When business owners want to monetize their equity, but demand continuity, they consider ESOPs.
You probably have middle market clients who would benefit from a liquidity event but wouldn’t dream of selling their businesses. Whether they’re concerned about losing autonomy, abandoning trusted employees, or giving up on a potential multi-generational asset, their fears are valid and, at times, stifling. Even if they ultimately settle for a traditional M&A transaction, the capital gains tax burden can often be painful.
Employee stock ownership plans offer business owners a tax-efficient opportunity to unlock the net worth tied-up in their companies. A company’s stock is sold to an employee trust at a fair market valuation. The transaction is funded through commercial and/or seller financing. Selling business owners and their companies can reap tax benefits, maintain the flexibility to make future M&A transactions, and gain a number of additional benefits.
By reinvesting their sale proceeds in a Qualified Replacement Property, business owners can defer or eliminate capital gains taxes.
Owners can continue to hold company stock, or in the event of a 100% ESOP sale, retain stock warrants that can be exercised in the future.
Owners can make gifts of retained interest to family and prepare for estate tax burdens at a time when a company’s value is depressed by leverage.
Leading wealth advisors and relationship managers trust CSG Partners to analyze, structure, finance, and close complex ESOP transactions for their clients. Our focus on education, and our commitment to honoring the advisor-client relationship, has led to hundreds of completed transactions and numerous awards.