A record high stock market, continued low interest rates and trillions of dollars in available capital will make 2018 an ideal time to sell a business, according to our M&A professionals at Generational Equity.
“The stars are definitely aligning for a robust seller’s market in 2018,” said Terry Johnson, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer for Generational Equity. “Business owners that recognize this, and are wise enough to hire a professional M&A firm, will reap significant dividends.”
1. Record Stock Prices: Both the Dow Jones and NASDAQ are at record highs, which facilitates funding for publicly traded companies to expand through acquisitions.
“Acquisitions are often the fastest and most cost-effective way for public companies to grow to meet shareholder expectations,” says Johnson. “A rising stock market provides a wave of capital to fund deals.”
2. Low Interest Rates: Despite recent Fed increases, interest rates remain relatively low. The lower the rates, the easier it is to finance a deal. Even though the new incoming Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, has indicated he will continue the policy of slowly raising rates in 2018, when compared to the long-term history of rate hikes, interest rates will still remain at historic lows.
3. Dry Powder: According to Bloomberg, private equity firms are “sitting on a record $963.3 billion of dry powder,” committed capital that they’ve raised, but have yet to invest. “Buyers are looking for well-run businesses where they can profitably invest these funds,” Johnson says. He added, “PE funds typically have a limited time frame for investing. Because of this we anticipate a serious uptick in acquisition activity from these groups.”
“Savvy business owners will consider these three factors when making the decision on the timing of their exit strategy,” says Johnson.
“The sad reality is that some sellers wait until death, illness or a myriad of other negative circumstances force a sale at a substantial discount,” says Johnson. “The right time to sell is when the market tells you it is time. Business owners that recognize this, and take action, will be rewarded.”
With this strong seller’s market set to continue into the new year, 2018 could be the time to address your exit strategy and set the wheels in motion to sell your business. A helpful first step would be to attend an executive conference. At these events, our experienced M&A advisors will break down the M&A process, as well as share advice and tips for building a buyer ready business that will allow you to exit for maximum value.
Our executive conferences are completely complimentary, and are held regularly throughout North America - find one near you today on our website. Alternatively, contact Generational Equity on 972-232-1121 to talk to our professional team.
Greetings Mike. Thank you for the captivating and compelling presentation you made at the Phoenix presentation last week. Over many years in business yours was the most informative and well-presented presentation, on any subject, that I have ever attended! Your energy and enthusiasm combined with your concise and captivating support of your positions with easily understood examples and data was compelling.Pete L.
I must say that I have never worked with a more driven, competent and focused individual as Don Ho.Jay Dinnison, Owner of Sharpe Mixers
We will highly recommend Generational Equity and Musa Jagne to any business owner about to embark on the same process.Karen S. Williams, CFO, BW Manufacturing
Bruce and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Generational Equity for assigning Musa Jagne to our transaction. In Bruce’s words, “Musa did one hell of a job for us!”Karen S. Williams, CFO, BW Manufacturing
Michael worked tirelessly, He followed every lead meticulously and urgently to make sure nothing was missed.Robert Evans, President and CEO of Mealtracker Dietary Software
The process was much more involved than I expected and your help, experience and advice was a big factor in making the negotiations go as smoothly as possible.Terry D. Wickman, President, Keytroller
I am pleased that I was able to work with Andrew Byrd throughout this experience. From the first meeting we had in Minneapolis I felt that I was in good hands. His knowledge and expertise is second to none. He guided the process consistently throughout. I feel lucky that I was pared with Andrew and could not be happier that I chose Generational Equity to handle this major life event. Thank you Andrew and GenEq for everything!Eric Erlandson, Owner, Action Fastenings, Inc.
We are very happy with the end result, and are very happy to be able to move forward with all of our future growth plans.Rick Nowak, President/CEO, Kurz Electric Solutions, Inc.
Your wisdom and experience were invaluable to me during this once-in-a-lifetime transaction.Ralph Noblin, President of Noblin & Associates
I wanted to write you a quick letter to express our appreciation and our delight on the outcome of helping us through the process of our recent sale. We are very happy with the end result, and are very happy to be able to move forward with all of our future growth plans.Terry D. Wickman, President, Keytroller
I need to say an immense thank you to Don Ho for his stellar work ethic, attention to detail, and tireless effort. Also thank you to the whole crew at GE! Without you, Don could not do such a phenomenal job. We were shooting for closing and funding before the end of 2020, due to the uncertainty of the political landscape and taxes. I am happy to report we closed last week and will be funding tomorrow.Dr. Caty J. Catron PhD, RN, VA-BC – Owner, Vic The Picc, LLC
We are extremely pleased with the way Generational Equity handled the sale of our company. Your associates, Tom and Chris, did an outstanding job of getting us (me) through the process.Michael J Polarek, President, Paragon Packaging
The help you provided us during each step of this process made us feel very comfortable and confident we were selecting the right approach to transition our Company.Andy Graham, Vice President, Modern Heating & Plumbing
I couldn’t have asked for a better team than Michael and Deborah. We couldn’t have done it without them.Robert Evans, President and CEO of Mealtracker Dietary Software
Generational Equity’s assistance was invaluable in compiling and marketing our business.Bil MacLeslie, CEO, ipHouse
We thank you Eric and Generational Equity making our dream come true.Larry Moore, Owner, A Company Portable Restrooms
I quickly recognized that Don was working for Sharpe Mixers above all else, and held our interests above others.Jay Dinnison, Owner of Sharpe Mixers
Thank you again for all your guidance and support. Any company will achieve what they intend, if they have you on their team!Rick Nowak, President/CEO, Kurz Electric Solutions, Inc.
I would like to thank you and your firm, Generational Equity, for being our valued advisors in our journey.Bil MacLeslie, CEO, ipHouse
Thanks again Phil and feel free to have a future client call me if they would like a referral. You are a true professional!Andy Graham, Vice President, Modern Heating & Plumbing
T.D., thank you so much! You are a great leader! I love how you are using your gifts and talents to better others. You are clearly a GREAT COACH! This 3 day session undoubtedly changed the future of our business, and very well may have been the sole catalyst to save my company, my health and my marriage! A genuine “thank you” from the bottom of my heart.Bryan D. Horn, Owner, Over Under Clothing
Generational Equity educated and informed us – so that we could be on the upside of a good decision (to sell).Bil MacLeslie, CEO, ipHouse
We knew it would be a difficult task to have someone really understand our business and our market, prior to researching a possible buyer, so it was imperative that we found someone of your caliber, with definite proven experience in this area.Rick Nowak, President/CEO, Kurz Electric Solutions, Inc.
Tom Staszak is one of the most professional people I have dealt with in my last forty years of business. You’ve got a great group of people and you have built a truly professional organization.Michael J Polarek, President, Paragon Packaging
Dear Chris and Andre, I just wanted to say thanks for all your help. Even though this process was not an easy one, it was comforting to know that I had a capable team standing beside me. You made me feel like we were almost your only client or at least the most important one. Thanks again, and I will recommend your service in the future.Shenille Engelhart, Owner – CLS Technology
We were happy to see the interest in our company and what we cherished has not just a valuable company but an important company to the communities we served in.Larry Moore, Owner, A Company Portable Restrooms
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