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This Week’s Feature
The lower middle-market M&A environment continues to be as competitive as it’s ever been. While momentum will likely continue into the near future, deal flow and deal sourcing drive much of the conversation. However, when it comes time to close on a deal, many lower mid-market deal teams lack adequate preparation and strategic planning, which can cause deals to fall short of expectations. If due diligence isn’t a top priority it probably should be.
According to this National Center for The Middle Market report, the majority of buyers in the middle market have limited M&A experience. In fact, about 30% of buyers polled for the report were working on their very first deal. For many of these buyers, the due diligence process can be more confusing and difficult than expected. With inexperience causing many deals to fall short, what options do groups have for due diligence assistance?
For those pursuing deals in the $500k to $25MM range, DueDilio can be a great resource. DueDilio is a due diligence concierge connecting business buyers and private investors with quality, pre-vetted, due diligence solutions. DueDilio has a deep network of independent professionals, boutique, and mid-size firms that can address finance, legal, technology, operations, HR/benefits, and other diligence needs. Today, DueDilio’s network includes over 120 diligence providers in addition to complementary partnerships that extend its capabilities.
Today more than ever it’s important to uncover and evaluate the risks inherent in M&A as well as private investments. Whether you leverage DueDilio to source a vetted professional or have in-house capabilities, it’s a good idea to have a neutral third party weigh in on the due diligence process.
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This Week’s LMM Activity
LLR Partners invests in global life science product manufacturer and distributor, Genesee Scientific Link
LLR Partners-backed Appspace acquires digital workplace and intranet solution provider, Beezy Link
The Vistria Group sells hospice provider, Agape Care Group, to Ridgemont Equity Partners Link
MiddleGround Capital Acquires Plasman Holdings, Its Third Automotive Platform in 14 Months Link
Seaport Capital invests in telecommunications company, Municipal Communications Link
Platinum Equity sells watering and irrigation products co., Orbit Irrigation, to Husqvarna Group Link
Platinum Equity-backed Petmate, combines with Cosmic Pet Link
Performant Capital acquires SaaS provider of automotive service workflow tools, Bolt On Technology Link
VSS Capital Partners sells IT support, cybersecurity, and cloud services co., Coretelligent to Norwest Equity Partners Link
Edgewater Capital Partners-backed Naprotek acquires SemiGen, an RF/Microwave products co. Link
Edgewater Capital Partners sells chemical industrials co., DanChem, to Synalloy Corporation Link
HCI Equity Partners-backed MSI Express acquires contract manufacturer., PacMoore Products Link
CORE Industrial Partners furthers its investment into 3D printing with the acquisition of 3DXTECH, Triton and Gearbox Link
New Water Capital acquires HMI Solutions Provider Nelson-Miller Link
Timber Bay Partners closes fund II at $305m Link
Sole Source Capital closes its second fund with commitments of $555m Link
STG Partners raises over $860m for inaugural STG Allegro Fund Link
Using emotional intelligence to improve M&A negotiations Link
Revving the software engine Link
The cannabis market is quickly attracting distributors Link
Big investors keep pouring money into alternative asset classes such as music rights Link