Anyone can exit; however, exiting profitably takes both mental and financial preparedness and the right team on your side. Selling your company takes a plan. As we examined in a previous Blog “Are You Mentally Ready To Sell” being mentally ready to sell your business is the first step to looking at our life’s work […]

Being mentally ready to sell your business is the first step to looking at our life’s work in terms of its reward and contribution to your future. As entrepreneurs we are by nature definitive and driven yet flexible and adaptive to market conditions. These same characteristics allow us to single-mindedly advance our businesses over difficult […]

“Boutique Investment Bank of the Year” Finalist We are pleased to have been announced as a finalist for the “Boutique Investment Bank of the Year” by The M&A Advisor, a leading organization founded in 1998 that recognizes excellence, honors achievement, presents thought leadership and facilitates connections among the world’s leading M&A professionals. Our Founders will […]

Learn the 3 Driving Forces That Build Company Value Having been on both sides of the table, Craig Dickens brings first hand experience and professionalism to the age old question of “What’s my business worth”. In this interview he shares how to shift from working IN your business to working ON your business and the […]

Sometimes M&A opportunities hinge on being ready to take the leap. Middle market companies involved in mergers and acquisitions overwhelmingly agree they could have been prepared better. The good news is that the same tactics that prepare your company for a deal also help it run better every day. Here are a few simple tactics […]

Merit Harbor Capital, a Seattle-Tacoma based investment bank, was recently awarded the prestigious Acquisition International’s award for Leading M&A Adviser of the Year – USA. “A healthy U.S. economy has resulted in a robust market for business owners looking to sell,” said Craig Dickens, Co-Founder & CEO of Merit Harbor. “We are very grateful to […]

Merit Harbor Capital Announces Image Options’ Acquisition of Splash! Events Merit Harbor Capital, a Seattle-based investment bank with offices throughout the Western U.S., is pleased to announce Image Options’ acquisition of Splash! Events, Inc. Craig Dickens, Co-Founder and CEO of Merit Harbor, stated: “Image Options is a diversified manufacturer and a market leader in Wide-Format […]

Blockchain’s Disrupting Role in Investment Banking Blockchain technology makes it feasible to track the exchange of virtually anything (houses, money, car titles, stocks) without the necessity of relying on one single entity (i.e. a bank) to act as an intermediary. Instead of relying on a middleman, blockchains are databases (i.e. super-powered spreadsheets) that run across […]

Why EBITDA and Cash Flow Are Not Synonymous EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Depreciation, and Amortization) is a standard tool in assessing a company’s valuation, ever since it started to be used as an important component of an LBO strategy in order to determine how much debt a company can handle. Moreover, there are certain figures […]

Proactive Acquisitions: Facilitating Deals with Quality, Passive Owners By proactively discovering passive sellers at reasonable valuations – while working well with more traditional sources  – acquisition strategies can facilitate mid-market businesses elevate  status to a more dominant role in the industry. When searching to acquire new companies, business owners can approach listed companies or – […]