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

CSR Cosmetic Solutions
The owner of CSR had taken over the business out of bankruptcy. After successfully building it into one of the largest cosmetic contract manufacturers in North America, he was ready for a well-deserved retirement. A previous sale attempt (by a top-tier accounting firm) was unsuccessful in 2015.

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Decisive Technologies
Decisive Technologies is a value-added reseller of IT hardware, and BriteSky Technologies is a Canadian, managed cloud services provider (collectively “Decisive”). Decisive needed additional capital to accelerate its expansion plans. The shareholders were adamant that a new institutional partner should share their values and vision for the company, and FirePower was engaged to find an acquirer for a majority stake and negotiate a deal structure that met all of the shareholders’ objectives.

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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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The Firepower M&A Advisory team was a pleasure to work with. They made sure we had a thorough understanding of the sale process right from the start. The team compiled an extensive worldwide list of prospective acquirers, and after considerable work, found us a strategic buyer that fit with our objectives.  This was no easy feat, given the firm parameters we'd set out defining the right buyer: one who would embrace the culture of our company, be aligned with our existing values, support our current management team, leverage our relationships with our vendor partners, and allow us to retire.
At all times, we were well supported by Alan and his team, which made the process much easier than anticipated. I am happy to recommend Firepower to anyone who is looking to sell their business.
Shelley Wishart, Co-Founder and CEO, Orchard International