Don't pay the price of poor inventory control when selling a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Sep-2021 02:00:00

A few years back the JPAbusiness team facilitated the sale of a business involved in import and distribution.

It was a well-known, independent brand that had been established for well over 50 years and had solid bottom-line performance.

Unfortunately, when it came time to exit the business, it soon became apparent there was too much inventory (stock on hand).

We negotiated a price for the goodwill, plant and equipment etc, based on a multiple of Business Maintainable Earnings (BME), which is essentially the cash flow of the business.

Then it was time to address the stock value.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Advice, Cash flow, Case study, Inventory, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor

7 golden rules for successful hiring

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-May-2021 02:00:00

Great staff are critical to our success as business owners and managers, but finding and keeping the right people is an ongoing challenge for many businesses.

Unfortunately we can't conjure appropriately trained staff out of the air for our clients and subscribers, but we can provide advice to make the recruitment process as successful as possible.

In this video I outline our 7 'golden rules' for successful hiring.

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Topics: Employment and recruitment, Advice, infographic, cheat sheet, Template, Video, staff management, Business advisor, staff recruitment, hiring staff, James Price, hiring, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

How to ensure you get good advice when buying a business [case study]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-May-2021 02:00:00

A few years ago we worked on a business sale transaction in which one side had far less robust advice than the other – you can guess which side was which!

Our client – the vendor – was selling a reasonably large, engineering-style business.

The purchaser – while a successful business operator – was not experienced at acquiring businesses and did not appear to have thought deeply about the sort of expertise they would need to advise and guide them.

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Topics: Buying a business, Advice, Case study, business buying, Business advisor, business broker, risk management, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, client case studies, buy a business, Central West NSW, business buyer

Due diligence warning signs [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Apr-2021 02:00:00

When it comes to buying a business, it’s generally advisable to conduct a thorough due diligence on the purchase opportunity.

Due diligence is designed to identify any material issues which are likely to impact the value proposition of the business opportunity you are considering. It's usually conducted once you've secured a binding position on price a position which may be subject to your detailed due diligence.

Every due diligence is different, and should be treated as such, but – as I outline in this video – there are some warning signs you should watch out for in any due diligence process.

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Topics: Buying a business, Advice, Due diligence, Template, Video, Business advisor, business broker, James Price, small business, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business buyer, business transaction advisor, due diligence checklist

5 questions for business sellers to help maximise value on exit

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 03-Mar-2021 02:00:00

Q.1 Do I really want to sell my business and, if so, why?

  • Do you want to sell because you’ve had the business for five years and the results have been poor?
  • Do you want to sell because you’re over-exposed to borrowings, your cash flow is tight and you can’t see a way to get ahead?
  • Do you want to sell because it’s time to retire or move on to the next stage of your career?

Your reasons for selling will help you create a negotiation framework to determine what an acceptable offer might be, so it is critical you be honest with yourself when answering this question.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Advice, Business transfer, selling a business, Business advisor, business broker, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business transaction advisor

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

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Dec-2020 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.

The following infographic is a distillation of lessons we've learned over many years as business sale transaction advisors.

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, Business Planning, infographic, selling a business, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor

3 questions to ask when valuing a business [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Dec-2020 02:00:00

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

They are:

  • repeatability of current earnings
  • availability of information on the business’ performance and business model
  • point of difference and competitive advantage.

We've created the following infographic to help you get started on assessing the value of a potential purchase opportunity.

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Topics: Business Value, Advice, BME, infographic, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business maintainable earnings, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor

How to bring in a new shareholder [blog]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Oct-2020 02:00:00

There are two golden rules when bringing an additional partner or shareholder into an existing business.

Golden rule 1: Understand what value the partner or shareholder is bringing to the business. Is it specialist expertise, an entry point into a new business line, strategic opportunities, funding… or all of these?

Golden rule 2: Understand the motivations and intentions of the new partner or shareholder – now and moving forward. It may help to seek some advisory or facilitation services to tease out and clarify these motivations.

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Topics: Advice, Business Planning, Legal, Running your business, Business Structures, Shareholders, business advice, shareholders agreement, JPAbusiness, Central West NSW

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

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

 
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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