Four ways a CFO can add value in M&A
The CFO brings a critical perspective to the sale of a business. Typically she’s the one with the best understanding of the “numbers”, the financial history and the overall economics of the business. Most CFOs have got their monthly reporting process down and know how to work efficiently with lenders and auditors. There’s a regularity […]
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the deal process?
It’s been remarkable to see the rebound in deal activity in the last few months and to observe the M&A process shift to virtual settings. A few things that we’ve observed: Most or all of the deal process can be done remotely. Most meetings can be done over videoconferencing, and most diligence can be done […]
When is the right time to sell a business in a pandemic?
Many business owners who were considering selling their business pre-COVID-19 are now trying to figure out the implications of the crisis on starting a sale process. A few factors to consider: Evaluate how hard your business has been hit by the crisis. Valuations may be close to pre-COVID levels for businesses that remained relatively stable […]
Three steps to a great (not just “good”) M&A exit
In preparing for an upcoming event where I’ll be moderating a panel made up of an investor, an advisor and executive who each have been through the M&A process, I’ve been considering some of the more successful M&A exits my firm has been involved in. One of the topics the panel will be covering is: what […]
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 […]
Answers to Questions from Middle Market C-Suite Executives: Part 2
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. Here is Part Two of the Q&A: Question: What are the biggest mistakes a middle market company makes in engaging in its first acquistion? Underestimating the importance of company culture is […]
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 […]
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 […]