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M&A Alternatives in a Time of Market Disruption

May 13, 2020

When we started writing this piece, we were only vaguely aware of COVID-19 and had, frankly, never heard of Wuha

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How to Value an Architecture Firm

January 17, 2020

It is not uncommon for us to be engaged to provide our opinion on the fair market value of architecture firms. In this short piece, we loo

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Valuation or Business Insight Report – What is right for you?

October 21, 2019

At Smythe Advisory, we are fortunate to have six qualified Chartered Business Valuators (CBV) th

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Selling Assets or Shares – Which is right for you?

September 17, 2019

A common question we are asked when planning the sale of a business is do you sell assets or shares? In our experience, the following scenarios would not be consi

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How to Increase Profitability: The Customer Sales Mix

August 27, 2019

We often come across situations where a business has plateaued in profitability and management is not quite sure how to address the situation. In some cases, they

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How to Value an AI Company

July 29, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic over the last few years. With tech titans such as Google, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple, to name a

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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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