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Exploring The Advantages Of Vertical Integration

Vertical Integration

Vertical integration is a strategy that involves a company expanding its operations into other stages of its supply chain. This means that a company takes control of its suppliers, distributors, or both. Vertical integration can be achieved in two ways, either through backward integration or forward integration.

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2023 Global Manufacturing Industry Outlook

The manufacturing industry enjoys growth despite labor shortages, supply chain problems, and economic woes. 2023 holds many opportunities for the sector to capture more growth and turn risks into positives. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues are finally on track to ease this year. This is due to improved production and transportation capacity and replenishing inventories.

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The Value Of A Good Bookkeeper On Board During The Sale Of Your Company

No matter what business you are in, we all know that life becomes much easier when we have our finances in order. Whether preparing for Tax season, doing an audit, or ensuring that your business is operating at its highest potential, having accountable financials is vital. This becomes especially true when you are trying to sell your business. Not only do your financials need to make sense to you, but they need to be as attractive as possible to potential buyers. A key to making this financial transition as smooth as possible lies in the hands of one person: your bookkeeper. 

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Healthcare Is A Hot Industry For M&A In 2023

After a very active year in 2021 and a reasonably robust market in 2022, M&A deal-making in the healthcare sector will soar in 2023 thanks to much corporate cash and private equity sitting on plenty of dry powder. Healthcare and health services companies are expected to actively explore M&A, divestitures, and other types of transactions, making it an attractive marketplace for parties.

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Benchmark International’s Brittney Zoeller Named Among Top 10 Inspiring Women Leaders Of 2023

We are proud to announce that our very own Brittney Zoeller, Global Creative & Brand Strategy Director at Benchmark International, has been named among the Top 10 Inspiring Women Leaders of 2023 by Industry Era Women Leaders magazine.

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2023 Global Distribution Industry Report

The global industrial distribution market was valued at $7.72 trillion in 2022 and is forecasted to reach $11.93 trillion by 2032, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5%.

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How Do Economic Conditions Affect The Lower Middle Market?

How do Economic Conditions affect the Lower Middle Market? 

The lower middle market is typically defined as companies with an enterprise value (EV) between $5 million and $100 million. A range of factors, including economic conditions, interest rates, and availability of financing, influences M&A activity in this market segment. In recent years, lower middle market M&A has been driven by several factors, including a strong economy, low-interest rates, and the availability of financing. Here are a few ways that current economic conditions can affect M&A activity in these key industries:

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Why Do I Need An Exit Strategy?

Don’t Delay

As a business owner, an exit plan is critical to preparing you and your company ready for retirement or your next act. Unfortunately, many business owners do not realize the importance of exit strategies, so they don’t feel like it’s worth taking the time to craft one. This is often a huge mistake. It doesn’t matter if you do not plan on selling or retiring soon. However, it’s wise to have an exit strategy for several reasons. 

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Want To Sell? What To Look For In An M&A Firm

If you are considering selling your company, you have several options for pursuing the sale, and you have quite a few decisions to make. And this is a journey you do not want to take lightly. You’ve worked so hard to build your business. When you sell it, you want everything right to get the value you deserve. In addition to extracting value, you want the process to be as painless as possible. These are the reasons you should consider having the representation of a reputable mergers and acquisitions firm. Partnering with the right M&A advisor can significantly affect your sale price. 

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Between Integrity 1st, Inc And Onedigital

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Integrity 1st, Inc and OneDigital, a portfolio company of Onex. This transaction creates a strategic expansion into the Colorado insurance market. 

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The Role Of Mergers And Acquisitions In Achieving Corporate Strategy

In today's competitive business landscape, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have become a strategic tool for companies to achieve their corporate objectives. This is because M&A can offer companies various opportunities, such as expanding into new markets, gaining competitive advantage, accessing new technologies, and achieving economies of scale. So let's explore how M&A can be crucial to attaining corporate strategy.

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction Between Corptemps, Inc. and an Undisclosed Buyer

Benchmark International’s client Corptemps, Inc., is a staffing company located in Niles, Ohio. They have a fierce reputation for providing high caliber candidates to the manufacturing, warehousing, heavy industrial, clerical, and food production industries for over 20 years. They have become an integral part of the business community by assisting with screening, hiring, and human resource needs.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between C4 Laboratories and SC Labs

C4 Laboratories (a provider of cannabis testing services) was recently acquired by SC Labs. SC Labs is a licensed and accredited cannabis testing agency with locations spanning: California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, and Arizona.

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2023 Global Equipment Rental Industry Report

The global equipment rental industry is rapidly expanding, with the global market size forecast to reach $120.7 billion by 2027. The equipment rental industry is set to experience significant growth in the coming years and is becoming an increasingly important part of the global economy.

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How Is An Owner’s Compensation Treated In A CIM?

Owner’s compensation is a key feature that is addressed in various ways in a CIM. Some variables affect how owner’s compensation is treated in a CIM. Some of these variables include how much salary the owner is receiving, the role of the owner in the business currently, and the owner's role following a transaction. Combining these variables will determine how owner’s compensation is addressed in the CIM. A key point that must be known is that distributions do not affect adjustments to owner’s compensation. Distributions do not affect the income statement of the business, so they are not to be considered when making adjustments for owner’s compensation adjustments.

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Benchmark International Wins Two More Deal Of The Year Awards

Benchmark International is proud to have been honored with two new M&A Atlas Awards from the Global M&A Network:

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Why Your M&A Strategy Needs A Marketing Strategy

Several elements play into a successful merger or acquisition, from finance to sales and from operations to HR. Leading up to a transaction, it’s not uncommon for business owners to focus more on these elements and not the area of marketing as an important part of their M&A strategy.

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Why Should I Sell My Business?

Consider putting your company on the market for several reasons. The reasons can vary based on the stage of your business's lifecycle and what your goals for the future may be. No matter your situation, it is always a good idea to step back and look at the big picture to figure out your options. 

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Silicon Valley Bank: What Happened And What's Next?

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), based in Santa Clara, California, was the U.S.'s 16th largest bank until it failed after a run on its deposits in March of 2023, causing it to be seized by California's Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), which operates under California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. The DFPI placed the bank into the receivership of the FDIC. It worked in offices in 13 countries and employed almost 9,000 people full-time. The bank was a subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, and then the bank's assets were transferred to Silicon Valley Bridge Bank, N.A., after its failure. It was also the largest bank by deposits in Silicon Valley, a region known for being rich in technology companies. The bank's customers included tech startups, venture capital firms, and wealthy technology players. It was the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history, following Washington Mutual's collapse in 2008. At the time of failure, it has $209 billion in assets.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated a Transaction Between JDI Ventures, Inc. and The Brydon Group

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Florida-based JDI Ventures, Inc (“JDI,” DBA “Peak Performance Solutions”) and The Brydon Group, based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between H3 Solutions, Inc. And Auctus Technologies

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Virginia-based H3 Solutions, Inc. ("H3") and Auctus Technologies, based in Ontario, Canada. 
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What Market Conditions Might Impact My Company Valuation?

Company valuations are crucial because they determine how much you can sell your business for, and the higher the valuation, the more money you walk away with. And several internal and external factors can affect your valuation. 

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Refinitiv Q1 League Tables Reveal Benchmark as The #1 Privately Held M&A Advisors Worldwide

Refinitiv, previously known as Thomson Reuters, has released their League Tables for Q1 2023, and Benchmark International was revealed as the #1 privately held M&A Advisor Worldwide and in the United States for the Middle-Market and Small Cap Markets.

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Benchmark International’s Kendall Stafford Wins SHE For SHE Leader Award

Our managing partner, Kendall Stafford, has been awarded the SHE for SHE Leader award by the Global M&A Network's Fifth Annual Top USA Women Dealmakers awards. The awards honor and celebrate brilliant, highly respected, and inspirational women from the United States deal communities, from boutique, middle-market firms to large-cap segments. The SHE for SHE Woman Leader award honors an influential woman from the private equity, venture capital, M&A, and restructuring transactional communities. 

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Benchmark International A Finalist For ACG Houston Deals Of The Year

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Houston has announced the finalists for their 2022 Deal of the Year Awards, and Benchmark International is proud to be on the shortlist for two separate transactions.

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2023 Global Fire Protection Industry Report

In 2021, the global fire protection market was valued at $72.72 billion. It is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2022 to 2030. The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and supply chain disruptions that hindered the production of new fire protection systems. However, the market has rebounded and is being boosted by growing urban populations and the need to protect people and property from fire emergencies. 
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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Inspirant Group Inc. And 10pearls LLC.

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the completed acquisition of Inspirant Group Inc. by 10Pearls LLC.

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Benchmark International Named Best Global Middle Market M&A Specialist

Corporate America Today has named Benchmark International the Best Global Middle Market M&A Specialist 2023.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Appellation Construction Services And Whiteley Infrastructure Group

Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction between Appellation Construction Services and Whiteley Infrastructure Group.

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How To Sell In A Buyer’s Market

In recent years there has been a significant degree of volatility in the market, but it is generally agreed that we will likely enter a “buyer’s market” soon. Most hear “buyer’s market” about real estate or consumer goods, where the number of homes on the market exceeds demand for housing, so naturally, prices drop. However, in M&A, this is a bit more complex. 

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Integrity Arts & Technology, Inc. And Swagger Agency

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the Integrity Arts & Technology, Inc. (IDEAS) acquisition by Swagger Agency (20MM LLC).

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction between Ultra Clean Systems Inc. and Getinge AB

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Florida-based Ultra Clean Systems Inc. (Ultra Clean Systems) and Sweden-based Getinge AB (Getinge).

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Pet Specialties LLC And Feeders Pet Supply

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between North Carolina-based Pet Specialties LLC (“Phydeaux”) and Kentucky-based Feeders Pet Supply.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Movin’ On Movers, Inc. And Piece By Piece Movers, LLC

 

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between North Carolina-based Movin’ On Movers and Massachusetts-based Piece by Piece Movers.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Bagel King Wholesale, Inc. And Austin Circle Partners

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Orlando-Based Bagel King Wholesale Inc. (Bagel King) and Austin Circle Partners.

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What is a Virtual Data Room (VDR)?

In M&A transactions, many sellers often think the hard work is over as soon as they have found the right buyer and gotten the offer of their dreams. Experienced dealmakers recognize this as the start of the hard work in the process rather than the finish line. After an agreed-upon offer, there is a full due diligence process wherein the purchaser will review the entire historical performance, tracking, and operations of the business to be bought, which in and of itself can be a monumental task even before any financial audit or legal proceedings begin. This process is typically managed to utilize a universally accessible location for files, along with a master checklist of which items are where to assist in making the process more fluid.

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Benchmark International's Kendall Stafford And Amy Alonso Named 2023's Top 25 Women In M&A

We proudly announce that Opus Connect has named two of Benchmark International's esteemed team members to 2023's Top 25 Women in M&A. Amy Alonso, Senior Transaction Director, and Kendall Stafford, Managing Partner, have both been awarded the outstanding honor.

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2023 Cross-border M&A Update

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions offer key geographical diversification benefits for buyers and businesses alike. Gaining new exposure in new regions can lower business and operational risks under different economic and regulatory conditions. Buyers often look for cross-border deals when their core markets become saturated, when business slows down, or if they can find regulatory or monetary benefits in another country. Cross-border deals are important because they allow companies to expand their offerings by entering new markets or adding new products, services, intellectual property, or technologies. Cross-border M&A can bolster revenue opportunities and cost synergies while scaling efficiency as company operations expand to a broader market.

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Cash Vs. Accrual & What You Need To Know

In most businesses, books are kept on one of two typical bases: cash or accrual. Some business owners choose one or the other for a specific reason. Others work under the guidance of their CFO, bookkeeper, controller, tax advisor, accountant, or other financial specialists of choice and review the resulting reports to measure operations. However, the two bases of accounting have major differences and can significantly impact the perceived performance of a business. For example, if you've been grappling with the potential sale of a business, most acquirers prefer books on an accrual basis. There are many reasons for this, but the primary reasoning is that accrual basis financial statements follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), whereas the cash basis financial statements do not. However, both bases have their merits depending on the type and function of the business.

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Stock Sales Versus Asset Sales

For the sale of a company, the parties involved can choose to structure the deal as an asset sale or a stock sale. An asset sale is when a company sells all of its assets or a portion of them. In this type of deal, the seller remains the legal owner of the business but no longer owns the assets sold. Under a stock sale, the buyer purchases equity from the selling company’s shareholders. There are several different reasons for sellers and buyers to pursue one type of transaction over the other.

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