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Benchmark International Wins Investment Bank Of The Year (Small Mid-Market Americas)

Benchmark International has been honored with an M&A Atlas Award from the Global M&A Network for Small Mid-Market Investment Bank of the Year (Americas).

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Benchmark International Facilitated the Transaction Between Gem Drugs, Inc. and Vital Care Infusion Services

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Gem Drugs, Inc. and Vital Care Infusion Services. The reason for targeting was strategic expansion.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Strategic Growth Partnership Of Invision Architecture Ltd and The HFW Companies

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful facilitation of the strategic growth partnership between INVISION Architecture Ltd and The HFW Companies.

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What Could Go Wrong?

The majority of sellers within the lower middle market only go through the sale process once in their lifetimes. Sellers often hire an M&A expert to help guide them through the sale process and advocate on their behalf. While M&A experts have a wealth of experience, they do not have a crystal ball.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Of Flowstate Branding To Decision Sciences Research Associates

Benchmark International successfully facilitated the transaction between Flowstate Branding and Decision Sciences Research Associates.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between W. A. Imports And Forever Cheese

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Illinois-based W. A. Imports and New York City-based Forever Cheese.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Acquisition Of KES Excavating Services By Bug Tussel Wireless.

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of KES Excavating, a Wisconsin company by Bug Tussel Wireless (Hilbert Communication), also a Wisconsin company.

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What Type Of Research Might A Buyer Conduct On My Business?

Before completing a deal, buyers may conduct a variety of different research on a seller’s business to better understand its complexities of it prior to due diligence. This research is an important step to ensuring that due diligence is carried out. Business research occurs in a variety of different ways.

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Global HVAC Industry Report 2022

In 2021, the global heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market was valued at $156.44 billion. The market is expected to be valued at $231.11 billion by 2027, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.72% between 2022 and 2027.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Acquisition Of B. Carlson Heating & Air By Radiant Plumbing And Air Conditioning

Benchmark International's client, B. Carlson Heating & Air Conditioning, a provider of HVAC and Plumbing Services, has been acquired by Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning, a Texas-based portfolio company of The Riverside Company.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated A Transaction Between D.T. Woodcrafters Corp And Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Hialeah, Florida-based D.T. Woodcrafters Corp (“Woodcrafters”) and Hollywood Woodwork, Inc. (“Hollywood”), headquartered in Hollywood, Florida. Woodcrafters creates custom woodwork for a high-end customer base that includes banks, offices, restaurants, hotels, and homes. For over 25 years, the team’s craftsmanship has allowed it to distinguish itself in South Florida. Hollywood is one of the nation’s premier millwork and casework companies, with over 150 employees and a leading position in the Florida market.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Of A Collection Of Jimmy Johns Franchise Restaurants To A Private Investor

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of 6 Denver metro Jimmy John’s franchise restaurants, known as Rupp Enterprises, to a private investor.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Of A Coastal Packaging And Lachemont Group.

Benchmark International successfully facilitated the transaction of Coastal Packaging and Lachemont Group. Coastal Packaging is a custom packaging and liner covers company offering turnkey, flexible packaging specializing in plain and printed roll stock for form fill and seal machines, open mouth bags, custom fit container liners, and pallet covers. They have flexible minimum runs, which is an advantage.

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Benchmark International Ranked #1 Sell-Side-Exclusive M&A Firm In The World By Pitchbook

Pitchbook has released their Q3 2022 global league tables, and Benchmark International remains an esteemed leader in the M&A world.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between ProMaxx Tool And Milton Industries

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of ProMaxx Tool by Milton Industries.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Of Spatial Acuity, LLC And Bowman Consulting Groups Ltd

Benchmark International successfully facilitated the transaction of Spatial Acuity, LLC, to Bowman Consulting Groups LTD, hereinafter referred to as Bowman. Spatial Acuity, LLC is headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company provides high-definition scanning, 3D modeling, and reality capture services for owners, developers, and operators of private and public infrastructure. Utilizing advanced geomatics equipment, Spatial Acuity delivers interactive, three-dimensional digital models, thrusting their clients to the forefront of the digital twin revolution.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Of ProCon LLC And Southwest Material Handling Inc.

Benchmark International successfully facilitated the sale of ProCon LLC, hereinafter referred to as ProCon, to Southwest Material Handling Inc. ProCon, headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is an award-winning exclusive dealer of JCB construction equipment and a provider of value-added service and parts. ProCon operates in the western region of the US, including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Nevada.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Of Seasons Home Health Care And Jetre. A Schuler

Benchmark International successfully facilitated the transaction of Seasons Home Health, which consists of a group of four entities. The entities provide personal home care to children, elderly, or disabled patients in Southern Texas. Located in the Rio Grande Valley, Seasons Home Health helps individuals in need of personal home care to live securely and comfortably in their own homes.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Of Stria, LLC And Bitwise Industries

Benchmark International successfully facilitated the transaction of Stria, LLC, to Bitwise Industries. Stria, LLC. The company works with key third-party platforms to provide classification-as-a-service (CaaS), content service platform support, workflow automation, document scanning, records management, and reprographics services.

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What is Net Working Capital?

What is Net Working Capital?

Introduction

Working capital also called net working capital, measures a company's financial security. According to Jensen and Meckling, authors of the new famous Theory of the Firm (1976), the components of working capital measure the firm's shareholder value. Working capital helps evaluate a company's short-term health, liquidity, and ability to invest and grow its operations. Working capital is defined as current assets less current liabilities. Current assets often include cash, accounts receivable, customer unpaid bills, and inventory, with current liabilities encompassing accounts payable and short-term debts, to name a few.

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What Is The Denominator Effect?

When it comes to selling your business, and you are considering waiting or pausing, there are several factors to consider, such as market conditions and interest rates. But there is also something called the denominator effect.  

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Of Metro-tech Electrical Contractors, Inc. To Michael Bowman

Benchmark International successfully facilitated the transaction between Metro-Tech Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Michael Bowman.

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Benchmark International’s Brittney Zoeller Wins Emerging Leaders Award

The M&A Advisor announced the winners for its 13th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards, and Benchmark International's Global Creative and Brand Strategy Director, Brittney Zoeller, is among the winners.

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The Public-To-Private Trend For New Paths To Growth

Many individuals at large institutions that trade in the public markets are turning to private ownership and pursuing majority equity positions in lower middle-market companies and even creating their own funds. This public-to-private trend is partially being driven by current and expected public market volatility over the next few years, combined with individual business circumstances, all with the expectation for a brighter future. The recent stock market instability is presenting attractive opportunities for companies that may perform better in the private market. Private equity and private investors have ample capital available to them at a time when public market valuations are sinking. The interest is coming from both private equity funds and strategies, as private markets are gaining ground on public markets. Take-privates are on pace for the second year in a row at $100 billion or more in deal value. That is a first for the industry in more than a decade.

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Benchmark International Awarded Corporate / Strategic Deal Of The Year ($10MM - $25MM)

Benchmark International was awarded Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($10MM - $25MM) for the transaction of Performance Equipment to Mid State Restoration in The M&A Advisor's 21st Annual M&A Advisor Awards.

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Benchmark International Awarded Cross-Border Deal Of The Year ($10MM - $25MM)

Benchmark International was awarded Cross-Border Deal of the Year ($10MM - $25MM) for the sale of Summus Group to Sia Partners at The M&A Advisor’s 21st Annual M&A Advisor Awards.

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Benchmark International Named Leading Specialist M&A Advisory Firm Of The Year 2023

Benchmark International has been named Leading Specialist M&A Advisory Firm of the Year 2023 in the United Kingdom by Acquisition International's Leading Adviser Awards.

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­­Benchmark International Is Pleased To Announce The Transaction Of Chustz Surveying, L.L.C. And GIS Engineering

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Chustz Surveying, a Louisiana-Based Surveying Company, and GIS Engineering, a professional service firm across five locations in Louisiana.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated a Transaction Between Paramount Urgent Care, Inc. and HCA Healthcare.

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Florida-based Paramount Urgent Care, Inc. (“Paramount”) and HCA Healthcare, headquartered in Nashville, TN. Paramount operates six urgent care clinics in Central Florida, with locations in Clermont, The Villages, Oviedo, Orlando, Casselberry, and Windemere Villages. 

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Why Competition Matters

How will running a competitive bid process help me?

The lower middle market remains very active, and we anticipate that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. If you are a business owner, you have probably received unsolicited interest and perhaps even offers for your business. There is a lot of money chasing few deals, so buyers are looking to find off-market deals to build their pipeline and purchase a business below market value to boost their investors’ returns. Having additional buyers at the table tends only to benefit the seller.

When a buyer uncovers an off-market deal, they are often in a better position to buy the business at a discounted price than what they would pay in a formal auction or open bid process. Buyers seek acquisitions to help solve a problem or hit an ROI benchmark. If the buyer can purchase a business below market, then the buyer ends up winning both in the current transaction and future transactions. The business owner is the one who tends to have seller’s remorse. Our team commonly speaks with buyers who will not participate in auction processes because they do not want to pay top dollar, and those buyers know that they are not willing to do what it takes to win the bid.

If you have ever watched an episode of Shark Tank when all the sharks are bidding on an opportunity, you have seen how a competitive bid process can benefit the company pitching to the sharks. When Lori Greiner, Barbara Coroan, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O'Leary, or Mark Cuban share an interest in an opportunity, it often piques the interest of another shark who wants to jump in and try to win the bid. Sometimes, the sharks even go into the deal together. This process also happens for deals within the lower middle market. When two buyers go into a deal together, they are called co-investments. In this case, two can be better than one. However, you will not know if co-investments are an option until you go to market and run a process.

When a seller receives an offer from an unsolicited party, the offer only reflects one party’s view of the value of the business. Businesses are comprised of both tangible and intangible assets. That is, the value of the business lies not only in its tangible assets like machines and inventory but, perhaps more importantly, in the quality of its people, process, customer base, and intellectual property. Acquirers buy businesses for many reasons, including for geographic expansion, product line development, talent acquisition, and competitive advantages, to name a few. Why is a business worth 5x to one buyer but 7x to another? A business's real value is the opportunities an acquirer has post-closing. Ultimately, the only way to know if the offer in hand is a representation of the market or even the best option for the business owner is to explore multiple views of the value of the business.

Ready to explore your exit and growth options?

If you move forward with the one offer available, what will you do if the deal falls apart during due diligence? Due diligence can be a time-consuming and overwhelming process. If you go through the due diligence process and the deal is unsuccessful, what? You will not have a second or third option. The sale process can be very emotional. Often, when a deal closing is not successful, a firm that ran a bid process will typically have a handful of bidders that they are able to re-engage to work toward a successful closing. The deal team can utilize the initial data request and due diligence process to make the workload lighter the second time around. An experienced M&A deal team will be able to craft a strategy to target active buyers from previous efforts and bring them back to the table. However, if you only have one option, you must start over from the beginning. By the time you start over, you are at risk of missing the market, which might cost you tens of millions of dollars.

The other great aspect of running a bid process is that you have leverage during due diligence. Typically, when a letter of intent is signed, the negotiation power shifts from the seller to the buyer. If you have other suitors waiting in the background, an experienced M&A deal team can use that competitive tension to help a seller secure the best deal on the market and keep the buyer in check. The buyer who ultimately wins a formal auction process knows that there were other suitors competing for the bid.

It is crucial for any seller considering a sale to hire a capable sell-side M&A firm to take them to market. A dedicated sell-side team virtually assures you that you will have multiple suitors and bids. You will be able to see several different views on the value of your business and be able to determine the optimal deal structure. The process will allow you to explore other partnerships and understand what competitive advantage various firms can bring to the table. If you compare the company sale process to dating, it is good to know what other suitors offer so you can pick the best one for you! Having an experienced M&A team take you to market to uncover your best options will give you the peace of mind that you have the information you need to make the best decision for you and your business.

  Author
  Kendall Stafford
  Managing Partner
  Benchmark International

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Between Impact Communications And Imagination Works, Inc.

The seller, Impact Communications, is a Cleveland, OH-based full-service production company specializing in in-person and virtual event experiences, video production, museum and exhibits, and interactive applications. With over 40 years of providing services to some of the largest brands in the country, Impact Communications has established a stellar reputation for delivering quality projects.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between We Are HydRogen Ltd and PA Media Group

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the acquisition of Glasgow-based Hydrogen by London-based PA Media.

Established in 2016, award-winning Hydrogen is the largest social media agency in Scotland, specialising in social media management, B2B and B2C content creation, community management, paid advertising, research, and insights.

The company has delivered significant year-on-year growth since its formation and has worked with clients across the publishing, utilities, FMCG and hospitality sectors, including The Economist, Highland Park, SSE and Magners.

PA Media is the UK's leading provider of multimedia content and services. The group comprises a diverse portfolio of specialist media companies, spanning news and information, technology, and communications services.

Ready to explore your exit and growth options?

PA Media Group has 20 shareholders, who are mainly UK news and media businesses. The largest shareholders include DMGT plc, Informa plc, News UK plc and Reach plc.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Between Central Hydraulics And Sbp Holdings.

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between Florida-based Central Hydraulics, Inc. (“Central”) and SBP Holdings of Houston, Texas. Founded in 1983, Central is a distributor of hoses and other products that also operates full-service hydraulic sales and repair shops. Central maintains five locations in Daytona Beach, Cocoa, Leesburg, Ocala, and Tampa. SBP Holdings, the country’s no. 2 hose and accessories distributor, maintains a footprint of approximately 85 locations and 1,000 employees.

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2022 Global Digital Advertising Industry Report

The digital advertising sector is also often referred to as online marketing, Internet advertising, and web advertising. The market includes revenues gained by advertising activities conducted by organizations targeting consumers via Internet-enabled mobile devices and personal computers.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Of A Janitor’s Closet And Envoy Solutions

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful transaction between A Janitor's Closet and Envoy Solutions.

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Big Data & Cloud Storage Security Industry Report

Global Big Data Security Market

The global big data security market was valued at $24 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach $115 billion by 2030. That is a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% over the forecast period of 2022 to 2030. North America led the global market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.5%.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitates The Transaction Between Mellasat Wine & Fruit And A Consortium Of Private Investors

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between Mellasat Wine & Fruit and a consortium of private investors.

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Benchmark International’s Ireland Office Ranked 7th In Emea Advisory League Tables

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that it has been ranked 7th in the top 10 by Mergermarket for the number of deals it has conducted in Ireland. KPMG, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, and PwC are amongst the companies to also rank in the top 10. An Acuris company, Mergermarket delivers M&A intelligence, data, and research. 

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The Green Economy Update And Outlook

The global green industry is forecast to grow at a significant rate between 2022 and 2026. Over the past decade, the green economy’s market capitalization grew from $2 trillion in 2009 to more than $7 trillion in 2021. It also nearly doubled its share of the global investable market from 4% to more than 7%. Last year, the market grew at a steady rate and is expected to continue to do so with the growing adoption of strategies by key players.

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Benchmark International Facilitated The Transaction Between Ernst and Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd (“ey South Africa”) And Parity Software (Pty) Ltd

Benchmark International is pleased to congratulate Ernst and Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd (“EY”) on their acquisition of Parity Software (Pty) Ltd (“Parity”).

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