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Manufacturing M&A in 2021 – The Year In Review

Manufacturing M&A in 2021
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As we conclude the 4th quarter of 2021, my firm is still fielding dozens of calls from manufacturers seeking to understand the state of the M&A market and what their options are for exiting.

While we seem to be surrounded by constant bad news, the story here is exponentially better than most manufacturers think.

In 2021 we closed a record number of deals.  We’ve seen a steady increase in prices, with the majority of deals closing over our list price, with some as high as 30% over list. In conjunction with this, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the marketing launch-to-closing timeframe, with some closing in as little as 4 months. We’re truly in a Seller’s Market.

Another interesting development is the willingness on the part of buyers to give key managers equity in the company as an incentive for them to stay long-term. Some buyers are giving all staff members the opportunity to earn equity. In every case, all employees were retained, some receiving better benefits than they had with the selling company.

Deals closed in the 4th quarter were all-cash deals with no financing contingency. Recent deals closed were in the following sectors:

  • Aerospace Components
  • Defense Contractors
  • Medical Instrument Components
  • Agriculture Equipment Components
  • High-Pressure Valves
  • Specialty Vehicle HVAC
  • Electronic Contract Manufacturing

Another interesting factor is that some clients wanted to remain with the company, while others wanted a quicker exit. In each case, we were able to achieve the desired client goal.

Transactions in 2021 ranged geographically from east to west coast, and throughout every region. Because we work nationally and exclusively within the manufacturing sectors, we typically sell more manufacturing companies in a given year than any other firm. This means we bring the best and most qualified buyers to our client companies.

It really is possible to sell your manufacturing company to someone you can trust will:

  • Respect your legacy
  • Grow the business
  • Keep the jobs in the community

You can get all of this and sell at a number you’ll be thrilled with. Reach out today to schedule a call to learn more. Consultations are always confidential and without obligation or cost.

Request a consultation HERE.

About Frances Brunelle

Frances Brunelle is the founder of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc., which specializes in the sale of lower middle-market manufacturing companies nationally. Fran and her team help to ensure the continuity of U.S. Manufacturing by transitioning ownership to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Recently Fran was named to 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions). Fran is also the host of the WAM (Women and Manufacturing) podcast, a Jacket Media production. Fran writes on topics that help manufacturing business owners prepare their companies for sale and navigate the sale process to ensure a positive financial result in support of their retirement.

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