3 ingredients needed for a successful business sale or purchase

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Apr-2019 02:00:00


Based on our years of business broking experience – and successfully making a match between many buyers and sellers – answering ‘yes’ to the following three questions should set you up for a successful business transaction:

  1. Price – Is the price market related and does it reflect the value a willing buyer, under the circumstances of the sale transaction, will perceive as fair?
  2. Facts – Are the facts on the business or opportunity clear, unambiguous and relevant to the risks, issues and opportunities the risk-taking party will likely perceive in making the purchase?
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Topics: Buying a business, Business transfer, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, business broker, Parramatta, Orange NSW

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

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

How to use our Buying a Business Planning Sheet [template]

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

There are plenty of good businesses out there, but the key to a successful business purchase is finding a business that will be ‘good’ for you.

Our Buying a Business Planning Sheet is designed to help you find a business that is the right fit for your requirements and risk profile.

When assessing different businesses, the planning sheet prompts you to consider 15 questions, including:

  • Why will you succeed in this business?
  • How does the asking price compare to a market appraisal of recent sales and market trends?
  • Do you fully understand the requirements of the lease relating to your potential business purchase?

If you are considering buying a business, download the free template and work through the questions as a way of bringing some rigour and structure to your preliminary planning.

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Topics: Buying a business, Template, business advice, Business valuation, valuing a business

Western Sydney new frontier for JPAbusiness

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

The JPAbusiness team is excited to announce that we have opened an office in Parramatta – the Western Sydney hub poised to become Sydney’s ‘second CBD’.

The Parramatta team will be led by Valuation Advisor Alex Dzang and will work closely with our Orange office.

Establishing a base in Sydney has been a natural progression for JPAbusiness, as we have experienced increasing interest from business clients across the Sydney basin. And with Western Sydney, in many respects, the growing heart of the Sydney metropolitan area – albeit still with strong links to country NSW – Parramatta was the logical choice.

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Topics: Buying a business, Valuations, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What does 'due diligence' mean when buying a business?

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

Welcome to our latest ‘Business Basics’ blog in which we answer the question: What does ‘due diligence’ mean when buying a business?

In a nutshell, due diligence is defined as ‘the process of acquiring objective and reliable information on a … company as required, especially before a commercial acquisition’ [Macquarie Dictionary].

At JPAbusiness we regularly undertake due diligence for business-buying clients. The process involves checking and verifying information relating to the basic operations and performance of the business our client is considering buying.

Our role is to identify risks and issues, plus any material differences between what has been represented in information previously provided on the business, and what we identify in the due diligence process.

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Topics: Buying a business, Due diligence, business advice, business basics

How to put a price on ‘strategic value’ when buying

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23-Jan-2019 02:00:00

One way of quantifying a business’ strategic value, at least to some degree, is to consider the ‘buy versus build’ scenario.

Ask yourself: ‘If I was to buy this business, what additional value over and above the fair market value would I get and could I achieve that same value simply by growing my own business?’

Often as business valuers we will determine a fair market value for a client’s business and then, under a separate and subsequent engagement, be involved in selling that business.

In general we find that for every 10 people – businesses or investors – who are interested in purchasing the business, about three of those 10 are already operating in the same market.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Advice, strategic value, Business advisor, valuing a business

How long does it take to buy a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Nov-2018 02:00:00

We provide a range of services to business buying clients, from initial review and feasibility, through to business valuations, a preliminary assessment of the strength of the opportunity, full due diligence services if the party has lodged a non-binding offer and is seriously interested in the business, through to merger and acquisition facilitation services.

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.

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Topics: Buying a business, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, vendor due diligence

How to avoid real estate traps when buying a business [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

Businesses – particularly family businesses – often use real estate assets as part of their wealth generation strategy.

This may lead to situations where the business and real estate assets are interdependent, creating complexities when it comes time to exit and establish a fair market valuation.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Selling your business, Advice, Valuations, Family business, Starting a business, cartoon

How to transfer business ownership [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

There are many issues vendors need to deal with in the lead-up to a business sale settlement, from staff contracts and entitlements, right through to P&E roadworthiness certificates.

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

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Topics: Buying a business, Selling your business, Advice, Business transfer, cheat sheet, selling a business

 
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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