Acquisitions: FAQ

Acquisitions

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The following are several of the most frequently asked questions we receive about joining Visual Edge. If you would like to know about something not listed below, give us a call.

Acquisition Process, Valuation, and Sale
How long does the acquisition process take?
How do I determine what my business is worth?
I plan to sell once I am closer to retiring. What should I do?
How do I learn more about selling my business?
When is a good time to share with my employees, shareholders, etc. that I am involved in discussions about selling the company?
Who is involved in the transition process from my company?

Facilities
My company owns the building in which we are located. Will this be part of the sale?

Health, Dental, 401(k), and Other Benefits
Can I get details about the benefits package offered by Visual Edge?
Will my current employees lose their tenure with the company?

Operations
For more information contact us.

Structure and Compensation
How can I be sure I won’t be let go or my key employees won’t be downsized or replaced after the sale?
What about salaries? How can I earn more?
What is the difference between a Core company and a Satellite? Which one am I?
Who determines salaries for my current employees?

Acquiring a Business: Acquisition, Valuation, and Sale

Q: How long does the acquisition process take?
A: The first step in acquisition can take several weeks, depending on the schedules of those involved. Once an agreement of intent has been created, it usually takes about 60 days to finish the sale, once due diligence is complete.
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Q: How do I determine what my business is worth?
A: The value of a business depends on many factors, the most important of which is profitability. Click here to read more about our valuation process.
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Q: I plan to sell once I am closer to retiring. What should I do?
A: For the most part, we work with entrepreneurs who plan to remain in a leadership role once the acquisition is complete. Ideally, we prefer a three to five year transition period. We are more flexible with satellite acquisitions and the time period of transition can be fewer than three years. Not all retirement acquisitions are right for Visual Edge, but we are happy to learn more about your situation.
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Q: How do I learn more about selling my business?
A: Contact us by phone or send us an email to discuss the specific details of the sale of your business.
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Q: When is a good time to share with my employees, shareholders, etc. that I am involved in discussions about selling the company?
A: Once a signed Letter of Intent is signed, we recommend you inform everyone who will be affected. This allows them to interact with our due diligence team in the most efficient manner possible. If you’d like, we can assist with the announcement.
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Q: Who is involved in the transition process from my company?
A: Initially, only the owner(s), but eventually, we might work with your controller, CFO, or external CPA for help during the initial investigation.
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Facilities

Q: My company owns the building in which we are located. Will this be part of the sale?
A: Visual Edge does not purchase any buildings, but when appropriate, we lease the facility at market rates, for a reasonable term.
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Health, Dental, 401(k), and Other Benefits

Q: Can I get details about the benefits package offered by Visual Edge?
A: Visual Edge provides a variety of benefits to our employees, including: health insurance, a dental plan, supplemental life insurance, 401(k), Section 125 flexible spending account, and many others.
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Q: Will my current employees lose their tenure with the company?
A: No. When we purchase a company, current employees are grandfathered into our programs.
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Structure and Compensation

Q: How can I be sure I won’t be let go or my key employees won’t be downsized or replaced after the sale?
A: Visual Edge is a decentralized operation and as such, needs strong leaders with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and we rely on existing teams to uphold industry standards.
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Q: What about salaries? How can I earn more?
A: Your salary will depend on your role and the size of the company, relative to other executives, and their company sizes, at Visual Edge. Our playing field is level and your company’s performance will impact your total compensation.
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Q: What is the difference between a Core company and a Satellite? Which one am I?
A: Core and Satellite describe a company’s role in Visual Edge’s organization. Click here to learn more about our Acquisition Strategy and determine which type of company you have.
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Q: Who determines salaries for my current employees?
A: Each company’s management is responsible for determining the appropriate compensation for employees, with guidance from Visual Edge.
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