Use our scenario planning guide to help your business survive the shutdown

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

As business owners and managers trying to operate in these extraordinary and uncharted times, my advice is to hope for the best and plan for the worst.

Because we don’t know when things will turn around and there’s so much uncertainty, it’s easy to say it’s all too hard to do meaningful business planning. I beg to disagree!

Now is just the time to do some straight-forward scenario planning, along with risk assessments and identifying critical strategic and operational priorities.

In this blog we’re sharing a series of questions and suggested actions to help guide you through that process.

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Topics: Business Planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, cash flow management, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

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 advisor, business management, growth strategies, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta

COVID-19 business survival guide – practical tips for you and your business

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

The experts tell us it could be 12–18 months before a vaccine for COVID-19 is found and made universally available.

So, while we can hope for a lesser period, we probably need to plan for uncertainty to continue over this time frame. And remember, the vaccine will only deal with the health and wellbeing aspects of the crisis. What about the lingering economic and social impacts of a world and global economy shifting down? What about the impact on your business? What should you be prioritising today?

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Topics: Business Planning, business advice, Business advisor, James Price, strategic planning, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus

Parramatta new home base for JPAbusiness

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Mar-2020 02:00:00

Last year we told you about our move to Parramatta in Western Sydney. Well, it’s been just over 12 months and we’re loving it!

It’s now time for us to consolidate our physical footprint within one office, which will be the Parramatta office. As a result, we have closed our Orange office, but our corporate address and roots remain firmly in the central west, at Blayney, NSW.

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Topics: business advice, selling a business, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, running a business, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta

How your inventory management impacts business sale price [case study]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 11-Mar-2020 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, Inventory, selling a business, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW, cash flow management

15 strategies to reduce employee fraud risk

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 11-Mar-2020 02:00:00

Small businesses (under 100 employees) lose almost twice as much to occupational fraud – per case – as large businesses. [Source: ACFE Report to the Nations: 2018 Global study on occupational fraud and abuse]

And according to the PWC Global Economic Crime Survey 2016, seven out of 10 organisations believe the biggest driver of internal economic crime is opportunity.

What you can do

While business owners can’t do much about a fraudster’s personal drivers, we can definitely limit opportunities to commit employee crimes and create a work environment that actively discourages fraud.

Listed below are 15 strategies to minimise the risk of employee fraud occurring in your business.

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Topics: Free download, staff management, Checklist, Employee fraud, business advice, eBook, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Why you need a valuation before starting the business sale process

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Dec-2019 02:00:00

When selling a business, it’s important to think carefullybefore taking it to market – about your reasons and objectives for selling.

Once you’ve established your objective, write it down and/or discuss it explicitly with your business partner, spouse and/or advisor.

You then need to obtain a professional valuation to determine whether a sale could meet that objective.

For example, sometimes we see business owners wanting a certain amount for their business and that amount is not necessarily determined by what the market would likely pay for the business, but rather it’s determined by the amount of outstanding loans the business owner has with the bank.

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Topics: Selling your business, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW

Do I have to pay GST when I buy or sell a business?

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

When working with clients who are either buying or selling businesses, we’re often asked: ‘Will I have to pay GST?’

The short answer, according to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), is:

No GST is payable on the sale of a going concern if certain conditions are met. (A ‘going concern’ is a business that is operating and making a profit.) However, as the seller, you may be able to claim input tax credits for GST you paid on expenses relating to the sale.

Of course, it’s never as simple as one paragraph when it comes to tax, so we’ve asked our business analyst Shirley Jin, who is also a CPA, to clarify those ‘certain conditions’ mentioned, and when you can and can’t claim input tax credits for GST paid on sale expenses.

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Topics: business advice, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange NSW, taxation, GST

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, Selling your business, Advice, Business transfer, BME, Due diligence, Exiting your business, Business maintainable earnings, James Price, JPAbusiness, goodwill, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What are some 'rules of thumb' for valuing businesses? [Video}

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Aug-2019 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!) 

In this week's video I provide a practical example which illustrates why relying on rules of thumb is too simplistic when valuing complex businesses.

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Topics: Business Value, Video, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Orange 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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