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Nov 29

The Sale of Your Business and Value

Donald Grava November 29, 2016

Value and the sale of your business

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When considering the sale of a business, it is very easy for a business owner to be uncertain or even pessimistic about its value.  This is definitely a mistake, particularly because it can cause a potential seller to miss out on possible opportunities.

It may be ironic that I founded an M&A boutique firm to help people sell businesses; however, my own father, when I was young, who owned a small chain of variety stores, decided to close the business rather than sell it.  He sincerely believed that no buyers would be interested.  Mind you, he didn’t test that theory; however, he thought he was right.

A business owner should never assume that his or her business is too small to be of interest to a large company.  It is important to remember that there is a difference between the financial value as portrayed by the financial statements and the market value.  The market value includes more than just how much the company is worth monetarily.  It includes the value of intangible assets for example, the customer base, distribution network, location, having a unique service or product, long term and loyal customers, name recognition, etc. These factors go way beyond the balance sheet and income statement.  These and other factors always contribute to a company’s value but are not always easily quantifiable.

Additionally, just because a company has modest financial results does not mean it will not sell.  Buyers will look at the future of the company and make an assessment of its potential.  This is especially true when the economy is in a down cycle.  It is also important for the seller to accurately analyze the business’ true financial position, marketability, and potential.  A good M&A advisor will know how to do this quickly and accurately.

For a company with modest financial results, it is important not to oversell the company as buyers may pull out if they feel the current financial results are unsustainable or the revenue and profit projections are unrealistic.  When pursuing the sale of a company, one must strike a balance between underselling the company and overselling it and scaring off or losing potential buyers during the sales process.  Once again, a good M&A advisor can help strike the necessary balance.  The advisor can also provide value-added by finding the “right” buyer who will understand the value and potential of the company for sale.

Versailles Group is a 30-year-old boutique investment bank that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Versailles Group’s skill, flexibility, and experience have enabled it to successfully close M&A transactions for companies with revenues greater than US$2 million. Versailles Group has closed transactions in all economic environments, literally around the world.

Versailles Group provides clients with both buy-side and sell-side M&A services, and has been completing cross-border transactions since its founding in 1987. 

More information on Versailles Group, Ltd. can be found at www.versaillesgroup.com.

For additional information, please contact

Donald Grava

Founder and President - Versailles Group, Ltd.

+312-848-2991

Nov 25

M&A - An Effective Tool

Donald Grava November 25, 2016

M&A - An Effective Tool To Enhance Growth

Mergers and acquisitions are an effective and efficient substitute for R&D for companies that need help combating shrinking market share or stagnant growth. In some cases, companies are confronted with fierce competition from startups and utilize M&A as a way to “outsource” R&D and leave the risk of innovation to startups that tend to excel at R&D. Many of these companies are skipping R&D almost entirely by acquiring other companies. This trend is true in almost all industries and many of the transactions are cross-border.

The chart below depicts the top three sectors for cross-border M&A.

Versailles Group m&a i want to sell my company

In recent months, Samsung has been actively involved in M&A deal making as a way to instantly build up its capabilities in emerging technologies such as mobile payments, cloud-based services, and artificial intelligence.

Samsung’s planned purchase of U.S. autoparts supplier Harman International Industries Inc. for US$8 billion in an all-cash deal that instantly makes Samsung a major player in the world of automotive technology. It’s an excellent example of a company that is using M&A to expand. This deal will be South Korean smartphone maker’s biggest acquisition in history.

M&A in general and cross-border M&A in particular, is a well-proven way to enhance shareholder value, either by acquisitions or divestitures. While most of the press is focused on the large transactions, middle-market companies can also utilize this “tool” to make defensive or offensive acquisitions or divest businesses that no longer fit the company’s strategy.

The chart below demonstrates the growth of cross-border M&A deals from Q2 2016 to Q3 2016.

Versailles Group m&a I want to sell my company

Versailles Group is a 30-year-old Boston-based investment bank that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.  Versailles Group’s skill, flexibility, and experience have enabled it to successfully close M&A transactions for companies with revenues greater than US$2 million.  Versailles Group has closed transactions in all economic environments, literally around the world.

Versailles Group provides clients with both buy-side and sell-side M&A services, and has been completing cross-border transactions since its founding in 1987.  

More information on Versailles Group, Ltd. can be found at www.versaillesgroup.com.

For additional information, please contact

Donald Grava

Founder and President

+312-848-2991

November 25, 2016

Nov 15

Record October for M&A Deals

Donald Grava November 15, 2016

Record October for M&A Deals Reflects Current Market Conditions

 

The US M&A market is on a roll, which is good news for both sellers and buyers in the middle market.  

A series of high-profile deals announced in October makes it the biggest month ever for M&A transactions and even surpassed the epic deal making surge in January 2000. Mega deals are driving activity and are almost too numerous to count, e.g., the oil-and-gas business combination of General Electric and Baker Hughes, the telecom tie-up of Century Link and Level 3, and AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, etc.

Another good example in the global semiconductor sector is Qualcomm’s US$47 Billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, which notched the biggest semiconductor targeted M&A deal on record globally.

Top 5 Global Tech Targeted M&A Deals on Record

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So far this year, US$1.6 Trillion of M&A transactions has been announced in the domestic market.  It reflects easy financing conditions, more confidence in the economic and business outlook, and keen foresight on the part of management teams.

The current economic environment of low interest rates and high stock prices have encouraged deal making.  Cheap borrowing costs makes it easy to finance deals, while high stock prices provide companies with higher valuations.  

With unprecedented economic conditions, owners of middle market businesses, in particular, have a continued incentive to start or keep doing deals.

Versailles Group is a 30-year-old Boston-based investment bank that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.  Versailles Group’s skill, flexibility, and experience have enabled it to successfully close M&A transactions for companies with revenues greater than US$2 million.  Versailles Group has closed transactions in all economic environments, literally around the world.

Versailles Group provides clients with both buy-side and sell-side M&A services, and has been completing cross-border transactions since its founding in 1987.  

More information on Versailles Group, Ltd. can be found at www.versaillesgroup.com.

For additional information, please contact

Donald Grava

Founder and President

+617-449-3325

November 15, 2016

Nov 01

Global M&A Rebounds in Q3 2016

Donald Grava November 1, 2016

Global M&A Rebounds With Newfound Attractiveness in Europe

With mega deals leading the market, the global M&A market showed signals of rebounding in Q3.  Compared to US$1.0 trillion in Q1 and US$1.1 trillion in Q2, the value of global M&A increased to US$1.2 trillion in Q3, marking the second consecutive quarterly improvement.  In all there were 19,416 transactions announced during Q3 and 11 transactions valued at more than US$10 billion each.

Regarding deal value, the US led the market, followed by UK, China, Canada and India.  US companies remain top attractions for global investors as US$416 billion of deals were completed with US targets in Q3.  These US transactions accounted for 40% of the global market and were more than double the deal value of either the UK or China.  

The chart below shows the top five global target countries by deal value.

Q3 2016 M&A Activity - Versailles Group, Ltd.

 

In terms of volume, most of the M&A deals were concentrated in US, followed by China, UK, Canada and Germany, continuing the trend for the first half of 2016. 

Q3 2016 M&A Activity - Versailles Group, Ltd.

 

It is worth noting that M&A activities in Germany have remained resilient in the face of slower growth and tremendous volatility in the global market, with both the volume and value of transactions remaining close to the 2015 peak level.  What made Germany stand out in the global M&A market rankings is the giant US$132 billion deal between SABMiller and AB InBev, which is the largest deal by value in Q3 worldwide.

Interestingly, the ever-increasing deal value in UK is bucking the trend in global M&A market.  Since the Brexit vote, there have been rumors that the level of mergers and acquisitions activities across Europe would be threatened; however, the positive M&A data in Q3 2016 signaled newfound attractiveness of European M&A.

Versailles Group is a 30-year-old Boston-based investment bank that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.  Versailles Group’s skill, flexibility, and experience have enabled it to successfully close M&A transactions for companies with revenues greater than US$2 million.  Versailles Group has closed transactions in all economic environments, literally around the world.

Versailles Group provides clients with both buy-side and sell-side M&A services, and has been completing cross-border transactions since its founding in 1987.  

More information on Versailles Group, Ltd. can be found at www.versaillesgroup.com.

For additional information, please contact

Donald Grava

Founder and President

+617-449-3325

November 1, 2016