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Breeze – Exit & Harvest Strategies
Breeze’s present business strategy does not require external capital at any time within the five year horizon covered by the plan. Because the future product roll-out opportunities require limited capital expenditures, management expects to adopt a high dividend policy, essentially a harvest strategy. Sufficient funds will be retained to fund R&D, to market and sell roll-out products, to build a defense fund for litigation against imitators, and to maintain a contingency fund. Should either O’Dwyer or one of the Breeze managers wish to sell their equity, or should it become necessary to take on external shareholders in order to fund self manufacture (i.e., option 3), the usual range of options exist. These include:
• Initial Public Offering (IPO) – Would allow the shareholders to remain active in management while reducing their holdings over time. It is acknowledged that the timing of the IPO is dependent upon suitable market conditions and will result in a reduced level of privacy and management freedom.
• Private Sale – A sale of the company to a private buyer, most likely the initial licensee looking to backward integrate.
• Management Buy Out – This would allow the founders to select their successor and reduce their shareholdings gradually over time if necessary.