Category Archives for "M&A Update"

Q2 2018 M&A Update: Selling an Austin Icon, A Case Study

Selling an Austin Business

Back in 2005, our firm was engaged by the founder of a well-known Austin business that had been in existence for over 30 years. The company had revenue in excess of $10,000,000, an established brand, and a total of 75 employees. They had been very profitable, debt free, and the owner (then 70) owned the […]

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Q3 2017 M&A Update: Who Will Buy Your Business?

Businesses with enterprise values above $10 million are primarily sold to institutional investors. Those acquirers fall into two broad categories: financial and strategic. This article discusses the four most common types of financial buyers, sources of funding, and investment horizons.Private Equity Group, or PEG. A private equity group, or firm, is an investment management company […]

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Q3 2016 M&A Update: Earn-outs: Uses, Pitfalls, and Opportunities

Earn outs

What is an “Earn-out” as it relates to the sale of a business? An earn-out is a contingent payment agreement whereby the buyer agrees to pay additional money for the business upon the attainment of certain post-closing performance targets. An earn-out is a financial tool used to bridge the gap between the seller’s price expectations […]

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Q2 2016 M&A Update: Favorable Market

We are in an extremely favorable market for business sellers. Buyers have abundant capital to deploy, interest rates are low, and the economy in Texas is doing well – even with the pull back in oil prices. However, the best advice to a business owner that is thinking of an exit, is to “take control […]

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Lower Middle Market Provides Bright Spot in Slowing M&A Climate

Firms that focus on the smaller end of the market, including Audax Private Equity, boasted success in 2015, says Audax MD Jay Jester.Here’s an excerpt from a great article on Mergers & Acquisitions:Although the big picture for middle-market M&A may be dimming, there are still lots of bright spots, including the lower middle market – […]

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Q1 2015 M&A Market Update

Predictions for 2015 The January issue of Mergers & Acquisitions magazine reported that 2014 was the best year for the middle market since 2007. It went on to say: “Confidence in the economy, cash on corporate balance sheets, dry powder in private equity funds, low interest rates and high stock prices all combined to create […]

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Q3 2014 M&A Market Update

As we reflect on the third quarter of 2014, we have seen several trends develop that are impacting valuations as well as the number of sale/recapitalization transactions of closely held businesses. Some of this industry data was also developed from the recent M&A Source conference held in Austin November 17- 21. 56 private equity firms […]

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Q1 2014 M&A Market Update

As we complete the first quarter of 2014, we have seen several trends develop in M&A that are impacting valuations, as well as the number of sale/recapitalization transactions of closely held businesses. In 2013 and Q1 2014, we closed numerous transactions across the state, in varied industry sectors, including an Austin-based client company that was […]

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