Management Buyout Activity Hits New Highs in Australia & Canada in 2017

By | May 8, 2017

The MBO Group's Management Buyout ("MBO") activity has reached record levels in 2017, with MBO Group Australia fielding more enquiries from managers interested in pursuing an MBO in the first four months of 2017, than in the past two years combined.

Ross Campbell, Managing Director, The MBO Group, is pleased but not suprised:  When we first set up The MBO Group 10 years ago, we did so with the hopes of catching the wave of retiring entrepreneurial baby boomers hitting their 60's. What we failed to realize was that these baby boomers felt like 50 year olds and had absolutely no interest in, nor intention of, retiring. However as these same baby boomers are now hitting their 70's, many have decided that now is the time to pursue other interests, and, particularly at the smaller end of the SME market, management buyouts are often seen as the best (and sometimes the only) avenue for exiting. The significant spike in enquiries for help with MBOs is, I believe, just the tip of the iceberg.


About The MBO Group
We are a boutique advisory firm specializing in assisting three types of “buy side” clients:                                 
• Managers wanting to buy the businesses or divisions that they work for, known as a Management Buyout.
• Entrepreneurs who need help in identifying, contacting, negotiating and financing the purchase of a private company.
• Existing business owners wanting help to grow by acquisitions of other private companies.

We are a team of professionals who have spent our entire careers working beside private company owners and helping them grow their businesses. Our backgrounds as bankers and private equity investors give us a unique ability to guide our clients through the roller coaster ride of buying a company.

We take a long term view. We want clients who appreciate our candour and transparency, take comfort that we are willing to help them find the right business, negotiate the right deal, with a sound financing structure and support the business growth beyond the first acquisition.

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In Their Words

Mike Bradley at The MBO Group NZ was great at helping us identify the target businesses to help us grow. Once we had the targets confirmed, Mike was instrumental at engaging these businesses and confirming the willing sellers.

We could then confirm the best fit for our business after reviewing key information about these potential acquisitions. Once we had negotiated the deal, then Mike was very thorough in following up on key dates to complete the purchase.

We felt well supported throughout the process and Mike was there to help at every stage. We look forward to Mike helping us on our next project.

Lance Davis Managing Director  FIRSTFLEX CABLES

Lance Davis

Managing Director FIRSTFLEX CABLES

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