Using Acquisition to Supplement Business Growth

The vast majority of companies would like to grow and become more profitable—but achieving that goal is much easier said than done.

Even the most effective sales and marketing campaigns can take years to pay off. Meanwhile, expanding into a new area or offering a new product can be a highly risky endeavor, particularly if there are already competitors present in that space.

In the face of these problems and questions, more and more organizations are choosing to acquire other companies in order to drive business growth.

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When to Sell Your Business - Part 2: Timing Considerations

Wondering when to sell your business? You’re not alone. A variety of factors, both in and out of your control, play into the decision of selling your business at a particular time.

Although it’s impossible to predict the future, you can make smarter decisions about when to sell your business, based on the information available to you and the trends that you observe.

In our previous article, we discussed the different factors that buyers are looking for at each stage of your startup: early, middle, and late. This article will continue the discussion by going over the different timing considerations for when to sell your business: the larger M&A market, your company’s industry or sector, and finally your company itself.

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When to Sell Your Business - Part 1: What Buyers Are Looking For

Knowing when to sell your business is a delicate art. Not only does selling your business depend on the health and internal workings of your company, it also depends on external factors over which you have little to no control—macroeconomic trends, buyers’ attitudes toward M&A, and more.

Despite these challenges, the good news is that you can take steps to position yourself optimally for a future acquisition. By knowing what buyers are looking for at each stage, you’ll have a better understanding of the right time to sell your business.

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M&A, IPOs, and Startups: 2019 Recap and 2020 Projections

A few months ago, we took a look at the M&A highlights from the first half of 2019. Now that the year is drawing to a close, it’s time to see what the second half of 2019 has brought while casting an eye toward the future. In this article, we’ll take a look at M&A activity, IPOs, and startups, wrapping up 2019 and making predictions for 2020.

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Top SecureDocs Blog Posts from 2019

As 2019 winds down and we inch closer to 2020, it’s important to look back and reflect on the last 12 months. A lot has transpired in the world of mergers and acquisitions and across the financial landscape, and the SecureDocs blog has provided insights and updates along the way.

This article covers some of the 2019 highlights from the Official SecureDocs Blog, including posts on M&A activity, venture capital news, the importance of due diligence, resources for investment bankers, and more.

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How to Structure a Virtual Data Room for M&A Transactions

Filing cabinets and other paper-based processes have quickly become antiquated methods of storing and sharing information, with digital file storage now the norm. But with potential M&A buyers located halfway across the planet, how can you ensure that all parties can view the documents they need without the risk of a devastating data breach?

Virtual data rooms are secure online repositories for sharing and storing confidential files, such as documents needed for an M&A transaction. By enabling document sharing while placing appropriate restrictions on user access, VDRs facilitate the M&A due diligence process.

For maximum efficacy, VDRs need to be carefully structured and organized. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about structuring a virtual data room for M&A transactions.

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6 Myths That Can Derail Your Business Exit Strategy

Every entrepreneur has dreamed of striking it rich by selling their company for millions or even billions of dollars. From Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp for a mind-blowing $19 billion, to Microsoft’s $7.5 billion buy of GitHub, the tech industry is full of startup success stories.

In reality, however, achieving your startup goals will require a great deal of forethought and strategic planning. Just as buildings need to have well-built, clearly defined exits, startup founders need to establish a well-built, clearly defined exit strategy for their company—whether that means going public in an IPO, or selling the company in an M&A deal.

Along the way, you’ll need to bust some of the common misconceptions surrounding M&A opportunities. In this article, we’ll discuss the realities behind 6 of the most common exit strategy myths.

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Why It's Critical to Prepare for M&A from Day One

In March of this year, we hosted the webinar “Start with the Exit in Mind: Building M&A Value from Startup to Exit,” helping small businesses make the most of their opportunities in mergers and acquisitions. During the webinar, it was mentioned that knowing how you want to exit is almost as important as knowing how you want your business to operate.

Preparing for your exit early doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily make an early exit—it means that you’ll be ready for an M&A deal whenever it arrives. In this article, we’ll discuss 3 reasons why you should get a jump on the M&A planning process as soon as possible.

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M&A Due Diligence: 4 Things to Look for Before Completing a Deal

In 2012, following an $11.1 billion takeover of Autonomy a year earlier, HP recorded a record of around $8.8 billion. Following an internal investigation, HP alleged that Autonomy had “accounting irregularities” that had contributed to overpricing their business (which Autonomy strenuously denied). At around the same time, shareholders sued HP for the losses they incurred, eventually settling for $100 million.

What a mess!

It begs the question: if a giant like HP can’t get their due diligence right, what hope is there for other businesses? In this case, as in many other disastrous M&A actions, it’s the things you don’t know that cause the most significant problems.

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M&A Highlights from the First Half of 2019

Mergers and acquisitions are some of the biggest events in business, with the potential to shake up entire industries. Companies engage in M&A deals for a variety of reasons: gaining access to new technologies and markets, getting a leg up over their competitors, expanding along their products’ supply chain, and more.

Now that we’re firmly into the second half of 2019, it’s a good time to take a look back on what the first half of the year held for M&A deals. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the biggest M&A events in the first half of 2019 and take a look at what’s coming in the remainder of the year.

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