How to create a shareholders’ agreement [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Aug-2020 02:00:00

If you’re a business owner considering taking on an investing party or shareholder, some form of written shareholders’ or partners’ agreement is vital.

Use the agreement to make clear all parties’ investment and partnership intentions and responsibilities from the outset.

Remember, this is your business, so you can cover whatever you think important, from business relationships, ethics and cultural issues, to insurances, taxation and debt obligations; it’s your blank canvas.

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Topics: Advice, Partners, Business Structures, Shareholders, Template, Checklist, business advice, Business advisor, shareholders agreement, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

How to protect your business during the pandemic [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Aug-2020 02:00:00



In mid-April we published an infographic detailing our expectations around the business activities we would all need to engage in following the initial impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The three phases of activity we expected to follow the initial impact were: survival, protection and emergence.

Our take was that if you want to stand a chance of getting out of crisis mode and through to the other side, intact and ready for a viable future, you need to explicitly understand each phase and work your business, strategies and decisions within their constraints and conditions. 

For most of our clients and other businesses, with the exception of those significantly impacted by the ‘Stage 4’ lockdown announced this week for metropolitan Melbourne, we’re currently in the ‘protection' phase of our predicted timeline. We thought this might be a useful time to publish a reminder of what we believe businesses should be considering at this time.

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Topics: Business Planning, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

Staff training and PD plans – why you need to think about them now [templates]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Jul-2020 02:00:00

As we head into an uncertain FY20/21 business owners and managers may be tempted to think now is not the time to prioritise staff professional development needs. I believe the opposite is true.

One of the key elements of your business proposition – large or small – is your team, and they’re going through the same anxiety you are. The COVID-19 crisis is impacting their professional lives, personal lives, physical and mental wellbeing, just as it is yours.

Even though you may be struggling simply to pay wages, the last thing you want is to lose good people, whether you lose them physically, or in the sense that they become disengaged as a result of their anxiety about the current environment.

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Topics: Template, business advice, business management, staff performance, running a business, professional development, Parramatta, staff wellbeing, managing employees, staff training, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

What are some 'rules of thumb' for valuing a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Jul-2020 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 Value, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

Mapping a path to a multi-million-dollar sale [client case study]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Jul-2020 02:00:00

We recently helped facilitate the sale of a client’s business for twice its assessed value – a value we had independently appraised!

The valuation was based on the business’ sales performance, its recent past earnings, our assessment of the repeatability of those earnings given internal and external business health factors, and the assignment of a multiple of earnings.

So, how did the business owner achieve a sale price that so far outstripped our initial valuation?

The short answer is that he had an open mind and was willing to work with us to explore all options for exit.

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Topics: Selling your business, Exiting your business, strategic value, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business selling, business broker, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, succession, business sale, exit strategy

How to calculate your Business Maintainable Earnings [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-Jul-2020 02:00:00

Business Maintainable Earnings (also known as 'Future Maintainable Earnings') reflect the ability of a business to generate earnings into the future.

BME is one of the most important concepts the market will consider when assessing business value – it is particularly critical for determining a business' going-concern value, including the value of goodwill.

The following infographic shows how to take account of abnormal fluctuations in your business’ performance (i.e. normalise) when calculating your BME.

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Topics: Business Value, Valuations, BME, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, valuing a business, Parramatta, Central West NSW

Capital gains tax issues to consider when selling a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Jul-2020 14:09:13

In 2014 we published an eBook titled Capital Gains Tax – Issues to consider when selling a small to mid-sized business. This eBook drew on extensive experience, including that of our guest contributor Michael Pisani, partner at Chapman Eastway, and remains one of our most popular publications to date.

Given the far-reaching scope of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and the ever-evolving nature of taxation laws, in 2017 we released Capital Gains Tax 2.0 – Issues to consider when selling your business. The new eBook did not replace the original, but instead complemented it.

Over the past few months, the JPAbusiness team has been reviewing and updating the information in both eBooks, to reflect the most recent changes in Australian tax policy.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, Capital gains tax

How to prove goodwill value [templates]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-Jul-2020 02:00:00

Goodwill ­is a key component of business value, alongside factors such as working capital and plant and equipment.

Many people think of goodwill as an ‘intangible’ and therefore its value can’t be proved, but that's not necessarily the case.

Goodwill value relies on being able to prove the sustainability of a business’ earnings going forward.

In this blog we’re going to explain how record-keeping is a critical component of proving that sustainability, and provide some simple templates to get you started.

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Topics: Business Value, contracts, business advice, Business valuation, JPAbusiness, goodwill, Parramatta, Central West NSW, work in progress, WIP, tendering

What’s happening in the business transaction market

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Jun-2020 02:00:00

Taking a look at JPAbusiness’ website analytics this week, I noted that our Business Transfer Checklist has been a popular download over the past few months.

It got me thinking about the state of the business transaction market and the fact some may be surprised to hear that business sales are still going on during such an uncertain time.

I know from our contact with solicitors that sales and acquisitions, and legal services relating to these, have certainly declined since COVID-19 restrictions came about.

However, from what I’m seeing on the ground, transactions that are still happening – or being planned or contemplated – are being driven by a range of factors, including the following:

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Topics: Buying a business, Business transfer, business advice, selling a business, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, business news

14 ways to control cash flow and maintain liquidity [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-May-2020 02:00:00

[This blog has been republished in the wake of COVID-19 developments, as having the liquidity necessary to continue operating effectively is critical in these times.]

As business valuers and brokers, and in advising clients on business performance and financing, there is a critical thing we look for: liquidity.

Liquidity is effectively how much cash a business generates and how stable and frequent that generation is. That ability to generate cash is a critical component of business value.

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Topics: Advice, Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business, cheat sheet, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW, COVID-19, coronavirus, liquidity

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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