Buying a business

Buying a business

A successful business. It forces you as an entrepreneur to continuously make the right choices. There is a lot at stake. Especially when you are at a decisive strategic crossroads. For example, in a consolidating market in which your competitors are getting bigger. What is the best course of action: to grow autonomously or to expand further through acquisitions? Expand internationally, set up your own office abroad or take over a company locally?

It is important that the acquisition of a company fits within the strategy of your company. Buying a company has to offer a clear added value for you as an entrepreneur, compared to growing on your own. Issues such as necessary speed of growth, international expansion, market developments and financing possibilities play a role.

An answer to your questions

How do I determine the right time to buy?

Is buying a business a better option than growing organically? It depands on if your business is operationally ready for it. After all, it requires extra attention from you as the buyer. How is the integration taking place and are you achieving the objectives of the acquisition?

Steps in the purchase process.

Valuation of the target company , financing, negotiations with the seller, Due Diligence and contracts. Aeternus is the advisor during the whole process.

What are the prices in the market?

Current multiples give an indication of the prices paid for companies within your industry. But pricing of the deal is different for every deal and requires further research and analysis of the negotiating position.

Recent done deals

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Thorough preparation when acquiring a company

When it comes to buying a business, preparation is key. As an entrepreneur you want to know exactly where you stand and leave nothing to chance. We zoom in on the purchase process and determine the strategy for carrying out or working towards the purchase in the best way possible. With our specialist knowledge, extensive experience and strong international network, we map out all the opportunities and risks. With the right tactics we go for the best result. For you as an entrepreneur and your business.

The right steps in the buy-side process

Valuation of the target company, ensuring appropriate financing, negotiations with buyer and bank, Due Diligence and contracts. Aeternus ensures that the right things happen at the right time. We remain project manager until the signature has been put on the final purchase contract. We have already done this successfully in more than 200 transactions. So we have plenty of experience.

We will guide you through the entire buying process. Based on content and quality, we ensure the best deal.

Aeternus. Your M&A strategist.

Proven track record

With a team of 45 specialists, Aeternus has guided more than 800 successful deals both nationally and internationally in the past 18 years.

Industry knowledge

At Aeternus, we work with specialized industry teams who are aware of key developments, multiples, recent deals and active buyers and sellers within your industry.

Strong international network

To guide transactions internationally, Aeternus has access to +400 M&A professionals in +35 countries through its 35 partners in M&A Worldwide.

Case Studies

Acquisition by Stantec gives AGEL Advisors wings

With the takeover by Stantec, AGEL can take the next step in the development of the company. Want to know how Aeternus found the right buyer for AGEL Advisors?

Higher sales price for software company realised

Are we going to sell or not? What if we say no? And how much is the company actually worth? In the end, Aeternus raised the selling price of the software company substantially.


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