Category: Strategy and Company Growth

As Business Owners Age, the Future of Their Companies Often Left in Doubt

Workers of the baby boom generation continue to retire in great numbers. Many of their fellow Boomers who are business owners are also planning retirement.  That is creating a new set of challenges for them, and for the economy. According to information from the U.S Census Bureau, Boomers own over 2 million small businesses, employing …

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SPACs – What are they and why do they matter?

“SPAC, SPAC, SPAC!” is what many business podcasts, newspapers and news outlets have been repeating to everyone listening. “Special Purpose Acquisition Companies” aka“SPACs”, have garnered the attention of many as they continuously break funding and deal volume records. SPACs, also referred to as “blank check companies,” have been around for decades and are formed to …

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Q1 2021 Yachting Market Deals Lead to Greater Portfolio Breadth and Expanded Geographic Distribution

Companies that incorporate mergers and acquisitions into their long-term strategic planning may be better positioned to take advantage of macro- and microeconomic conditions that impact deal-making in their favor. The 2020 challenges impacted and continue to impact all industries, however unequally. In yachting, reports in the months of March, April and May highlighted challenging times …

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4 Reasons Credit Unions Partner with CUSOs

In this financial marketplace dominated by goliath banks, credit unions stand apart due to their collaborative nature and commitment to service. Credit Union Service Organizations (CUSOs) have the same spirit of credit unions.  A CUSO is an organization that is owned by credit unions in whole or in part that provides permitted financial services and/or …

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4 things credit unions need to know about strategic mergers & acquisitions

As the world adjusts to the new normal, some organizations are struggling to adapt whereas others are thriving. Credit unions are no different. COVID-19 has caused disruption to the normal credit union operations and has economically impacted many members and employees. Credit unions are weathering this pandemic by caring for the needs of their members and by embracing digital banking and additional lending …

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It’s Always a Good Time to Consider M&A

The fact that M&A deals have continued to take place despite the ‘Great Lockdown’ (as UBS described the 2020  coronavirus developments) suggests that mergers and acquisitions and more broadly, external growth initiatives, should be part of a company’s strategic planning considerations regardless of broader circumstances. Companies that have a clear vision and are regularly evaluating …

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Company

While the world is adjusting to the new normal, some businesses are struggling to adapt whereas others are thriving. Due to COVID -19 related challenges, many owners are selling their businesses. We see an incredible opportunity for firms that have acquisitions on their radar.   For those of you who want to grow through M&A, here are four mistakes to avoid:  Lack of a concise strategy– Failing to have a concise strategy is the number one …

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3 Major Components of the Deal Structure

The deal structure in an M&A transaction is the collection of terms and conditions that encompass the deal. Three traditional ways of structuring an M&A deal are through an asset purchase, a stock purchase, or a merger. The preferred deal structure is usually agreed to in the Letter of Intent. Once due diligence is complete, …

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5 Tips on Conducting Primary Research

Quality research is essential to the success of any acquisition plan. Once you have identified a specific company as a prospective acquisition, it is essential that you perform primary research in addition to typical secondary (online or database) research. Primary research involves getting on the phone and talking to people who deal with the company on …

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4 things to focus on, to prepare your business for sale

Doing the groundwork for the sale of a business can be a challenging process for owners. Although there is no one size fits all solution to help owners prepare for a sale, meticulous preparation is vital. Primarily there are four areas to focus on Valuation – A professional valuation will give the owner a realistic …

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