Privately owned businesses are a fundamental part of the economy and account for a vast majority of job creation. Preserving these businesses through effective transitions – generally through a sale or merger, but sometimes via a recapitalization or succession plan – is our passion. We have either worked for or owned businesses ourselves, and know the character-building experience of meeting payroll and maintaining sales.
When it comes to selling, we use a comprehensive multi-step approach with you at the center. We identify and frame the opportunity, which is outlined in detail within the confidential information memorandum. We go to market without a price, and seek multiple acquisition proposals. We manage the entire sales process and bring the deal home.
Buyers will offer different values for a company, depending on their motivation and needs. We are pro-active in approaching prospective buyers, from strategic/synergistic buyers to private equity funds and capable individual investors, to identify those most motivated and therefore willing to pay the highest price.
Our initial meeting focuses on getting to know you and the business. We clarify the engagement and explain the anticipated schedule. When appropriate, we will provide the information needs list to move through the sequence, outlined below.
We perform a comprehensive financial review, assemble an estimate of value and review the report with ownership.
We gather details about the company, prepare the confidential information memorandum and develop a preliminary buyer prospect list.
We distribute a mailing to targeted buyers using a blind summary. After obtaining non-disclosure agreements, we distribute the information package and follow up. Our goal is to get multiple parties interested, especially those who would place the greatest value in the acquisition.
Our process narrows the field of interested parties through letters of intent. These are evaluated with owners and one is selected. The focus then shifts to due diligence review, development of the definitive agreement and eventually a closing.
"The entire process went smoothly and professionally. The BTS team kept me fully informed at every step. They worked hard and were effective in bringing the deal home."
"Skip and I continue to be grateful for all you have done to make the sale of Pure Flow come to fruition."
"BTS’s level of expertise in the process and close attention to detail enabled us to successfully navigate the deal."
"These types of transactions are often long and complicated and I doubt it could have been successfully completed without your close ongoing involvement."
"The outside objective point of view that you have brought us has been invaluable as we prepare for the rapid growth."
"John then found the right buyer and coordinated a seamless transition—he doesn’t miss a single detail."
"John immediately identified our strengths and experiences and discussed a business that ultimately was more in line with our goals."
"The BTS team came in, evaluated everything in a professional and thankfully non-threatening manner."
M&A Trend Impacts Smaller Companies Too
Lower mid-market company sales are often influenced by larger M&A deal flow. A recent article on the Forbes website illustrates this point. Here’s why.
New Chapter for Polartec
Many in New England will remember December 11, 1995 the day that Malden Mills, the maker of PolarFleece® and the employer of thousands, burned to the ground. The company made headlines again June 12.
A Good Process Gets Results
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M&A Tip- Make Sure We Know Your Goals
It’s a good idea for owners to be clear about their goals when discussing the sale of their company with the M&A advisor.
M&A Advisor Tip: Intangibles Matter
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Selling Your Business? Get Clear About Why
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Successful Acquisition Hinges on More Than Strategy
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Three Things to Check
When you are preparing for a possible transition and sale, lots of things come to mind. Before you get too far along the path to dreams, consider these three things when preparing for the transaction.
What’s the M&A Outlook?
The intense pace of mergers and acquisitions that shaped the Lower Middle Market last year is likely to continue through 2019, according to the most recent Market Pulse survey. The survey is a join
Why an IOI can help get a better LOI
We generally include an Indication of Interest (IOI) in our sales process. This is not the same as an LOI – letter of intent - but is still an important part of the sales process. Here’s why.
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.
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.
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?
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.