How to do 'vendor due diligence' when selling a business [checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Jul-2021 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’.

When conducting vendor due diligence for clients, our role is basically to ‘pretend’ we are the buyer.

We look at a range of business health factors including:

  • financial performance
  • business performance
  • staff and organisational aspects
  • contracts, systems and suppliers
  • how the business creates and drives value in terms of its point of difference in the market
  • forward order book i.e. the pipeline, to understand the true nature of the business as a going concern
  • how exposed the business might be to individuals or particular customers or suppliers.
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Topics: Selling your business, Template, Checklist, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Business selling, business broker, vendor due diligence, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor

Should I buy a business to get myself a job?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Jun-2021 02:00:00

The short answer to this question is yes... and no.

Buying a business that provides you with a good job is definitely a worthwhile strategy, as long as it doesn’t just provide you with a job.

If you own a business, what are the main risks you will be taking?

  • Operational risk – As a business owner you count on your systems and processes to work in a predictable manner and accept the risk of those systems and processes failing. For example, your safety system could fail and cause injury to an employee, or your manufacturing system could break down, causing you to default on a major customer contract.
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Topics: Buying a business, business advice, Business advisor, business ownership, business broker, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, financials, redundancy, buy a business, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business transaction advisor

10 pieces of info to share when selling a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Jun-2021 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, business broker, James Price, 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

5 top issues when planning a joint venture [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-May-2021 02:00:00

The JPAbusiness team has been involved in setting up and facilitating a number of successful joint ventures over the years, and we have also been called upon to sort out arrangements where things have gone wrong or haven’t been set up with adequate planning and foresight. Preparation is key!

If you are considering entering into a joint venture, we have created the following infographic to help you.

The infographic lists five issues to be aware of and which should be raised with all parties early in the planning and negotiation stages. 

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Topics: Shareholders, infographic, business advice, Business advisor, business partners, shareholders agreement, business broker, joint venture, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, entrepreneur

5 tools to help business sellers 'seal the deal' [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Apr-2021 02:00:00

Getting a business sale transaction 'over the line' is not about tips and tricks.

Instead it's about efficiently managing the information flow through the detailed due diligence process to ensure:

  • all parties are well informed,
  • the negotiating process progresses smoothly, and
  • everyone can feel comfortable with the end result.

A good advisor or broker will successfully manage that interface for you.

The cheat sheet below introduces some of the tools the JPAbusiness team uses 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, business broker, James Price, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor, business seller

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

How to use the Buying a Franchise Planning Sheet to assess opportunities

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Mar-2021 02:00:00

Buying a franchise may, on the surface, seem like any other business purchase.

However, a franchise is a special type of business in which the brand and business operational model has been systematised.

A franchise may have additional, more complex requirements for a buyer to consider and meet, but they also tend to come with more ongoing support than regular businesses.

We have created the JPAbusiness Buying a Franchise Planning Sheet to help business buyers assess potential franchise opportunities.

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Topics: Buying a business, Free download, Template, Franchises, Business advisor, business broker, buying a franchise, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale, business sale transaction advisor, franchising

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

How long will it take to buy a business? [Video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Sep-2020 02:00:00

We have helped some clients find the right business within six months while, for other clients, it has taken over three years.

The key phrase is ‘the right business’; I’m sure we could speed up the process if our aim was just to help our clients buy ‘a’ business, but that’s not our job.

In this video I explain why it's important not to rush into buying a business, and share four tips for managing risk during the business buying process.

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Topics: Buying a business, infographic, Video, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, business broker, vendor due diligence, business buying funnel, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business buyer, business transaction 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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