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Catstudio Acquired

We’re pleased to announce that we represented the owners of Catstudio in a successful sale of their business.

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Picky Buyers and Reluctant Sellers Slowed M&A in 2023, but the Improving Economy Bodes Well for 2024

After a slow 2023, strong economic news should drive more M&A in 2024.

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Vitamin Bounty Acquired by VitaNatural

We are pleased to announce that our client, Gloss Ventures, has successfully sold their Vitamin Bounty brand to VitaNatural USA.

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Vogl Ventures Acquires E-Logger

We’re pleased to announce that our client, Vogl Ventures, has acquired innovative software developer eLogger.

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In2green Acquired

We're pleased to announce that our client, in2green, has been acquired by Fonthill Capital, led by Jehann Biggs.

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Happy Healthy Hippie Acquired by Boosted Commerce

We are so pleased to announce that our client, Happy Healthy Hippie, has been acquired by Boosted Commerce. The acquisition is the second largest for the leading eCommerce platform.

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November 2022 M&A Update

After a robust start to the year, the pace of M&A deal making slowed in the third quarter 2022. A drop in business earnings and rising interest rates are creating some headwinds, but buyers remain interested in growing, profitable businesses.

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Flickinger Glassworks Acquired

We are so pleased to announce that our client, Flickinger Glassworks, has been acquired.

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Taxes - How Much Will You Pay in an Exit?

When planning for a sale of your business, understanding the taxes you will owe on the sale and structuring the transaction in a tax-efficient manner are two very important considerations.

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2021 Broke M&A Records. Valuations Are Up, and For Now The Outlook for 2022 Remains Strong.

2021 was a record-breaking year for mergers and acquisition activity for companies in the middle and lower-middle market. Valuations are high and buyers still have cash to invest. The outlook for 2022 M&A remains strong, with just a few areas of concern.

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Is a Private Equity Buyer Right for You?

Our webinar, Understanding Private Equity M&A, was designed to help entrepreneurs understand how private equity deals are structured and what private equity firms are really looking for.

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What is an Aggregator, and Will They Buy My Business?

Have you recently received unsolicited emails from one or more “aggregators” offering to acquire your business? We've outlined answers to the questions entrepreneurs often ask us regarding selling a business to an aggregator.

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Skeem Design Acquired by IUC Brands

We’re pleased to announce that our client, Skeem Design, has been acquired by IUC Brands.

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Consumer Products M&A Continued to Rebound in 2Q, Direct-to-Consumer Companies Led the Way

Consumer M&A deal volume in North America for 2Q 2021 was up over 80% compared to the same period last year, when the impact of COVID caused a significant slowdown in M&A activity. M&A deal volume is now back on par with activity in 2018 and 2019.

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Consumer Products M&A Activity Bounces Back by 1Q 2021

If it seems that you’ve seen an uptick in news and announcements about mergers and acquisitions activity recently --you’re correct. M&A deal volume in consumer products categories, including beauty and personal care, has steadily gained traction after the significant decline that began in March last year as COVID shutdowns took effect.

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Complete Guide to Selling Your Beauty or Personal Care Business During and After COVID

At Hughes Klaiber, we guide our clients through every step of selling a business, from initial planning to a successful exit.

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Impact of COVID on Lower Middle Market M&A

As we approach the end of 2020, the mergers and acquisitions market has started to pick up steadily, after a dramatic drop in late Spring and Summer.

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How I Built and Sold My Business: Holly McWhorter, Founder of PLANT Apothecary, Shares Her Experience

At Hughes Klaiber we recently asked several clients who have successfully sold their businesses...

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How I Built and Sold My Business: Belinda DiGiambattista, Founder of Butterbeans Kitchen, on Preparing for the Sale

We recently asked some friends and clients who have successfully sold their business to share lessons they learned as they navigated the process...

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M&A in Housewares and Household Products Continues, Although Deal Volume is Down in 2020

In early 2020, mergers and acquisitions in housewares and household products sectors started strong, with the number of acquisitions, growth capital and venture capital...

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Using an SBA Loan to Acquire A Business During COVID

Thanks to a provision of the CARES Act, borrowers who use Small Business Administration 7(a) loans to acquire a business...

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Impact of COVID-19 on Lower Middle Market M&A

After several months of impact from COVID-19, the M&A market for companies in the $5 - $25 million revenue range is in flux.

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ABG Print Acquired by Orianna Capital

We’re pleased to announce our client, ABG Print, has been acquired by Orianna Capital. Founded by Michael J. Mulligan in 1992, ABG Print provides investment banks, private equity groups, consulting companies, major brands, and other New York City organizations with quality printing services.

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5 Experts Share 12 Key Takeaways on Exiting a Business

Our recent breakfast seminar, “Navigating the Path to a Successful Exit,” featured five experienced M&A professionals, who shared these important tips on how to prepare for and execute a successful sale.

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PLANT Apothecary Acquired by Rare Beauty Brands

We’re pleased to announce our client, PLANT Apothecary, has been acquired by Rare Beauty Brands.

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Which Is Best for Your Business – Strategic or Financial Buyer?

Entrepreneurs who sell their businesses generally run across two main types of acquirers: strategic buyers and financial buyers. As you approach the M&A process, it can be helpful to understand the general expectations and requirements of each; and to consider which type of buyer might present the best fit, given your business and your personal and financial goals.

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Five Things to Consider Before You Start the M&A Process

If you are thinking of selling your business – now or sometime in the future – advance planning is key to help clarify your options, increase your valuation, and significantly improve your chances of successfully closing your transaction.

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Start With the End in Mind – and Build a Company You Can Sell

If you’re building a company, the decisions you make as you grow can directly impact value in a future sale. Planning for an exit or sale can help drive a premium valuation, and also help you build a stronger, more resilient business.

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How Much is My Business Worth?

The most common way to value a privately held business is as a multiple of EBITDA. Learn more here…

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If Timing is Everything... When is the Best Time to Sell a Business?

Determining the optimal time to sell is a challenge faced by many entrepreneurs. There are three main factors to consider and balance when determining the best time to sell your business: your personal goals, the growth and financial performance of your business, and current economic conditions.

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Deal Killers... And How to Avoid Them

Almost every transaction to sell a business involves a few obstacles to navigate before reaching the finish line. However, careful planning can help overcome many common last-minute "deal killers," including these four:

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Common Myths About Selling a Business

Here are a few misconceptions we often hear about selling a lower middle-market business, and why they don't ring true:

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Understanding Net Working Capital

When used properly, the net working capital (NWC) adjustment incorporates balance sheet fluctuations into the sale. But to avoid nasty last-minute misunderstandings or surprises, the buyer and seller need to understand and agree how net working capital will be addressed.

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The Math of Valuation Multiples

Anyone who has considered buying or selling a lower middle market business quickly becomes familiar with the term “multiple of adjusted EBITDA,” or the concept that valuation is often based on a multiple of earnings.

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Successfully Navigating the Due Diligence Phase

Buying or selling a business can be time-consuming and challenging. While every phase of a transaction has its own set of potential problems, the due diligence period can be especially daunting.

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Maximizing the Selling Price of Your Business

Obtaining a professional business valuation is a critical first step, providing a formal estimate of value for the company, based on factors including the firm’s historical cash flow, balance sheet assets, trends, sales of similar businesses, and other tangible, measurable items.

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