Using a Spin-Out to Maximize Shareholder Value

May 4, 2018

What is a Spin-Out? A spin-out is a type of corporate reorganization involving the separation of business assets or operations from the Parent Company (“ParentCo”) to a newly formed inde

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Industry Consolidation – Should You Buy a Business Before You Sell Yours?

April 19, 2018

It’s a common enough scenario – an entrepreneur learns that the buyer of their business has acquired several similar businesses and plans to combine them for a bigger payout down the line. The res

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Net Working Capital in a Transaction Context – Part Two

January 30, 2018

Welcome back! In our last post on net working capital (NWC) in a transaction context, we discus

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Net Working Capital in a Transaction Context – Part One

January 16, 2018

At a recent mergers and acquisitions conference, the audience was polled as to whether they had ever experienced net working capital (NWC) issues in a transaction; a chorus of laughter and groans echo

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The Importance of Lawyers in M&A Transactions

September 19, 2017

We hope that “Dick the Butcher” wasn’t planning to sell his butcher shop when he uttered his immortal line, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” in Shakespeare’s play, Hen

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Current Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions

July 7, 2017

At Smythe Advisory, we are typically engaged to assist our clients in four specific areas. These include: Preparing Valuation Reports – Used for income tax, shareholder

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Earnout Agreements – The Link between the Buyer and Seller

May 15, 2017

Background of an Earnout Agreement Near the end of a transaction, the buyer and seller are usually clo

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The Final Steps in Selling a Business

February 3, 2017

Once the interested potential buyers have reviewed the Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM) and have provided a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the sell team, the last steps of the transaction process

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Selling a Business – Steps 7, 8 & 9

January 27, 2017

This week in our Selling a Business series, we look at steps seven, eight and nine. At this stage, we are looking at what happens after the business owner and sell team have narrowed down their list o

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Selling a Business – Step 5

January 13, 2017

Now that we’ve covered the basics of creating marketing documents, as seen in step 4, the next phase is to map out who

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