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July 12, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Value of Cash Conveying in an M&A Transaction

I’ve been asked the following question on several occasions:

If a publicly traded company is being acquired and it has cash in the bank, would the acquirer need to pay more to include the value of the cash?

It’s kind of a technical question, and the answer is somewhat unintuitive initially, but fairly straight forward once explained with a simple analogy.

Short Answer

The calculation for Enterprise Value (EV) – the actual value of the company – subtracts cash.

EV = (market cap) + (debt) + (minority interest) + (preferred shares) – (cash and cash equivalents)

If this seems backwards, keep reading.

July 03, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Displaying Integrity Helps Close M&A Deals

Integrity between principles can be considerably more valuable than specific deal points in an M&A transaction.

Late one evening, back in my investment banking days, we were hammering out the final points of an acquisition contract for our client to sell his engineering firm to a much larger corporate buyer. We were in a large conference room at the law office with several representatives from the buy-side (including the CEO), their lawyer, our clients (a majority owner and two minority owners), our client’s lawyer and two bankers – one of which was me.

June 25, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Using Humor to Help Close M&A Deals

Humor can be a powerful tool to push through negotiation barriers in M&A transactions. I remember one sell-side deal in particular where humor, brilliantly applied, probably saved the day.

We were negotiating the final points of the acquisition contract. In the conference room that evening were the two owners from the sell-side (our clients), the CEO and CFO from the buy-side and two bankers – one of which was me.

June 01, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Relationships with Select Investment Banks

Private equity firms try to develop and maintain good business relationships with the various investment banks because the I-banks drive potential deal flow to the PE firms. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

When private equity firms exit their portfolio companies, some act as their own M&A advisor (private equity executives often have prior investment banking experience), but many PE firms hire investment bankers to represent them in the sale of their portfolio companies.

Which Investment Banks Do They Engage?

May 21, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Investment Banks Mostly Work the Sell-Side

Most investment banks work on the sell-side of a client engagement.

Why the Sell-Side?

The largest portion of compensation earned by an investment banker comes from the success fee. Consequently, bankers prefer to work on transactions with a high probability of closing. For reasons discussed below, sell-side engagements have a much higher probability of closing compared to buy-side engagements.

May 18, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Investment Banking – Industry Dynamics

At www.PrivateEquityInfo.com, we track investment banking firms, their preferred sectors and their key executives. We also predominantly serve investment bankers as customers and correspond with them daily. Consequently, we have a good pulse on M&A deal flow and changes in industry dynamics. Over the past eight years or so, we have seen an industry trend reversal. Five to eight years ago, we noticed a general consolidation within investment banking as smaller firms moved under the umbrella of larger firms. However, in the last few years, we are seeing the opposite – the investment banking industry becoming more fragmented as newly-created firms launch and scale with the help of third-party services.