4 Scenarios When You Should Sell Part of Your Business

Deciding to sell a portion of your business is never easy, especially if you feel as though you've invested much of your time, effort and soul into getting your business up and running. However, sometimes the arguments in favor of selling are strong enough to overcome the doubt and apprehension that you're experiencing.

The sale of part of a company's assets is also known as a partial divestiture. Typically, a partial divestiture occurs when the owner or CEO of a company no longer wants to own a given business unit or asset. So what are the situations where divestiture makes sense for your business, and what are the signs that you should sell part of your company?

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3 Ways to Build Shareholder Value

Companies tend to base their success, or lack thereof, on whether and to what extent they have enriched their shareholders. Generating handsome returns is obviously a primary goal, but short term earnings do not necessarily entail long term growth and survival. Although it will never be possible to ignore the importance of earnings for shareholders, it is not necessary to focus solely on this measure to the exclusion of other important metrics, particularly overall value. After all, it is market value that will inevitably impact a company’s long term financial success or failings. Here are three important ways to build shareholder value:

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Understanding Earn-Outs in M&A Transactions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be risky transactions for any and all parties involved, but the buyers of a business obviously carry the brunt of the risk. These deals can be particularly tricky when the targeted firm is a fledgling startup or relatively new to the pertinent industry. As a result, seasoned M&A professionals have created various ways to mitigate some of the risks associated with these sorts of deals to entice firms to continue buying up smaller enterprises and to induce business owners to commit to a sale. One example of a risk-allocation tool that is now used with relative frequency is the earn-out. Here is a quick rundown on what this is and how it works:

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New SecureDocs Feature: Introducing Built-In Electronic Signature

SecureDocs is pleased to announce our new built-in electronic signature feature. We are the only data room on the market with electronic signature that is built-into the software. No clunky integrations, just seamless efficiency to help you get your deal completed faster, and corporate agreements executed immediately.

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What is a Roll-Up Merger?

Most people are likely familiar with traditional mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in which one company purchases or joins forces with another company. This sort of transaction is always strategic, but there are many different ways to accomplish essentially the same thing. One type of merger that is not quite as common and thus perhaps not as familiar to many folks is the roll up version. This type of merger usually entails the establishment of one larger company that is created by simultaneously merging, or rolling up, several smaller ones. Sometimes this is done because there is fragmentation in need of consolidating, but sometimes it is merely a matter of dominating a particular market. Here are a few reasons this type of merger may be done.

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Here's What To Do Before Signing A Letter Of Intent To Sell Your Business


Deciding to sell a business is not something company leaders take lightly. It can take months and even years to adequately prepare, especially if you intend to have everything in order so as to ensure receipt of top dollar and a smooth transaction. But, sometimes even the most organized and prepared companies jump into signing a letter of intent before they are truly ready. It is obviously exciting to get the ball rolling, but it is critical to ensure that certain items have been taken care of before making that commitment. Here is what to do before signing a letter of intent to sell your business:

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6 Tips to Help Position your Business to Sell at Top Value

There is a healthy amount of optimism surrounding the state of the economy these days, and many businesses may be considering making a sale while things are still going well. It is always a tough decision to make and one that requires careful planning. There are various steps that company leaders can take to assess whether it is the right time to sell. Of course, selling high is always of paramount importance, so here are some tips to help position your business to get top value:

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The Top 5 Private Equity Buzzwords to Know

Virtually every industry has their own vernacular, although some words and phrases no doubt cut across sectors. The language of finance can be particularly nuanced though because different firms and investors often have such distinct objectives. There has been some crossover lately between areas like venture capital and private equity, so folks working in one or the other will likely encounter some similar concepts and terms in both. Of course, the economic climate, the stock market, and other  investor trends influence which ideas are thrown about more than others at any given time. Granted, many of the words are well known regardless of the frequency of their usage during a particular period of time, but they sometimes take on additional meanings. Here are 5 of the top buzzwords currently circulating the finance world:

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The Real Costs of Document Storage

Information is power and in the last several years many companies have steadily increased the amount of data and documentation they gather and retain. Fortunately, they’re finding that document storage, both online and offline, is actually more affordable than they realized. Once you know the actual costs and issues that can arise with data storage, you’ll be able to find strategies to spend less money and still get much needed document security and organization.

 

The destruction of paper files is more costly than some companies realize. According to Inside Counsel, “it can take $143.49 to destroy a box of records” – and it is even more when you consider the labor and time costs of organization, shredding, disposal, etc. But regardless of the hidden costs of establishing an online document storage solution, it is still a necessary move for most companies. In a fast-moving digital world, customers, clients and organizations have very high expectations about how quickly and efficiently data can be accessed. There’s simply too much data to reliably find important information in paper records.

 

So, while the costs can add up, finding a secure document storage provider that can help offset some of these fees will save your company time and resources while organizing and protecting your documents.

 

To get a better perspective, let’s compare some of the cost-saving advantages of both online and offline document storage solutions.

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How Important is Password Complexity In Ensuring Secure Document Sharing?

The invention of web-based corporate tools and services have alleviated a plethora of communication and organizational needs faced by businesses. With this mass adoption, however, comes a potential danger that proprietary information might be accessed by unauthorized users.

Hackers are utilizing developed techniques, typically brute-force attacks, that allow them to search for passwords based on trends and frequent user habits.

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