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

How to use valuation as a management tool [case study]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 25-Aug-2021 02:00:00

Most business owners only seek a business valuation after being prompted to do so by a significant ‘event’, for example family break-up, retirement, need for business restructuring, bank lending requirement, purchase offer and so on.

My experience indicates the opposite course would be better: valuation should be considered a management tool and be done before, and separate from, such business and emotive life events.

The following case study shows how an independent valuation, carried out early, would have made life a whole lot easier for one of my clients.

Instead this client found themselves in a credit squeeze with little understanding of the true value of their business to potential financiers and the drivers that really matter to external parties.

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Topics: Business Value, Valuations, Case study, Business valuation, Business advisor, business broker, business valuer, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, client case studies, Central West NSW

What is 'strategic' value when buying or selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-May-2021 02:00:00

Strategic value is the value a purchaser is willing to pay for a business, over and above what an impartial business valuer might determine is ‘fair market value’.

As we have discussed in our eBooks, one common method of determining a business’ fair market value is to use a multiple of earnings.

Multiple of Earnings is the term for how many years or months a purchaser is prepared to wait before they recoup the value they paid the outgoing business owner, based on an assessment of business maintainable earnings (or sustainable earnings).

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Selling your business, Template, strategic value, Checklist, business advice, Business advisor, business valuer, JPAbusiness, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business value drivers

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 to value your own business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Feb-2021 02:00:00

I had a chat with a prospective client the other day – a young guy in his mid-20s, with a business partner – who has embarked on starting a technology and communications business from scratch after graduating from university.

We were talking about a meeting I had had the previous day with a business owner who had started their business 30-plus years ago, and who is now aged in their 60s.

I recalled how I met up with this business owner to talk about sale, succession and business value, and, unfortunately, my assessment was that their wholesale industrial products distribution business was going to be very hard to ‘sell for value’ because of various factors.

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Topics: Business Value, Business valuation, business management, business valuer, James Price, small business, JPAbusiness, valuing a business, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business value drivers

How to use succession planning to boost business value [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 10-Feb-2021 02:00:00

Succession planning is the process of identifying and developing internal staff who have the potential to fill key business leadership positions should existing leaders – including yourself – leave the business.

It’s about creating a back-up system for your people resource and it should start the minute you take on a business’ ownership, whether you buy it or start it from scratch.

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Topics: Business Value, Business Planning, Template, Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business succession, scorecard

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

Why building sustainable business value is a marathon, not a sprint

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 25-Nov-2020 02:00:00

One of the lessons I’ve learnt over 35 years of running my own businesses – and also advising on and observing others – is that very little value is generated in a ‘fast foot race’.

Good things come from time, careful execution, trial and error, and patience.

I'm spending a few hours in the gym these days trying to tone and trim up a bit. As a tall guy who’s less than perfectly coordinated, there are some exercises that are a bit of a challenge – barbell squats for one. My form is not a picture of symmetry and grace.

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Topics: Business Value, Business Planning, Succession planning, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor, sustainable value, business sustainability

Do I need a valuation before selling a business? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Aug-2020 02:00:00

The simple answer is ‘no’, you don’t need a valuation to sell a business.

However, in terms of engaging JPAbusiness to sell your business, the answer is ‘yes’: we always recommend clients have their businesses independently and professionally valued before they invest time and money in a sale process.

In this video I explain how our first experience of helping a client sell their business – combined with our many years of subsequent experience – has shaped this philosophy regarding valuation and its role in a successful sale process.

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Topics: Business Value, Video, business advice, selling a business, Business valuation, Business advisor, Business selling, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, client case studies, 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

 
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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