Insights

  1. Increased Leverage Lifting Middle Market Price Tags

    By Wesley Legg, Chief Operating Officer The median debt percentage for middle-market deals continues to rise.  Lenders are loosening their purse strings, as the market continues to recover and loan default rates remain low versus historical standards. This is one of the dynamics pushing middle-market valuations higher and making for a seller’s market in most…

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  2. GradesFirst Completes Strategic Sale to The Advisory Board Company

    Birmingham, Ala. (February 13, 2015) – Founders Investment Banking, LLC (“Founders”) is pleased to announce that GradesFirst has completed a strategic sale to The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO), a global technology, research, and consulting firm serving the higher education and health care markets. The Advisory Board Company will include GradesFirst’s functionality in the flagship…

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  3. Oil & Gas: It’s A Buyer’s Market

    By Duane Donner, Managing Director 2015 Outlook Most O&G companies are waiting out the volatility in the commodity markets before pulling the trigger on any further acquisition or capital spending plans; however, as the market begins to stabilize, many firms are expected to be on the hunt for acquisitions. As certain companies, especially those with…

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  4. Why You Might Not Be Able to Sell Your Equity

    By: Zane Tarence, Technology Practice Managing Director You’ve decided you want to sell your equity. While this is an important decision, it might be a good idea to take a step back, ask yourself some questions and make sure that now is really the best time. Take an honest look at your business, and maybe…

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  5. How External Market Factors Drive Your Company’s Valuation

    By: Wesley Legg, Chief Operating Officer “I should have sold when I had the chance,” is a phrase our advisors hear much more often than “I sold too early.” Timing a transaction is tricky, because it’s influenced by a variety of internal and external factors, such as: Government policy Capital markets Macro-economic forces Industry life-cycles…

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