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Verplas acquired by Indutrade

Posted on November 25, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has successfully advised the shareholders of Verplas Limited on the sale of the Company to Indutrade AB for an undisclosed sum.

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Crane services acquired by REEL

Posted on November 20, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has successfully advised the shareholder of Crane Services on the sale of the company to REEL for an undisclosed sum.

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J C Kellett acquired by Britdoors Group

Posted on November 8, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has successfully advised the shareholders of J C Kellett (Development) Limited on the 100% sale of the company to Britdoors Group Limited for an undisclosed sum which equates to 6.5x the company’s EBITDA.

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Datalytics acquired by Iris Nation Worldwide

Posted on November 8, 2013 By in Deal completions + Uncategorized

Benchmark International has successfully advised the shareholders of Datalytics Limited on the sale of 75% of the company’s shares to Iris Nation Worldwide for an undisclosed sum.

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Benchmark International wins ‘Deal of the Year’ at Insider Dealmakers awards

Benchmark International’s UK team were the proud recipients of the ‘Deal of the Year (Sub £5m)’ award at the Insider Dealmaker Awards 2013, held at Manchester Central, Thursday 24 October 2013.

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Netplan Internet Solutions acquired by Daily Internet

Posted on October 23, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has successfully advised the shareholders of Netplan Internet Solutions on the sale of the company to Daily Internet for an initial sum of £2.5m, with additional deferred and performance-related elements due after 12 months.

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Insider Finance for Growth Breakfast 2013

Posted on October 16, 2013 By in What's happening at Benchmark

Benchmark International Corporate Finance Director, Nick Hulme, will be speaking at Insider’s Finance for Growth Breakfast to be held on Thursday 24th October 2013 in Manchester.

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Underground Vision (UK) Limited Acquired by TorenValk Group BV

Posted on October 14, 2013 By in Deal completions

North West-based drain and sewer specialist, Underground Vision (UK) Limited (UGV & the Company) has been acquired by Torenvalk Group BV (Torenvalk), a Dutch-based trade acquirer for an undisclosed value consisting of cash and shares issued on completion.

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How much you receive for your company depends on how you sell it

Posted on October 11, 2013 By in Blog

As M&A specialists we are asked one question significantly more often than any other . . .  ‘How much is my business worth?’ Most business owners expect us to give a definitive answer, however, the simple fact is that whilst a tentative valuation can be placed on a company, the acquirer and the manner in which it is sold largely determine its value.

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Beware of strangers baring gifts

Posted on October 9, 2013 By in Blog

It appears that many buyers are currently on the prowl, attempting to bag bargain acquisitions by exploiting business owners blinded by multi-million Dollar cheques and disadvantaged by a lack of advice from a seasoned M&A professional.

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We have been nominated ‘Deal of the Year’ at the Insider Dealmaker awards

Benchmark International are proud to announce that we have been nominated for an award at Insider’s prestigious Dealmakers award ceremony which will take place on 24 October 2013 at Manchester Central.

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3 vital components for a successful deal completion

Posted on September 18, 2013 By in Blog

Market factors inevitably play the most significant role in successful deal completions. Industry conditions, the state of local and global economies and country specific governmental legislative environments will largely effect demand and realized value upon any company sale.

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Letter from Bob Turner of Fleet Wizard

Today we received a very nice letter from Bob Turner of Fleet Wizard (formerly trading as Fleet Auto-Mates) thanking Benchmark International for the role we played in the sale of his company. Based in Greater Manchester, Bob Turner sold the Company, MSA Software Systems to the Cheshire-based IT services company in March 2013.

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Mountains of unspent cash good news for business owners considering a sale

Posted on September 2, 2013 By in Blog

As we have mentioned previously, a lack of spending within the Private Equity industry is creating significant pressure to invest. This is good news for business owners looking to exit their company as the huge sums of money available means that Private Equity firms chasing well performing businesses.

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Going local in the US

Posted on September 2, 2013 By in Blog

In a blog featured on Insider Media James Thornton, UK managing director of Benchmark International, discusses the lessons he learned from his recent move into the US market. (Click to view James blog on InsiderMedia.com)

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Baby boomer retirements – What this means for business owners

Posted on August 19, 2013 By in Blog

External market factors play a huge role in determining the value of a company. Regardless of how well your company may be performing, the disappointing thing for business owners is that a variety of factors that impact the value of a business are beyond the control of the owner.

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Rogers & Cowan Integrates Zucker Public Relations

Posted on August 16, 2013 By in Deal completions

Acting on behalf of Zucker Public Relations Inc. (Zucker PR) and its shareholders of Boca Raton, Florida, USA, global company sales specialist, Benchmark International, successfully facilitated the integration of Zucker PR into Rogers & Cowan for an undisclosed amount.  Zucker is now a senior VP for Rogers & Cowan, heading up southeastern U.S. operations and expanding the footprint of Rogers & Cowan, which currently has offices in London, New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles.

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Preparing your business for sale

Posted on August 16, 2013 By in Blog

Whether you are seeking an exit from your business in the short, medium or long term, it is always beneficial to bare in mind how any potential acquirers will perceive your business. In order to attain the highest value it is important to get the company in the best possible shape. In doing so, business owners should endeavor to eliminate any potential issues which may arise come the due diligence process.

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Turning the 'one size fits all' approach on its head

Posted on August 7, 2013 By in Blog

Within the company sales industry many brokers, investment banks and M&A companies often adopt a 'one size fits all' approach when it comes to structuring exit solutions for their clients.

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Benchmarker completes London-Surry 100 mile bike race for charity

Last weekend (3-4 August 2013), 20,000 cyclists descended upon London for the inaugural Prudential RideLondon cycling event, part of the governments Olympic legacy plans. The festival of cycling ran over the weekend consisting of a freecycle through London, an 8 mile open event which allowed riders to take in the sites of England’s capital city without cars. There was also a pro cycling event on Sunday which covered the Olympic road race 140 mile route from London to Surrey and back.

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H1 2013 Global M&A & Private Equity Summary

Posted on August 1, 2013 By in Blog

Key points

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Martin Kelway appointed as Head of Research Strategy

Benchmark International is delighted to welcome Martin Kelway to our International Research Team. Martin will take up the position of Head of Research Strategy, working closely with UK & US Corporate Deal Teams to help source and connect with highly motivated potential acquirers for our client companies.

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The people behind our success - Kendall Stafford

Occupying the position of Deal Lead Director, Kendall manages and coordinates a large team of Deal Leaders and Executives that are responsible for driving deals utilizing a strong commercial awareness and negotiation skills, ensuring ultimate satisfaction for Benchmark International’s clients.

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Skypark Secure Ltd - Letter of Testimony

We recently received a very nice letter from one of our current UK clients, David Brown of Skypark Secure Ltd (Skypark).

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The people behind our success – Clinton Johnston

Occupying the position of Director and based out of our Tampa office, Clinton performs an extremely important role in ensuring our US-based deals come to fruition. Holding an exceptional degree of knowledge, experience and drive, we truly believe that Clinton is one of the most talented individuals currently working within our industry.

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Silclear acquired by Private Investor

Posted on July 10, 2013 By in Deal completions

Acting on behalf of Silclear and its shareholders of Hampshire, England, the Manchester office of global sales specialist, Benchmark International, successfully facilitated the 100% sale of Silclear to private investors for £1.75m, 6x EBITDA.

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Adler & Allan acquires AMW Contractors

Posted on July 8, 2013 By in Deal completions

Acting on behalf of AMW Contractors (AMW) and its shareholders of Cumbria, England, the Manchester office of global sales specialist, Benchmark International, successfully facilitated the sale of AMW Contractors to Adler & Allan for an undisclosed amount.

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Synergistic acquisitions explained

Posted on July 8, 2013 By in Blog

Grounded within the theory that the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts, synergistic acquisitions are one of the most common forms of company sale.

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Nor-Seg Security Services Inc. acquires Motivated Guard Services, Inc.

Posted on July 5, 2013 By in Deal completions

Acting on behalf of Motivated Guard Services, Inc (“Motivated Guard”) and its shareholders of Lake Worth, Florida, USA, Benchmark International, successfully facilitated the sale of Motivated Guard to Nor-Seg Security Services Inc (“Nor-Seg”) for an undisclosed amount.

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Five misconceptions surrounding the sale of a business

Posted on June 28, 2013 By in Blog

The process of selling a business often comes with a high degree of misconception surrounding it. During our initial meetings with clients, these commonly held misconceptions often come to the fore and our directors are tasked with presenting the realities surrounding the process.

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Orange & Gold Accountancy Ltd to Milestone Partners Ltd

Posted on June 8, 2013 By in UK Deals + UK M&A + Dealmaking

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Orange & Gold by Milestone Partners for an undisclosed sum, the company’s second acquisition within the accountancy sector in as many months.

As was the case with Milestone Partner’s previous acquisition, Benchmark International acted on behalf of the buyer to source acquisition opportunities adhering to Milestone Partner’s set criteria.

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InterCloud Systems, Inc. Acquires AW Solutions, Inc. and AW Solutions Puerto Rico LLC.

Posted on May 30, 2013 By in Deal completions

Acting on behalf of AW Solutions (“AWS”) and its shareholders of Longwood Florida, USA,  the global company sales specialist Benchmark International successfully facilitated the sale of AWS to InterCloud Systems, Inc. (“ICS”) for an undisclosed amount consisting of cash, promissory notes and InterCloud common stock plus an additional Earn-out based upon future EBITDA. The Shareholders have remained with the business and are excited by the future growth opportunity provided by the acquisition which will provide new and expanded services for our valued clients.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of furniture company IPD to Hong Kong based Private Equity Group

Posted on May 29, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of IPD Furniture to Panache Casa. The London-based contemporary furniture & lighting company, Panache Casa are backed by the Hong Kong based private equity group, The Velocity Group.

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When is the best time to sell your company?

Posted on May 28, 2013 By in Blog

A host of internal and external factors need to be considered when selling a company in order to ensure that maximum value is received upon its eventual sale.

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Private equity firms seeking to grow through acquisitions

Posted on May 24, 2013 By in Blog

Throughout 2013 thus far we have witness a surge of private equity activity within the middle market with firms seeking to expand their portfolio of companies with synergistic add-on acquisitions. According to leading private equity focused research firm Pitchbook, in excess of 50% of PE acquisitions were add-ons in Q1 2013.

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Umbrella Loans Testimonial

Today we received a wonderful testimonial from a very satisfied client, Merle Oper, COO of Umbrella Loans Limited.

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Thank you letter from Mike Bailey of Petnap Ltd

Posted on May 7, 2013 By in Deal completions

Following the recent successful sale of Petnap Ltd. Mike Bailey, the previous owner of the company wrote a letter to thank Benchmark International for our contribution to the sale.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of Earthing Solutions

Posted on April 26, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the completed sale of Earthing Solutions and Earthing Measurements Limited to ERA Technology, part of  EDIF Group Management Limited.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of Clever Accounts

Posted on April 26, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Clever Accounts Limited by John Hoskin of Milestone Partners Limited.

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Private Equity Awards a resounding success

As proud sponsors of The Private Equity Awards organised by Real Deals Benchmark UK directors enjoyed yesterdays ceremony immensely.

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