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Entrepreneurs, by nature, are people who spend a considerable amount of time looking for the next opportunity. And for them, ‘the next opportunity’ often includes a suitable time to sell their company. But what, practically, are the most common reasons for sale? 1. Business Value vs Liquidity Getting hold of liquidity in your company is a valuable opportunity, because while there is always value in a business, there is no real liquidity… Read More

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the sale of Progressive Industries, Inc to Power Products LLC. With this acquisition, Power Products LLC expands its product offering and distribution base in the recreational vehicle industry. Progressive Industries, Inc is a manufacturer of RV surge and electrical protection products supplying every major RV retailer and distributor in the US. The company has been providing industry leading products and customer service since its inception in 1998…. Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Vitanium Systems Limited to Lane Telecommunications. Vitanium Systems Limited (VSL) are a privately owned company delivering Enterprise Cloud Backup & Cloud Email services to business. Established in 1999, VSL have built a loyal direct customer base and a large re-seller network, with their customers represented within a wide range of market sectors and business sizes. By adopting a consultative approach VSL provide a… Read More

Phillip Hammond of the British Conservative Party has delivered his first budget, outlining the governments plans for both the economy and public finances. We at Benchmark International have put together a summary of all this, highlighting the most important points and explaining just what kind of impact they will have on the average taxpayer. As of April 2017 – new announcements: Package of measures to give some relief to small businesses who… Read More

Benchmark International has successfully negotiated the sale of Nefco, Inc. (“NEFCO”) to North American Filtration, Inc. (“NAF”). The transaction represents the conjoining of two leaders in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, NEFCO has been a major provider of engineered fiberglass products to the water and wastewater treatment industry since 1993. The company designs and develops unique baffle systems, launder cover systems for algae and odor… Read More

Benchmark International has successfully negotiated the sale of Charron Sports Services, Inc. (“Charron”) to Corvus Industries, LTD. (“Corvus”). Based in Liberty, South Carolina, Charron is an industry leader in the installation, maintenance and restoration of aluminum bleachers, telescoping bleachers (gymnasium bleachers) and other seating. The company’s other offerings include basketball backstops and other various gym equipment items. Since 1991, Charron has been committed to providing reliable and dependable bleacher repair services to… Read More

“We have more technology in our watch now, than I had in my first big servers,” said Ann Zdansky, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Common Source, an award-winning provider of on-line document hosting, electronic discovery (e-discovery), litigation support, and document management services. When Zdansky started the business in 1997, no one else was performing these services. She was able to grow the business significantly, but with her husband’s recent retirement, she… Read More

Benchmark International is a company dedicated to the successful sale of companies, and since our inception, we have helped many business owners through the process of growing or exiting a business. By making the client our number one priority and being willing to get our hands dirty to do whatever it takes to secure a deal completion, we set the bar for success. In 2016, the Benchmark International team had the opportunity… Read More

In 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in a deal worth $19bn. However, more than two years later, the social media giant has been accused of providing EU regulators with misleading information during its takeover of the mobile messaging service. Europe’s main regulator, the European Commission, has stated that it is investigating whether Facebook withheld information regarding its ability to siphon data from WhatsApp. If the investigation confirms what the Commission suspects, Facebook could… Read More

Benchmark International has successfully negotiated the sale of Action Concrete Pumping, Inc. (“Action Concrete”) to Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping Inc. (“Brundage-Bone”), a portfolio company of Peninsula Pacific Strategic Partners, LLC. The transaction represents the strategic expansion of Brundage-Bone throughout the Southeast US and further consolidation of the concrete pumping industry. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, Action Concrete is a full service concrete pumping company that specializes in residential and commercial concrete pumping and… Read More

The team at Benchmark International is often approached by business owners with questions about M&A and what the typical process looks like. As with most things in the business world, one merger or acquisition is rarely the same as the last, but there are some key areas that you need to be aware of if you are thinking of buying or selling a business. Here we answer some of the most common… Read More

Whether it is a food manufacturer acquiring a start-up that specialises in organic goods or a media company making an investment in app development, there is little doubt that a number of M&A deals are being driven by businesses wanting to make that shift to attracting a younger market. Accessing new markets through M&A enables businesses to build a safety net, or ecosystem, to ensure they are protected when times get tough…. Read More

Despite uncertainty surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June, the British Fintech sector continues to grow and a flurry of M&A activity made last month one of the sector’s busiest months yet. The surge we saw in August comes on the back of what was a somewhat disappointing period directly following the Brexit vote. In July, only one deal of more than £100m in value was announced, in comparison… Read More

Following a summer of uncertainty post Brexit, investors all over the world are returning from summers spent on the beach, ready to do some serious M&A business to close out the year. We have seen a comparatively quiet year for M&A when you look at the figures for 2015, with deal values in the UK around half of the $215 billion that were announced at the same time in 2015 (Thomson Reuters… Read More

The reported record levels of profit generated in the global recruitment sector in the last few years has worked as a catalyst for high levels of M&A activity. The great news for recruitment is that this appetite looks set to continue as we approach the final quarter of 2016. Unsurprisingly, recent deals that have made the headlines have come from the major players in the market. August saw Randstad reveal its plans… Read More

Media M&A has picked up significantly over the last few years in line with the structural changes to the industry. With the increasing development of technology that is now readily available to consumers has come a growing appetite to digest media through a number of channels. In today’s world the power of print is dwindling, and virtually all newspapers and magazines now engage their readership through apps and, in some cases, subscription… Read More

In the first week of September, German companies announced M&A deals amounting to $72bn – a significant contribution to the country’s global share in M&A, which has now doubled. So far in 2016, German organisations have been linked to 8.1 per cent of M&A deals across the world. This makes 2016 the most successful year for German M&A since 2002, and almost triples the country’s global M&A market share from this same… Read More

Chinese Olympians managed to scoop a total of 26 gold medals at the Rio Olympic Games. Although the country’s medal haul was not enough to match its astonishing tally in Beijing in 2008, China finished a commendable third place behind the US and the UK in the medal table. While being usurped by teams USA and GB may have been disappointing for China, when it comes to M&A the country has its… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed for the sale of LTC Services Limited to Russell Taylor Group. Formed over 14 years ago and based in Blackburn, Lancashire; LTC Services Limited have grown to become a trusted employment and recruitment consultant. The company specialise in helping individuals getting onto the recruitment ladder and in permanent employment. Founded in 2005, Russell Taylor Group Ltd has been growing steadily,… Read More

Business culture is one of the most influential factors when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. Unfortunately, it is also often one of the most overlooked. When it comes to successful integration, culture issues are one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. The effective merging of two businesses is almost impossible if the cultures are vastly different from one another and ignoring integration can present significant challenges further down the line. In… Read More