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Unlocking Acquisition: The Innovative Deal Stack Approach
The ASE Fleet's Weekly Take Off 42
Hello there folks,
When you’re in the game of business acquisitions, it's not just about having deep pockets; it's about being creative and strategic. I’ve seen countless deals fall through because the parties involved took a one-dimensional approach. When I heard about the opportunity to acquire a thriving Metal Fabrication Shop, I was immediately intrigued by its impressive financials. However, the challenge was the $5M asking price. But with an innovative deal stack, we sealed the deal. Here are the deal stack options that we had ready to go before LOI.
1. Inventory/Equipment/Materials Consignment:
The idea of buying all the assets outright is tempting but comes with its financial challenges. We decided to adopt a consignment approach. By acquiring the company or LLC but leaving the seller in possession of $1M of assets, we reduced our upfront cost. This setup was designed as a win-win: the seller was protected, and we had an option to buy back the assets when more funds became available. This approach immediately addressed the $1M cash down payment requirement, making it more manageable.
2. Vendor & Supplier Loans:
Relationships in business are everything. When considering how to approach vendors and suppliers, we crafted the following pitch:
"Hello, I wanted to inform you that I currently own a fabrication shop and I'm in the process of acquiring this second one. I understand that you've been a trusted vendor/supplier for this shop. While I already have my own set of vendors and suppliers, I would truly love to continue the business relationship that's been established with you. If you could consider extending a loan to assist in this acquisition, not only would we continue our business dealings, but as I venture into purchasing more companies in the future, you'll be at the forefront of our business partnerships."
By framing our intentions in this manner and highlighting the potential for continued and expanded business, several vendors and suppliers were open to the idea of extending loans. Whether it was in the form of cash, credit, or a line of credit (LOC), these partnerships allowed us to chip away at the company's debt and address part of the seller financing.
3. Revenue-Based Financing:
While traditional financing methods often depend on hard assets or profitability metrics, Revenue-Based Financing (RBF) takes into consideration the company’s revenue streams. Given the Metal Fabrication Shop's impressive revenue of over $7.7M, this was an attractive option. By pledging a percentage of future revenues to investors, we secured funds that went towards the acquisition without diluting equity.
4. Equipment and Inventory Loans:
The Metal Fabrication Shop came with over $3.8M in equipment, not to mention significant inventory in raw materials, work-in-progress, and finished goods. Instead of viewing these merely as assets, we saw them as collateral. Equipment and inventory loans provided another financial layer, allowing us to leverage these assets for additional capital.
5. Spot Factoring:
With over $833K in accounts receivable, we identified an opportunity in spot factoring. By selling these invoices to a third party at a discount, we generated immediate cash post-closing, further reducing the financial strain.
Although we opted not to initially acquire via the Small Business Administration (SBA) due to potential liabilities, we kept this option on the table for future refinancing. If we had bought the assets outright, this avenue would be open to us two years down the line, providing an opportunity for favorable loan terms and rates.
In conclusion, acquiring the Metal Fabrication Shop was no simple task, but with a multifaceted approach, we turned potential obstacles into opportunities. Business, much like basketball, is about strategy and adaptability. By diversifying our financing approach and leveraging relationships, assets, and innovative financial instruments, we made a slam-dunk acquisition. In the game of business, always remember that the traditional playbook might not be the only way to win. Sometimes, thinking outside the box scores the biggest points.
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"What Is a Bill of Lading?
A bill of lading (BL or BoL) is a legal document issued by a carrier (transportation company) to a shipper that details the type, quantity, and destination of the goods being carried. A bill of lading also serves as a shipment receipt when the carrier delivers the goods at a predetermined destination. This document must accompany the shipped products, no matter the form of transportation, and must be signed by an authorized representative from the carrier, shipper, and receiver.
A bill of lading is a legal document issued by a carrier to a shipper that details the type, quantity, and destination of the goods being carried.
A bill of lading is a document of title, a receipt for shipped goods, and a contract between a carrier and a shipper.
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ASE’s Deal Assembly Line
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ASE has a dedicated professional for each bullet point in our assembly line.
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Now here is some clarification on a few of the points in our infographic.
The Debt Coverage Service Ratio (DSCR) is how many times per month a company's net profit can pay for the debt service used to acquire the company after an M&A transaction is closed.
Integration is the final phase of the M&A lifecycle, where you optimize the company with systems, marketing, and by rallying the troops.
The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) is an operating system for businesses that has proven to get companies higher multiples upon exit over and over.
Profits First is a model that flips the profit equation into Sales - Profit = Expenses.
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