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Has anyone done a leveraged buyout on a small or mid-sized business?

I only ask because I have heard of stories of people acquiring businesses with large amounts of assets by equipment loans. Does anyone have a lender sources or tips on that kind of strategy?

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I'm also interested to know if anyone has precedence for this. In the case of an LBO, the acquirers borrow against the assets of the target company. Has anyone seen in a small business acquisition where the buyer borrows against the target company assets to buyout the existing owner?

Mar 29, 2016
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A "'leveraged buyout" is loosely defined as any purchase that involves a large amount of debt, in order to fund the acquisition. These are normally defined as anything where 50% to 80% of the purchase price is funded through debt. There are somewhat frequent circumstances where less equity (and thus, more debt) is involved; in most cases, this is accomplished by someone or some entity that has a large and proven amount of experience in the target business and/or its industry. The more the level of debt, the more the Buyer needs to be seen as being professionally able to provide assurance that he/she has the ability to overcome the debt payments through his/her understanding and control of all aspects of the business.

Mar 29, 2016

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