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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

“$163 million?!!!? Hey, Terminate ME!” (Break-up fees in the middle market)

Hillshire Brands agreed last month to acquire Pinnacle Foods for $4.3 billion in a deal intended to broaden Hillshire’s product offerings beyond Ball Park hot dogs, Jimmy Dean sausages, and other protein products by adding Pinnacle’s roster of iconic grocery brands including Birds Eye, Mrs. Paul’s, Log Cabin, Duncan Hines, Vlasic and more.  The market […]

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5 Reasons to Sell Your Business in 2014

Owners of many privately-held businesses have sat out the recent resurgence in M&A activity while waiting for their company performance to rebound and waiting for M&A valuations to match their expectations once again.  Abundant capital and fervent demand are fueling a strong M&A market, so owners should consider these five reasons to sell their businesses […]

Thursday, May 22, 2014

There’s A Skills Gap, But It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Where is the gap? In Adecco’s 2013 State of Economy and Employment Survey, they asked 500 senior executives where they feel the biggest skills “gap” is.  Their results are a little surprising – 44% believe that the biggest gap is in soft skills:  communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  The second highest gap they identified is […]

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What should business owners learn from Friday’s ruling against RBC Capital Markets?

  Background:  RBC Capital Markets LLC, the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada, was representing Rural/Metro Corp. in the sale of their business.  Another team at the bank was trying to get the financing work from one of the buyers, Warburg Pincus LLC, a private equity firm.  According to a recent article in […]

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Foodservice consolidation wave washes over food & beverage manufacturers

A wave of consolidation has swept across the foodservice distribution industry over the past decade as Reinhart Foodservice, Performance Food Group and Gordon Food Service and others have expanded their market share through acquisition.  Notable deals in New England include Reinhart’s purchase of Agar Supply and Gordon’s purchase of Perkins Paper. That wave is about […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Liquidity Planning and Mirus’ Maturity Model

In the current business environment, where volatility is the new normal, preparedness for both unexpected and significantly impactful strategic events can make the difference between meaningful wealth creation or destruction. Mirus has witnessed how this “new normal” has inhibited liquidity for the unprepared but has also created windfalls for companies that were prepared to exploit […]

Monday, October 21, 2013

Resort M&A Market Update

1.  Real estate speculation may be making a bit of a rebound. Based upon the bidders who were interested in purchasing Moonlight Basin in Montana, it appears that distressed land at ski resorts, with  the potential to attract affluent recreation home buyers, has piqued interest at shops with capital to invest. Add to that the […]

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Ramp Sports And The Intuit Small Business Competition

For some days now, the refrain on the news has been, “I’m ashamed of (or embarrassed by) our government.”  Sometimes it was “our country”, sometimes it was “to be an American”.  Challenging times. Read on for an encouraging story, unfolding as I write this, spearheaded by an American entrepreneur, with American investors, American workers, and […]

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