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Friday, May 23, 2014

HMB client Helander Metal Spinning Co. illustrates middle market M&A trend in Chicago - leaving investment firms out.

In a Crain's article by Meribah Knight published May 19, 2014, entitled "For small manufacturers, it's do-it-yourself matchmaking," Samuel Ibrahim Jr., president of Helander Metal Spinning Co. in Lombard, gives some great insight.

From the article:

Samuel Ibrahim Jr., president of Helander Metal Spinning Co. in Lombard, is another buyer who decided to go without a broker. With a goal of upping his annual revenue to $10 million from $5 million, Mr. Ibrahim, 38, just completed his first acquisition-owner-to-owner-and he is in talks for another.

He tried to use a broker when he started looking two years ago but decided that for smaller transactions he often knew more than they did. "If you're in the trade or industry and want to expand horizontally or vertically, I would say you're better off prospecting on your own."

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