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Friday, February 10, 2017

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation for 2016

Mergers and acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation for 2016 goes into the books as the year of the big deal. While volume overall was soft (indeed back to 2010 levels), average transaction value was up substantially as the oligopolies focused on capturing market share and extending reach through large, single transactions. Q3 specifically produced an absolute […]

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The mixed messages in US manufacturing

Recent headlines paint a mixed picture of the US manufacturing sector: “Manufacturing gauge eases in August from nine-month high” (MarketWatch, 8/23) “U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Rebounded in July, Jumping 4.4%” (WSJ, 8/25) “US manufacturing’s ills have been misdiagnosed” (Financial Times, 8/21) “U.S. Manufacturing Growth Cooled in July From One-Year High” (Bloomberg, 8/1) “Surprise! U.S. Manufacturing Jobs […]

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Selling Big

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Mirus has been our success with selling middle market companies to global strategic acquirers. In the past few years, we’ve closed nine transactions with global Fortune 500 and other large public companies for lower-middle market clients whose size averaged under $30 million in revenues. The revenues for […]

Friday, March 04, 2016

Global manufacturing struggles in early 2016

The headlines on global manufacturing in early 2016 tell a tough story… Global Manufacturing PMI Signals Stagnation (Seeking Alpha, March 4th) The manufacturing slowdown has spread to the services sector (Business Insider March 2016) Britain’s factories engulfed in global manufacturing slump (The Telegraph, March 1st) Manufacturing: A hard pounding (The Economist, February 18th) China Manufacturing […]

Monday, June 08, 2015

Achieving an Exceptional Multiple in the Sale of Your Company – Part 4 and Final

As mentioned a few times in previous blogs, when looking at whether or not you can realistically expect exceptional results you need to be honest with yourself.  Ask yourself these questions.  If you can truly say yes to all or most of them, then you do indeed have an opportunity for exceptional multiples.  If not, […]

Monday, May 18, 2015

Looking ahead at manufacturing M&A activity

The news from the manufacturing sector over the past few months has been mixed.  Many firms are experiencing headwinds from the strong US dollar.  The most recent ISM PMI results have been at 51.5, the lowest level of the past couple of years.  Recent PwC research suggests that the share of US M&A in the […]

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Top 5 Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Business For Sale

Even if you are not ready to put your company up for sale, it behooves you to start preparing now.  First, most of the issues you tackle to prepare your company for sale are the same things you should focus on every day to grow and build value in your business.  Second, this cannot be […]

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why Does It Take So Long to Sell My Business?

The bad news for business owners who are ready to sell their company and retire is that it takes much longer than you might anticipate to close the deal.  According to the Pepperdine 2014 Private Capital Markets Project, only 25% of deals close in less than six months. So why does it take so long?  […]