Today’s digest covers the industry focus of private equity firms, three questions you need to answer to ensure your business is, and how equity firms use platform strategies to grow businesses. Click on the headlines for the full articles.
“More often than you can imagine, business owners still believe that professional buyers with private equity firms only focus on ‘sexy’ industries like IT, software, or healthcare services. They usually are shocked when to find out how diverse equity firms can be in the types of industries that they focus on.”
Carl Doerksen reviews three questions posed by Geoff Colvin, editor-at-large with Fortune magazine, that build on the theme of surviving these tough economic times.
As Carl points out, being able to answer these questions “will also help you develop a buyer ready business as you will have a business plan in place to ensure long-term success.”
“Equity firms have unfortunately been getting quite a bit of negative press recently. Painting all equity firms in broad brush strokes is not fair to the far majority of firms that focus on not only creating jobs but growing lower middle-market companies. They specialize in partnering with existing management and ownership to help companies reach their full potential.
A perfect example of this in action was announced recently when Promus Equity Partners (Promus) founded Associated Steel Group (Associated) with the expressed purpose of using it as a platform to acquire companies in the metal building industry.”
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