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How to Leverage M&A as a Growth Strategy for your Agency, With Matt Bodnar — Ep.145

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Last updated Jul 17, 2024

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How to Leverage M&A as a Growth Strategy for your Agency, With Matt Bodnar — Ep.145

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About this Episode

In this episode, Marcel sits down with Matt Bodnar, a “Forbes 30 Under 30” alum and Founding & Managing Partner at Eidolon Capital, to dive into the world of mergers and acquisitions in the agency space. Matt, a seasoned entrepreneur and investor, shares his expertise on growing businesses through strategic acquisitions and scaling. He discusses the crucial role of deal structure and creative financing in successful mergers and explains how AI is reshaping agency valuations.

Matt’s real-world experiences and stories provide valuable insights for business owners aiming to expand via partnerships and acquisitions. This episode is packed with practical advice and strategic tips for anyone navigating that complex landscape.

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Points of Interest

  • 00:54 – 01:39 – Matt’s Journey: Matt Bodnar shares his background, mentioning his experience at Goldman Sachs and his move to Nashville in 2011, where he bought his first IT service company.
  • 02:24 – 03:07 – M&A Realization: Matt explains how he stumbled into mergers and acquisitions and the importance of creative deal structures and the independent sponsor model.
  • 05:00 – 06:29 – Independent Sponsor Model: Matt discusses the independent sponsor model, which involves raising capital on a deal-by-deal basis, allowing him to start doing deals without needing a large fund.
  • 07:02 – 08:32 – Business Giveaway Deal: Matt shares an example of a ‘business giveaway’ deal where they acquired a data center, paying the seller a percentage of revenue over a few years, which was beneficial for both parties.
  • 08:33 – 10:42 – Cross-Selling Opportunities: Matt explains the benefits of cross-selling between the acquired data center and his existing IT business, which led to increased revenue and new opportunities.
  • 10:43 – 13:42 – Roll-Up Dynamics: Marcel talks about the concept of roll-up deals, using an example from the pharmacy space, and discusses the potential for similar strategies in the agency space.
  • 13:43 – 19:06 – Market Environment: Matt shares his perspective on the current market environment, emphasizing that interest rates are less of a concern than the impact of AI on agency valuations and M&A activity.
  • 19:07 – 23:51 – Creative Deal Structures: Matt discusses the importance of creative deal structures in mitigating risks and adapting to various market conditions, especially in the agency space.
  • 27:16 – 29:08 – Integration Challenges: Marcel and Matt discuss the challenges of integrating acquired businesses, with Matt emphasizing the importance of having a good operating infrastructure.
  • 30:50 – 33:58 – Understanding Seller Needs: Matt stresses the importance of understanding the seller’s goals and desires to craft effective deal structures that work for both parties.
  • 33:59 – 36:04 – Structuring Deals: Matt provides examples of different deal structures, such as non-voting stock and liquidity preferences, to illustrate how creative approaches can facilitate complex acquisitions.

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