M&A Advisory

At Stout, we believe client interests are paramount. We recognize that no two transactions are alike, and deliver a customized approach to fit the particular financial, industry, and shareholder requirements of every engagement. Our professionals take great care in presenting a full range of strategic alternatives and offer outstanding capabilities for running highly competitive processes.

Stout has extensive experience in advising family-owned businesses, portfolio companies of private equity firms and divisions of large corporate parents in the sale or divestiture of middle market companies and assets. We also advise clients relative to growth strategies, monetization of intellectual property, and evaluation and execution of targeted acquisition transactions.

Sale or acquisition transactions typically include the following services:

Understanding Client Objectives

Stout bankers invest the time and effort to understand our client’s specific circumstances so that all of the potential strategic and financial alternatives can be evaluated and a clear game plan developed.


Stout has significant experience in the valuation of privately owned businesses and assets across a wide range of industries. We perform an extensive analysis of the business as well as evaluate industry trends and various other factors in order to inform our clients as to the likely range of value they can expect.

In-Depth Business Review

Stout devotes time and resources to understand the intricacies of the business and industry. This effort is critical to identifying the factors that need to be emphasized to particular buyers and anticipating potential areas of strength and vulnerability that may require support or further analysis.

Development of Marketing Documents

In conjunction with our review of the business, Stout prepares a thorough information memorandum that presents the business in a compelling manner.

Identifying Prospective Buyers

We access extensive resources and proprietary Stout databases in order to identify and qualify the most likely strategic and financial buyers for any given situation. Stout’s Sponsor Coverage team brings the full strength of Stout’s expertise to bear on behalf of the private equity community as we actively market deal flow and identify key portfolio transaction opportunities.

Negotiations and Closing

Stout’s bankers have extensive experience in addressing the various issues that arise during the course of any transaction process. We represent our client’s interests throughout all negotiations in order to maintain the highest possible value during a buyer’s due diligence and to ensure that purchase agreement terms are fair and reasonable.

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