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Friday, June 30, 2017

Food M&A Heats Up

Over the past decade there has been a bifurcation of M&A activity in the food industry, as “better for you” health & wellness brands have attracted strong acquisition interest from both strategic and financial acquirers while more traditional steady, solid, profitable, but lower-growth food manufacturing businesses have not attracted as much attention. That is changing […]

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” […]

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, February 09, 2017

Mergers and Acquisitions in IoT – This is just the beginning

Over the past couple of years, Mirus has become increasingly involved with the rapidly developing Internet of Things sector including advising multiple companies across a variety of application domains on their growth and M&A strategy, as well as recently completing several important sell-side transactions in the space (see Eutecus press release).  Mirus is very excited […]

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”, […]

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

8 Reasons to Hire an Investment Banker when Selling Your Business

“He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”  While Abraham Lincoln was talking about lawyers, a recent empirical study shows the same could be said for business owners who forego the services of an investment banker when selling their business. A research paper on “The Value of Middle Market Investment Bankers” published by […]

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 […]