What is an earnout or contingency payment?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Apr-2019 02:00:00

Earnouts and contingency payments are typical features of business sales in the Australian, European and US corporate markets.

In our work in Australia, we are seeing them increasingly used in the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) market and we’re often involved in structuring these deals, either from a purchaser’s or vendor’s side.

If you are considering selling a business at the larger end of the SME market, with a longevity of orders and forward earnings, it’s important to consider the concept of earnouts and contingency payments because it will come up from interested parties.

It’s also important to recognise that earnouts as part of the purchase price have capital gains tax implications, so expert advice is essential.

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Topics: Buying a business, business advice, selling a business, seller earnouts, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW, contingency payment

When should I tell my staff I'm selling my business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 03-Apr-2019 02:00:00

In assisting clients to prepare for a business sale process, we often get the question: When should I tell my staff I’m going to sell?

It’s an important issue because staff can significantly impact your business’ value, while selling can impact their lives.

The reality is there is no simple answer because every business is different.

A complex situation

Our guiding principle is that open and transparent communication with your staff is always a positive thing.

However, this is complicated by the fact selling a business is a sensitive issue and disclosing the fact it’s for sale can be detrimental to a business’ operations.

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Topics: staff management, business advice, selling a business, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to develop a great team [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 03-Apr-2019 02:00:00

Developing a reliable team – and keeping them – is one of the biggest challenges in business.

Everyone has their own motivations for the job they do, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

However over the years of helping business owners build and retain effective teams, we've identified several key actions that can help drive success in this area. We've summarised them in the following infographic:

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Topics: Employment and recruitment, Staff, Starting a business, staff management, business advice, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to transfer business ownership

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Mar-2019 02:00:00

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

There are several important issues a vendor and, by definition, a purchaser need to consider and deal with in the transfer process leading up to settlement.

There is quite a bit of interplay and overlap between the issues but, for the purposes of this blog, I have separated them into seven categories:

  1. Employees
  2. Financial
  3. Customers
  4. Suppliers
  5. Stock
  6. Legal
  7. Other.
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Topics: Buying a business, Selling your business, Business transfer, business advice, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

5 tools to help seal the deal when selling a business [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Mar-2019 02:00:00

Over the past few years we’ve produced a number of resources to help our readers and clients navigate the business sale journey.

For the record, Step 1 of selling is always the same: Ask yourself ‘what is my objective in selling?’ Why you are selling needs to be very clear in your mind, and the minds of your spouse, shareholders, business partners and so on, in order to set yourself up for a successful sale.

At the other end of the selling process is ‘sealing the deal’ and this is not without its challenges. The cheat sheet below introduces some of the tools we use to manage information flows during the detailed due diligence process and, ultimately, seal the deal.

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Topics: Selling your business, Due diligence, cheat sheet, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How do I involve staff in an ownership position in my company?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Mar-2019 02:00:00

There are a number of mechanisms to provide senior and key staff with a level of interest in your business over and above an employee status.

It’s often referred to as giving employees ‘skin in the game’ and it’s about aligning your objectives as a business owner and operator with your key people, so together you can achieve great things within the business.

There are a number of ways to align objectives between the parties, through both ownership and/or incentive arrangements without formal ownership:

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Topics: staff management, business advice, staff share plans, business basics, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to talk to your family about succession and estate planning

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-Mar-2019 02:00:00

When it comes to succession and estate planning, it’s never too early to start thinking – and talking – about it.

However, some business owners prefer not to confront their own mortality and just continue on running their business while avoiding thinking about, or planning for, the inevitable i.e. their ‘exit’. This creates the perfect environment for conflict among those left behind.

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Topics: Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW, estate planning

What to include in your shareholders’ agreement [checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-Mar-2019 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, Checklist, business advice, shareholders agreement

What should my business be returning for my investment?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-Mar-2019 02:00:00

The business buyers and owners we work with in the SME market tend to target a return on investment in a range from 10 to 40%.

This range is influenced by factors such as:

  • industry prospects
  • competitive dynamics
  • points of difference
  • use of technology
  • delivery capability

...and a myriad of factors relating to the business model and specific enterprise.

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Topics: business advice, valuing a business, business basics, return on investment

What info should I share when selling? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Feb-2019 02:00:00

When selling a business, you need to provide solid, robust and transparent information to support the performance of the business if you want to attract a confident purchaser who is willing to bid up strongly.

The more clearly you can describe your value proposition and present supporting information in the business sale process, the more chance you have of driving business value. Remember, for a business person, information can reduce risk and, therefore, increase confidence.

The following infographic is a simple guide to 10 key pieces of information you need to share when selling your business. 

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Topics: Selling your business, infographic, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor

 
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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