Business owners thinking about transitioning out of their companies must consider factors that help identify and target buyers of choice. Certainly, active acquirers that consistently demonstrate an ability to pay handsome prices, close deals rapidly and continuously create shareholder value via acquisitions is a winning combination.
Transportation companies are thriving today. But the industry’s most coveted asset, its drivers, are being heavily courted in a competitive employment environment. For a majority of transportation companies, driver satisfaction goes hand in hand with company reputation, customer satisfaction and success. The American Trucking Associations (“ATA”) reports that the transportation industry has struggled with driver shortages over the past 15 years. The shortage further exacerbates profit margin as the recent tight labor market has given rise to increased wages for drivers.
Are you a business owner considering a partial or total ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan)? If so, you are likely to find that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will produce greater benefits for you and your company’s stakeholders than before the law was passed.
Research consistently shows that the additional cost of an investment banker is a fraction of the value they add.
Late last year Congress passed the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Although the plan does not alter ESOP legislation, there are some indirect effects on ESOPs. Some of the changes will impact the valuations of ESOP-owned companies.
Bloomberg reports private equity firms currently have more than $950 billion of capital waiting to be invested in the marketplace.
In this favorable market, how do sellers contemplating an exit from their business decide whether to pursue an M&A sell-side transaction or the formation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)? They don’t. Instead, they run a dual track process which incorporates both processes. This provides the owners knowledge of both possible outcomes simultaneously. Now the owner can make the best choice based on actual offers and company specific options.
Successful transactions require important decisions about rebranding— if, when and how to transition an acquired brand. Unfortunately, these brand strategy considerations are often overlooked or only considered after the acquisition. This is partly because there is a lack of relevant historical data for analysis.
For the first time ever, the six most valuable companies in the world, by market cap, were all technology companies.
Private equity groups traditionally hold their investment companies for five years. However, several factors have increased the average holding period from 4.5 years to 5.8 years from 2006-2016. This trend is expected to continue in the medium term.
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