Valuation multiples in the middle market are “unprecedented” due to low interest rates, relatively cheap debt available in today’s market, and high amounts of dry powder chasing the same deals. According to GF Data, average valuations reached 7.4 times, the highest quarterly mark the data base has recorded in 15 years. With such high valuations, […]

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Price is one of the most exciting factors in mergers and acquisitions. Buyers think about the potential synergies and revenue that a strategic acquisition can bring to their firm while owners are motivated by a big pay day from selling. In order to determine price, buyers and sellers use valuation, a set of established procedures, […]

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While it’s an important milestone, a signed letter of intent does not guarantee a successful acquisition. Just ask Pfizer who withdrew its $150 billion bid to acquire Allergan after signing a LOI. Pfizer ended up paying a breakup fee of $150 million. After the LOI is signed, you still have a few major steps to take before the acquisition […]

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Obtaining audited financial statements is always best when valuing an acquisition prospect. An audit enhances your confidence and ensures what management has presented is a “true and fair” view of the company’s financial performance and position. We run into plenty of privately-held, middle market companies that don’t have audited financial statements. Many have their financial […]

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The Guideline Public Company (GPC) Method is one of the more popular valuation methodologies because people often hear about it in the news or in presentations. This method identifies prices for individual shares of publicly traded companies that are subject to the same industry dynamics as the subject company (the company you are trying to […]

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Valuation, establishing the financial worth of a company, is an important step of the acquisition process. People often get excited about valuation and start crunching numbers in order to reach the best deal. However, before you become too focused on the financials, remember that valuation and price are not the same. I have seen many […]

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In 2015, record valuations drove a boom in mergers and acquisitions activity, leaving many to wonder when the deal bubble would burst. In 2015, US buyout firms paid an average of 10.3 times EBITDA compared with the previous record of an average 9.7 times multiple in 2007. Despite hitting a peak, valuations are still expected […]

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As you might expect, sellers look for a premium multiple. Buyers typically will only consider paying a premium to market if they are adequately convinced that the value of the potential target justifies it. This begs the question: How does one derive a rationale for discount and premium multiples on a business? There are a […]

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Valuation is an important component of any M&A transaction, but it’s much more than a simple formula. There are many different aspects to consider when valuing a business for acquisition and properly valuing a business takes both experience and expertise. Learn more in our webinar on “Mastering Valuation for M&A.” The webinar will cover core […]

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Time your negotiations by understanding owner psychology. Everyone wants to talk about price in mergers and acquisitions. It’s often the number one focus of buyers and sellers…but for opposite reasons. Both are likely to say they are looking for a “good deal,” but this can have a completely different meaning depending on the perspective. Buyers […]

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I’m frequently asked about the “right” price to put in the letter of intent. As you will know, the LOI is an important milestone in the M&A process, because it establishes a “gentleman’s agreement” before the formal deal is settled.  You have yet to compete due diligence at this stage, and figuring out the right […]

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How often do sellers have unrealistic expectations of their company’s value? What’s the best way for a buyer to approach them early in the process and address their concerns? Todd Nelson, Capstone Valuation Advisor, answers: This is a common issue where sellers hold high value expectations for their businesses. While price is not the only […]

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The question below comes from our webinar “Mastering Valuation for M&A” led by Capstone Valuation Advisor, Todd Nelson, ASA, CVA. Q: “How do we reconcile data available from larger public companies to smaller, private transactions?” This situation is something we run into all the time in the middle market today when using the market approach […]

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What should I consider when valuing a business for acquisition? There are many aspects to consider including business growth, revenues, profitability and sustainability of cash flows to investors, but there is no one way to establish a business’s worth. Business valuation takes preparation, thought and experience.  Let Capstone guide you through the valuation process for […]

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Do you work with your family? Navigating business politics and family dynamics can be tricky, especially when it comes to succession planning and determining the future of your business.  Below are some key areas to focus on when it comes to selling or transferring ownership of a family-owned business to the next generation. Valuation Make […]

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Last quarter, we predicted there would be a wave of deals in the private equity sector in the coming months. While we may not have seen a “wave” of transactions, deal volume has slowly, but steadily increased in 2013, according to GF Data. While the number of PE deals has not reached a 4Q 2012 […]

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According to Business Valuation Resources, new analysis shows time needed to market and sell a privately held business is 211 days, up from 200 days in previous analysis. Todd Nelson, Capstone Valuation Advisor, weighs in on these observations: “There are many variables that impact the time it takes to complete a private company sale. Those […]

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Capstone is pleased to announce the recent accreditation of Valuation Advisor Todd Nelson. Mr. Nelson has completed American Society of Appraisers’ Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation program, which is one of the industry’s most vigorous and difficult designations to achieve. We congratulates Mr. Nelson on his achievement. As an ASA, Mr. Nelson joins a select […]

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by John Dearing, Capstone Managing Director GF Data recently published a report noting private equity deals valued between $10 and 250 million averaged 6.4x – the highest levels in three quarters.  This data is an interesting indicator of the M&A market. Although multiples are up, deal volumes remain sluggish for private equity as a whole.  […]

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Unlike traditional valuation models which analyze companies based on past performance, there is a difference in the valuation of an acquisition prospect. You are predicting future synergies that will only materialize after the acquisition. How can you predict these synergies? How can you make calculations based on performance that has yet to happen? Join Capstone […]

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