Flexibility the key to a successful deal
By Brad Kirkpatrick
A seller who’s willing to bet on a buyer’s success will often be rewarded with a higher value. But a seller who demands all cash at close will subject to extra scrutiny. The buyer’s team is asking, “What does the seller know that we don’t?”
We had a buy-side client who agreed to a $6MM purchase, all cash at close. But during due diligence, we found the seller’s backlog had dried up and EBITDA was dropping. The buyer was willing to honor his original price, with a portion tied to future sales. The seller declined. He wanted all cash at close or no deal. He got the latter.