Recapitalizations are a powerful tool, but like any tool, they only perform as well as the experience and controls of the operator. We consider 4 Points in Favor of a Recapitalization and 3 Points Against.
Most troubled companies share a common denominator: excessive debt and management indecisiveness. That doesn’t mean lack of desire to perform. It does, however, mean that there have been some fundamental issues, strategy mistakes or procrastination among senior management in the months or years leading up to that point. You could write several books on the lists of reasons that companies get into trouble and in a career of restructuring troubled companies, there are many stories to tell. In this article, we discuss 6 areas of focus for a troubled company: 1. Cash management 2. Profit and profitability 3. Controlling costs 4. Fixed Assets and Inventory 5. Accounts Receivable 6. Debt
When a business owner is asked who the most likely buyer is for their business, they will typically have a fairly good idea who the most likely candidates are, which normally fits one of the following profiles: i) a competitor who can’t access your market, client base, lacks certain proprietary differentiators or some other motivation; ii) a strategic buyer who would love to buy your technology, unique products, service, patents, intellectual capital, team, or maybe your reputation in the marketplace; or iii) the private equity group that has been courting you for years, or maybe even; iv) the Senior Manager in your Company who’s worked for you for 20 years and who, with the right financial backer, could buy, manage and grow the business.
Implementation of Obamacare is just around the corner. October 1, 2013 looms as an important date for the birth of government backed Obamacare exchanges. This articles considers some of the implications of the changing healthcare laws for business owners, employees and our American workplace culture.
There is an increasing distortion and manipulation of economic data by the government to present an alternative reality of the current state of the economy. In particular, this blog discusses the massaging of inflation, GDP, unemployment and U.S. deficit statistics.
Most people think of a private equity holding period as between 3 and 5 years, which could cause a significant and legitimate concern among business owners. However, there is no hard rule to apply to this asset class and to make a determination whether or not to consider a PEG as a prospective buyer based upon the median hold period, would be to make a one-dimensional decision.
This is an interesting question and the answer has certainly changed over the years. Whereas synergies may have previously been credited entirely to the buyer’s benefit post closing, the trend has been for buyers to pay an increasing premium to sellers for some of the shared future synergies. In most strategic deals, there is now more…
U.S. Public companies are giving cash back to investors at unprecedented levels. Companies in the S&P 500 index are expected to pay at least $300 billion in dividends in 2013, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, which would top last year's $282 billion. Is it a good thing? Does it help or hinder economic recovery? Help or hinder the business?
Re-trading is the fairly common practice of a buyer renegotiating the purchase price of a company after agreeing on price and terms. This article addresses the likely, causes and implications of a buyer attempting to re-trade.
The U.S. economy is at a critical intersection. Privately-held businesses have long been the driving force of the economy, and are now in a period of transition that has been building up for the last 50 years. Baby boomers own an unprecedented number of businesses and hold an unprecedented proportion of U.S. private wealth. Having propelled the booming U.S. economy since the early 1990s, baby boomers have now reached their peak in the consumer spending cycle.