As we embark on the year 2018, it is important to acknowledge the advantages of engaging your business for sale. Mergers and acquisitions was strong in 2017 and is expected to continue full steam ahead moving into 2018. You can count on Benchmark International to stay on top of current trends to bring you the highest level of professionalism in the sale of your business.
Corporate and private equity executives foresee an acceleration of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2018, both in the number of deals and the size of the transactions. Right now, sellers have the opportunity to take advantage of the M&A cycle as deal scarcity, a depleted stock of quality companies available for sale in the market, is still forcing buyers to pay more for businesses.
Now is the time to move quickly and ensure your future objectives because the M&A cycle is solidly in its growth phase. The demand for quality companies is at its peak. Benchmark International predicts high multiples on EBITDA to continue trending in 2018. Sellers will want to have an exit strategy in hand that allows them to sell their companies on their terms. In order to do this, it is important to evaluate upcoming changes in the M&A cycle and use these evaluations to make smart decisions for the future of your business.
Timing is of the essence. With the unemployment rate predicted to drop to 3.7 percent by the end of 2018, we could see a hike in interest rates to follow. Higher interest rates will force buyers to drive tougher negotiations with business owners looking to sell. Get the ball rolling on your acquisition process now. Beat these higher rates and lock in the deal you seek. Benchmark International is the partner to assist you from start to finish and make sure your expectations are met.
Bloomberg reports “the U.S. economy is heading into 2018 with strong momentum that’s likely to boost wages and inflation more broadly, requiring the federal reserve to raise interest rates four times next year.” These interest rates are expected to continue rising in the coming years, so now is the time to snag a desirable negotiation for the sale of your business. As the M&A cycle comes to its peak, we are here to obtain the best offer for your business.
According to CNN, there are approximately 75 million baby boomers, aged 53 to 71, who are entering into retirement. With this generation coming into retirement, there will be more businesses for sale, providing buyers with more purchasing power. This will cause a change in supply and demand, and likely drive prices of companies down. If you are considering selling your business in the next three to five years, the time to act is now.
2018 is the year to earn the deal you want for your business. Be ahead of the crowd in making your decision to commit to a merger and acquisition engagement, so you can stand firmly on your expectations and get the best possible outcome for the sale of your business. With Benchmark International’s help, you can complete your sale at the top of the M&A cycle.
The deal process can take several months, and in some cases as long as a couple years. You should seek competitive offers for your business today. 2018 is expected to be another successful year for M&A. Don’t let it pass you by and miss out on the high multiples and buyer competition we witnessed this year. Let us exceed your expectations and show you what experts can do for you. The time to start your engagement is now.
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