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We have spoken previously of the double-edged nature of most earnout agreements in M&A. While earnouts have some benefits, there remains difficulty in negotiating, crafting and implementing them successfully. Here we discuss some of these varied nuances. Earnout defined When buyer and seller come together, a buyer...

When doing deals, size matters. Revenue matters, but from the prospective of business buyers, the size of a company's EBITDA is particularly important. Both strategic and financial buyers alike view EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) as a key yardstick for where the...

In general, multiples boost the valuation of a business above a typical DCF (discounted cash flow) analysis. Hence, it is always helpful--and I would argue--essential to come at the valuation of the business from multiple directions. Typically, multiples--and especially multiples of EBITDA--are the most used...