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Whether you’re buying or selling a business, performing quality of earnings due diligence is critical to understanding the fine line between potential risk and reward. Our comprehensive financial due diligence services — including quality of earnings analysis, working capital assessment, tax compliance, tax structuring analysis, and purchase price allocation analysis — help you make more informed decisions.

For buyers, we help determine if the seller’s information is accurate. We dig deeper to give you the complete story behind the numbers, assessing the company's historical financial performance and condition, identifying key drivers of trends, and uncovering weaknesses and future growth opportunities. We also help you reduce risk by minimizing your potential tax exposure.

For sellers, we strategize opportunities to maximize the transaction value, identify and remedy potential exposure areas, help prepare management for the acquisition, and expedite the sale process. We look beyond the reported financials and provide insights into earnings, quality of working capital, and liabilities to improve buyer and lender confidence.

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Critical due diligence considerations

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Building a strong platform: Critical IT and cybersecurity considerations
Many private equity firms are employing an aggressive buy and build platform strategy to accelerate growth. Available from ACG Global, view our on-demand webinar to hear from our experts on how IT and cybersecurity complexities can wreak havoc if they are an afterthought.
Mike Lipinski
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What IT risks are you inheriting with your acquisition?
Doug Hockenbrocht
Article June 16, 2017 4 min read
Ten critical factors to accurately assess your target's growth potential
Daron Gifford
Article October 25, 2016 5 min read
Identify hidden financial and tax risks for your acquisition
Matt Petrucci
Article October 26, 2016 3 min read

Six critical due diligence considerations for private equity
Strategies to mitigate uncertainties and invest with greater confidence

Quality of Earnings Thought Leadership

  • Building a healthcare portfolio requires specialized treatment
    The booming health care market offers lucrative investment opportunities but it’s a complicated market in the midst of major structural changes. Learn how these major changes are creating new challenges and opportunities for private equity investors. Read more at Middle Market Growth.
    Duane Fitch
    Article November 20, 2018 1 min read
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  • Building a strong platform: Critical IT and cybersecurity considerations
    Many private equity firms are employing an aggressive buy and build platform strategy to accelerate growth. Available from ACG Global, view our on-demand webinar to hear from our experts on how IT and cybersecurity complexities can wreak havoc if they are an afterthought.
    Mike Lipinski Craig Zampa
    Webinar Thursday, November 15, 2018; 2 - 2:40 p.m. EST 40 minutes watch
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  • The IRS reopens door to tax efficient leveraged buyout transactions
    Recent IRS guidance has reinstated tax deferral opportunities for partners who guarantee debt in a leveraged buyout transaction. Here’s what partners and private equity investors need to know about an important exception to the “disguised sale” rule.
    Robert Shefferly III Ivan Hewines
    Article November 2, 2018 2 minute read
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  • Transaction costs: Capitalization vs. deduction
    Whether transaction costs should be capitalized or expensed has been a contentious issue with the IRS. Here's our breakdown: How to determine capitalized acquisition costs, take safe harbor election for certain success-based transaction fees, and handle startup expenditures.
    Ryan Defer Michael Monaghan Jeremy Sikkema
    Article October 15, 2018 3 min read
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Our clients say

Plante Moran has been working with Huron Capital for more than 15 years. They conduct quality of earnings and tax structuring analyses for Huron deal prospects (both platforms and add-ons). They also perform portfolio company audits and consult on corporate development matters. It is great to work with the Plante Moran team. They strive to complete pre-work ahead of site visits to ensure time with management team is both efficient and effective. Their responsiveness is simply outstanding. Plante Moran consultants also are adept at identifying red flags while being practical and risk-adjusting their findings. In terms of portfolio company work, the Plante Moran team has reviewed budgets and provided an independent perspective on achievability and assumptions that drive the buildup. This is helpful as we set financial targets for our portfolio companies.

 

Brian Demkowicz Managing Partner, Huron Capital Partners

Our Team

Our financial due diligence team brings you extensive knowledge and M&A expertise. Our multidisciplinary professionals have diverse backgrounds, including traditional audit and tax, corporate management, and investment banking. Our teams also include industry experts based on the specific needs of your transaction. This highly personalized approach ensures you gain the experience, resources, and guidance to lessen uncertainty and maximize transaction value.