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Latest League Tables Confirm: Benchmark International Still The #1 Privately-Held M&a Advisor Worldwide

In only the first half of 2024, Benchmark International has already closed an impressive 101 transactions globally and continues to impact the world stage.  

LSEG, previously known as Refinitiv and Thomson Reuters, has released its Global League Tables for the first half of 2024, and Benchmark International was once again recognized with several high rankings across different categories.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Structural Design Consulting Engineers Limited and Wintech Façade Engineering Limited

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of St Albans-based SDP Consulting and Wolverhampton-based Wintech.

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Top 5 Books For High-Net-Worth Individuals

Being a prosperous business owner takes excellent hard work and dedication, and you've gained valuable knowledge along your journey. But sometimes, you don't have all the answers and can use a slightly different perspective to help you maintain your thriving position. We hope you find these books on various topics helpful as a business owner looking to raise your game. 

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Worldwide Technologies, LLC and Quad Capital Partners

The seller, Worldwide Technologies, LLC (WWT), was founded in 2006 by Mike Jones and Kenny Whitworth out of a small facility in Franklin, KY. Under Mike and Kenny’s leadership, WWT expanded operations through continued investment in people, cutting-edge new technologies, and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between VetPD Limited and Altano International GmbH

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Canterbury, UK-based VetPD by Dülmen, Germany-based Altano.

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Exclusive Webinar – Selling For Maximum Value: An M&A Expert’s Guide To Preparation & Process

Are you considering selling your business but unsure where to start? Join us on July 24th at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT for an exclusive webinar, Selling for Maximum Value: An M&A Expert's Guide To Preparation & Process. This event is designed to guide you through every step of the business sale process, from initial preparation to final negotiation. Whether you plan to sell soon or want to understand the process better, this webinar will equip you with the critical knowledge to achieve a successful and profitable sale.

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What Is ‘backlog’ And Why Does It Matter?

In financial terms, backlog can refer to several factors. It can pertain to a company’s workload buildup, whether financial paperwork must be completed, a backlog in sales order fulfillment, or production capacity. Sectors that commonly deal with backlog include manufacturing, software development, and construction.  

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PUSHTech Client Testimonial

Benchmark International facilitated the transaction between PUSHTech and Cendyn. Watch as Gerry Haag and Carlos Moncho, former shareholders at PUSHTech, discuss why they opted to work with an M&A adviser, what Benchmark International brought to the table, and where PUSHTech is now with the assistance of an acquirer.

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The Surge of M&A Activity in the Electrical and Energy Industry

The U.S. electrical grid, often heralded as "the greatest machine in the world," is at a pivotal moment in its history. Initially constructed in the mid-20th century, this vast network faces unprecedented pressures. The rapid advancements in technology—such as artificial intelligence and self-driving cars—alongside the growing adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy sources are placing new and substantial demands on the nation's electric system.

In response to these challenges, the Grid Resilience Innovative Partnership (GRIP) program marks the most significant direct federal investment in transmission and distribution infrastructure, with a committed $20 billion to revitalize and expand the grid. 

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Feakle Gas and Plumbing Limited and Water Intelligence plc

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Feakle Gas and Plumbing by Water Intelligence.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between MTS Transportation, Inc. and High Desert Management Group, LLC

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between MTS Transportation, Inc. and High Desert Management Group, LLC. The transaction represents a strategic expansion for High Desert Management Group, LLC, as it works to achieve scale through acquisitions and service diversification.

 

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Is Cross-Border M&A Right For Your Business?

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions can be a powerful strategy for accelerating your company's growth, mainly if you've found yourself in a position where your success has reached a plateau. Your company can benefit from a transaction that takes you into a new global market in several ways. And if you own a technology company, the opportunities are enormous right now, with the tech sector expected to see the highest growth in inbound cross-border M&A in 2024, mainly due to the artificial intelligence boom. 

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How To Take Your Company International

Is it time to grow your business? Expanding your company into new markets geographically can be a fascinating prospect. And it can be overwhelming, too. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a scary and daunting undertaking. Before starting your new journey, you need to know what factors to consider and where to seek the right help.  

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Satex Plumbing, Inc. And Bleuwave General Contracting, LLC

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Satex Plumbing, Inc. and Bleuwave General Contracting, LLC. The transaction represents a strategic expansion for Bleuwave General Contracting, LLC, as it works to achieve scale through acquisitions and expand into the Texas market. 

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Z Consulting, LLC and The Bridge

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Z Consulting, LLC and The Bridge.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Old Mill Confectionery Limited and MFC Foods Limited

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Old Mill by MFC Foods (t/a Dessert First).

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between TMCADD Consulting & Services, LLC and NV5 Global, Inc.

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of TMCADD Consulting & Services, LLC dba myBIMteam by NV5 Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVEE).

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The Right Way To Think About Market Timing When Selling Your Business

When is the right time to put your company on the market? Many business owners struggle with this question. It's a difficult decision involving many complexities, but it doesn't have to be that complicated. There is one simple rule for any business owner to live by: ALWAYS have your company in the best position to be sale-ready. 

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Invisible Connections Ltd and Siss Holding B.V., Holdco of Terwa B.V.

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition between Oxfordshire-based Invisible Connections and Siss Holding, Holdco of the trading entity Terwa.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Fredericksburg Machine & Steel, LLC and SRF, LLC

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Fredericksburg, VA-based Fredericksburg Machine & Steel, LLC dba Viking Steel Fabricators and Norfolk, VA-based SRF, LLC dba Chesapeake Bay Steel, Inc.

Founded in 1950, Viking Steel Fabricators has built a solid reputation for specializing in the fabrication and installation of structural and miscellaneous steel, ornamental iron, and custom stairs and handrails. Alongside these core services, the company also sells steel and miscellaneous metals, offering a wide range of products to meet diverse client needs. In addition to their fabrication and installation services, Viking Steel Fabricators is dedicated to historic preservation, providing expert restoration and repair services to maintain and enhance historical structures. Their comprehensive service offerings make them a trusted partner for both modern and historical steel projects.

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“Viking Steel President Christopher “Luke” Breivik and his team have built a great business with strong customer relationships in the private, public, and government sectors,” commented Benchmark Transaction Director Sean Fechtmann. “The quality of their work speaks for itself, with approximately 80% of customers being repeat customers and more than 70 years in operation.”

Chesapeake Bay Steel specializes in steel fabrication and erection. They have serviced the Tidewater area since 1962, but their reputation has grown through their decades of experience in the steel industry alongside being a family-owned and operated business. They specialize in framing, joist, decking, stairs, railings, and metal fabrication projects. The addition of Viking Steel Fabricators to their portfolio further enhances their strategic growth plans by broadening their existing service offerings. Viking Steel’s leadership team will remain intact to assist in the company’s future growth.

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Why A Bids-Invited Process Helps to Increase Your Business’ Valuation When It Is Time to Exit Your Business

You have decided it is finally time to take the next step in your exit strategy. You are ready to sell your business or seek a growth partner. Whether you are seeking retirement or looking for a strategic partner to assist you with future growth, you will want to get the best offer from a prospective buyer with the best cultural fit. In Benchmark International’s experience,  utilizing a  bids-invited process can help you to achieve these goals.

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Benchmark's Tyler Gonska And Emilia Muniz Recognized By The 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

Two of Benchmark International's team members have been selected as winners in the 15th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards on behalf of The M&A Advisor. Heartfelt congratulations go out to our very own Tyler Gonska and Emilia Muniz. Tyler is an Associate Director in our Nashville, Tennessee office, and Emilia is a Senior Deal Associate in our Austin, Texas office. Their achievements stood out among the hundreds of entries evaluated by a panel of independent judges who are also their peers in the transaction arena.  

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Medius AG and regenold GmbH

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Medius by regenold.

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Should I Sell My Business? How To Answer A Tough Question.

When you own a business, you always have the option to sell it, but how do you know when the time is right to put it on the market? The good news is that it's never too soon to be thinking about your exit strategy or your retirement plans. But how do you determine when the time to sell is right? While every business owner's situation will likely be different, there are several factors that any business owner should consider to aid in making such a critical decision. 

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between R.E.S Distribution Limited and Wolseley Group Holdings Limited

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the acquisition of Somerset-based R.E.S by Wolseley.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between DBox, Inc. and CBS Property Management Inc.

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of DBox, Inc. to CBS Property Management Inc.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Computer Systems Integrators, Inc. and Acture Solutions

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Fishkill, NY-based Computer Systems Integrators, Inc. (“CSI”) and Albany, NY-based Acture Solutions (“Acture”). CSI is a trusted hybrid information technology (IT) services partner primarily for K-12 schools, providing IT solutions, security, and support for schools’ IT networks.  

“CSI President Bob Knapp and his team built a great business in a reliable market niche with a strong customer set and high recurring revenues,” commented Benchmark Senior Transaction Director William Sullivan. “IT businesses like this are really a pleasure to bring to market because there is such a large, disaggregated buyer community, which drives a fairly clear path to partnership options for our clients. Ultimately, Acture Solutions proved to be the perfect fit among a very attractive field of highly motivated buyers. The Acture team was fantastic throughout the process, and we’re very pleased to have helped find CSI such a great partner.”

You know your business. And we know how to sell it.

Founded in 1991, Computer Systems Integrators is a hybrid provider of multiple IT products and services (including integration / value-adding reselling relationships with Nimble and VMWare) and a variety of security and maintenance services. The company is additionally an authorized partner of Cisco, Microsoft, and Barracuda.

Acture Solutions provides clients with managed IT services, cybersecurity, cloud solutions, and IT projects, including networking, physical security, classroom collaboration, and Hardware as a Service (HaaS). The company serves multiple industries, including K-12 school districts, higher education, healthcare, legal, financial services, and small to medium-sized businesses.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Dataflow Events Ltd and Vesta Software Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Wimbledon-based Dataflow by Vesta.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Talent Framework, LLC and Savard Labor and Marine Personnel

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Talent Framework, LLC and Savard Labor and Marine Personnel.

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Global Semiconductor Machinery Manufacturing Industry Report

Semiconductors power many different types of electronics, which have become critical components in an era where more and more products rely on connected technologies. The production of semiconductors involves companies that design the chips, manufacture them, and supply the needed technologies, materials, and machinery.  

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between 3:13 Sales Group, LLC and Gladhaven Capital

The seller, 3:13 Sales Group, LLC, specializes in providing outsourced business-to-business sales and account management solutions to companies in the Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) industry.  With over 20 years of experience, they know what it takes to be a strategic, transparent partner – doing what’s right for you and your customers.

“I wanted to personally thank you (Matthew Kekelis) and the entire Benchmark team for all of your assistance in brokering the sale of 3:13 Sales Group to Gladhaven Capital. I couldn’t have been more impressed with the professionalism, follow-through, and patience you and your staff showed me throughout the entire process.  In particular, I’d like to commend Morgan Patterson for the countless emails, calls, and meetings it took to get this across the goal line.

As you know, this was not an easy decision for me.  We started this business 12 years ago, and I am proud of what has been built. I also wanted to find a buyer that would be the perfect fit to take this company to the next level and treat the associates, clients, and vendors with the same care and attention they’ve received for so many years. I believe Gladhaven Capital will do just that.

I highly recommend Benchmark International to anyone looking to sell their business. You will not be disappointed. Thank you again for everything!” – Steve Fidlin, Owner, 3:13 Sales Group

You gave it all for your business. Get all you deserve.

The Buyer, Gladhaven Capital, was founded by Jamie Gallagher with the mission to acquire and operate one business for the long term. Jamie has a broad professional background with 20+ years of experience across general management, B2C (CPG) and B2B marketing, corporate strategy, sales, and management consulting.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found the perfect match for our client, 3:13 Sales Group.  There is no doubt that Jamie with Gladhaven Capital will build upon the success that Steve and his team have accomplished throughout the years.  Best of luck to all.” – Matthew Kekelis, Senior Director, Benchmark International.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between D.R. Price Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc and Boos Resource & Technology Group

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Honaker, VA-based D.R. Price Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc. (“D.R. Price”) and Naperville, IL-based Boos Resource & Technology Group (“Boos”). D.R. Price is a multi-discipline engineering and surveying firm that provides a broad spectrum of structural engineering, civil engineering, mining engineering, land planning, land surveying, and construction surveying services.

“D.R. Price President Richard Bostic grew a fantastic niche business serving the coal mining and other industries in Southwest Virginia and its environs,” commented Benchmark Senior Transaction Director William Sullivan. “The company adds a key piece to the Boos regional growth strategy and will contribute greatly to the acquirer’s capabilities and reach in the region. This transaction was a great fit from both an integration and a cultural standpoint, and we are proud to have supported our client throughout this process to a successful conclusion.”

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Founded in 1988, D.R. Price serves residential, commercial, and government customers throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The company uses the latest industry technologies to perform its services, including GPS surveying, drone technology, electronic data collection, and AutoCAD mapping. D.R. Price has grown significantly in recent years, largely due to increasing customer referrals, a steady flow of new customers, and expanded project scopes.

Boos Resource and Technology Group is an environmental and energy-focused solutions provider that delivers timely and cost-effective construction management, infrastructure, natural gas, and industrial services to clients across the United States and beyond.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Micro-Precision Technologies, Inc. and Great River Capital Partners

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the transaction between Salem, NH-based Micro-Precision Technologies, Inc. (“MPT”) and Boston, MA-based Great River Capital Partners (“Great River”). MPT designs and manufactures high-performance microelectronics for harsh environments and high-reliability applications. The company’s offerings primarily include thick-film ceramic substrates, hybrid micro-electronic manufacturing, and obsolete semiconductor manufacturing.

“The Benchmark International team understood early that MPT is a highly differentiated asset, given its Defense Logistics Agency standards certification and highly valuable niche manufacturing capabilities,” commented Benchmark Senior Transaction Director William Sullivan. “This opportunity garnered immediate interest from very high-quality buyers, as we knew it would. Ultimately, Great River proved to be the perfect fit, with its narrow focus on mid-sized industrial technology companies, highly competent team, and HQ and management sitting close to MPT’s home base. To extend the metaphor, we think this will be a home run for both teams, and we were proud to be a part of it.”

Your perfect buyer is out there. Find them today.

MPT serves the defense, industrial controls, commercial aviation, semiconductor capital equipment (semi-cap), communications equipment, and space & biological industries across the US and internationally. Founded in 2012 by Mr. Adrian Pyke, the company is one of only 30 worldwide certified by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to the MIL-PRF-38534 quality standard.

Great River Capital Partners is a private equity investment firm with a narrow focus on acquiring mid-sized industrial technology and services companies. Leveraging 30 years of collective investing experience, the firm partners with business owners to create long-term value through organic growth initiatives and strategic add-on acquisitions.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between GEOGRAPH Technologies, LLC and Abingdon Software Group

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Easley, South Carolina-based GEOGRAPH Technologies, LLC (“GEOGRAPH”) and London, UK-based Abingdon Software Group (“Abingdon”).GEOGRAPH provides geographic information system (GIS) services utilizing a software extension for clients to manage fiber optic, copper, and coax networks.

“The Benchmark International's team understood GEOGRAPH’s high degree of differentiation from the very start, particularly around the company’s CrescentLink Esri extension and the connectivity this proprietary solution drives with the company’s impressive customer list,” commented Benchmark Senior Transaction Director William Sullivan. “GEOGRAPH faced no shortage of eager potential partners in this process, receiving strong interest immediately from a range of both strategic and capital partners. Ultimately, Abingdon’s differentiation was largely a function of cultural fit and a strong alignment of vision. All parties were a pleasure to work with, and we are excited about the opportunities that this combination will afford both the GEOGRAPH and Abingdon teams moving forward.”

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Founded in 2018, GEOGRAPH serves over 150 customers and more than 1,000 users in the United States and in three international geographies. In addition to its CrescentLink technology, the company offers professional and support services, which include training and support, data migration, network planning and design, remote GIS management, and GIS consulting.

Abingdon Software Group acquires and develops a mission-critical platform designed for industries undergoing rapid digital transformation. The company’s portfolio offers applications for agriculture, shipping, healthcare, logistics, local authority, resorts, industry, and construction segments, enabling businesses to succeed in essential operations.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Rybka Limited and BRUSH Group

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Edinburgh-based Rybka by Loughborough-based BRUSH.

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Best Books To Read In 2024 Before Selling A Business

Looking to sell your business in 2024? Check out these must-read books to prepare yourself for a successful exit. From motivational classics to strategic guides, these selections offer valuable insights and practical advice you should know before selling a business.


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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Tygra Industries, LLC and Fugue Capital

Benchmark is pleased to announce the transaction between Tygra Industries, LLC and Fugue Capital. The transaction represents a significant opportunity for Fugue Capital to help a long-established company enter a new era of growth.

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Insight for Business Owners: What’s Going on With Private Equity this Summer?

According to a recent webinar hosted by accounting firm PWC, the amount of cash presently held by and committed to private equity funds is at an all-time high. Due to hesitancy shown by fund managers in 2023, cash accumulated rapidly, and the limited partners who provided that cash and those commitments, such as insurance companies and pension funds, are pressuring the private equity management companies to invest that cash or release those commitments.

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Types of Synergies achieved through M&A

Synergies are achieved by combining two companies to improve overall performance, create scale, lower costs, and eliminate redundancies. We recently shared an article covering the many possible cost synergy benefits of mergers and acquisitions, but it’s important to remember that cost synergies differ from revenue and financial synergies. Let’s delve into the differences between the latter two. 

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Cardiff Gas Ltd and JGas Ltd

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Cardiff Gas by JGas.

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