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Ride the wave

Every company has an optimal time to be sold and it is vital to endeavor to know when this moment is. If you are aware that this optimal selling moment will come, you won’t have to regret missing out on it.

Mergers and acquisitions come in waves. Certain circumstances provoke a large number of corporate transactions in big, medium or small companies in any period of time.

If you see an increase of M&A activity in your sector, it might be the moment to take advantage of the opportunity and ride the wave.

Access to credit plays an important role as a catalyst for corporate transactions. The possibility to get debt cheaply due to low interest rates results in more corporate transactions.

When companies are worth more they can also buy companies at higher prices by paying in shares. Overvalued stocks are then exchanged for undervalued securities or assets. This happens mainly when companies trade at higher multiples in the stock market.

Today there is an excess of liquidity in the world and easy access to cheap debt for anyone asking for loans or credits. This results in an increase in the price of assets, stocks and property, which creates a general feeling of wealth.

Having money and access to cheap credit means that companies are willing to get into debt in order to buy other businesses. That´s why we are reaching record highs of acquisitions.

In recent years, especially due to globalization, competitive pressures have accelerated the need to quickly identify the right time to sell the company.

Not selling a company when there are strong motives to do so can end up causing a loss in company value or company closure. In many cases letting a window of opportunity pass by has ended up in bankruptcy.

The important thing is to realize that selling your company is an option and that certain circumstances will make the sale very convenient. In this case, a timely decision will help create personal and economic value.

Mergers & Acquisitions, Compraventa de empresas

Owner’s fatigue? Prepare to sell the company

More than a third of the business owners are 55 or older. For many of them it is time to prepare for sell.

One of the main objectives of the preparation process is to identify the key aspects that need to be improved and reduce any possible risks that a potential buyer might perceive to be a problem.

There are many businessmen who, at 55, decide they have enough money and “have done it all”, they no longer feel the urge to continue fighting and would rather focus on other pastimes, such as travel.

They may feel a social responsibility to dedicate the rest of your years to an NGO, maybe you want to buy a company focused on another activity, perhaps you want to devote yourself to politics or to your family (to enjoy spending time with your grandchildren in a way you couldn’t with your children because it coincided with the initial stages of your company). Having founded or inherited a company doesn’t mean you have to spend your whole life dedicated to it.

Others prefer not to retire until 70. In a highly competitive business world like today’s, without complete dedication from its owner, a company can rapidly deteriorate: the necessary amount is no longer invested, it loses competitive strength, and talented employees notice a lack of drive within the company and look for new work. It creates a vicious cycle that ends with the life, closure or bad sale of what were once magnificent organizations.

This situation is very common; the employer does not want anyone to know that he is willing to sell, which means he cannot completely explore the possibilities. It is also common that a business owner sees his competitors as the best candidates, but the idea of them knowing that he is selling makes him dizzy. He doesn’t know the techniques that exist in order to correctly manage confidentiality and he doesn’t know where to find other buyers.

As he doesn’t see a solution, the businessman gradually lets time pass by and it becomes increasingly difficult to sell.

If a businessman is 63 and wants to sell his company and retire in two years, it is always a good idea to start preparing the company for sale.

Any businessman thinking of selling his company should start preparing one or two years in advance

When you want to sell a house, you make improvements such as painting it, mowing the lawn, cleaning it and fixing anything that’s broken. These small touches can increase the value of the house in the eyes of the buyer because it changes its overall aspect. With a value much higher than a house, this advice rings even more true when it comes to your company.

If our client has time, we always begin to prepare his company one or two years in advance. This way, we have more time to improve its value, make it more attractive, interest more buyers, increase our chances of success, remove obstacles, and minimize the fiscal impact and economic consequences of the sale.

Don’t forget that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.


Written by Enrique Quemada, president of ONEtoONE Corporate Finance.


Mergers & Acquisitions, Compraventa de empresas

When selling your business: surround yourself with the best

Selling a company is a much more complex process than any other sale, as a company is a living process and its sale affects third parties: Employees, clients, suppliers, banks, tax authorities, etc.

At the same time, it also implies legal responsibilities that may have important economic consequences for the different parties. For this reason, I recommend you to surround yourself with professional advisors.

During the sale of a large business, both the buyer and the seller always rely on professional advisors to help them through the process.  Even though this should also be the case with smaller companies, we still see many business owners selling their businesses by themselves without looking for support from a specialized advisor.

When a buyer interested in the company arises, the business owner decides, in many cases to deal with this potential buyer himself, without the help of a professional expert. By doing this, the process can become extremely lengthy and the negotiations may get “tied up”.  Who is going to know my company better than me? By this argument, the business owner justifies the reason behind managing the sale himself.

The buyer, on the other hand, uses advisors with a lot of experience both in the finance world and in negotiation and with a strong focus on the market. The seller is at a clear disadvantage because he does not possess this experience and this is reflected in the deal´s outcome.

Your advisors can provide imaginative solutions at times were the negotiation seems to be going nowhere. By providing financial solutions, they can use this to arrive at an optimum price for the company during the negotiation.

Good Advisors are expert negotiators when it comes to the buying and selling of businesses, they know how to frame the negotiation and are able to guide the client by advising him about what should be the convenient thing to say during the negotiation.

A good team of advisors stops the client from making  many errors, increases the possibilities of selling the company and manages to attain a much higher price for the client´s business.

Selling a company is not an easy job, and it requires a lot of time. During the period of searching for investors and negotiations,  you should focus your efforts on improving the company´s financial results while at the same time monitoring the advisors and demanding to be informed at any step.

Without advisors, it is very difficult to maintain confidentiality and, at the same time conduct a rigorous search to find the best buyer or investor for your business.

Surround yourself with the best. This process will be one of the “moments of truth” in your professional life. Don’t skimp on the quality of your advisors. As I have, I imagine that you too have also come to realize that “cheap is expensive”.


Written by Enrique Quemada, president of ONEtoONE Corporate Finance.