Ascend is a Middle Market Merger & Acquisition Sell-Side and Advisory firm. We have a global buyer network and have been serving clients throughout the US Western and Southwestern Regions for over 30 years. The team at Ascend has sold and performed advisory services for hundreds of companies with revenues from a few million to several hundred million. Unearthing value for every client we serve is our specialty, but it is in serving middle market businesses where our expertise really shines. It is these companies that often benefit most from our ability to uncover their ultimate value. We excel in discovery and welcome intriguing challenges and opportunities to unleash each of our client’s fullest potential. We do this by focusing on Process, Positioning and Partnership, maintaining the strictest confidence, and taking the burden from your shoulders to ours.
The “RIGHT” buyer is one that wants or needs your company strategically. Our ability to identify these buyers and engage them in a competitive bidding process is key to what sets us apart. Broad auctions cast a wide net that can lose many of the best buyers, waste time sifting through unqualified ones and risk confidentiality. Our job is to drop a targeted net into the “RIGHT” buyer pool facilitating the most advantageous match possible. These buyers can pay 25%-100% more than other prospects due to their strategic needs and capabilities.
Our 150-day transaction process keeps deals from falling apart. Excess time kills most transactions. We employ a “Shark Tank” analysis, asking the right questions to generate a deep dive into the strengths and vulnerabilities of your company. This approach yields answers that prepares management for the diligence ahead, addressing issues timely and keeping positioning on track.
Our extensive CPA and M&A experience allows us to strategically position the company and industry, streamline the due diligence process and minimize intrusion to managements daily operations. Combined with our unparalleled ability to identify and maximize EBITDA add-backs most never see, this provides the greatest multiple and business cash flow, which converts into the highest valuation possible.
Best Overall Deal
More cash in your pocket now and in the long-term is not just a simple math equation. It begins with value but then incorporates many other components including working capital requirements, escrows, advantageous tax structuring, proper rep & warranties amounts and structuring and back-end opportunities. Done correctly, this maximizes cash proceeds in your pocket while also minimizing deal risk. Ascend negotiates as many of these components as early as possible, most at the LOI phase, when the buyers are in love and the negotiating strength is in the seller’s hands.
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-Henry David Thoreau