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What I’m about to describe is difficult for some people to understand. Recently, I completely failed to convey this concept to an experienced professional accountant. The fact is, nobody can sell your cash well. What I mean is this: if you’re thinking about selling your company, I feel strongly that it’s desirable to strip out […]

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Graph of EBITDA

For almost every M&A transaction the Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM) contains both actual financial results and projections.  (The rare exception is a company whose entire value is a patent portfolio.) In companies with external investors, management teams are familiar with projecting financials. This is a necessary part of projecting future financing requirements. For the increasingly […]

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How Not to Sell a Business

This is the first time I’ve described all of the things we did wrong the first time I tried to sell a business. It’s also the story of the first time I lost several million dollars. How Not to Sell a Business – Don’t Blow The Biggest Deal of Your Life This is a talk […]

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Sellability_Score

The Sellability Score was created by my friend John Warrillow who also wrote Built to Sell. If you are thinking about selling your business now, or at some point in the future, the Sellability Score will be valuable to you. A Sellability Score is an external, unbiased evaluation of your business’s worth on the open […]

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Only 25pct of Saleable Companies Exit

I’m convinced that only about 25% of the businesses that could be sold actually end up successfully exiting. Yes. I believe that about three out of four times when a company could have been successfully sold, a sale did not end up happening – ever. And most of the time, it was avoidable. The Frustrating […]

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Basil Peters at the AM&AA Summer Conference 2012

When a saleable company fails to sell, it’s often the seller’s psychology that kills the transaction. Most of the time, the seller doesn’t even know that they were the reason their company failed to sell. This talk describes the seller psychologies that can kill exits. The Psychology of Exits Presented at the Alliance of Merger […]

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Preparing to Sell - First Steps in the Exit Process

This is a checklist for the first phase of the exit process. These tasks should all be complete before engaging with the first prospective buyer. Exit Strategy Fully signed Exit Strategy document Discuss mechanisms to increase alignment The Exit Team Engage an external accounting firm for a review or audit – ideally a ‘big four’ […]

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