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What is Working Capital and how does it Affect an M&A Transaction?

In the simplest terms, working capital can be defined as current assets less current liabilities but ultimately it is the amount of operating liquidity or cash available to a business at a given point in time. Working capital is an essential part of the day to day operations of a business and is just as […]

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The First Step in the Process: Recasting to EBITDA

Thinking about buying a business? Thinking about selling a business? No matter which side of the fence you are on, it is important for you to start by understanding the true range of value for the business. The market value of a small business can vary greatly from the book or tax mitigated value because […]

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Why Now is the Best Time to Borrow and Invest in Your Business

The predominant thinking over the past few years has been that new regulations resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act have crippled small community banks and their ability to lend to small businesses, while large enterprises have continued to easily borrow from the capital markets. Although the commercial and industrial loans of community banks may have been […]

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A Manager’s Guide to a Successful Management Buyout

So what is a Management Buy-Out (MBO)? An MBO is a transaction where a company’s management team purchases the assets and operations of the business they manage. The MBO became a popular option in the 1980’s in the United States and the trend quickly spread across the globe. An MBO can be beneficial to everyone […]

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3 Reasons Why Majority Recapitalizations Work

Recapitalizations are the way of the future. It is no longer acceptable for an owner to sell their business one day then turn around and go to the shore the next. Private equity investors and strategists alike can bring down their risk profile and increase valuation by keeping owners engaged for some period of time […]

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Inside the Deal | Selling Upstream

In today’s market, many big firms are only interested in acquiring businesses with at least five million dollars in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA). Many opportunities fall a bit short of the $5M EBITDA mark although this doesn’t mean that investors shouldn’t take a harder look. Here, we’ll go inside the deal […]

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Symmetrical at AM&AA Summer Conference

Symmetrical will be attending AM&AA’s Summer Conference in Chicago, July 7-9. In response to today’s shifting M&A environment, the 2015 Summer Conference will focus on how private equity firms and other dealmakers are responding to today’s new pressures and what is expected going forward. Be part of this year’s most anticipated industry event for a […]

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