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The Inside Scoop on Buying and Selling Manufacturing Businesses with Dan Shea
Episode 3617th June 2024 • The Manufacturers' Network • Lisa Ryan
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This week's guest is Dan Shea, Managing Director at Objective, who will discuss mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing sector. With over 30 years of success in M&A, particularly in manufacturing businesses, Dan shares expert insights into the key factors driving value in manufacturing businesses, preparing companies for potential sales, and the current state of the M&A market.

Key Themes:

1. Factors Driving Value in Manufacturing Businesses:

- Proprietary Aspects: Dan emphasizes the importance of uniqueness in manufacturing businesses, including intellectual property, manufacturing know-how, technology, brand recognition, and strong customer relationships.

- Operational Efficiency: Buyers seek companies that operate efficiently, generate ample profits, and demonstrate a competitive edge in manufacturing their products.

2. Reasons for Selling Manufacturing Businesses:

- Succession Planning: Many business owners consider selling when there is no clear succession plan or next-generation leadership to take over the company.

- Baby Boomer Transitions: With many baby boomer business owners reaching retirement age, selling businesses becomes a natural transition.

3. Preparing for a Successful Sale:

- Strategic and Administrative Preparation: Dan discusses the importance of strategic planning, investment in facilities and equipment, workforce management, diversification, and compliance with safety and environmental standards.

4. Ensuring a Smooth Transition:

- Confidential Nature: Dan emphasizes confidentiality during a potential sale to prevent undue worry and uncertainty among employees, customers, and suppliers.

- Employee and Customer Considerations: Dan highlights the importance of maintaining employee and customer trust during the transition by ensuring their well-being and minimizing potential disruption.

Lessons Learned:

- Mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing sector require intricate planning, strategizing, and a meticulous understanding of the business's value drivers and market dynamics.

- Securing trustworthy advisors, including lawyers and investment bankers, is crucial for navigating the sale process and maximizing the value realized from the transaction.

Fun Facts:

- Dan shares an anecdote about a client's surprise at receiving an unexpectedly high number of offers for their business while highlighting the potential for success in the sale process.

- The impact of nearshoring on manufacturing businesses is illustrated through a real-world example of a Mexican company benefiting from transferring volumes to their Mexican operations due to customer proximity.


Manufacturing businesses, Mergers and Acquisitions, Manufacturing sector, Business value, Strategic planning, Succession planning, Baby boomer transitions, Business sale preparation, Confidentiality, Business transition, Investment advisors




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