The Sale of a Business May Actually Excite Employees

Many sellers worry that employees might “hit the panic button” when they learn that a business is up for sale. Yet, in a recent article from mergers and acquisitions specialist Barbara Taylor entitled, “Selling Your Business? 3 Reasons Why Your Employees Will Be Thrilled,” Taylor brings up some thought-provoking points on why employees might actually be glad to hear this news. Let's take a closer look at the three reasons that Taylor believes employees might actually be pretty excited by the prospect of a sale. Taylor is 100% correct in her assertion that employees may indeed get nervous when they hear that a business is up for sale. She recounts her own experience selling a business in which she was concerned that her employees might “pack up their bags and leave once we (the owners) had permanently left the building.” As it turns out, this wasn't the case, as the employees did in fact stay on after the sale. Interestingly, Taylor points to something of a paradox. While … [Read more...]

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A recent article from Divestopedia entitled “7 Fundamentals to Due Diligence You Need to Know” explains the due diligence process and what it means regarding sellers and buyers and their roles in the process. Whether a company is being sold or it is merging with another company, it is standard practice to go through the due diligence process. Therefore, they should be aware of all the factors involved with the due diligence process. The fundamentals of due diligence can be broken into 7 categories: Historic and Projected Financial Information Technology Developments and Intellectual Property Customers and Revenue Streams Contract Agreements and Insurance Key Staff and Management Legal and Compliance Tax Issues In each of these 7 critical areas, the buyer and the seller each have to do their part in order to see the deal make it to the finish line. The seller has to be open and honest with the attorneys, their advisory team and the potential buyer; and the buyer has to be thorough in … [Read more...]

A Look at Divestopedia’s Article, “The Myth of Fair Business Valuation”

In Divestopedia's article, “The Myth of Fair Business Valuation: What Professional Valuations Don't Tell You,” author Chak Reddy is quick to point out that the “type of buyer and method of sale are two important (yet often overlooked) value determinants when finding a starting price for your business.” Reddy brings up some excellent points. One notion in particular that every business owner should be aware of is that there is “NO fair value for illiquid assets.” He points to the fact that between January 2007 and March 2008, the historic Bear Stearns went from a value of $20 billion dollars to just $238 million. In a mere 14 months, Bear Stearns lost most of its value. Additionally, the article points to the fact that business owners often suffer enormously from “dramatic valuation compression.” In Reddy's view, this compression is the direct result of poor planning and a failure on the part of business owners to select the right advisory teams. Reddy believes that professional … [Read more...]

5 Big Questions to Consider when Financing a Business Sale

In what capacity should the process of buying a business be organized? This is a point that you'll need to address right off the bat in the deal procedure. For a great many people, buying or selling a business is among the most, if not the most, critical business choice that they will ever make. Hence, it is essential not to hold up until the last moment to structure the deal selling the business. We should direct our concentration toward the most important inquiries from the business broker that you have to answer when entering the business procedure.   What is My Lowest Price? The principal question you ought to ask yourself is, "What is the least cost I'm willing to take?" If an offer is made to sell the business, the exact opposite thing you need is to lounge around in choosing a given offer at a given price. You should be prepared to grab the opportunity if the correct offer is made.   What are the Tax Implications? Secondly, you'll need to … [Read more...]

Obtaining a Fair Market Value for Your Business

Divestopedia reported a quite perceptive article, “Letting the Market Bridge the Valuation Gap.” In this October 2018 article, Dave Kauppi runs in and investigates how fair market value can be utilized as a tool for owners of the business to “Bridge the gap between the valuation they feel they deserve and that which they’re likely to receive.” Without a doubt, it stimulates a deal to be happened. Let’s explore some of the key facts you need to keep in mind in Kauppi’s instructive article. Understanding the Reality of Selling a Business In fact, it is hard to sell a business on the first attempt in reality. The article calls attention to that only 10% of businesses that are available to be purchased are really sold three years; this is deniable fact. Hardly any certainties, assuming any, help underscore the estimation of working with business brokers more than this point. Selling a business can be troublesome under even the best of conditions. The procedure is perplexing, and … [Read more...]

Determining Your Company’s Undocumented Value

Business appraisals are not one-dimensional. In fact, a good business appraisal is one that factors in a wide range of variables in order to achieve an accurate result. Indisputable records ranging from comparables and projections to EBITDA multiples, discount rates and a good deal more are all factored in. It is important to remember that while an appraiser may feel that he or she has all the information necessary, it is still possible they have overlooked key information. Business appraisers must understand the purpose of their appraisal before beginning the process. All too often appraisers are unaware of important additional factors and considerations that could enhance or even devalue a business's worth. There Can Be Unwritten Value Value isn't always “black and white.” Instead, many factors can determine value. Prospective buyers may be looking at variables, such as profitability, depth of management and market share, but there can be more that determines value. Here are … [Read more...]

Considering All of Your Business Real Estate Options

In a recent December 2018 article in Divestopedia entitled, “Options for Business Real Estate When Selling a Company,” the topic of business real estate was explored at length. One of the key points of the article was that understanding one's business real estate options would ultimately help in achieving “the goals desired in a transaction.” The article is correct to point out that many, or even arguably most, business owners simply don't know what real estate options are available to them when it comes time to sell the company. In particular, there are two big options: Sell everything including the real estate. Hold onto the real estate for the rental income. In the Divestopedia article, the authors correctly point out that if you, as the business owner, personally own the real estate in a separate entity, then you are good to go. You should have a “clear path to valuation.” However, if your company owns the real estate, then things get a little more complicated. If this is … [Read more...]

Four Significant Issues You Need to Consider When Selling Your Business

The way toward selling a business can be extremely perplexing. Regardless of whether you sell a business in the past or are selling a business for the absolute first time, it is basic that you work with a professional business broker. A professional business broker can enable you to explore through what can be some entirely unpleasant waters. We should investigate four issues any seller needs to remember why selling a business.   Number One – Overreaching On the off chance that you are at the same time the organizer, owner and administrator of a business, at that point there is a decent possibility that you are engaged with each and every decision. Furthermore, that can be a critical error. Owners regularly need to be associated with each part of selling the business, however taking care of selling your business while working can prompt issues or considerably catastrophe. Most importantly you can't deal with everything. You'll have to appoint the everyday task of your … [Read more...]

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A recent article from Divestopedia entitled “When is the Best Time to Sell My Business” explains that a business owner who is looking to sell should begin preparing for the sale three years before they plan to list their business on the market. The state of the market matters when listing your business, but what you can't control this as a business owner. What you can control, however, is the state of your financial records, whether the business has any litigation outstanding, and the overall appearance and wellbeing of the business. In order to sell your business at the highest value possible, there are certain things that need to be taken care of before listing. By giving yourself about three years (the number of years of clean, verifiable financial statements you should have) to prepare your business for sale, you are giving yourself and your business the best chance on the market. Click here to read the full article. A recent article from Inc.com entitled “Small-Business … [Read more...]

What Sellers Don’t Expect When Selling Their Companies

In the notorious "flawless world," entrepreneurs would design three to five years ahead to sell their organizations. However, as one industry master has proposed, business owners seldom plan to sell a business; rather, selling is "occasion driven." Partner question, separate, wear out, well-being, and new challenge are instances of occasions that can compel the selling a business. Merchants frequently find, after they have chosen to sell a business, that the sudden occurs and they are "sucker punched" and found napping. Here are a couple of the startling occasions that can happen.   The Substantial Time Commitment Dealers find that the time important to consent to the solicitations of the business broker, as well as the potential purchasers can remove profitable time from the real running of the business. The data necessary to combine the offering memorandum takes effort to collect. Numerous venders are unconscious of the measure of their time important to accumulate … [Read more...]