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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Some Key Factors in Pricing a Business

The following questions are useful to understand a business and thereby price that business more prudently:
  • What's for sale? What's not for sale? Does it include real estate? Are some of the machines leased instead of owned?
  • What assets are not earning money? Perhaps these assets should be sold off.
  • What is proprietary? Consider trademarks, copyrights, patents, software, etc?
  • What is the competitive advantage? Does the business have a certain niche, superior marketing, desirable location?
  • What is the barrier of entry? Is it capital, low labor, tight relationships?
  • What about employment agreements/non-competes? Has the seller failed to secure these agreements from key employees?
  • How does one grow the business? Maybe it can't be grown.
  • How much working capital does one need to run the business?
  • What is the depth of management and how dependent is the business on the owner/manager?
  • How is the financial reporting undertaken and recorded, and how does management adjust the business accordingly?
These are important questions for sellers and their advisors to consider when setting the price of a business for sale. A qualified business broker is an indispensable took to help answer these questions and determine a most probable selling price for the business in its marketplace.

Friday, August 31, 2012

What's Behind the Numbers

Have you had a recent decline in sales and/or profit in your business? It's so important to know what the full story is behind the numbers. An economic slump, a dying industry, and new competition can all play a role in decreased sales. Sometimes, there may also be a postiive story behind the scenes.

Maybe you've been really burned out and hired additional employees to help carry the load. Perhaps the street was torn up for a period of time. A bit of investiation might uncover a legitimate reason for a decline in sales and/or profits. This would be important information in regards to selling the business and also an area that a professional broker can help uncover.

courtesy of Business Brokerage Press

Friday, August 17, 2012

Check out Fox Small Business Center's article on alternative lending options for entrepreneurs

There is much talk these days about the rise in alternative lending sources since the credit crunch really started to squeeze small businesses in late 2008... here is a great explanation of four of those alternatives...

Four Alternative Lending Options for Entrepreneurs
Published August 14, 2012

When the credit crunch began in late 2008, traditional banks tightened the spigots on funding for small businesses. When the big banks said no, small banks and non-bank lenders increasingly said yes. While big banks reject loan applications almost nine out of ten times, and smaller banks approved less than half of small business funding requests, alternative lenders filled the void.

According to Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index (figures for the July 2012), big banks (institutions with more than $10 billion in assets) approved 11.3% of small business loan requests, while smaller banks gave the green light to 47.4%. Meanwhile, non-bank lenders picked up the slack. Credit unions approved 54.6% of requests, while alternative lenders, such as Cash Advance Network (CAN) and accounts receivable financers, okayed 61.4% of requests for funding from small companies.

So who are the alternative lenders? They are comprised of non-banks, such as credit unions, CDFIs, micro lenders and accounts receivable financers.

To read a full explanation of each alternative lender... click here to read the full article.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Costco's Small Business Article on Closing the Deal hits it out of the ballpark!

The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the August 2012 publication of The Costco Connection. This article on selling a business, in our estimation, hits a home run... with bases loaded!

Closing the deal

Eight essential steps for selling your business

By Harvey Meyer
The Costco Connection
August 2012; p22-23

When Tom Schraminski was selling his small healthcare firm, he joshed that he required "intensive psychotherapy" to cope with the aftershocks. Such was the roller coaster of emotions he confronted during and after what is often a life-changing event.

It can be very traumatic," says the Costco member, who now is a vice president for American HealthCare Capital, a Marina del Rey, California-based national mergers and acquisitions firm. It's not unusual for small business owners to encounter emotional swings when putting their "baby" up for sale. After all, many have poured their heart, soul, sweat, tears and identity into their enterprises.

Many small proprietors are skilled at operating their companies, but they're ill prepared for all that happens when it comes time to sell.

To read more of Costco's very insightful article and the eight steps for selling your business... click here. As seasoned brokers, we can tell you they are right on the money.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sell Now or Later?

By Ralana D Abraham, Business Broker
Sunbelt Business Advisors of Indiana

If you are considering holding off on selling your business you may want to reconsider.

Recently I have read several great articles and sat in on presentations expounding on tax implications, regulatory implications and the availability of buyers… and am convinced that now more than ever sellers need to realize what the current economic and political environment really means for them and their future… and why selling now truly is a better option.

There are several very good reasons to sell now… among them the looming tax changes for higher income tax-payers, increased regulation for small businesses making the costs of doing business higher, and the increased incentive for buyers to buy in this market.

To read the full article and learn more about the reasons to sell now... click here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Check out the Top Ten Franchises to Buy...

Check out this great article by outlining the top ten best franchises to buy... it also has a great link to an article with a spreadsheet showing SBA default rates for various franchises... very informative.

2012's Best 10 Franchises to Buy, Least Loan Defaults

Saturday, 2012/06/16

Knowing a franchise's bottom line and the ability to get a return on investment is the holy grail for a franchise investor. That's no easy feat. What Blue MauMau has been able to do is to find chains that franchisees are healthy enough with their earnings to at least pay back their loans more than other brands. So here are the ten best franchise brands in which franchisees have enough staying-power to pay back their lender.

If you are interested in purchasing a franchise, this is a must read.... click here to read the full article.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Top Four Factors in Closing a Deal

  1. The assurance of a prompt closing - Deals that are allowed to drag are more at risk of falling through. Sellers, buyers, and the related professionals should all be motivated to keep the process moving. This does not mean glossing over issues and concerns in order to close the sale, but dealing with each step of the process in a timely manner. A professional business intermediary can be a big help in keeping the momentum of a sale moving forward.
  2. How the deal is structured - This includes such things as cash, stock, contingencies, earn-outs, representations and warranties, etc.
  3. Full price and/or the considerations
  4. Legal and/or governmental issues - Obviously, the presence of such issues can be a hindrance to the successful closing of a deal. A business owner will want to address these issues before placing a business on the market.