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Acquisitions Northwest, Inc. (ANI) is one of the oldest and most active firms in the Northwest dedicated to advising buyers and sellers of middle-market companies. Since being founded in 1974, the firm has compiled an impressive record of successfully consummated projects not only in the Northwest, but nationally and internationally as well. Typical transaction sizes are from $2 million to $50 million. Clients have included manufacturers, distribution, and service companies in a broad range of industries.
ANI has a sound reputation in the business community for being trustworthy, credible, and honest. The firm assists clients professionally and confidentially. Despite the time commitment that may be required to correctly orchestrate the process, ANI will always advise on what is right for the client.
Upon committing to a client's sell-side project, ANI will thoroughly analyze the client's company, including its strengths and weaknesses, product lines, markets, competitors, and the industry in general. Historical financials will be recast to reflect maximum profitability and forecasts will be reviewed. While preparing a powerful, comprehensive offering memorandum, ANI will begin researching for strategic and synergistic candidates, whether industry buyers or financial buyers. While utilizing its own research capabilities, ANI extensively extends its worldwide reach by utilizing IMAP associates around the globe.
ANI will eliminate unqualified buyers and avoid bargain seekers, the goal always being to ascertain the most appropriate buyer and to create a proper level of competition in the bidding process.
Whether a buy-side or sell-side assignment, ANI remains involved in every phase of the process from the initial research, through the stages of discussions and negotiations, to preparing letter of intents and assisting counsel with the closing procedures. As a skillful facilitator, ANI acts as a buffer to reduce the strain that often arises during negotiations and provides tactical advice during each step.
Cordell Berge, President of Acquisitions Northwest, Inc., founded the firm in 1974. Mr. Berge has been personally responsible for over 200 middle-market transactions since the firm's inception. Mr. Berge has a BBA from the University of Oregon. During Mr. Berge's career in the mergers and acquisitions field, he has also served on several community-based foundations. Mr. Berge is a past president, chairman, and board member of the International Network of M&A Partners (IMAP) as well as a co-founder and past board member of the Portland Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).