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  • Printing & Packaging M&A In 2020 November 25, 2020
    In the printing and packaging sectors, M&A activity has slowed since August of 2019 with around 14 percent fewer deals closing. Deal activity was strong at the beginning of 2020, and then the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a standstill in the spring, with activity starting to return to normal in late summer. In fact, […]
  • 2020 Automotive M&A Update November 20, 2020
    During the first half of 2020, M&A activity in the automotive industry was down from previous years due to uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, with cross-border deals becoming more complex. However, the pandemic also resulted in new opportunities for consolidation within the industry. There were $11.9 billion in M&A deals, which represented a 54.8% […]
  • Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Greenkey Garden & Home Ltd and Retail Equipment Limited November 19, 2020
    Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Gloucestershire-based Greenkey to Suffolk-based Retail Equipment. Established in 2003, Greenkey is a trademarked brand and is an established distributor of its own brand of garden equipment, garden décor and animal habitats. The company supplies to garden centres, DIY outlets, agricultural merchants, and online retailers nationwide. Retail […]
  • When Is The Right Time To Retire? November 18, 2020
    The right time to retire is going to be different for everyone based on individual circumstances and goals. While finances are obviously a major factor in the decision, being emotionally and mentally ready is equally important. Here are some points you should consider if you are thinking about embarking on retirement. Financial Stability Retirement hinges […]
  • Benchmark International Provides PCs to the Community November 17, 2020
    Earlier this year, Benchmark International donated 20 tablets to care homes, hospitals and hospices to help residents stay connected whilst they were unable to have visitors. The donations were a success and were well-received by the residents and those working at the facilities. Keen to find another way of supporting people who have been in […]
  • 6 Considerations When Selecting A Transaction Advisor November 13, 2020
    The most expensive mistake in selling a business is to undersell it. A qualified intermediary can add significant value to a transaction simply by virtue of experience. Putting this into context, buyers are fit for transactions, they conclude deals in multiple jurisdictions and often have dedicated teams that focus exclusively on mergers and acquisitions. Business […]
  • Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Oracle Drive Systems Limited and Veruth Holdings Limited November 13, 2020
    Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of leading variable speed drive and control systems integrator, Oracle Drive Systems, to Veruth Holdings, owner of Europa Components plc and other companies, through sell-side advisers Benchmark International and Primas. Veruth, a second-generation family holding company, has a policy of long-term development and growth for the companies […]
  • M&A Outlook Under Biden Election Win November 10, 2020
    Now that Biden was named the President-elect, what does this mean for mergers and acquisitions under a Biden administration? The good news is that mergers and acquisitions activity is expected to increase regardless of the election results. Many experts predict that M&A activity will return to pre-pandemic levels in the next year, and that the […]
  • Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Johnson Claim Service, Inc. and Davies November 10, 2020
    Benchmark International facilitated the transaction of Johnson Claim Service, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been acquired by Davies. Johnson Claim Service provides insurance adjuster and appraisal services for insurance contracts written to cover property, casualty transportation and agricultural claims. The transportation claims include truck, trailer, heavy equipment physical damage, motor truck cargo, dealers open […]
  • Benchmark International Is Proud To Be A Part Of The 2020 OCFO Founders Conference November 6, 2020
    Benchmark International is proud to be a part of the 2020 OCFO Founders Conference, taking place virtually, during Global Entrepreneurship Week on 19th November 2020. As part of the event, Dustin Graham, Managing Partner of Transactions for Benchmark International's South African offices, will be speaking on the topic Building Your Business For Sale. Topic: Building […]
  • How To Successfully Maintain A Strategic Partnership October 30, 2020
    Strategic partnerships or alliances can be very effective business tools and are important to the health and growth of a company. They can enhance capabilities, and open up shared access to new markets, channels, intellectual property and lowered risk. But they can also be complex. Once you form this type of partnership, it takes some […]
  • How PPP Loans Affect Your Ability To Sell Your Business – We Now Have Guidance October 28, 2020
    In this webinar, Clinton Johnston, Managing Director at Benchmark International, will share Benchmark International's collective insights from the various transactions we have closed for clients with outstanding PPP loans both before and after the issuance of the SBA's October 2nd guidelines regarding PPP loans and changes of ownership.  Click Here To Watch The Webinar: How […]
  • Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Tom Walker & Sons Limited and HMS Ltd October 28, 2020
    Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Stockton-on-Tees food packaging firm, Tom Walker & Sons (TWS), to Glasgow-based food ingredients group, HMS. Established in 1982, TWS is one of the UK’s leading distributors, importers and packers of cheese products, supplying to a national retail and wholesale customer base. Services include cutting and packing, […]
  • Enhancing Company Value By Enhancing Culture October 27, 2020
    Culture Affects the Bottom Line When a company demonstrates that it’s thriving with happy and motivated talent, it is more likely to garner a higher business valuation when going to market for a merger or acquisition. There is a proven link between culture, employees, productivity, and profit. Research shows that: Businesses with satisfied employeeshave been […]
  • Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Rivanet Limited and Intec Business Solutions Limited October 23, 2020
    Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of education technology specialists, RivaNET™, by business technology company, inTec. RivaNET™ is a provider of innovative enterprise grade IT solutions to independent schools and colleges in London and the South East. Delivering optimised technology and infrastructure, in addition to cyber security and managed support services, the company’s […]
  • The Value Of Professional Exit Planning October 22, 2020
    Exit planning is how business owners prepare to depart from their private company and maximize its value through a merger or acquisition to increase shareholder value or transition the company to serve other objectives. It basically arranges for you to leave your company on your own terms. Unfortunately, many business owners do not recognize the value […]
  • In Case You Missed It, Catch Dustin Graham’s Fireside Chat At The Recent SA Innovation Summit. October 21, 2020
    Dustin Graham, Managing Partner at Benchmark International, Cape Town, virtually chatted to innovators and business owners about the critically necessary planning for their exit and their worth at the recent SA Innovation Summit.The SA Innovation Summit is the largest startup event in Africa, and brings together top entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, and thought leaders to inspire […]
  • Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction between Advantage Plastics of New York and an Affiliate of Orchard Creek Capital October 20, 2020
    Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Advantage Plastics of New York and Sherri Plastics (Advantage Plastics), to an affiliate of Orchard Creek Capital. Advantage Plastics specializes in thermoforming a variety of plastic products across numerous industries. Specialties include vacuum forming, CNC trimming, laser cutting, and laser engraving. The company works with a […]
  • Benchmark International has Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Kent Catering Services (Bromley) Ltd and Catercall Ltd October 19, 2020
    Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Kent Catering Services (Bromley) (KCSB) by Birmingham-based Catercall. KCSB was established in 1995 by David Clarke and since then has operated within the commercial catering equipment maintenance industry, covering London and the Home Counties. The company is a specialist in the installation, maintenance and repair of […]
  • Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Hillcrest Urgent Care of Alabama, PC and Carbon Health October 14, 2020
    Benchmark International facilitated the transaction between Hillcrest Urgent Care of Alabama (serving the Greater Mobile area) and Carbon Health of San Francisco, CA.The seller, Hillcrest Urgent Care of Alabama, has been providing urgent care services to the Greater Mobile, AL market since 2013. Hillcrest has repeatedly remained on top of the most reputable urgent care […]