side Transaction?

    There is also a truism when it comes to growth, “It is much faster to grow through acquisition than organically one customer at a time”.

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  • Is 2017 the time to act?

    Is 2017 the time to act?

    Wrapping up 2016, and considering key initiatives of the year, we see trends that we believe will continue for New England M&A in the year ahead. Key things we are seeing:

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Case Studies

  • Precision Machining Company

    Initially, liquidation was a serious consideration. It would offer a quick exit but would hurt loyal employees and disrupt the customers who had come to rely on its quality production.

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  • Green Product Company

    Our client owners could dig in for the long haul…However, this would take five years or more. Owners simply lacked the horsepower to do it.

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  • Water Purification Company and Young Buyers

    Owners decided they wanted to retire. They also wanted to be fair to the staff who had been loyal to them. Could the company be sold, the staff retained and the facility remain in use?

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  • Magnetics Company with High Profile Customers

    (T)he manufacturer would need to focus on growing EBITDA to capture interest from major strategic buyers and achieve a higher multiple of earnings.

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