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2018 Is the Year for Sellers

In February, we predicted that 2018 would be a big year for middle market M&A, especially for those on the sell side. With the second quarter coming to an end, it’s looking like our prediction will play out. Valuations remain high due to persistent economic optimism. Meanwhile, the middle market transaction count continues to rise […]

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How Family Businesses Do M&A Differently

Over the years we’ve had a lot of experience working with family-owned businesses. Whether it’s on the sell-side or the buy-side of a transaction, we know that family businesses see mergers and acquisitions differently than other types of firms, making their approach to the process unique. The peculiarities of how family businesses handle M&A are […]

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Recapitalization and Business Owner Flexibility

Many business owners find themselves approaching retirement age but their wealth is tied up in their largest and most important asset, their business. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, recapitalization is a great option. A recap is essentially an alteration of the company’s financial structure by adding debt, bringing on investors, or buying out […]

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The Growing Popularity of Independent Sponsorship

Over the last few years, we’ve noticed a significant growth in the popularity of the independent sponsorship model. While this model used to be seen as merely a stepping stone for those with experience in the middle market to start their own fund, it has now become a generally accepted alternative investment model. What is […]

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Generational Entrepreneurship and Baby Boomer Businesses

In one of our recent blogs, we discussed that with 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age every day, the United States is going to see the largest intergenerational transfer of private businesses in our country’s history. You might assume that millennials or Generation X’ers will take the place of baby boomers as America’s entrepreneurial […]

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Chad Byers Highlighted in the Philadelphia Business Journal

Chad Byers, Founder and Managing Partner of Symmetrical, was highlighted in a special section of the March 2nd issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal. He is an alumnus of the 2016 Outstanding Directors award for his service on the board of Hillside Acquisitions Group LLC.                     […]

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Is it Time to Consider a Recession?

We’ve enjoyed the third longest period of economic growth in U.S. history at 103 months. We’ve also enjoyed nine years of positive performance by the S&P 500, matched only once before from 1991-1999. So, the question that comes to mind is: how much longer will it last? Considering the answer to this question now will […]

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The Private Equity Demand for “Eyes, Skin, and Teeth”

It has never been a better time to be an owner of an ophthalmology, dermatology, or dental practice who is looking to sell. Over the last few years, demand for these types of medical practices among private equity firms has soared, causing a strong increase in valuations. Consequently, consolidation is the new reality as practice […]

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Symmetrical’s M&A Analysis – 2017 Review & 2018 Outlook

A cheerful attitude persists in the middle market M&A world. Despite a slightly down year in 2017, optimism remains high, and we expect a marked increase in activity in 2018. Key Observations 1) Because median valuation/EBITDA multiples continue to steadily rise, while at the same time monetary policies remain beneficial for financing deals, now is […]

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What is Your Company Actually Worth?

A business owner’s decision to sell is typically based on his or her perceived value of the business. Based on our experience, this number is typically not accurate – it could be worth more or less. This mistake can be costly. Here’s what you need to know: Why Business Owners Misjudge Value The complexity of […]

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