How to ensure you pay a fair price when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Jun-2019 02:00:00

In our experience, the risks associated with business purchases fall into three categories:

  1. People
  2. Customers, suppliers and market dynamics
  3. The value exchange.

In this blog we’re focusing on the third risk category, the value exchange, and how you can manage that risk.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, business advice, risk management, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Find the right business with our Business Buyer's Checklist

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Buying a business is not an investment decision to be rushed into or made lightly.

For those of you considering buying a business, we have created the Business Buyer's Checklist.

The checklist contains 14 questions designed to:

  • ensure you have a clear purchase objective 
  • work out whether identified business opportunities are a good match for your skills and interests
  • prompt you to take necessary steps regarding market appraisal, due diligence and financing.
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Topics: Buying a business, Template, Checklist, business advice, business buying, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

How to keep key staff when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-May-2019 02:00:00

In our experience, the risks associated with business purchases fall into three categories:

  1. People
  2. Customers, suppliers and market dynamics
  3. The value exchange.

In this blog we're examining how to manage the 'people risks' of a purchase.

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Topics: Buying a business, staff management, business advice, Business advisor, business management, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Franchise advice as parliamentary report calls for sector overhaul

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-May-2019 02:00:00

When it comes to franchising, our message is consistent: get robust, independent advice before you buy a franchise (or any business, for that matter!)

The recent release of a damning federal parliamentary report into Australia’s franchise sector has reinforced the importance of this message.

The parliamentary inquiry into ‘Fairness in Franchising’ recommended an overhaul of the industry's regulatory framework, stating that it had “manifestly failed to deter systemic poor conduct and exploitative behaviour”. It said the existing rules had “entrenched the power imbalance” favouring franchisors.

However the report also acknowledged there are good franchise systems that “operate to the mutual benefit of the franchisor and their franchisees”.

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Topics: Buying a business, Franchises, Video, business advice, buying a franchise, vendor due diligence

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

 
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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