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Embark Partners With TrueSpace to Help Companies Reach Mid-Market Glory

George Helock . February 18, 2020

Everyone hits walls in their development, as do companies. You could hit a large bucket on the range every day and still not break 80 on the local muni course. That is, until someone pulls you aside and adjusts your grip or tells you to move the...

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Tagged: consulting, partnerships

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SPACs: What's a Special Purpose Acquisition Company?

Chad Robottom . February 13, 2020

We get it. Acronyms can be scary. FBI, YOLO, SEC (both the commission and conference) – it's not just a matter of understanding what the letters stand for but the underlying meaning as well. From a distance, a special purpose acquisition company...

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Tagged: IPO, Public Transactions, SPAC

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What Are Pro Forma Financial Statements? Examples & How to Create Them

James Durrenberger . February 06, 2020

It would be nice if companies could borrow a page from a blockbuster superhero movie and travel to alternate dimensions. You know, maybe to see what would happen if they merged with the quickly-rising Widgets R' Us, or were acquired by Global...

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Tagged: M&A activity, transactions, pro forma

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Why You Need to Keep an Open Dialogue & Ongoing Relationship with a Consulting Firm

Chad Robottom . February 04, 2020

Working with consultants isn't a Halley's Comet type of situation, only needing to touch base every 75 years – or thereabouts – to stoke the proverbial fire. In fact, if you want to maximize the benefits of working with a consulting team, it's in...

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Tagged: company culture, financial consulting

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The Ultimate Guide to Pro Forma Financial Statements

James Durrenberger . January 30, 2020

Pro forma statements – it’s one of those terms that everyone has heard at some point in their life, but surprisingly few actually understand what they are and why they’re so important. But like many things in the financial world, once you get...

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Tagged: M&A activity, transactions, pro forma

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What is SOX Compliance? Requirements, Controls, Audits, & More

Clancy Fossum . January 28, 2020

Sarbanes-Oxley. It sounds like a hearty French stew, right? Maybe something you pair with an earthy Bordeaux? But as anyone at all familiar with today's regulatory environment will tell you, what might sound like a nice meal on a wintery day is...

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Tagged: SOX tools, IPO, SOX compliance

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The Most Common Lease Accounting Pain Points Under ASC 842

Chad Robottom . January 14, 2020

Much has been said about the new lease accounting standards, including from your friends here at Embark. While some make ASC 842 seem like the accounting equivalent of Godzilla, others say it's more like a cuddly little financial puppy that just...

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Tagged: Lease Accounting, ASC 842

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Quality of Earnings Template & Best Practices Needed For M&As & Other Transactions

James Durrenberger . January 10, 2020

When a transaction is on the horizon, you have to be on your A-game. No matter if it's a merger, acquisition, or straightforward investment, it's time to put your best foot forward, shine your company's metaphorical shoes, and give that external...

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Tagged: M&A activity, transactions, quality of earnings

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The Fixed Asset Roll Forward Template & Guidance To Keep Your Balance Sheet Pristine

Clancy Fossum . January 07, 2020

An awful lot can happen from one moment to the next, even more so for companies and their many moving parts. While a passing glance at two consecutive balance sheets might look remarkably similar to the untrained eye, those line items have a heck...

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Tagged: accounting tips, accounting templates

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Sell-Side Due Diligence Report Checklist and Guide for M&A and Other Transactions

Chad Robottom . December 19, 2019

A transaction on the horizon means it’s time to put your best foot forward. You have to dot all your I’s, cross those pesky T’s, and generally put an appealing but accurate sheen on your enterprise. After all, you’re not the only company that’s...

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Tagged: M&A activity, due diligence, transactions

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