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Benchmark International named ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’

In further recognition of its efforts Benchmark International has been named ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ at the ACQ Global Awards 2014.

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M&A in Scotland to benefit from NO vote

Posted on September 24, 2014 By in Blog

Regardless of political viewpoints, it is undoubtedly the case that many business owners will benefit greatly from the result of the Scottish referendum. As two years of campaigning has been drawing to a heightened conclusion over the past few months, M&A activity has stalled as a result due primarily to the very real possibility of Scotland becoming an independent country and all of the uncertainty that would have come hand in hand with that decision.

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Scotland’s NO vote the best outcome for business owners on both sides of the border

Posted on September 19, 2014 By in Blog

So the Scottish people have spoken, an astounding 90% of them in some areas, and they have decided that the Union will go on - for a decade or two at least.

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Medical Services (North East) acquired by ERS Medical

Posted on September 9, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Medical Services (North East) to ERS Medical for an undisclosed sum.

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Addison Capital Partners recaps G.W. Shultz Tool

Posted on September 9, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful recapitalization of G.W. Shultz Tool, Inc.(GWS) by Addison Capital Partners (ACP) in partnership with the management team of GWS in an undisclosed deal.

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Braille Battery, Inc. acquired by Grafoid Inc.

Posted on September 9, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Braille Battery, Inc. to Grafoid Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

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UK deal volume soars

Posted on September 3, 2014 By in Blog

July saw the UK’s total deal volume soar by almost 20 per cent, according to Experian Corpfin, recording the highest regional growth across the world.

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Benchmark International named ‘International Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’

Posted on September 1, 2014 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International is immensely proud to have been named ‘International Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’ at Acquisition International’s 2014 Finance Awards.

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Five reasons behind the mid-market M&A boom

Posted on August 29, 2014 By in Blog

Whilst discussing the state of the current M&A mid-market with business owners, the question arising most frequently is usually “is now the right time?”

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Benchmark International on Bloomberg TV

Posted on August 29, 2014 By in Blog

Benchmark International were recently mentioned on Bloomberg TV in a feature revolving around Deal Nexus, an M&A platform which brings sellers and buyers together from around the globe.

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Bailey Morris acquired by Indutrade

Posted on August 18, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Bailey Morris Limited to Indutrade for an undisclosed sum, the second acquisition of a Benchmark International-advised company by Indutrade within 12 months.

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Universal Air Tool Company Limited acquired by P&F Industries, Inc.

Posted on July 31, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Universal Air Tool Company Limited (UAT) to P&F Industries, Inc. (P&F) for  seven times the Company’s EBITDA.

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Benchmark International sign sponsorship agreement with football team!

Benchmark International is proud to announce that it has reached a sponsorship agreement with Cannock Town Football Club (Under 9s).

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The importance of identifying active acquirers

Many business owners believe they can sell their business on their own, without using the services of an M&A adviser. That may be the case; however, this viewpoint fails to consider the negative effect on the business that the process of selling and the time it takes will have. Whilst a business owner could potentially sell without specialist advice, it’s highly likely that the eventual value received will be much lower – indeed, without an experienced M&A research, marketing and negotiating team behind them, it almost certainly will be.

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Key aspects that drive business value

When it comes to the motives and objectives of acquirers seeking to purchase a business, regardless of whether they are financial purchasers such as private equity groups, or strategic purchasers such as larger corporates looking for bolt-on opportunities, the key value drivers of the potential acquisition largely remain unchanged.

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Dexters Confectionery Limited enters joint venture with Unex Private Equity

Posted on July 2, 2014 By in Deal completions

Glasgow-based confectionery and soft drink import and distribution specialist Dexters Confectionery Limited has entered a joint venture with Unex Private Equity in an undisclosed deal.

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Benchmark International’s environmental commitment

As part of Benchmark International’s commitment to making a positive impact on our local and wider environment, we actively participate in a number of environmental schemes.

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Best middle-market deal flow conditions for sellers since mid-2000s according to expert

Posted on June 26, 2014 By in Blog

“The primary drivers of middle-market deal flow, company and industry performance, capital availability, macro-economic conditions, and private equity values are more favourable to the private business seller than at any time since the mid-2000s.” That is the view of Andy Greenberg, CEO of private equity data resource specialist GF Data, an organisation well positioned to make a judgment, based on purely data-driven analysis.

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Undervaluing the role of an M&A adviser may cost in the long run

Many business owners make one key mistake when selling their business: underestimating the value of their M&A adviser. Business owners will often marginalise their appointed M&A adviser to such an extent that it may seem their role is overly costly;however, whilst not all M&A advisers can justify their costs, a good one with strong credentials will surprise most of their clients by truly demonstrating the value an adviser can actually add.

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Benchmark International named ‘Dealmaker of the Year 2014’ at M&A Awards

Benchmark International is proud to have been named ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ at the Acquisition International M&A Awards 2014.

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Avoid being perceived as a risk

Risk is the most influential factor when buyers are deciding whether to make an acquisition or investment. In cases where an acquisition opportunity has greater growth potential than a comparative opportunity which represents lower risk, the majority of acquirers will pursue the latter.

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Benchmark International reaches 1,000 Twitter followers

Another milestone is set down as Benchmark International proudly announces that that our Twitter account has now surpassed the 1,000 follower mark.

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Increased lending driving deal activity

Posted on May 21, 2014 By in Blog

According to data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., bank lending has increased by $37 billion during the first three months of the year, the greatest jump in any first quarter since 2008.

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Venturian Group acquired by Intelligent Living Inc.

Posted on May 15, 2014 By in Deal completions

Retained by Venturian Group and its shareholders of Miami Florida, USA, Benchmark International successfully facilitated the sale of the Company to Intelligent Living Inc.

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Vibration Control Services acquired by PCMS Engineering

Posted on May 9, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Vibration Control Services to The Practice Care Maintenance Services Ltd, trading as PCMS Engineering.

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Benchmark International wins Team of the Year award

Benchmark International’s corporate finance team was the proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Team of the Year’ award at the Insider Young Professionals Awards 2014, beating off competition from fellow nominees KPMG and Savills.

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BlueForge LLC acquired by ARGO Systems LLC

Posted on April 22, 2014 By in Deal completions

Acting on behalf of BlueForge LLC (“BlueForge”) and its shareholders of St Petersburg, Florida, USA, Benchmark International successfully facilitated the sale of BlueForge to ARGO Systems, LLC (“ARGO”).

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Congratulations to all the winners at The Private Equity Awards 2014

Last night Benchmark International was proud to sponsor and attended the annual Private Equity Awards, hosted by RealDeals.

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Benchmark International Has Successfully Facilitated the Sale of Cable Accessories to Dalroad Norslo

Posted on April 9, 2014 By in UK M&A + Dealmaking

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Cable Accessories, based in Suffolk, to Dalroad Norslo, a Bedfordshire distributor of automation components.

Founded in 2001, Cable Accessories was set up to distribute products made by electrical parts maker Grote & Hartmann after the closure of its UK manufacturing facility. It was originally based in St Albans but moved to Leiston in December 2006.

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Risk averse buyers causing lower mid-market to lead M&A activity in 2014

Posted on April 9, 2014 By in Blog

Lower mid-market deals have been driving M&A activity through the first quarter of 2014, a trend that is yet to show signs of shifting. The primary reasoning behind this trend appears to be a matter of perceived risk.

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Cable accessories acquired by Dalroad Norslo Group

Posted on April 8, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Cable Accessories to Dalroad Norslo Group for an undisclosed sum.

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Benchmark International shortlisted for ‘Team of the Year’

Posted on April 8, 2014 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International’s corporate finance team has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Team of the Year’ award at Insider’s ‘Young Professional Awards 2014’.

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Creative exit solutions

No two companies are ever the same, as is the case with their owners. For this reason it makes no sense to adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to deal structures as a solution which may work for one company and the personal objectives of its owners may not be suitable for another.

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10 indicators that tell you when you may need to have the 'EXIT' conversation

At Benchmark International we always encourage that business owners to plan their exit in advance, as businesses which are ‘deal ready’ often attract the highest values.

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Network Technology Solutions (UK) acquired by Capita IT Services

Posted on March 21, 2014 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Network Technology Solutions (UK) to Capita IT Services for an undisclosed sum.

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TJR Global acquired by private investor

Posted on March 21, 2014 By in Deal completions

Acting on behalf of TJR Global and its shareholder of Tampa, Florida, USA, Benchmark International successfully facilitated the sale of TJR Global to a private investor.

TJR Global (http://www.tjrglobal.com/) operates as an authorized distributor of computer peripherals, network equipment, electronic components, and hardware. The company, established in 2008, supports some of the largest, most recognizable OEMs and EMS providers in the world. TJR Global is established as a trusted partner in the industry and supports its customers across the supply chain.

The acquirer understood TJR Global’s attractive footprint in the industry and identified the value in the company’s distinguished relationships with suppliers.

Deal Leader, Andrew Bilodeau, stated, “It was a pleasure working with TJR Global to find an acquirer who fit the strategic visions of the company. The acquisition provides the resources and personnel to take the company to the next level, which was the owner’s ambition.”

Everyone at Benchmark International would like to thank both parties and wish them the very best of success going forward.

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St. James’s Place Budget Report 2014

Posted on March 20, 2014 By in Blog

The Chancellor, George Osbourne delivered his 5th and final pre-election Budget yesterday with a continuing pro-business agenda underlying it.

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Budget 2014: What this means for your business

Posted on March 19, 2014 By in Blog

George Osbourne’s 2014 Budget has picked up where its predecessor left off for business owners, many of whom should continue to benefit from the government’s commitment to ensuring Britain remains one of the world’s most hospitable business environments.

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Value isn’t the only important component in a successful deal

The majority of our clients instruct Benchmark International with the task of generating the highest possible value for their company. Although this is our primary objective in any case, it is fully understandable that an outgoing business owner would wish to secure maximum value for what is possibly their most significant asset – it’s human nature, after all.

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Benchmark International selected for Deal of the Month in Finance Monthly

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that one of its several recently completed deals, in which 4 Sight Consulting was successfully acquired by Wilde Analysis, has been selected by Finance Monthly’s editorial panel for their ‘Deal of the Month’ feature in the April edition of the magazine.

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