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Posted by on in Ethanol

Find the Levers That Create Value in Your Ethanol Business


Like investors in any business, investors in ethanol plants seek a return on their investment. Whether returns take the form of short term dividends or long term capital gains, the ability to deliver returns to shareholders is based on the ability of the business to drive cash flows to shareholders over time. Since the value of your business is based on your ability to drive cash flow, it is important to understand the levers that generate cash flow in your business as well as how you might improve that potential going forward.

While most successful ethanol producers conduct strategic planning exercises to lay out the future priorities for the business, comparatively few effectively tie in a formal capital planning process to ensure the appropriate capital strategy and structure are in place to support the achievement of the defined strategic priorities.

Posted by on in Mergers & Acquisitions

The economic recovery has breathed some life back into the M&A markets, which is expected to continue into 2011 and beyond. The majority of middle-market business executives (69%) expect increasing M&A activity in the next 12-18 months, driven largely by economic recovery, improved capital markets and building cash levels. Cash rich strategic buyers, private equity groups (PEGs) and consolidating markets will combine to create powerful forces behind recovering deal flow in the coming years, as will continued opportunities related to distressed industries.