Apple Growth Partners has a dedicated team focused on valuations, fairness opinions, feasibility analysis and advisory activities for existing or organizations pursuing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). We work with 60+ ESOPs annually and serve as an advisor for several transactions each year. We strive to build effective relationships to better meet client’s needs.
Valuations are required at least annually for ESOP companies whose stock is not actively traded on a public market. We take a hands-on approach striving to visit our clients every year and developing a comprehensive understanding of the business. We have completed thousands of valuation engagements in a variety of industries for firms with market capitalizations ranging from $2 to $400 million. We conduct both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of your business, its industry, management, competition, financial performance, operating conditions and future prospects. Our opinion of value is then well documented in our detailed reports.
Valuations and Fairness Opinions are often required for the Trustee for most significant transactions in ESOP company shares. We work with the ESOP Trustee as financial advisor for ESOP transactions and provide an independent, objective valuation and fairness opinion. Further, through our significant experience with ESOP transactions, we help ESOP Trustee’s understand deal specific matters and valuation issues of a potential transaction.
Why an ESOP vs. the sale of business? Establishing a succession plan, business continuity, retirement planning and enhancing employee motivation are all reasons for considering an ESOP. We can guide you through a process to determine not only if an ESOP is feasible, but if it fits your goals. We advise on valuation, financing, plan design (participant eligibility, vesting schedules, distributions, etc.), and management succession, while helping you adhere to applicable laws and regulations. Our team collaborates with financial institutions, legal representatives and plan trustees whose services are required in the process.
ESOP Advisory Services
Our clients are more than just another valuation. We want to see our clients succeed; we bring knowledge of many aspects of ESOPs including:
- Tax planning and advantages on the structure of the ESOP
- Advise on repurchase planning
- Assistance with ongoing financing activities
- Advise on acquisitions
- Changes in government policies and regulations affecting ESOPs
- Design of key management incentives such as phantom stock, SARs or SERPs
- Consideration or optimization of S corporation status
- Internal trustee coaching
AGP professionals actively support and participate in the ESOP community. We are active members in the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership. We are frequent speakers on ESOP related topics on a local, regional and national level.
Want to Learn More?
If you’re ready to discuss how an ESOP can benefit your company and succession plan, contact our dedicated team of experts with 75+ combined years of experience.
Additional ESOP Team Members:
- Jason Bogniard, MBA, ASA, CVA, EA | Principal
- Kimberly Robison | Senior Associate
- Bethany Dria | Senior Associate
- Ben Grimaldi | Associate
Latest ESOP Articles:
- Valuation Updates in Light of the Changing Economy – Our Answers for Valuations during COVID-19
- ESOP 101: What Owners Need to Know about Employee Stock Ownership Plan
- Understanding Discount Cash Flow Method
- How (and When) to Sell Your Company to Your Employees [Podcast Episode]
- What is an ESOP Feasibility Study?
Upcoming Events | Presentations:
- AGP Apple Talks Webinar Series – Do You Understand Your ESOP Valuation? Tuesday, Oct. 29 – 12 – 1pm EST. Register here.
- Pros and Cons of Internal Versus External Trustee Roundtable – ESOP Associations 5th Annual Great Lakes Regional ESOP Conference
- Is an ESOP Right for You? The Feasibility Analysis – ESOP Associations 5th Annual Great Lakes Regional ESOP Conference
- Succession Vs. Exit Planning – Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce – November 5, 2019
- The Mini MBA for Attorneys – National Business Institute – November 12, 2019
Past ESOP Presentations:
- The Certificate Program for Non-Professional ESOP Fiduciaries – Sept. 9-10, 2019
- Ohio/Kentucky Chapter – The ESOP Association – Interaction of the Trustee and the Valuation of the Firm, Matt Silla (panel member) – August 8, 2019
- Do You Understand Your ESOP Valuation? – Webinar hosted by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Sept. 18, 2019 at 10:00 am.