Last month we took a high-level look at different approaches to valuing a company. We noted that, because of their ability to reflect the future economic benefits of an ongoing business, cash flow methodologies are most commonly used in business valuation. These include applying a multiple to an income or cash flow number, capitalizing cash […]
The last article looked at sources of target company value, and their importance based on the purpose of your acquisition. Continuing in the Search and Assessment stage of our framework, let’s now turn to the mechanics of building a strong pipeline. Figure 1. Stillwater Capital Acquisition Framework What is a pipeline? Your pipeline is a […]
The last article shared a framework we use to guide clients through their acquisition decisions in a disciplined way, and explored the four questions every acquirer must be able to answer. Here we dig deeper into the first step in the framework, and the question of purpose, looking at the alignment of acquisitions with corporate […]
“You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.” Michael Dell (Founder, Dell Computers) Over two decades in the business, we have worked with several hundred midmarket acquirers. Their most common struggle is understanding the complex, interconnected decisions […]
For many clients, the time between first thinking about selling their business and walking in our door is several years. This interval can be important in maximizing your selling price, if you know how to use it well. The first thing we need to understand when trying to value our own company is that the […]
In today’s M&A environment, an EBITDA multiple is by far the most common methodology employed to value a privately owned business.
Raising money in difficult markets is a current problem. We’ve read in the press about how banks are tightening credit facilities, and there is a cautiousness in the capital markets. A number of companies are now facing the challenge of how to grow their businesses or raise money in the face of this uncertain market.
When valuing a business, most company owners are worried about the income statement. But experienced valuators and investment bankers always consider the balance sheet. The balance sheet sets out critical information about the financial strength and weakness of the company.
The success or failure of an acquisition depends on how the target is integrated. Successful integration requires a clear understanding of what is being purchased.
The most fundamental question to ask yourself in deciding whether you should sell your business is why?
Stillwater Capital, an international investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition and financial advisory services is pleased to announce that Transplace Inc., a portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group, has acquired Oakville, Ontario based Lakeside Logistics Inc. This is the 10th transaction completed by Stillwater in 2016. Lakeside is the pioneer of Canada’s emerging 4PL management […]