Creating a Valuation Framework – Part 2

Part 2 of the Valuation Framework delves into the critical aspects of business valuation, offering practical guidance for enhancing business value, particularly in the context of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The article emphasizes that while buying right is essential, significant value can be generated post-purchase through operational excellence and strategic planning. Key Takeaways from Valuation … Read more

11 Key Strategies to Streamline the Sale Process of Your Business – Insights from the Buyer’s Perspective

As a privately held business owner, you can find a lot of content out there on how to maximize the value of your business’s sale.  While much of this advice is valuable, this article takes a unique approach by offering insights from the buyer’s perspective. With our extensive experience in strategic mergers and acquisitions, the … Read more

Integrating your Integration Plan

In the dynamic landscape of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the process of integrating an acquisition into your existing business is one of the most critical aspects of determining the level of success and impact the acquisition will have on your company. While the actual integration phase technically begins after the deal has been finalized and … Read more

Navigating Valuations: The Pivotal Influence of Interest Rates

This article delves into the intricate relationship between interest rates and M&A valuations, exploring the profound implications of fluctuating interest rates on the dynamics of mergers and acquisitions. As M&A professionals navigate the complex landscape of deal-making, understanding how interest rates influence valuation metrics becomes paramount. This article aims to provide insights into the multifaceted … Read more

Navigating M&A Success in 2024: Unveiling Our Proven Approach to M&A Growth

Embark on a journey of Navigating M&A Success in 2024 with G-Spire Group, a dynamic professional services firm committed to catalyzing growth through strategic mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships. In this comprehensive overview, discover our unique approach as fractional executives, going beyond conventional advisory roles to actively execute vital components for M&A-driven growth. With a successful … Read more

Problem Solving Framework for M&A Leaders

There’s a quote I love from the great Mike Tyson: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” It resonates with me because I know first-hand that even your best-laid plan will get punched—or even knocked out cold—as you execute it. For many merger and acquisition (M&A) leaders, the challenge (and the … Read more

Are You Making Deals or Making Plans? 5 Barriers to M&A Action & How To Solve Them

perpetual motion pendulum

One of the first things business owners learn about me is that I love strategy. I even put it in my core value proposition: helping companies grow through strategic mergers and acquisitions. I’ve written and spoken extensively about how an effective strategy can be a game-changer no matter where you are in your mergers and … Read more

Courtside Story # 7 – Capturing a Niche Through Acquisition

A female nurse takes blood pressure of an elderly man.

Alexander (Xander) Page is the CEO of Trusted Ally Home Care, a home healthcare agency he built to provide the specialized care many former Department of Energy workers need. Since its founding in 2011, Trusted Ally Home Care has reached over $10 million in top-line annual revenue—20% of which can be attributed to the agency’s … Read more

Courtside Story #6 – Relationships, Discipline, and Consistency: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Strategic Acquisitions

Mike Loftus runs Connor’s Landscape, a family-owned, California-based landscaping company founded in 2014. In five years, he has built a $5 MM business (with margins exceeding 10%) through strategic acquisitions by focusing on relationships, discipline, and consistency.  I sat down with him recently to learn more about his story, the lessons he’s learned, and his advice … Read more

M&A Strategy – Are You Playing Checkers or Chess?

Are you playing checkers or chess with your M&A strategy?

Last month, I discussed why sustainable, growth-focused companies should take a programmatic approach to M&A and offered five steps to help you build one. This month, I want to slow down on one critical cornerstone of your programmatic approach – the strategic growth plan. Why start with strategy? Think of two age-old games: chess and … Read more

Courtside Story #5 – Ahead of Schedule: An Acquisition Entrepreneur’s Journey

Trees growing on stacks of coins.

Introduction In today’s edition of Courtside Stories, we check in with Patrick Dichter, an acquisition entrepreneur who is little over a year into his journey towards creating a national Professional Services firm designed to help small businesses prosper. In this article, we will discuss his vision, approach to M&A, progress to date, challenges and lessons … Read more

The Case for a Programmatic Approach to M&A

Two hands joining puzzle pieces together.

Introduction  In the world of mergers & acquisitions (M&A), there’s been a lot of recent attention on what’s called taking a “programmatic approach” to pursuing M&A opportunities. And with good reason: companies who intentionally build high-performing M&A programs consistently outperform their peers across multiple measures. McKinsey has written extensively on this topic and has produced some … Read more