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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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

My predictions for what work will look like post-coronavirus

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-May-2020 02:00:00

The novel coronavirus has brought many changes to the way we work, but are these changes just a temporary blip, or here to stay? And if they are here to stay, what will our workplaces of the future look like?

Here are some of my predictions for what work will look like in the post-COVID-19 world:

  • Video will be the go-to mode of first communication.

  • Travel budgets will be dramatically reduced – physical travel and face-to-face meetings will be reserved for essentials (i.e. key client meetings, business development).
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Topics: staff performance, running a business, small business, business basics, Parramatta, staff wellbeing, managing employees, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

Video: Working capital - what your financier needs to know (Part II)

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-May-2020 02:00:00

This week we're sharing Part II of our video series on how to communicate with your bank, financier or investors, and what pieces of information to share, if you’re looking to secure funding in the current environment.

The goal is to ensure your financier has a clear understanding of how your business is tracking, so they can feel confident in supporting you.

Last week we focused on profit and loss information. This week's video details the critical elements of working capital you need to share with your financier.

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Topics: Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, business finance, financials, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning, liquidity

Video: Tips for seeking finance during the COVID-19 crisis

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

This week we’ve created a two-part video series offering advice on how to communicate with your bank, financier or investors, and what pieces of information to share, if you’re looking to secure funding and ongoing support in the current environment.

In last week’s video I mentioned that smart business owners are using this time to ask tough questions, including: “What is the best balance sheet and funding structure for my business, going forward?”

As I said then, the smart businesses – even if their balance sheets are quite strong and they have funding lines – are talking openly to their financiers, sharing re-forecasts and securing extra funding lines, just in case things become more difficult over the next 6–12 months.

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Topics: Business Planning, Banks and lending, Banking, business advice, Business advisor, running a business, James Price, seeking finance, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, business finance, business strategy

Video: How COVID-19 is impacting different elements of business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Apr-2020 02:00:00

In this video I’ve discussed how the COVID-19 situation is impacting different elements of business and the Australian economy.

I’ve used the video to share my analysis, as well as some of our clients’ feedback, on the following questions and issues:

  • Will people want to buy and sell businesses in this market? If ‘yes’, how will those deals be financed?
  • Taking the leap into online – finding the ‘upside’ of social distancing
  • Virus driving ‘Uber-style’ disruption in commercial property market – what’s the outlook post-crisis?
  • Clients taking advantage of potential positive environment for succession
  • What tough decisions should we be making in our businesses at this time?
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Topics: Business Planning, business advice, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

How to move from COVID-19 crisis mode to long-term business survival [infographic]

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

Over the past few weeks we’ve published a number of COVID-19 related blogs to assist our readers in navigating the new and emerging business landscape.

Like most people, we didn’t see the new coronavirus coming, so the blogs and resources we’ve shared have been a result of pretty ‘on the fly’ thinking about how we could best support you.

This week we’ve consolidated those resources into a presentation format to show you how they tie in together and can be used in your business.

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

 
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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