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Friday, December 15, 2017

M&A Representations & Warranties: “Risk”y Business

In the sale of a privately-owned company, the purchase & sale agreement serves two key purposes. First, of course, it states the purchase price to be paid for the stock or the assets of the business and the terms and conditions of how and when that price is to be paid. Second, the agreement allocates […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The 4 P’s of Business Valuation

How can business owners increase the valuation of their business prior to an M&A transaction or business sale?  Mirus recently collaborated with other Boston-area trusted advisors (including a leading accounting firm, law firm, and commercial bank) to gather 40 business buyers and sellers for a roundtable discussion of proactive steps CEOs and owners can implement […]

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Answers to Questions from Middle Market C-Suite Executives: Part 1

This week Mirus partner Andrew Crain is answering questions from C-suite executives of middle market companies about investment bankers’ role advising private business owners: Question:  Ideally, how long before a business is put on the market should an investment banker be involved? What are the risks to involving a banker too early? That’s a great […]

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Brand Equity Builds Stockholder Equity

To build enterprise value in the food & beverage industry, build brand equity.  Consumer loyalty to a brand generates repeat purchases; repeat purchase patterns create annuity-like cash flows; recurring revenues reduce investors’ and acquirers’ perceptions of risk and increase the valuation paid for the brand marketer’s stock or business. But how do you cook up […]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

4 ways to maintain confidentiality when selling a business

Many business owners we work with when selling a company express deep concerns about maintaining the confidentiality of the M&A process:  “If my competitors learn that my business is for sale, they’ll tell their sales force and all my customers will know.” This is a concern with which I’m painfully familiar.When selling my family’s fifth-generation […]

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 […]