2022 M&A Outlook Drivers: Tax changes, Interest Rates, Recession Warnings plus industry sector analysis

2022 M&A Outlook M&A transaction activity increased throughout 2021 and continues in 2022. Many private company owners are now working to close a transaction before year-end 2022 and avoid the uncertainty of a new economic, inflationary and tax environment in 2023.  There are three key reasons business owners are …

M&A transaction activity is booming. With President Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan, what’s the outlook for 2022?

Merger Acquisition transaction activity has been increasing throughout 2021. Many business owners have been working to close a transaction before year-end and avoid the uncertainty of a new tax environment in 2022. President Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better (BBB) Act may soon become law, bringing tax reforms with it, but many of the plan’s initial tax proposals were …
M&A Outlook 2022

AIR Technologies acquired by Fidelity Building Services Group (Fidelity BSG)

AIR Technologies has been acquired by Fidelity Building Services Group (Fidelity BSG), a national leader in HVAC/Mechanical Services, Building Automation & Controls and Emergency Power Generators. When the owners of AIR Technologies were approached by a strategic acquirer, they reached out to ClearRidge to advise them on the potential sale.  With an exhaustive process to prepare AIR Technologies for a sale, identify and approach potential acquirers, the ClearRidge team managed the sale process, due diligence and closing.
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How will capital gains tax increases in 2022 impact M&A this year?

Business acquisitions accelerate in response to President Biden’s plan to double the long-term capital gains tax rate for those at the top, from 20% to 40%. When you include the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) and some state income taxes, you could be looking at a 48% all-in capital gains tax rate by January 1, 2022. In this report, we discuss the biggest drivers of accelerated business sale activity, as well as analyze the outlook for eight industry sectors.

Livingston Machinery Company acquired by Summit Equity Group in partnership with Midwest Growth Partners

Livingston Machinery Company, a leading agricultural equipment dealer serving customers in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado, was acquired by Summit Equity Group in partnership with Midwest Growth Partners. ClearRidge advised the Owners and Board of Directors of Livingston on the sale.
Livingston Machinery Company acquired by Summit Equity Group in partnership with Midwest Growth Partners

How does Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Impact Mergers & Acquisitions in 2021?

We expect to see a list of proposed tax increases for businesses and business owners under the new Administration, possibly reversing 2017 tax cuts. The first tax increases are expected to roll out in 2022, but there’s a possibility a capital gains tax increase for the wealthiest Americans could take effect even sooner. Biden has also proposed closing the current …

Mergers & Acquisitions Rebound after COVID and the Election – 2021 ClearRidge Outlook

The short story is good news. A rebound is expected in mergers and acquisitions in 2021, gaining momentum throughout the year. Top of mind in Spring is the COVID-19 recovery, vaccine rollout and return to a new normal. Second, we have the implications of a new political climate. Without bias to any political party, a divided congress may be the best …
Mergers Acquisitions 2021

Mergers & Acquisitions Outlook and COVID-19 Update

Deal data is now available through the end of the second quarter 2020. In this report, we review our region’s most active industry sectors and offer an outlook for Fall 2020. We now have data to back up our initial insights into the COVID-19 impact on the U.S. economy, specific industry sectors and the outlook for M&A.  As forecast in ...

Surprises to selling a company in COVID-19

We had several acquisitions working in March when everything shut down and were not expecting to initiate any new engagements until late summer. However, we did start discussions on a new acquisition at the end of May. Surprisingly to us, the response was overwhelmingly positive and, as of last week, we have nine bona fide offers to acquire this company, five of which are at or above pre-COVID market value. How could this be?
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