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

How to use the Business Transfer Checklist [Free template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Jan-2022 13:37:44

There are many important issues a vendor needs to deal with in the transfer process leading up to a business sale settlement.

The last thing anyone wants is a handover whereby business performance is negatively impacted by transfer issues not planned out ahead of time and dealt with appropriately. These issues may include:

  • staff entitlements and employment contracts
  • managing key customer and supplier relationships and communication
  • transfer of registrations and insurances on P&E
  • work in progress
  • final stocktake
  • premises lease transfer.
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Topics: Buying a business, Selling your business, Business transfer, Checklist, selling a business, business buying, Business selling

Don't pay the price of poor inventory control when selling a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 15-Sep-2021 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, Cash flow, Case study, Inventory, selling a business, client case studies, cash flow management

How to achieve a successful business sale or purchase

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-Sep-2021 02:00:00

Based on our years of business transaction experience – and successfully making a match between many buyers and sellers – answering ‘yes’ to the following questions is critical to setting 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? Have these facts been collated and presented in a professional Information Memorandum/Business Profile?

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Topics: Buying a business, Business transfer, selling a business, transaction advice, selling my business, business sale advice

How to do 'vendor due diligence' when selling a business [checklist]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Jul-2021 02:00:00

When business owners come to see us, wanting to sell their business, we often get involved in providing what we term ‘vendor due diligence’.

When conducting vendor due diligence for clients, our role is basically to ‘pretend’ we are the buyer.

We look at a range of business health factors including:

  • financial performance
  • business performance
  • staff and organisational aspects
  • contracts, systems and suppliers
  • how the business creates and drives value in terms of its point of difference in the market
  • forward order book i.e. the pipeline, to understand the true nature of the business as a going concern
  • how exposed the business might be to individuals or particular customers or suppliers.
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Topics: Selling your business, Template, Checklist, selling a business, Business selling, vendor due diligence, business sale

How to avoid losing customers when buying a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Jul-2021 02:00:00

There are a number of risks when buying a business and one of them relates to key customers taking flight in the early stage of the transfer.

In doing your due diligence it’s wise to look at customer concentration risk. Where you have a significant concentration of one or two customers, in particular, you should try and protect against that risk.

Here’s an example of how purchasers can use a ‘hard’ provision to protect against this risk in the final contract:

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Topics: Customers and Clients, Buying a business, Customers, selling a business, risk management, business sale

Do I need a valuation before selling a business? [case study]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 30-Jun-2021 02:00:00

The simple answer is ‘no’, you don’t need a valuation to sell a business.

However, in terms of engaging JPAbusiness to sell your business, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, you do need to get a valuation before you embark on a sale process.

The reason for that is part of our point of difference among business brokers. It’s based on a lesson learned early in the life of JPAbusiness, and backed by years of subsequent experience. 

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Topics: Business Value, Case study, selling a business, Business valuation, client case studies, transaction advice, selling my business

Do I have to pay GST when buying or selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Jun-2021 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: Buying a business, selling a business, taxation, GST, tax advice, goods and services tax

10 pieces of info to share when selling a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Jun-2021 02:00:00

When selling a business, you need to provide solid, robust and transparent information to support the performance of the business if you want to attract a confident purchaser who is willing to bid up strongly.

The more clearly you can describe your value proposition and present supporting information in the business sale process, the more chance you have of driving business value. Remember, for a business person, information can reduce risk and, therefore, increase confidence.

The following infographic is a simple guide to 10 key pieces of information you need to share when selling your business. 

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Topics: Selling your business, infographic, selling a business, business seller, business sale advice

5 tools to help business sellers 'seal the deal' [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 28-Apr-2021 02:00:00

Getting a business sale transaction 'over the line' is not about tips and tricks.

Instead it's about efficiently managing the information flow through the detailed due diligence process to ensure:

  • all parties are well informed,
  • the negotiating process progresses smoothly, and
  • everyone can feel comfortable with the end result.

A good advisor or broker will successfully manage that interface for you.

The cheat sheet below introduces some of the tools the JPAbusiness team uses to manage information flows during the detailed due diligence process and, ultimately, seal the deal.

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Topics: Selling your business, Due diligence, cheat sheet, selling a business, business sale, business seller

 
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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