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

Pros and cons of seller earnouts

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Jun-2018 02:00:00

I recently read a blog post about the pros and cons of seller earnouts, which I believe is worth sharing.

The blog post was written by M&A specialist Dave Kauppi from MidMarket Capital, Inc, which is based in Chicago, USA. (You can click here to read Dave’s post.)

It’s a useful article if you’re considering buying or selling a business and you want to explore measures to manage the risks of transfer and protect the value of the business, including delayed or ‘at risk’ payment of part of the purchase price consideration, such as an earnouts.

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Topics: Selling your business, Capital gains tax, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, seller earnouts

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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