Keys to Negotiating a Successful M&A Deal

Keys to Negotiating a Successful M&A Deal  Whether you’re buying or selling a business, a few guidelines can help you negotiate a deal more effectively and improve your chances for an advantageous outcome. While you’re probably already familiar with basic negotiation strategies, most parties to an M&A transaction can use a refresher course when it comes to what may be the biggest deal of their lives.

Know Yourself

Good negotiators start by knowing themselves. Before you enter into sale negotiations, take time to identify your goals and your tactics for achieving them. If you’re buying, what’s your “reservation price”-the most you’re willing to pay? Would you be able to walk away from the deal if the seller refuses to budge on price?

If you’re selling, similar questions apply:

  • What’s the lowest offer you’ll accept?
  • Are you in a hurry to sell?
  • What conditions will you require as part of the sale?

For example, the retention of certain employees may be a priority. Also be prepared to speak confidently about your business’ strengths and address any perceived weaknesses. Since the buyer’s negotiating leverage emphasizes your weaknesses, you need to be aware of them and ready to provide a solution that mitigates an adverse effect on the buyer’s offering price.

Know the Other Party

Knowing the other side is as important as understanding your own priorities. This knowledge allows you to map out the negotiation ahead of time. As a buyer, you should have a thorough understanding of the business-gained through extensive due diligence.

If you’re a seller, it’s essential to know that your buyer can afford to purchase the business and, if the deal will be seller-financed, how well the company will be run while the note is being paid off. It’s also helpful to learn if your buyer has looked at many other businesses. Buyers who know they have other options if your deal falls through will probably drive a harder bargain.

Gathering knowledge involves more than research; you also need to be a good listener.

If you’re talkative by nature, make an effort to speak less and listen more when meeting with the other party. The better you understand them, the greater chance you have of anticipating their moves and preparing counter offers.

Build a Relationship

There are plenty of opportunities for differences of opinion in any business transaction, and a business sale is no different. Establishing a cordial relationship can go a long way toward reducing misunderstandings or unintended offenses. Social occasions such as dinner or a golf outing can break the ice. Expressing interest in the other party’s opinion and a sense of humor also can help build a good working relationship.

Going back on your word, exaggerating points or misrepresenting facts in an attempt to strengthen your position, on the other hand, can damage goodwill. Finally, don’t try to box the other party into an untenable position-it’s a tactic that’s likely to misfire.

Flexible is Vital

Selling a business is a complicated process, of which price is only one component. When entering the negotiation stage, keep in mind other items that are subject to bargaining:

  • Down payment amount;
  • Interest rate on a seller loan;
  • Collateral;
  • Seller warranties;
  • Earn-out provisions;
  • Non-compete agreements.

Also consider the structure of the deal-whether the company’s stock is being acquired, or just its assets. In general, sellers prefer a stock sale and buyers prefer an asset transaction, which provides better cash flow after the deal.

Good negotiators take advantage of the multifaceted nature of the process by remaining flexible throughout. This may mean compromising on some elements to get the ones that are most important to you, such as those related to financing terms, the closing date, employee retention or seller warranties.

With so many moving parts to consider, flexibility can get you past obstacles. If you’re hung up on a tough issue-say, the price of a particular asset-try putting it aside temporarily, moving to less controversial points such as the price of other assets, and then circling back later.

The VR Transaction Process: 20 Steps To A Successful Sale – Part 1

With over 30 years of experience in selling small to medium enterprises (SME), VR has developed a dynamic and effective Transaction Process to promote a win/win outcome for both Buyer and Seller.  Over the next two blog entries, we shall be sharing with you the 20 Step VR Process to Selling your business.  Here are the first 10 Steps to a successful sale:

1.     Initial Meeting:

The initial meeting serves as an introduction to VR and explanation on how VR can help maximize the value of your business and answer any questions. During this meeting your VR Intermediary will ask to review your business tax returns, company financials, brochures and sales materials, and any other pertinent information to understand your company.

Read the full article here.

More Successful Transaction By VR Business Brokers

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS

Ground-Route Transportation Business

VR Business Sales of New Haven, Connecticut, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of a ground-route transportation business for $628,000.

The transaction, which closed last month, was handled by William Hall, a business intermediary specialist.

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Eco-Friendly Dry-Cleaning Plant

VR Business Sales of Greensboro, North Carolina, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of an eco-friendly dry-cleaning plant for $192,500.

The transaction, which closed last month, was handled by Ben Haines, a business intermediary specialist.

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NEW BUSINESS ENGAGEMENTS

Two Independent Compounding Pharmacies

VR Mergers & Acquisitions, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, announced it has been engaged by an owner of two independent compounding pharmacies to assist in facilitating the sale of their businesses.

These two full service pharmacies do both retail of over-the-counter and prescription medication as well as medical equipment such as wheel chairs, hospital beds and CPM machines. Go to the VR Web Site for further details.

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Pizzeria and Sports Bar

VR Business Brokers, located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, the leading business intermediary firm in the area, has recently been engaged to assist in facilitating the strategic sale of a pizzeria and sports bar in Philadelphia.

This business is located in a busy neighborhood where the locals like to come for a good time. Great opportunity to enjoy the success of this restaurant. All inventory and equipment, as well as liquor license, come with the sale. Click here for more details.

ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

Superior Printing Company, FL: $1,225,000
Auto Salvage Yard, KS: $409,000
Liquor Store, CA: $235,000
Full-Service Day Spa, SC: $170,000
Upscale Print Shop, ON: $120,000

VR is celebrating over 30 years as the world’s only network of full-time professional business intermediaries that addresses the needs of small and mid-sized businesses.

VR has sold more businesses in the world than anyone®.

VR Business Franchise locations are available throughout U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Now is a Great Time to Become Part of VR Franchise Opportunity.

View our VR Presentation Videos & PDFs  for more information on becoming part of the successful network of VR Business Sales offices,

or call our Director of Franchise Development at 800-377-8722  or 954-565-1555

 

More Successful Transactions by VR Business Franchise Owners

 SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS

Alarm Systems Installation Company

VR Business Sales of Coral Springs, Florida, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of an alarm systems installation company for $1,200,000.

The transaction, which closed this month, was handled by Walter Rusak and Samid Gouar; business intermediary specialists.

Printing Distribution and Services Company

VR Business Sales of Asheville, North Carolina, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of a printing distribution and services company for $312,000.

The transaction, which closed this month, was handled by Robert Allen, a business intermediary specialist.

NEW BUSINESS ENGAGEMENTS

Taxi Company

VR Mergers & Acquisitions located in Sacramento, California, announced it has been engaged by a taxi company to assist in facilitating the sale of their business.

The company has excellent governmental relations, excellent future growth potential with 3 consecutive years of climbing revenues and profits. Go to VR Web Site for further details.

Established Signs and Graphics Business

VR Business Brokers, located in McKinney, Texas, the leading business intermediary firm in the area, has recently been engaged to assist in facilitating the strategic sale of an established signs and graphics business.

This company has a great 26-year history of serving the local business community. This is an excellent B2B opportunity – computerized signs and graphics for the business world. Click here for more details.

ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

Profitable ISO9001 Machine Shop, ON: $1,150,000
Landscaping Business, FL: $685,000
Amusement, Music and Gaming Operations, CA: $400,000
Architectural Woodworking Business, IL: $250,000
Italian Restaurant, PA: $150,000


VR is celebrating over 30 years as the world’s only network of full-time professional business intermediaries that addresses the needs of small and mid-sized businesses.

VR has sold more businesses in the world than anyone®.

Now is a Great Time to Become Part of VR!

View our VR Presentation Videos & PDFs  for more information on how you can become part of the successful VR Business Sales Franchise

or call our Director of Franchise Development at 800-377-8722  or 954-565-1555

 

Successful Transactions by VR Business Franchise Owners

These are some of the  Successful Business Transactions by VR Business Franchise Owners

SUCCESSFUL TRANSACTIONS
Plastic Products Manufacturer

VR Business Sales of Coral Springs, Florida, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of a plastic products manufacturer for $1.55 Million.

The transaction, which closed last month, was handled by Raymond Kerr, a business intermediary specialist.
VR is celebrating over 30 years as the world’s only network of full-time professional business intermediaries.
VR has sold more businesses in the world than anyone®.

 SUCCESSFUL TRANSACTIONS
Upscale Restaurant and Bar

VR Business Sales of San Antonio, Texas, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of a upscale restaurant and bar for $95,000.

The transaction, which closed last month, was handled by Javier Luna, a business intermediary specialist.

NEW ENGAGEMENTS
Video, Voice and Data Cabling Installation Firm

VR Mergers & Acquisitions, located in New Haven, Connecticut, announced it has been engaged by a video, voice and data cabling installation to assist in facilitating the sale of their business.

The company specializes in any type of communication connectivity need using cable, fiber or wireless products. With over 30 years of experience, they are among the most knowledgeable and professional contractors in North America, capable of performing a wide range of installation, ongoing maintenance, professional consulting services for customers, both large and small. Go to the VR Web Site for further details.

NEW ENGAGEMENTS
Full-Service Staffing and Placement Agency

VR Business Brokers, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, the leading business intermediary firm in the area, has recently been engaged to assist in facilitating the strategic sale of a full-service staffing and placement agency.

This agency is founded on integrity and is a faithful community servant, providing great customer service and open communication on a daily basis. Click here for more details.

ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

 

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VR is celebrating over 30 years as the world’s only network of full-time professional business intermediaries that addresses the needs of small and mid-sized businesses.
VR has sold more businesses in the world than anyone®.

VR Business Sales Franchises are available in many locations in the U.S., Canada, South America, and other locations Worldwide.

You can view our VR Franchise Webinar Videos here for more information about the tools and training included in the VR Business Brokers Franchise.

You can call VR Headquarters at 1.800.377.8722 for a personal interview to find out more details.

 

VR in Dallas Texas Facilitates $4.4 Million Sale of Commercial Debt Collection Company

VR in Dallas, Texas franchisee Jon Peters recently facilitated the sale of a commercial debt collection company for $4.4 million.
This was a tremendous deal, considering the challenges that arose with the business where revenues and net income had been declining consistently for the past four years.

“When we first listed this business, the numbers looked somewhat decent with $1,787,000 EBITDA on $4.4 million in revenue,” said Jon. “These numbers were down from the previous two years from $5.4 million in revenue and $2.1 million in EBITDA.”

According to Jon, the owners had felt they had reached the bottom and now were on the rebound to make this business sellable.

“We began marketing and found a very unique buyer that was willing to pay $4 million down and a $1.4 million carry for 5 years,” said Jon. “This was a great deal for the sellers. The buyers had located funding that was based on the business’ ability to create new jobs; therefore, receiving the loan based on this scenario.”

The parties were in the process of negotiating the last items on the purchase agreement when the bottom fell out.

“We received the updated financials for 2010 that had the business pacing at only $3.6 million in revenues and about $1.1 million in EBITDA, down by almost $700,000 in net income,” said Jon. “This immediately stopped the sale and created an almost impossible new challenge for us in selling this business.”

With the original buyers dropping out of the sale, Jon started marketing the business at a new asking price, based on the current numbers. They were able to find an Angel Fund Investor who was looking for a company with a call center that could be grown overseas, and saw this as a perfect fit. After two months of what Jon calls, “late-night phone calls with attorneys on both sides and multiple face-to-face meetings,” they closed on a $4.4 million deal for the seller with $3 million at the time of closing and a five-year payout on the balance in a consulting agreement.

It was a great transaction for the VR Dallas office, where they were able to overcome the challenges that the business faced with the declining numbers. Upon reviewing this deal and others that they have done, Jon says, “I am convinced that almost every business is sellable if you can find that right buyer.”

The VR team in Dallas, Texas has been successful since opening the location. They recognizes the financial and professional goals that can be accomplished as a VR Business Broker office facilitating the sale of small, mid-sized businesses with mid-market transactions.

See the video below where VR Dallas talks about the experience of owning a VR Franchise:


For more information about owning your own successful VR Franchise please contact VR Headquarters at  (800) 377-872.

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Successful Transactions by VR Business Brokers Intermediaries

SUCCESSFUL TRANSACTIONS

Hardware Brand Importer Company

VR Business Sales of Artesia, California, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of a hardware brand importer company for $1.19 Million.

The transaction, which closed this month, was handled by William Park, a business intermediary specialist.

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Technical Services Temp Agency

VR Business Sales of New Haven, Connecticut, a leader in the sale of privately-held companies, recently facilitated the strategic sale of a technical services temp agency for $250,000.

The transaction, which closed this month, was handled by William D. Hall, a business intermediary specialist.

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NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Precision Tool Manufacturer

VR Mergers & Acquisitions located in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced it has been engaged by a precision tool manufacturer to assist in facilitating the sale of their business.

Founded in the 1980’s, this is a high precision manufacturer with state of the art machining and tool making capabilities. They offer complete machining of nearly every kind of industrial tool including stamping and forming dies, plastic injection and die cast molds, forging dies and extrusion dies. Go to the VR Web Site for further details.

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Flooring and Carpet Business

VR Business Brokers, located in Edmonton, Alberta, the leading business intermediary firm in the area, has recently been engaged to assist in facilitating the strategic sale of a flooring and carpet business.

This company has been established for 36 years as a premier retail flooring business serving Fort Saskatchewan and surrounding areas. This business has several excellent contractual relationships including builders, property management companies and corporate businesses. Click here for more details.

ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

VR is celebrating over 30 years as the world’s only network of full-time professional business intermediaries that addresses the needs of small and mid-sized businesses.

VR has sold more businesses in the world than anyone®.

Now is a Great Time to Become Part of VR!
VR Artesia NO 1 2009With baby boomers selling their businesses to retire, corporate executives frustrated with their jobs and managers looking to buy a business to replace their corporate position, NOW is a great time to become part of VR!

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