Mergers & Acquisitions with Murphy Business

If the buyer of your business is a private equity group or another company, then our Mergers & Acquisitions (M & A) Division will be a vital resource to you. Many buyers of these types have advisors with significant experience acquiring privately held companies such as yours. Utilizing our M & A Division helps provide the expertise needed for negotiations, and levels the playing field.

Private Equity Groups

Our M & A Division is focused on companies with revenues ranging from $5 Million to $75 Million. Our business brokers maintain relationships with hundreds of private equity groups. A lot have raised tens of millions of dollars from pension funds and institutional investors for the single purpose of investing in privately held businesses, not unlike your own business. They are looking for add-on acquisitions for the companies already in their portfolio, while also looking for platform companies that align with their published investment strategies. While many of the private equity groups may have raised hundreds of millions in capital, a number have raised billions and eclipse some “Fortune 500” companies in size.

Additionally, numerous private equity groups are solely interested in purchasing 100% of a company. However, some also make recapitalization investments where the present owner sells only a portion of their stock and remains as top management of the company with a planned future retirement. This deal allows you to take a portion of cash out of your business now and sell the balance of your ownership when you retire.

Corporate Buyers

Our M & A Division maintains relationships with many corporate buyers, which allows us to offer you the training and expertise you need to identify other corporate buyers who may be attracted in acquiring your business.

We maintain confidentiality when making inquiries to corporate buyers without disclosing the identity of your company, and based on our experience, we believe an auction process does not maintain the confidentiality most sellers are looking for. There is potential for your business to be over-shopped from too many buyers looking at your business, which reduces the implicit value of your company. We aim to aid even the most jaded corporate buyer, and only experienced business mergers and acquisitions experts can accomplish this effectively.

Our Business Mergers & Acquisitions Division can help you connect and negotiate a strategic alliance. While the majority of corporate buyers are only interested in purchasing 100% of a business, some are looking to form strategic alliances that may also include an equity investment with a formula agreed to in advance, which allows them to purchase 100% later.

Wealthy Individual Buyers

Sometimes a group of wealthy individuals joins together with others to form something similar to a private equity group. These individuals many times bring significant management skills from their own ventures along with access to capital beyond their personal financial capacity. Most have an interest in making investments in privately held businesses, like your own, and staying involved at the board level to help the company with strategy, financing and marketing issues. Our Mergers & Acquisitions Division has significant experience acquiring businesses and with this expertise we can help you level the playing field.

If you are considering merging or acquiring a business and need help doing so, please contact Murphy Business Sales of Ohio at (330) 650-9000 or contact us here.