Leading a company is challenging. Managing current operations takes time and energy. But savvy business owners also look for outside opportunities at every stage in the life of a business. Options to consider include; growth through an acquisition, divestiture of a division, or selling a business as part of an exit strategy. Keystone Partners provides the resources, tools and services to help business leaders evaluate, and successfully conclude strategies to build and exit a business. We will help you identify issues, consequences, obstacles and opportunities as you prepare to acquire, merge or sell a business.
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The sale of a closely held business is always a critical event for a business owner. The decision to sell can be complex. Personal, family, business, and life style issues all need to be carefully considered.
It is not always easy for the business owner to decide whether a sale is the correct course of action. The sale of a company calls for owners and executives to manage not only current operations (usually full time jobs) but also deal with the preparation and negotiations as well as the implications of a new environment after a change of control. Keystone can help you navigate these considerations and provide guidance through what otherwise is a complex and often emotional transition.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Buying, acquiring, or merging business entities can strongly accelerate business growth and increase value. In every acquisition we expect a stronger company, more growth opportunities and a more resilient entity. Keystone Partners is experienced in the complexities of the acquisition processes, including the organizational elements needed for successful operations post transaction.
Keystone maintains updated databases of US and international companies and ownership entities with resources to enhance the interests of our clients.
There are many reasons to consider the divestiture of a business. Divisions of a company may have developed a market presence that can best be leveraged by being a separate entity. Or they may benefit from alignment with other, more synergistic entities. A division may represent value that can better be used for other strategies. Regardless of the reasons for a divestiture, we have the expertise and experience to explore options that serve your needs and enable the development of your business plans.
Performing a valuation on a business can be crucial to many business transactions. They can provide realistic assessment of current value, but also identify areas that might be enhanced to increase value.
In mergers and acquisitions, the assessed value of a target business strongly influences transaction prices, and the transaction prices strongly correlate with the on-going contribution to the overall business’ performance and shareholder value.
A valuation can help establish expectations for divestitures. The best strategies can be undermined by unrealistic assessments of value in a divestiture. But clear knowledge of value enhances not only the chances of a successful engagement; it also assists key participants in negotiating favorable transaction agreements.
Valuations also are a critical component of a business owner’s personal financial and estate planning efforts. Without a reliable assessment of the value of a business, the assumptions and strategies used in planning for the future may not be accurate.
For highly complex valuations or for valuations where IRS scrutiny or litigation may be involved, Keystone Partners can provide specialized services, including those from an independent third party valuation firm.