Southard Financial
Transaction Advisory

Transaction Advisory

Buyers and sellers of private businesses, public companies divesting their divisions or subsidiaries, and entrepreneurs seeking liquidity or growth capital know that they can rely on the transaction advisory services of Southard Financial.

  • Our transactional expertise is supported by extensive relationships with strategic and private-equity investors, venture capital firms, institutional investors, commercial banks, and finance companies.
  • We have assisted sales of small and middle-market companies to financial and strategic buyers, including identification of acquisition candidates for buyers.
  • Additional engagements include industry consolidations, roll ups, financing, refinancing, recapitalization, mergers, and acquisitions.

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Liquidity Alternatives

Southard Financial specializes in providing liquidity alternatives for business owners. Options include 100% sale to financial or strategic buyers, sale of minority interest to financial buyers, or minority recapitalization with subordinated and/or senior debt. We can help you evaluate long-term goals and connect with capital providers who will structure a meaningful transaction for all parties.


Services for Buyers

Investors, financial buyers, and strategic buyers turn to Southard Financial to help them find, evaluate, and acquire small- to middle-market companies. We will translate your preferred criteria — target business sectors, sales volume, EBITDA, target countries, etc. — into a profile that can be used to drive a focused acquisition search, and manage the entire acquisition process, including valuation, bid preparation, contract negotiation, and transaction closing.


Services for Sellers

Our transaction advisory group specializes in the representation of middle-market business owners in mergers, acquisitions, refinancing, recapitalization, joint ventures, and partnerships. Whether you are facing a current need or a “once in a lifetime” event, Southard Financial will work to create a positive experience for you while achieving a successful transaction at the maximum possible price.

Recent Activities

  • Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own TOPS Bar-B-Q chain

    Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own TOPS Bar-B-Q chain
  • David A. Harris and Matthew L. Jakes spoke at the 2019 Spring Workshop of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association

    David A. Harris and Matthew L. Jakes spoke at the 2019 Spring Workshop of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association held in Atlanta, Georgia in February, 2019 on the topic of “Valuation Appraisal Checklist – 10 Things Your ESOP Appraiser Should be Doing”

  • David A. Harris spoke at The Fall ESOP Forum of the NCEO

    David A. Harris spoke at The Fall ESOP Forum of the NCEO (National Center for Employee Ownership) held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October, 2018 on the topic, “Communicating Valuation: Tools, Tips, and Examples”.

  • Southard Financial negotiated the sale of and was the exclusive financial advisor to Southern Systems, Inc.

    Southard Financial negotiated the sale of and was the exclusive financial advisor to Southern Systems, Inc.
  • David A. Harris spoke at the 2018 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association

    David A. Harris spoke at the 2018 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association held in Birmingham, Alabama in September, 2018. He led a workshop called “The People’s Roundtable Interactive Workshop – A series of ‘Build to Last’ activities that focus on developing successful communication and team building programs for employee owners of all generations.” Speakers included Dolores Lawrence, Blue Ridge ESOP Associates; Lindsay Baublitz, SCandH Capital; David Harris, Southard Financial LLC

  • Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the ESOP Nuts & Bolts Seminar of the NCEO

    Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the ESOP Nuts and Bolts Seminar of the NCEO (National Center for Employee Ownership) held in Indianapolis, Indiana in August, 2018 on the topic of “What’s Your Company Worth? – ESOP Valuation.”

  • Southard Financial helps Transnetyx expand with growth capital

    Southard Financial helps Transnetyx expand with growth capital
  • Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute

    Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute 2018 held in Memphis, TN in January, 2018 on the topic of Succession Planning titled “What is Your ‘End Goal’?”

    Southard Financial is here to help with your business appraisal and transaction advisory needs.

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