James Price | JPAbusiness

James Price has over 30 years’ experience in providing strategic, commercial and financial advice to Australian and international business clients. James’ blogs provide business advice for aspiring and current small to mid-sized business owners, operators and managers.
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Do business buyers still pay for goodwill?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Dec-2018 02:00:00

Goodwill is an intangible value associated with a business and is based on the business' potential to provide a future flow of earnings beyond the current owner. 

Stock, plant and equipment, and other fixed assets, are tangible items that can be relatively easily valued on a market. Goodwill is intangible; essentially it is the risk premium around how and what business maintainable earnings (BME) will be delivered into the future if the business is acquired by someone else and run in basically the same way.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Exiting your business, Business transfer, Due diligence, Advice, goodwill

What are some 'rules of thumb' for valuing businesses?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Dec-2018 02:00:00

When it comes to valuing businesses – listed or private – you will often hear people refer to ‘rules of thumb’. Some will say the value of a business is:

  • ‘x times its revenue’ or
  • ‘x multiples of its earnings’ or
  • ‘a function of its after-tax profit’ or
  • ‘a function of its gross profit’ and so on.

These ‘rules of thumb’ tend to be industry based i.e. “a business in Industry A is worth ‘x’ times multiple of earnings” while “a business in Industry B is worth ‘x’ times revenue”. (I won’t repeat the actual ‘rules’ I’ve heard – I don’t want to encourage anyone to use them!) 

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Topics: Business valuation, business valuer, Business Value, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness

3 questions to ask when valuing a business [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Dec-2018 02:00:00

Business valuation is not an exact science and nor is it a simple science. However there are some factors you should always consider when assessing a business’ value.

The following video lists 3 key factors to consider when valuing a business and 3 questions you need to ask to uncover this important information.

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Topics: Video, Advice, BME, Business Value, Business maintainable earnings, business advice, Business advisor, Business valuation

Why I went to California, and why you should too*

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Dec-2018 02:00:00

*You don’t actually have to go to California, but I do recommend taking advantage of professional development opportunities whenever possible. 

A senior member of the team and I travelled to California recently to attend the Advanced Business Valuation and International Appraisers Conference. The conference was hosted by the American Society of Appraisers, an international organisation representing all appraisal disciplines, including business valuation.

It was a jam-packed three days of hearing from expert industry practitioners and thought-leaders on diverse topics, including:

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Topics: Business advisor, business advice, professional development, Training and Professional Development, staff management, business development

What is succession planning?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Nov-2018 02:00:00

Many people think of succession planning as an old person’s problem – something you do once you decide to exit your business. This is far from the truth, although it's not surprising the misconception exists. 

In planning this blog I conducted a quick Google search of the question 'what is succession planning?' to test the common perceptions. The first result (from an Australian government website!) provided the following answer: "succession, or exit plan outlines the things you will do when you sell, close or transfer ownership of your business."

I beg to differ. Succession planning should not be something you do when it's time to exit: it is a young person’s pathway to building a valuable business.

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Topics: Succession planning, business advice, small business, running a business, business ownership, business management, staff management

How to choose the right business structure [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Nov-2018 02:00:00

Good business structures should be effective in:

  1. Protecting your assets
  2. Minimising your income tax and capital gains tax
  3. Simplifying your administration
  4. Achieving your retirement objectives
  5. Achieving your estate planning objectives.
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Topics: Business Structures, cheat sheet, business advice, sole trader, company, trust, asset protection, tax minimisation

How long does it take to buy a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Nov-2018 02:00:00

We provide a range of services to business buying clients, from initial review and feasibility, through to business valuations, a preliminary assessment of the strength of the opportunity, full due diligence services if the party has lodged a non-binding offer and is seriously interested in the business, through to merger and acquisition facilitation services.

We have helped some clients find the right business within six months while, for other clients, it has taken over three years.

The key phrase is ‘the right business’; I’m sure we could speed up the process if our aim was just to help our clients buy ‘a’ business, but that’s not our job.

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Topics: Buying a business, business advice, Business advisor, Business valuation, vendor due diligence

How to create a business plan in 3 steps

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Nov-2018 02:00:00

Business plans don't need to be weighty documents, but they do need to be:

  • referenced regularly,
  • shared with others, and 
  • pressure tested.

The following graphic illustrates the 3 fundamental components of an annual business planning process:

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Topics: Business Planning, Running your business, Starting a business, Advice, infographic

How long does it take to sell a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Nov-2018 02:00:00

This is always the million-dollar question when clients come to us seeking help to exit their businesses.

I typically indicate to clients that they need to expect a business sale process to take at least six to 12 months.

The fastest we have sold a business from start to finish is actually six weeks. However, we regard that as a record that will probably never be broken, because it was a unique situation where, strategically, the ‘stars aligned’ between the buyer and the seller.

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Topics: business advice, selling a business, Selling your business

 
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 
 
 

 

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