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

5 tools to help seal the deal when selling a business [cheat sheet]

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

Over the past few years we’ve produced a number of resources to help our readers and clients navigate the business sale journey.

For the record, Step 1 of selling is always the same: Ask yourself ‘what is my objective in selling?’ Why you are selling needs to be very clear in your mind, and the minds of your spouse, shareholders, business partners and so on, in order to set yourself up for a successful sale.

At the other end of the selling process is ‘sealing the deal’ and this is not without its challenges. The cheat sheet below introduces some of the tools we use 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, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

What info should I share when selling? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Feb-2019 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, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor

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.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Exiting your business, Video, business advice, selling a business, Business advisor, Parramatta, Orange NSW

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, Advice, Valuations, Exiting your business, Checklist, Business advisor

How to sort genuine buyers from tyre kickers when selling a business

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

When selling your business, it’s important that you value the information you have put together on the business and don’t just share it with anyone.

I would advise working with a broker or advisor who is sensitive about how they share your information and who actively uses a prequalification process in dealing with potential purchasers.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, selling a business, Business advisor, prequalifying buyers

Do business buyers still pay for goodwill?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Dec-2018 02:00:00

Goodwill is an intangible value associated with a business and is based on the business' potential to provide a future flow of earnings beyond the current owner. 

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, Due diligence, Exiting your business, goodwill

How long does it take to sell a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 14-Nov-2018 02:00:00

This is always the million-dollar question when clients come to us seeking help to exit their businesses.

I typically indicate to clients that they need to expect a business sale process to take at least six to 12 months.

The fastest we have sold a business from start to finish is actually six weeks. However, we regard that as a record that will probably never be broken, because it was a unique situation where, strategically, the ‘stars aligned’ between the buyer and the seller.

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Topics: Selling your business, business advice, selling a business

How to avoid real estate traps when buying a business [cartoon]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

Businesses – particularly family businesses – often use real estate assets as part of their wealth generation strategy.

This may lead to situations where the business and real estate assets are interdependent, creating complexities when it comes time to exit and establish a fair market valuation.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Selling your business, Advice, Valuations, Family business, Starting a business, cartoon

How to transfer business ownership [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Oct-2018 02:00:00

There are many issues vendors need to deal with in the lead-up to a business sale settlement, from staff contracts and entitlements, right through to P&E roadworthiness certificates.

When selling – or buying – a business, the last thing you want is a handover in which business performance is negatively impacted by transfer issues not planned out ahead of time and dealt with appropriately.

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Topics: Buying a business, Selling your business, Advice, Business transfer, cheat sheet, selling a business

 
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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