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Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 M&A: Race to the finish?

As we enter the final stretch of 2017, the year behind us saw a continuing rush of M&A activity, albeit at a slower pace than the frenzied 2016. At the same time, many market observers are optimistic about deal activity in 2018. For most of 2017, the year was notable for its dearth of blockbuster […]

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Einstein Effect

The recent headline “Einstein’s Note On Happiness, Given To Bellboy In 1922, Fetches $1.6 Million” demonstrates a few things relevant to valuation. Albert Einstein, the German-born theoretical physicist, father of the theory of relativity and the famous E = mc^2, and soon-to-be Nobel prize winner, was travelling to Tokyo in 1922 when he learned was […]

Monday, August 14, 2017

Time is on whose side?

The refrain of the song popularized by the Rolling Stones goes “time is on my side, yes it is.” How time is used in a negotiation, who manages the timetable and who benefits from a faster conclusion to the negotiation can be influential factors in the outcome.  Time is usually on someone’s side in a […]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Manufacturing sector remains robust in 2017

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector continued to expand in April, according to the latest Institute for Supply Management (ISM) purchasing manufacturer’s index. While the PMI fell 2.4% from March, the report highlighted comments reflecting “stable to growing business conditions; with new orders, production, employment and inventories of raw materials all growing in April over […]

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Monday, March 06, 2017

The myth of the handshake deal

It’s routine in nearly every movie about business — the scene where the two parties hash it out, reach agreement and shake hands.  At that point, the deal is all but done and the details are left to the lawyers to work out. Of course reality is somewhat different.  Coverage of the hit show “Shark Tank” […]

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Be the (right) buyer

“I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen; all you have to do is get in touch with it. Stop thinking…let things happen…and be…the ball.” – Ty Webb to Danny Noonan (Caddyshack, 1980) There’s a lot written on how sellers can “find the right buyer”, […]

Monday, December 12, 2016

M&A Headlines from 2016 – the year that was

As we wrap up 2016 and look towards 2017, it’s a good time to reflect on deal activity over the past 12 months.  From a slow start to the year, our industry seemed to pick up steam after January, only to lag a bit through the summer and fall. October brought some large announcements, pushing […]

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What’s Next (after the sale of my business)?

After years, and often decades, of building a business, the sale and transition from day-to-day ownership responsibilities are life changing events.  With the sale comes liquidity and the freedom to pursue interests beyond the business world.  The transition from ownership responsibilities can be dramatic, even for those owners who stay on with the business.  One […]