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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?  […]

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Harpoon Brewery: What’s Beer Got To Do With M&A?

Well, not much, really, except that Charlie Storey, President, and Warren Dibble, the CFO of Harpoon Brewery completed an ESOP of the company last summer.  They’re coming to this year’s XPX Summit on March 19th at the Waltham Woods Conference Center to tell their story.  Check out their video to get a taste.  Oh – […]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014

In July of 2014 Mirus initiated its coverage of the Manufacturing Automation including PLM, ERP, SCM and System Integration sectors.   We have now updated this report exploring 2014 performance of major public Manufacturing Automation Software companies, related M&A transactions, and trends in the industry.  See Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2014 Overall, 2014 was […]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If Google Steps In It Regarding Independent Contractor vs. Employee, How Can You Protect Yourself?

If Google, a publicly-traded company with about $40 billion in annual revenue, can’t figure out if someone is an independent contractor or an employee, what does this mean for you? An article from Reuters last week, notes that Google is being sued by a former contractor, Jacob McPherson, alleging violation of federal labor standards, and that […]

Monday, August 25, 2014

Private Equity and Venture Capital Going Back to School

Over the last few years, both private equity and venture capital firms are taking an increasing interest in the education sector, as seen below in this chart from Pitchbook. In general, some of the differences between the investments made by VC firms vs PE firms include: VC firms are investing less money, at earlier stages […]

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why Doesn’t Private Equity Like Staffing?

The truth of the matter is that there are not a whole lot of private equity firms that make investments in the staffing industry.  As you can see in the chart below, there have been only about 17 PE firms making staffing deals over the last few years.  (Data is from CapitalIQ.)  The most active […]

Monday, August 11, 2014

Multiple Mergers and Acquisitions Drive CAM Market consolidation – Finally!

There have been a number of us over the years that were wondering when it would happen.  When would CAM finally consolidate into a few major players from the literally dozens of small companies servicing the market, much the same as CAD and PDM before it? As recently as 2006, there was no dominant player […]