For several years, Private Equity firms have been slowly shifting their focus toward sub-$50 million acquisition opportunities. These smaller acquisitions offer bolt-on opportunities for firms to integrate into their current portfolios, and also represent reduced risk for firms still wary of over exposing themselves following the uncertainty of the past few years.READ MORE >>
Benchmark International is delighted to announce successful completion of the sale of Sterimedix Ltd to Synergetic USA, Inc. for an initial sum of £8.5m, with an additional gross profit margin earn-out through December 31, 2017.
Based in Redditch, Worcestershire, Sterimedix manufactures and distributes cannulas, needles and other disposable products for ophthalmic and aesthetic procedures. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Sterimedix generated total revenue of approximately £4.1m.
Synergetics USA, headquartered in Missouri, USA, with offices in France, Germany, Italy and Australia, specialises in the design, manufacture, and marketing of innovative surgical devices for ophthalmic and neurological applications.
Sterimedix’s Managing Director, Ronnie McFarlane, noted, “The Benchmark International team, led by Roger Forshaw, was left by us to negotiate the price entirely. We as a company did not feel adequate to start the negotiations with potential acquirers and, therefore, by using alternative quotes Roger managed to leverage a final offer price from Synergetics USA." He further added, "Roger became personally involved to try to keep the wheels oiled and to keep negotiations going when we became frustrated with the due diligence process. He suggested alternative routes to complete the process and that was certainly a significant benefit to us completing the deal at the end."
On the deal, Benchmark International Associate Director, Roger Forshaw, commented, “This is another great completion for Benchmark International. We were able to source a great buyer from the US, structure a deal that worked for all parties and tightly manage a cross-Atlantic deal to a successful completion. We wish both our clients and the buyer, Synergetics, every success in the future.”READ MORE >>
Benchmark International has advised on the successful sale of Border Group, comprising Border (Disposable) Products Ltd and Lanes Garage (Ystrad Mynack) Ltd (trading as GTP Border Forest and Border Forest Products, respectively) to Premier Forest Group for an undisclosed sum.READ MORE >>
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Many business owners, particularly those in the lower-middle market, will often attempt to reduce their tax liability. This practice is commonplace throughout SMEs, a perk that enables business owners the ability to keep hold of more of what they earn.READ MORE >>
“Despite steep price tags, deal flow remains healthy, and is actually strengthening.” That is the summary from Private Equity data specialist, PitchBook from its latest middle market report, which should be music to the ears of business owners selling or considering a sale in the near future.READ MORE >>
There was an interesting occurrence back in 2012: the first wave of baby boomers started turning 65. Today, with 76 million baby boomers due to turn 65 over the next 15 years in the US, and at least 600,000 individuals reaching retirement age each year up to 2018 in the UK, it’s reasonable to assume a good many businesses are set to put up the ‘For Sale’ sign in the coming years.READ MORE >>
Due diligence often throws up a broad range of issues that can threaten to scupper a deal. One of the biggest culprits, surprisingly, is an issue most business owners possibly wouldn’t consider to be a factor in this situation: HR.READ MORE >>
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.READ MORE >>