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MarketPulse Reports

The quarterly IBBA and M&A Source Market Pulse Survey was created to gain an accurate understanding of the market conditions for businesses being sold in Main Street (values $0-$2MM) and the lower middle market (values $2MM -$50MM). The national survey was conducted with the intent of providing a valuable resource to business owners and their advisors. The IBBA and M&A Source present the Market Pulse Survey.

The Q4 2020 survey was conducted January 1-17, 2021 and was completed by 363 business brokers and M&A advisors. Respondents completed 256 transactions this quarter. This is the 35th edition of this report.

BTS News

  • Tax Changes Could Hurt Net Proceeds

    Tax Changes Could Hurt Net Proceeds

    Changes proposed to the capital gains tax suggest they may need to get 30% more in a transaction in the future just to net the same value they would get today.

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  • Good Ideas From Shark Tank Deal

    Good Ideas From Shark Tank Deal

    One of my colleagues in Cornerstone Alliance was front and center in a recent Shark Tank exercise. A business that had been sold was put in front of four potential buyer groups.

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  • Buyer Trends in Lower Mid-Market

    Buyer Trends in Lower Mid-Market

    Other businesses are a significant market for companies being sold within the lower mid-market.

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  • Things to Consider in Transition Thinking

    Things to Consider in Transition Thinking

    As a business owner, you have to consider the role you want to play in the business in the immediate future following a sale and how that could impact the sale.

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  • Spring Cleaning is Good for Business

    Spring Cleaning is Good for Business

    May is a good time for spring cleaning, especially at your business. It is a good time to look at your business as though you were in the throes of due diligence. Here are a few areas to consider.

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  • Planning Ahead for a Sale

    Planning Ahead for a Sale

    As you start thinking about selling your business, it is important to engage with someone who can coach you. There’s a lot of value you can create over the final years before you sell.

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  • Economist Suggests Business Owners Sell by 2024

    Economist Suggests Business Owners Sell by 2024

    Economically speaking, COVID-19 was a “natural disaster.” That’s according to Brian Beaulieu, CEO and chief economist of ITR economics.

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  • Update on PlasTech Machining and Fabrication

    Update on PlasTech Machining and Fabrication

    PlasTech Machining of Dunklee Road in Bow, a company recently acquired by DelCam Holdings, is in the process of rebranding with a new website www.PlasTechFab.com and expanded social media exposure.

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  • Why M&A Offerings Often Aren’t Priced

    Why M&A Offerings Often Aren’t Priced

    A question often posed by owners is how a business will be priced when it goes to market. In general, an M&A advisory firm like Business Transition Strategies will take a business to market without a

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  • Working Capital: How it Affects a Transaction

    Working Capital: How it Affects a Transaction

    There is often confusion over the issue of Working Capital (WC) in a transaction.

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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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