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

How to avoid real estate traps when buying a business [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

Businesses – particularly family businesses – often use real estate assets as part of their wealth generation strategy.

This may lead to situations where the business and real estate assets are interdependent, creating complexities when it comes time to exit and establish a fair market valuation.

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Topics: Family business, Business Value, Selling your business, Buying a business, Starting a business, Advice, Valuations, cartoon

How to transfer business ownership [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

There are many issues vendors need to deal with in the lead-up to a business sale settlement, from staff contracts and entitlements, right through to P&E roadworthiness certificates.

When selling – or buying – a business, the last thing you want is a handover in which business performance is negatively impacted by transfer issues not planned out ahead of time and dealt with appropriately.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, selling a business, Buying a business, Business transfer, cheat sheet

10 do’s and don’ts when selling a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Oct-2018 02:00:00

Planning, professional marketing, timing and finding the right match regarding value and terms are just some of the ingredients that go to making a successful business sale. (As we often say, selling a business is not an exact science!)

The following infographic is a distillation of lessons we've learned over many years of advising business sale clients.

Use these tips to help you make the right decisions when preparing your business for sale.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, infographic, selling a business, Business Planning

Why business sellers should do vendor due diligence

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Aug-2018 02:00:00

When business owners come to see us, wanting to sell their business, we often get involved in providing what we term ‘vendor due diligence’.

Vendor due diligence has two main components:

1. Understanding what my business is really worth

This is something we have covered previously in eBooks and blogs about business valuation and market appraisals.
It involves getting independent advice on what your business is really worth in the market, on a realistic, fair value market basis.

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Topics: vendor due diligence, selling a business, Business valuation, business valuer, Selling your business

What is 'strategic' value when selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-Aug-2018 02:00:00

Strategic value is the value a purchaser is willing to pay for a business, over and above what an impartial business valuer might determine is fair market value’.

So how much more than its fair market value will a purchaser pay for a business with strategic value?

The answer is largely determined by the potential purchasers’ individual circumstances, which impact their appetite for the opportunity, but it can also be influenced by the vendor’s management decisions long before sale time.

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Topics: strategic value, Selling your business, Business advisor, selling a business, business valuer

How to prepare your business for sale [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-Aug-2018 02:00:00

Ideally, a business will be set up for sale from the moment it begins operating.

After all, you never know when someone may approach you about buying your business, or when unforeseen circumstances may force you to sell.

A previous JPAbusiness client is a good example of why it pays to be prepared. 

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Topics: Selling your business, Exiting your business, Advice, Family business, cartoon, Business advisor

Pros and cons of seller earnouts

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Jun-2018 02:00:00

I recently read a blog post about the pros and cons of seller earnouts, which I believe is worth sharing.

The blog post was written by M&A specialist Dave Kauppi from MidMarket Capital, Inc, which is based in Chicago, USA. (You can click here to read Dave’s post.)

It’s a useful article if you’re considering buying or selling a business and you want to explore measures to manage the risks of transfer and protect the value of the business, including delayed or ‘at risk’ payment of part of the purchase price consideration, such as an earnouts.

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Topics: business advice, Capital gains tax, seller earnouts, selling a business, Selling your business, Business advisor

How to value a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Jun-2018 02:00:00

Business Maintainable Earnings (or Sustainable Earnings) is often the way the market values businesses, particularly small- to medium-sized enterprises that are not traded on the stock exchange.

Business Maintainable Earnings (BME) is the ability of the business to generate earnings into the future.

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Topics: Advice, Business Value, Valuations, Buying a business, Selling your business

Free template: Succession planning scorecard

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-Jun-2018 02:00:00

As a business owner, it’s never too early to start thinking about your succession strategy and developing the skills of your team and business capability.

Many people think of succession planning as something old people do once they decide to exit their business. This is far from the truth.

Succession planning is a young person’s pathway to building a valuable business. It’s about creating a sustainable business that will continue to operate successfully into the future, whether you stay in the business or not.

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Topics: Succession planning, Selling your business, Advice, Business Value, Valuations, Business advisor, business management

 
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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