Selling a Business
We provide professional merger, acquisition, divestiture and valuation services to sellers and buyers of privately held small to mid-size businesses, locally and globally.
The decision to SELL a business is a difficult one. Many factors impact the outcome, such as what the business is worth, the timing of a sale, etc. These factors make the process complex. Our experience and knowledge of the appropriate steps enable Carpenter Hawke & Co., to provide strategy and plan formulation to suit the needs of each client.
Carpenter Hawke & Co., is affiliated with a network of intermediaries throughout, the U.S. and Europe thus allowing our firm to identify and contact potential buyers and sellers from coast to coast and overseas. Our experience and expertise has allowed us to have completed a number of cross border and Canadian transactions, both on the sell and buy side.
We Position Your Business For Sale To Achieve Maximum Value. A business is sold for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, it is our goal to be responsive and sensitive to our seller’s needs, all done with the utmost of CONFIDENTIALITY!
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We spend a substantial amount of time in preparing a selling memorandum that accurately and thoroughly describe our client’s business and financials. We review the acquisition criteria through our databases of private equity, corporate, strategic and individual buyers. Advance planning, we believe, is the key to a successful sale. Readying the business and documentation, is critical to do in advance! We join forces with the seller assuring that they realize the maximum value from the sale of their business.
Business experts have stated that with many “baby boomer” business owners approaching retirement age, a large number of these owners will sell their companies in the next few years. Surveys of business owners confirm that a very high percentage anticipate selling their businesses within the next three years.
Buying a Business
The Best Businesses, Many Times, Never Come On The Market! We represent companies and individual buyers searching for business opportunities. Our search program helps companies looking to expand through acquisitions, by targeting companies that are not even on the market. Ours is a proactive approach. If we do not represent a seller that fits the search, then we know how to find and approach appropriate candidates that meet the client’s criteria.
For the individual buyer/entrepreneur, owning a business can provide security, financial independence and control. We are able to service buyers by offering established businesses for sale, assisting in assessing a company’s profitability, and fully guiding the buyer through the acquisition process. These services are the most effective when our clients have a clear understanding of who the target should be.
Business Valuation Services
How Much Is Your Business Worth In Today’s Market? When looking to sell a business, a valuation is a very important component. In order to better serve our clients, we established CH Business Valuation LLC, a full service business valuation company.
When a valuation is performed in anticipation of a sale or acquisition, our appraisal does many things. First, our appraisal tells the client how much the enterprise is worth. Secondly, we run several tests to determine if the cash flow is sufficient to pay the debt service to acquire the enterprise. Our valuation team is headed by the CH & Co. partners along with business valuation specialists Lou Pereira, Wooda McNiven and senior consultant, Warren Burkholder.