A Sale on the Horizon?

When is it the right time to consider exiting your business?

You’re ready for retirement, or to just move on

The classic reasons to sell, it may just be that time for you. It’s important to not wait until the business stagnates or is in decline. Planning for retirement or moving on never starts too early. It always takes longer than anticipatedoining a larger organization will get your company to the next level

Joining a larger organization can get your company to the next level

You may have a product line that could do well in an overseas market, or a new technology that could generate significant sales in a new vertical, but you don’t have the financial resources, the brand recognition, or the boots-on-the-ground capabilities to enter a new geography. Selling to a large organization can get you there.

There are favourable M&A dynamics in your industry

It may be that deal-making is heating up in your industry, with strategics and private equity showing unusual interest in acquiring market share, new technologies, talent, etc. Prices tend to rise in these circumstances, and you may consider an exit during these auspicious times.

De-risking feels like the right move

It may be time to consider selling a majority stake in your business to a buyer who can participate in and even lead the growth of the business, with your continued support, allowing you to “take some chips off the table”, and diversify your assets.

Addressing an unsolicited offer from a potential buyer

Buyers often make unsolicited offers to avoid an auction in which they’d have to compete. While the unsolicited offer may prompt you to consider an exit, it’s advisable to conduct a structured sales process to gauge other buyer interest and ensure you don’t leave money on the table.

Market Insights
From the archives: May 2017

How Do You Prepare For A Sale of Your Company?
Every entrepreneur must eventually transition out of their company. There are two exit paths (liquidating or selling), which can take various forms: selling off…

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Case Studies

Software Distribution
Our client, a software distributor, sought to optimize the pricing of its products and the incentives of its salesforce . Within the 3-month duration of the VMX exercise, EBITDA run-rate increased by 15%, with visibility into more increases down the road.

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Beverage & Alcohol
Our client was searching for new sources of revenue as it faced increased competition in its core business. FirePower's VMX team identified an attractive new sector, and our client entered it. Largely due to its efforts in that new sector, our client was subsequently acquired at an extremely compelling valuation.

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Mass Spectrometry – Confidential
FirePower's M&A Advisory team advised on the sale of an analytical chemistry instrumentation maker, with a strong commercially validated IP portfolio, to one of the most respected names in the sector.

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We chose FirePower over a lot of other banks and it proved to be the right decision. We were impressed with the M&A team’s grit; they worked very hard and drummed up a lot of interest in our company. Throughout the sales process, Al and Evan were there for us, helping us craft the story and taking work off our plates. It really felt like a partnership. There are banks that just want to get a deal done, and there are banks that make sure they get a good deal for their clients: FirePower is definitely the latter. There is no question that we will work with Al and his team on future transactions.
Nathan Tam, CEO, Caryl Baker Visage; Partner, Ashbridge Partners