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What Happens to an ESOP When a Company is Sold?

January 24, 2023

Although Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are often formed to ensure the successful continuation of a business, there are times when an ESOP company is later sold to a third-party. When this occurs, ESOP participants can get nervous, wondering what will happen to their ESOP accounts when a company is sold. What to Know About…

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What are the Benefits of an ESOP for an Owner?

January 10, 2023

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) are best known for providing employees with the opportunity to become part-owners of the company they work for, improving productivity and commitment to the company. Less well-known is the fact that ESOPs are often used as an exit strategy for the owner of the company. There are numerous benefits of…

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5 Factors to Consider Before ESOP Implementation

December 27, 2022

Implementing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is not a quick or easy decision. It requires forethought and planning. ESOP formation forces a company to think about not only the practicalities and financials of ESOP implementation, but also the impact on the company’s culture and the business owner’s legacy vision. What is an ESOP and…

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5 Reasons Your Business Does or Doesn’t Need An ESOP

December 13, 2022

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are qualified retirement plans that reward employees with shares of stock of their employing company. This type of plan not only helps employees save for retirement, but also makes them shareholders and part-owners in the company. As an ESOP consultant, Aegis Fiduciary Services has witnessed these plans become increasingly popular…

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Can an ESOP Company be Sold?

November 15, 2022

There are times when an ESOP company may need to consider selling the business. Perhaps it is an attractive offer from a competitor or a private equity firm. Perhaps the ESOP business leaders see an opportunity to sell that they were previously unaware of and feel it needs to be considered.  The question arises, can…

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Duties and Responsibilities of ESOP Trustees

October 31, 2022

The ESOP trustee fills the vital role of acting as the legal shareholder of the shares held in the ESOP trust. The trustee has fiduciary responsibility for the ESOP and, as such, bears many responsibilities during the initial ESOP transaction and afterward. These responsibilities make identifying, vetting, and selecting an ESOP trustee a key step…

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ESOPs as a Business Exit Strategy

October 26, 2022

ESOPs are an effective business exit strategy for business owners who want to retain some degree of control over their exiting of the business. An ESOP allows the business owner to transition out of the business at their own pace, ensure business continuity, and protect company culture.  How Do ESOPs Work as Exit Strategies? An…

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How Are Shares Allocated in an ESOP?

October 19, 2022

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) are qualified retirement plans that grant company shares of stock to employee participants. One common question that owners and ESOP sponsors have to address early in the formation of the ESOP is how those shares will be allocated to participants.  Who Can Participate In ESOP Shares Allocation? Anyone who participates…

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Are ESOPs Good For a Small Business?

October 12, 2022

If you are a small business owner who is exploring exit strategies and/or employee benefit offerings, you have likely come across Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). ESOPs are an option for small business owners who want to transition out of the business over time and/or who want to share the business’ success with their employees…

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What is a Leveraged ESOP & How Does it Work?

September 29, 2022

There are two types of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) – leveraged ESOP and non-leveraged ESOP. Both are qualified retirement plans used by privately-held companies, but how they are funded and structured are slightly different. Leveraged plans are the more common arrangement, at least during initial formation, which is why we want to focus on…

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