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September 19, 2017 | Patrick McFarlen

​Business Transition Planning Part 3: ESOPs and MBOs

In this series of blog posts, EKS&H Consulting Partner Patrick McFarlen explores the personal and business considerations involved in a successful business transition. In this post he discusses the unique decisions and challenges related to employee stock option plans (ESOPs) and management buyouts (MBOs).  Read on »

September 8, 2017 | Joanne Baginski

Six Areas Private Equity Investors Should Evaluate to Price Acquisitions Appropriately

After years of record corporate profits and inexpensive credit, the price of nearly all middle market acquisitions— from manufacturing to technology and healthcare — has soared. For private equity investors, that has made the diligence process more important than ever. Read on »

September 8, 2017 | James Drybanski

Explaining the Option Pricing Model

Companies issuing stock as compensation or investment companies with equity interests in privately held companies are often required to determine the fair value of equity interests for compliance with IRC Section 409(A) regulations, stock compensation expense, or mark-to-market accounting. Read on »

August 28, 2017 | Joanne Baginski

​Companies Receiving an Unsolicited Offer Should Take a Breath

A growing number of middle market companies are receiving unsolicited offers to sell their business in an economy buoyed by strong corporate profits, low interest rates, and the ample availability of capital. But after receiving an unsolicited Letter of Intent, what should a chief executive do to drive the best deal possible? Read on »

August 22, 2017 | Andy Schultz

7 Reasons to Perform Sell-Side Due Diligence

Most everyone has heard the phrase “do your diligence,” and most mergers and acquisitions (M&A) professionals are accustomed to obligatory buy-side due diligence. However, sell-side due diligence and transition planning is not as well known. Read on »

July 20, 2017 | Kreg Brown and Ken Berkeley

​Taking Advantage of IC-DISC: How Exporters Can Reduce Their Tax Bill by 15%

Income tax incentives for export manufacturers have largely disappeared, but one remains in the form of the interest charge domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC) incentive. While every other export income tax incentive has been ruled a subsidy by the World Trade Organization (WTO), and subsequently disallowed, the IC-DISC has remained. Yet many companies overlook this potentially significant source of tax savings. Read on »

July 12, 2017 | Gabriel Cisneros

Cyber Warfare and What it Means to You

As anticipated, there has recently been another major cyber warfare attack. It is still early, but at this stage it appears it may be related to WannaCry (the Petya malware) and is similar in its exploitation of Microsoft vulnerabilities. Read on »

July 12, 2017 | By Adams Price, EKS&H Capital Advisors LLC, and Kreg Brown, EKS&H LLLP

Expected Uptick in 2017 and 2018: How Manufacturing Buyers and Sellers Can Thrive in an Expanding M&A Market

Within the U.S. manufacturing sector, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed slightly in 2016. This downturn was not unexpected and was partially due to uncertainty related to the elections, which delayed transaction decisions. Post-election, investor optimism has increased with promises from the new administration to strengthen U.S. manufacturing through reduced taxes and regulations.  Read on »

July 12, 2017 | Michael DePrima

Addressing Tax Exposure in an M&A Transaction: a Primer on Tax Due Diligence

Every transaction has tax consequences. These consequences can be incredibly costly and implicate a broad array of tax types, including income, sales and use, payroll, and even unclaimed property. Not properly planning for potential tax exposure as a buyer can result in unanticipated and significant liabilities following the transaction. Read on »

July 7, 2017 | Karla Whittenburg

Why Investment Firms Are So Susceptible to Cyber-Attacks — and 3 Ways to Prevent Them

Cyber-attacks pose an increasing risk for companies all of types around the world. The recent WannaCry attack affected multiple industries in more than 100 countries and caused major disruption. The attack caused enough alarm to prompt the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) to send out a national cybersecurity risk alert. Read on »

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