Check out our updated Swiss Startup Mafia Map
Open the Map
Marc P. Bernegger, serial entrepreneur, Swisspreneur Podcast
EP #52 - Marc P. Bernegger: Selling 2 Companies And Doing An IPO

Marc P. Bernegger (Serial Entrepreneur)

January 2, 2020
Spotify LogoApple Podcast Logo
Timestamps:

1:33 – What mistakes do Swiss startups make repeatedly when it comes to their exit?
13:44 – Keeping investors satisfied
22:50 – What founders get from an exit
30:57 – When should you sell your company?
33:28 – Requirements for trade sale exit

The Episode in 60 Seconds

Finding the right exit strategy for you and your company.

Getting the basics right

  • Look beyond Switzerland for potential buyers
  • If you can, get help from specialized M&A boutiques
  • Broaden your shareholder base to get easy access to new markets and industries

Selecting the right partner and deal

  • Institutional investors usually curtail the entrepreneurial freedom of the founder more strongly than non-institutional investors such as family offices.
  • Aggressive growth often leads to the founders being left with very small stakes in the company once the time for an exit has arrived.
  • Don’t select buyers based on valuation but based on their values aligning with yours. Don’t forget that most likely, you will still be obliged to work in your company for a few years after it has been acquired.
  • The price of an acquisition is often split in a fixed part and a variable part, called earn-out, that gets paid out on defined targets and incentives over the duration of 1-5 years.

Timing
Depends on several factors:

  • Can the company still realize significantly more growth in the future?
  • Do you still have the passion and energy to drive the business forward?

Exit options

  • M&A (Merger and Acquisition): Selling of the companies assets or shares. For smaller companies with revenue generally above $ 10m.
  • IPO (Initial Public Offering): Listing of the company on a public stock exchange. Usually not feasible for revenue below $ 200m.

Don’t forget to give us a follow on our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin accounts, so you can always stay up to date with our latest initiatives. That way, there’s no excuse for missing out on live shows, weekly give-aways or founders dinners!

Get updates and access to exclusive content
Subscribe
More Episodes
Show all