One of America’s Most Recommended M&A Advisory Firms
American Fortune’s Proprietary M&A Processes & Superior Negotiating Skills Yield Exceptional Results. View Details
We Recognize the Sacrifice, Passion, and Service of the American Business Owner. We Exist to Validate Your Accomplishments so you can Obtain the Highest Possible Sale Price & Best Terms for Your Business.
Choosing a M&A Firm
The most critical area that makes or breaks a sale is the due diligence process. During the pre and post LOI due diligence, buyers and their team of advisors leave no stone unturned. As potential issues and concerns about the sellers business are uncovered, buyers will be eager to seek price concessions. Sellers, therefore, must be armed with an exceptional M&A advisory firm with very strong negotiation skills, and have in place a strong and defensible valuation report to defend the selling price. The second most critical area of successfully selling a business is the ability to strategically orchestrate a pool of buyers willing to pay the highest price and best deal terms. Seeking out and qualifying buyers takes much expertise and experience. The third most critical area of selling a business is to make it to the closing table successfully. A very skilled M&A Advisor will successfully navigate through all of the problems and obstacles with creative thinking, problem-solving and exceptional negotiating skills. American Fortune, a highly recommended M&A firm, has been successfully serving clients with businesses of up to 50 million dollar in sales for 20 years. American Fortune operates out of three locations
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Detroit, Michigan
- Los Angeles, California
American Fortune M&A Services
Successful M&A requires more than just negotiating the sale price. The M&A process is multi-faceted, requiring significant expertise and experience in pre-sale processes (streamlining /improving processes, maximizing business value and improving the marketability of the business), turnaround, exit strategies and much more. Selling a business can be very complicated and time-consuming. The whole experience can be an emotional roller coaster for the seller. We have created proven processes that successfully control all the issues and problems. An experienced M&A firm, such as American Fortune, will successfully handle these challenging processes and help you maximize the value of your business. Our broad-based M&A expertise includes:
- M&A Services, Business Sale & Acquisitions
- Sell-side & Buy-side Services
- Business Exit Planning Strategies
- Business Valuation Services
- Business Value Maximization Services
- Tax Minimization Techniques & Strategies
- Exceptional Negotiating Skills
Maximizing Value with American Fortune
Industry norms provide business buyers with an advantage, allowing them to control the business sale process because buyers are allowed as part of their due diligence to obtain confidential business information just by simply signing an NDA. This practice is one-sided and can mean your business is open to subjective, negative interpretation and often subject to misinterpretation. This can often lead to low-balling and belittles the seller’s market-proven business value and the buyer and thier advisors can gain control of the sale process.
In a quest to facilitate exceptional value to sell-side clients, based on our exceptional negoatation techniques and m&a advisory expertise, American Fortune developed a model called the Business Sale Advisor. Our model places sellers at an advantage against buyers and thier Advisors.
- Historically we have sold businesses at an average of 98% of the valuation price
- We maintain utmost confidentiality by using a unique Business Sale Process
- We do not collect fees or commissions on the real estate portion of the business
3 Ways American Fortune’s Business Sale Advisor Model Achieves Better Business Sale Results
If you are beginning the process of selling your business using a business broker or considering any of the various merger and acquisition (M&A) options available to you, you will begin to understand know that it takes a significant amount of preparation as well as extensive expertise in multiple business disciplines such as business exit planning, business valuations, and maximizing pre-sale business value to achieve higher valuation prices and good sale terms. Sellers understandably do not have M&A expertise for the simple reason that business owners are consumed with day-to-day business operations and selling a business is likely a one-off transaction.
American Fortune educates business sellers about buyer practices and tactics and prevents business buyers from taking advantage of sellers. Business sellers need to know that standard industry business broker norms – called the Business Broker Model –– does not properly defend and protect the interests of the sellers. Here are a few reasons why this is true: 1) Business sellers may be desperate to sell which gives buyers negotiating leverage; 2) Business brokers may push for a quick sale by settling for a lower selling price; and 3) Business brokers compared to M&A Advisors typically do may not have the expertise to properly perform adequate perform all of the functions and processes necessary to yield the best deal for the seller. due diligence on the sellers business. After working with hundreds of business owners for nearly 20 years, American Fortune offers business sellers an alternative to the typical broker model. Our Business Sale Advisor model historically achieves an average of 98% of the valuation price.
American Fortune’s Business Sale Advisor approach benefits sellers in three important ways:
1.) Our advisory services begins and ends by incorporating strict confidentiality into each stage of the sale process. Without confidentiality controls in place, information will leak to competitors, employees, customers, and suppliers and may will harm the sale process.
2.) Meticulously define goals, options and exit strategies for the business. Sellers must view the business sale according to how the market views value and how buyers critique a business for sale, and not solely from their own perspective.
3.) Recast your income statement and balance sheet so that it more accurately represents value as opposed to merely sharing tax returns which reports lower income to reduce tax liability.
These are just three of many comprehensive ways American Fortune works with business owners to achieve the best possible sale price for your business. To learn more about the American Fortune M&A Process, visit M&A Process.
The American Fortune Loyalty Pledge
Our commitment and unconditional loyalty remains with the business seller. We are not dual agents, also known as transaction brokers. A dual agent is supposed to be neutral, but are they? Sellers need to be aware of this potential pitfall. Business owners that sell their business using our services and our unique processes obtain better terms, higher selling prices, and a true business sale advocate throughout the entire process of selling their business. Over the years we have expanded our portfolio of services which complement our Business Sale Advisor program by offering business sellers robust business valuation services and business exit strategy planning services.
American Fortune is one of the top M&A M&A Advisory Firms in the USA, it has provided successful M&A Advisory services in most areas of the USA including the following cities and states: Columbus OH, Atlanta GA, Lexington KY, Bowling Green KY, Nashville TN, Memphis TN, Cincinnati OH, Dayton OH, Toledo OH, Los Angeles CA, Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA, Baltimore MD, Indianapolis IN, Chicago IL, Detroit MI, Flint MI, Tampa FL, St. Louis MS, Kansas City KS, Des Moines IA, Minneapolis MN, Louisville KY, Oklahoma City OK, Dallas TX, Fort Worth TX, Denver CO, San Francisco CA, Salt Lake City UT, Phoenix AZ, Lexington KY, Los Angeles CA, San Diego CA.