When is a good time to sell or exit a business? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Jan-2022 06:00:00

Seeking to exit a business just a few weeks or months after making the decision to do so, is not the best way to optimise value in a business sale.

As I explain in this video, it’s much wiser to incorporate exit and succession plans into your ongoing business planning and prepare for a sale over a period of several years.

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Topics: Selling your business, Exiting your business, Video, Succession planning, selling a business, business succession

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 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, Business transfer, Exiting your business, selling a business

Mapping a path to a multi-million-dollar sale [client case study]

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

We recently helped facilitate the sale of a client’s business for twice its assessed value – a value we had independently appraised!

The valuation was based on the business’ sales performance, its recent past earnings, our assessment of the repeatability of those earnings given internal and external business health factors, and the assignment of a multiple of earnings.

So, how did the business owner achieve a sale price that so far outstripped our initial valuation?

The short answer is that he had an open mind and was willing to work with us to explore all options for exit.

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Topics: Selling your business, Case study, Exiting your business, strategic value, Business valuation, Business selling, client case studies, succession, business sale, exit strategy

How a valuation can be used to add value to a business [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-Apr-2020 02:00:00

Business owners often seek a business valuation after being prompted to do so by a 'significant event’, for example:

  • a family break-up
  • retirement
  • need for business restructuring
  • bank lending requirement
  • purchase offer
  • bringing in a new shareholder or partner, and so on.

In this video I explain how valuation can actually be used as an ongoing management tool, adding value while you’re running the business and also potentially boosting value on exit.

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Topics: Business Value, Valuations, Exiting your business, Video, Business valuation, growth strategies

What is goodwill and do business buyers still pay for it?

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

Goodwill is an intangible value associated with a business.

As we have explained in other eBooks and blogs, stock, plant and equipment, and other fixed assets, are tangible items that can be relatively easily valued on a market.

Goodwill is intangible; essentially it is the risk premium around how and what business maintainable earnings (BME) will be delivered into the future if the business is acquired by someone else and run in basically the same way.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Selling your business, BME, Due diligence, Exiting your business, strategic value, selling a business, Business maintainable earnings, goodwill

Working Capital Checklist: drive cash flow today and boost value on exit

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

As a business owner or manager, there are a number of 'levers' you need to control to successfully manage working capital and drive a successful, cash-generating business.

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Topics: Selling your business, Cash flow, Working capital, Due diligence, Exiting your business, Checklist, selling a business

What happens after you sell your business? [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Apr-2019 02:00:00

After the process of finding a buyer and selling your business, there is a good chance you’ll still need to turn up to work for a period of time.

Conditions of a sales agreement often include requirements for continuation of service for a transitional period. This involves working alongside the new owner for a set period to share information and knowledge of the business.

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Topics: Selling your business, Exiting your business, selling a business, cartoon

When is a good time to sell or exit your business? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 20-Feb-2019 02:00:00

 

Seeking to exit a business just a few weeks or months after making the decision to do so, is not the best way to optimise value in a business sale.

As I explain in this video, it’s much wiser to incorporate exit and succession plans into your ongoing business planning and prepare for a sale over a period of several years.

Continue reading...

Topics: Selling your business, Exiting your business, Video, selling a business, business succession

How to use our Strategic Value Checklist to build your business value

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

The JPAbusiness Strategic Value Checklist has been created to help you drive positive strategic value in your business.

Don't wait until it's time to sell or exit to work on the business characteristics listed in the checklist. While strategic value drivers are not always quantifiable (as we discussed in our free eBook Strategic Value in a Business Sale) they’re not fairy dust either. They can’t be created with a magic wand overnight!

Strategic value drivers result from real actions you can take to enhance year-by-year earnings in your business, and also potentially assist you to capture extra value on exit of your business.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Valuations, Exiting your business, Checklist

 
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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