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Offshore Buyers Seek U.S. Middle Market Manufacturing Companies

By Generational Equity

Jul 18, 2017, 03:00 et
Manufacturing

Generational Equity (GE), a leading mergers and acquisition advisor for privately held businesses, is seeing a trend of more international buyers seeking mid-market U.S. companies for investment.

"It used to be we would have to hunt for these overseas buyers, and now we're seeing many of them come to us," said Chris Heckert, Managing Director and Supervising Principal of Generational Capital Markets, Inc. (a GE affiliate company), Member FINRA/SIPC, speaking at an M&A Advisor roundtable called "Manufacturing in Motion."

This contrasts with five to ten years ago when large foreign investors were not interested in middle or lower middle market companies. Heckert reports higher levels of activity even for lower middle-market companies of $2 million to $10 million in EBITDA.

According to Terry Johnson, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer for GE, "One key driver and a benefit to our clients is DealForce, our proprietary buyer technology platform. The visibility and efficiency this provides to our international buyers really sets us apart in our industry."

The stability of the U.S. currency and increased manufacturing costs in formerly low-wage countries makes investing in the U.S. more attractive, a trend expected to continue agreed the roundtable panel.

Heckert added that he is seeing smaller international buyers. "What used to be billion-dollar foreign entities, whether it's Asia-Pacific or Europe, are now becoming hundred-million-dollar companies, and they're looking to invest their money into the U.S., not just these massive corporate entities that you see in the news all the time."

"That's been a very interesting trend in the last few years, to see that new category of buyers come in and make sizable investments."

In one recent example, Generational Capital Markets recently arranged the sale of its client, CEC Controls Company Inc., to Wood Group. CEC Controls is based in Warren, Michigan, while the acquiring firm, Wood Group, is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Through the acquisition, Wood Group's automation and control division will be able to expand into the Midwest U.S. and develop relationships with the American original equipment manufacturers.

"Overseas investors have significant funding and great faith in the U.S. economy and should not be overlooked," said Heckert. "Our global network of strategic buyers is a significant value-add and one of the key benefits we bring to our clients."

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About Generational Equity

Generational Equity, part of the Generational Group headquartered in Dallas with over 200 professionals located throughout North America, helps business owners release the wealth of their business by providing merger, acquisition and strategic growth advisory services.

Their four-step approach features exit planning education, business valuation, value enhancement strategies, and M&A transactional services. The M&A Advisor recently named the company its 2016 Investment Banking Firm of the Year.

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