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 value drivers

Don't let over-reliance on key personnel erode business value [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Mar-2021 02:00:00

Many businesses, particularly small to mid-sized businesses, rely heavily on one or two key individuals for the business to operate.

These individuals are often the business owners and they may be reluctant to delegate control and decision making for a variety of reasons.

Whatever those reasons, the result is centralised decision making, knowledge and experience, which are not easily transferable in a business sale.

Ultimately, of course, that impacts business value – and not in a good way!

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Topics: Valuations, Exiting your business, Template, Video, Succession planning, Business valuation, risk management, succession, business succession, business value drivers

5 tips for business buyers [video]

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

The following video features 5 tips that will help you take a planned and measured approach to what may well be one of the biggest financial investments of your life.

They're each important in their own way, but I must admit Tip 2 – 'Have passion for the opportunity' – is a key one for me.

Owning a business can be difficult at times, but it's easier to withstand those challenges if you have a 'fire in your belly' for what you do.

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Topics: Buying a business, Business Planning, Video, Business valuation, valuing a business, business value drivers

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, valuing a business, business value drivers

Risks to consider when a side project becomes your business [video]

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

In our experience dealing with clients over the years, we've found many businesses start as side projects.

In this video, James tells the story of a client whose 'side project' became a multi-million dollar transport business.

He also points out some risks to watch out for regarding business governance, structure and process issues when a business starts this way, and how to ensure they don't negatively impact the business' value down the track, when it comes time to exit.

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Topics: Business Value, Family business, Business Structures, Video, Starting a business, Governance, business value drivers

3 key questions to ask when valuing a business [video]

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

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

The following video lists 3 key factors to consider when valuing a business and 3 questions you need to ask to uncover this important information.

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Topics: Business Value, BME, Video, Business valuation, Business maintainable earnings, business value drivers

Our 14 top tips to control cash flow [cheat sheet]

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

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.

As we often say, owners need to think about the value they get today in running their business, versus the value they get in the future when they sell.

The more cash surplus in the business, the more value they’re deriving into their pocket today. But cash surplus – as working capital – also gives a business more options to grow, invest and change, and build value over time.

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Topics: Business Value, Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business, cheat sheet, cash flow management, business value drivers

How competitive advantage contributes to 'strategic value'

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-May-2019 02:00:00

Competitive advantage occurs when you as a business do something better than anyone else and it is hard for other businesses to quickly and easily replicate that offering.

There are degrees of competitive advantage and, in terms of strategic valueyour competitive advantage has to be something a potential purchaser will value.

(Quick reminder: 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'.)

For example, you may say ‘we sell more air conditioners than anyone else because of our unique customer relationship management approach’. That’s great, but are you achieving reasonable margins on those sales? If the answer is ‘no’, there is no value being created, strategic or otherwise.

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Topics: strategic value, business valuer, competitive advantage, business value drivers

What is ‘discounted cash flow’ when valuing a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-May-2019 02:00:00

When advising clients looking to buy businesses, as well as running businesses, we use a number of different methodologies to assess value.

A business is a dynamic entity – a ‘going concern’ – so you can’t just value it at a point in time. You need to assess the level of cash flow it is generating today, and what you can expect it to generate into the future. You then need to assign a ‘present day value’ to those potential future cash flows. 

One way we do this is by using the discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation method.

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Topics: Business Value, Business valuation, valuing a business, discounted cash flow, business value drivers

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, selling a business, Business selling, business value drivers

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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