Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2005

Bayside Motion Group (A)

by H. Kent Bowen and Bradley R. Staats


After purchasing a business and successfully growing it for 18 years, the sole owner is presented with an attractive acquisition offer from a Fortune 500 company. The company's future is bright, but is now the right time to sell? Can he create more value by waiting? Should he search for other buyers who might pay more but dismantle the company? If he chooses to keep the company, should he continue to fund growth with cash flow and bank debt, or should he bring in an equity partner?

Keywords: Acquisition; Decisions; Entrepreneurship; Cash Flow; Private Equity; Financing and Loans; Growth Management; Success; Private Ownership;


Bowen, H. Kent, and Bradley R. Staats. "Bayside Motion Group (A)." Harvard Business School Case 605-040, February 2005.