According to an article published in the Financial Times on September 27, 2018, global merger and acquisition activity has hit an all-time high, with transactions worth nearly $3.3 trillion dollars having occurred this year, an almost forty percent increase from 2017. Indeed, locally, mergers and acquisition activity is proceeding at a hectic pace. Does that mean that it is time to sell your business? Maybe. Although valuations are high and buyers are plentiful, sellers should think twice about engaging in a premature exit if it means sacrificing a much larger future payout. For example, in the case of a company for which substantial growth is probable, annual profit increases of twenty percent for five years could result in a future sales price more than double a current sales price. Here are a few of the questions to consider to determine whether it is time to sell:
- Do you still have passion for the business?
- Are there steps to be implemented that can take your business to the next level?
- Do you have the ability and skills to take your business to the next level?
- Have you established a sufficient positive history of the financial metric important in your industry (sales, profits) to attract a buyer at full value?
The time to sell may be now, but consider whether you would be cutting yourself off from a much higher transaction price later.
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Glenn D. Solomon is a principal at Offit Kurman and has provided counsel to businesses and business owners for more than twenty-five years. He has extensive experience in the purchase and sale of businesses, structuring ownership agreements, and advising companies in financial distress.
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