(AAES Engineering, Inc.) The majority owner of the business was in his 60’s and was ready to transition into retirement, and the minority partner was 50. They decided that the best option would be to sell the business and have the minority owner work for the new acquiring company. We introduced several potential buyers and received multiple offers on the business. The best offer was from a large construction company with multiple offices that wanted to expand their capabilities to provide engineering services. The construction company provided an employment agreement for the minority partner and terms of the deal that satisfied all parties.
(Eustance & Horowitz) We had multiple offers on this business opportunity. One of the proposals was from an Architectural firm that wanted to expand into Engineering to provide a broader range of services to its clients. The other offer was from an Engineering company that wanted to expand its range of engineering expertise and capabilities from the potential firm they were interested in acquiring as well as picking up long-term clients in the Hudson Valley. We negotiated back and forth with a variety of terms from both parties. Ultimately the other Engineering firm came up with the most favorable terms by agreeing to assume the seller’s debt in addition to a purchase price.
(Savik & Murray LLP) The owner was in his 60’s and was ready to transition into retirement. We introduced several potential buyers and received multiple offers on the business. The best offer was from an Architectural firm that wanted to expand into providing engineering services and also get an office in Suffolk County where some of their clients were. We were able to negotiate a deal that worked for both parties where the seller would stay on after the sale to help with a transition.
(James LaSalla Associates) A business that specializes in providing engineering services to large telecom companies. 60% of the company’s revenue was from AT & T. We contacted hundreds of engineering firms to get some companies that were comfortable with submitting an acceptable offer on a company that relied so heavily on one customer. We were able to get about 20 to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and 3 submitted proposals. We closed on a deal for 90% of the seller’s asking price. The buyer was a larger diversified engineering firm that wanted to provide additional services to new clients.
(O’Donnell Stanton) Two partners were both ready to retire and they had some family members in the business so they wanted to make sure they got the right buyer that would take care of the employees and customers and they decided that another larger engineering firm in the NY/NJ area would be the best fit to take over their business. The owners are staying on after the sale to ensure a smooth transition.
(Zimmerman Engineering) The owner was in his 60’s and was ready to transition into retirement. We introduced several potential buyers, and the business was ultimately sold to another larger Engineering firm in New York City that wanted to develop their Surveying business and to diversify their Engineering offerings. The seller also signed a 4-year employment agreement which allowed him the option to retire earlier than the 4 years if he so desired.
The seller was in his mid-50s and was hoping to retire by age 60 after selling the business and working for a few years under an employment agreement. We had some interest from buyers within the industry and outside the industry. The best offer came from an engineering firm that is located in Eastern Massachusetts. One of the partners from the buyer’s company was commuting 1.5 hours each way from Western Mass. Acquiring this company shortened his commute to 15-20 minutes and they acquired additional customers and employees which allowed them to grow profitably. The seller got along well with the buyer and agreed to sign a 3-year employment agreement that would allow him to transition into retirement.