Should I buy a competitor? Merge with another organization? Or sell my business and maximize value today? In our experience, these are perpetual questions and concerns for business owners across Canada that require regular evaluation.
Most of our clients engage in analysis every year, either as part of the evaluation of a transaction opportunity, or on a conceptual basis as part of their business transition planning process.
Whether businesses are looking to increase product range, market share, or production capacity, or simply aiming to acquire talented industry players, mergers and acquisitions raise a common series of questions and challenges:
- Is my business in a financial position to withstand the pressures of a merger or acquisition?
- Is the financing available for this transaction reasonable?
- Am I receiving sufficient value for my business? Is the value optimized at this time?
- How can I evaluate the value and financial health of the other business?
- Is the purchaser of my business capable of completing the transaction?
- Are the cultures of the two businesses compatible?
- How do I manage the transition with my employees?
- How can we minimize the impact of the transition on day-to-day business activities?
- What needs to happen in the first 100 days after the transaction?
Mergers and acquisitions are, by their very nature, complex business transactions. Answering the questions that arise may require specific expertise in a number of fields, including:
- Business valuation
- Business transition planning and management
- Competitive landscape review and target identification
- Risk assessment and management
- Due diligence
- Change management and employee engagement
- Transaction structuring
With the right strategic counsel and a thorough understanding of the potential impact to your business, the decision to undertake a merger, acquisition or divestiture can be straightforward. If a transaction is in the cards, working with a qualified transaction professional can help you manage a more effective process.