Our client company is a processor and distributor of ultra-pure water systems for medical and manufacturing concerns. It works with major institutions and research facilities in the Boston area, and caters to the needs of technology and manufacturing facilities along the I-95 corridor and across New England. It enjoys repeat business and is effective in serving customer needs.
The company designs, builds and installs systems. It also provides the consumable components and ongoing service to maintain ultra-pure water. Customers include dialysis treatment centers, research facilities and manufacturing sites – commercial clients who need the services. The business made this its niche, staying clear of the home market.
The owners invited us to help with an exit strategy. The company had grown remarkably during its three-plus decades. Staff members are authorities in the field, and do their jobs without much direction from management. A media replenishing plant, custom built on the site, remains in excellent shape and is an integral to the operation.
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 (owned by a related entity) remain in use? Recurring revenues and healthy profits made the company attractive. There was a catch, though. Its rural location put it miles from urban areas. The crew was like family, and a sale to a strategic player – who would pay the highest multiple of EBITDA - might require a shutdown of the facility. The experienced staff might have to relocate or lose their jobs.
After a thorough research of the market and exploration of potential buyers, the company was taken to market. Owners received an offer from a strategic group, with a very good price attached, but as feared with the provision that the company would have to be moved. Among the other bidders was a newly-formed search fund. Coordinated by two recent MBA grads from Harvard, the group submitted a proposal satisfactory to owners. And additionally, the principals planned to actively run the company and wanted to live in a rural area.
We facilitated a thorough diligence process with records provided via our data room. This enabled the owner to stay focused on business. One concern was ability to finance the deal. But since there were limited partners, with substantial resources available, it was not a problem. Several banks competed for the transaction.
Owners received a satisfactory price. They provided transition training and assistance. The buyer group leased the facility for years into the future, an added benefit to owners. The staff was retained and new jobs created. Interestingly, after operating the business for a while, the fund owners purchased a second company in a similar business and are on track for long term growth.
"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."
NH-Based Techinical Manufacturing Company Sold
Hampshire Controls has a bright future with new ownership. The company was recently sold by Diane Rush, owner and president, to Pillar Imaging and its leader Dr. Michael Pilon.
Be Ready When You Are Ready
When a business owner says it’s time to sell, I ask, “How fast do you want to be out?” The answer I hear most is, “Yesterday.” But sellers underestimate how long the process takes.
Looking at a Sale Through the Right Lens
Sometimes our vision about the future is blurry because we aren’t considering the whole picture but only parts of it.
5 Deal Points from the Trenches
Today I work with clients of Business Transition Strategies who are implementing Growth Through Acquisition strategies. Here are a few observations from working on a wide variety of projects.
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.
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.
Buyer Trends in Lower Mid-Market
Other businesses are a significant market for companies being sold within the lower mid-market.
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.
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.
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.
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.