Monthly Archives: May 2012
Good reference guide for SBA financing
Zion’s bank is the #1 SBA lender in Utah for over 17 years. They have a resource center to help you get your loan application completed correctly.
The following link is helpful in determining which type of loan you should apply for:
Satisfied Customer Comments
See the following site for information about Business Sales Group and the most recent satisfied customer comments: http://www.manta.com/c/mxfx9rq/business-sales-group
The 20 Step Buying Process
The 20 Step Buying Process
1. Commitment Your commitment to purchase a business at price and terms consistent with the marketplace.
2. Disclosure You sign an agreement promising to maintain confidentiality for all the information provided to you on the business we discuss.
3. Background Information You provide us with information about yourself, such as a resume and a financial statement. The more we know about you, the more likely we can find a business you will like and the possibility for better terms greatly increases by providing the same information to Seller.
4. Review You and your Business Sales Group associate discuss and review various types of businesses and select some that appeal to you.
5. Showing Your Business Sales Group associate shows you the businesses you are interested in and issues the important factors of each.
6. Meeting Probably a meeting among you, the Seller and the Business Sales Group associate. This gives you a chance to ask detailed questions you may have about the business, and to better describe your qualifications to the Seller.
7. Offer to Purchase You write, with our assistance, an offer for the business you’ve chosen. Your offer will be a “contingent offer” meaning it is non-binding until the Seller has met all your conditions. Typically, you deposit earnest money at this time to demonstrate your seriousness to the Seller.
8. Present Offer We present your offer to the Seller.
9. Background We give to the Seller the Buyer’s background and financial information, Buyer’s experience and point of view in arriving at the offer price, terms and conditions. Favorable background information about the Buyer results in favorable consideration of the Buyer’s offer.
10. Explanation We carefully explain the terms and conditions of the offer to the Seller.
11. Acceptance The Seller accepts the offer as it is written or makes a counter offer.
12. Mutual Acceptance When Buyer and Seller agree to all terms and conditions of the sale, the offer becomes a Purchase and Sale Agreement.
13. Inspection Buyer Meets with Seller at Business Sales Group to examine the financial records of the business. Any questions are resolved here.
14. Contingency Removal Buyers remove all contingencies of the agreement.
15. Lease Assignment We work with the landlord to get an assignment of the current lease, or negotiate a new lease for the Buyer.
16. Open Escrow We provide all necessary documents to the transferring agent so they can prepare the closing papers.
17. Lien Search In most states the escrow attorney performs a lien search on the business to identify any secured creditors.
18. Inventory Arrangements are made for the Buyer and the Seller to count and price the inventory (if required).
19. Closing All parties meet to sign documents.
20. Transitional Training In order to insure a smooth and successful transition of ownership, it is customary that Seller continues to work with new Owner for a period of time following the closing date. This period varies depending upon the size and complexity of the business.
Venture Capital Partners
Business Sales Group in Murray, Utah now offers venture capital funds to companies looking to grow their business. This is exciting news to business owners who have been turned down by the bank. Many business owners are not yet ready to sell their business but need capital to take their sales to the next level. Business Sales Group has partnered with various venture capital groups to provide the owners the capital they need to get where they want to be.
How to Sell Your Business for Top Dollar
How to Sell Your Business For Top Dollar
By Rick J. Krebs
You’ve reached the point where you’re considering selling your business. How do you get the maximum value from this asset into which you’ve poured your heart and soul?
Ideally, you have a year or so to get your business ready to sell. If you’re thinking sooner than that, don’t despair! You may be fine. Rate your business against these tips to know if you’re ready. If not, get to work quickly to align your business with these seven tips.
#1 – Think turn-key operation.
Could you hand the “keys” to your business over to someone without the business skipping a beat? Look critically at your operation. If the business practically runs itself, you’re ready to sell and get top dollar. It it’s not, you can still sell, but you will get less money. If not, identify what needs to be done to get there. You can make the necessary changes while you are selling your business. Having a solid management team in place is paramount to getting the most profit for the sale of your business.
#2 – Develop a succession plan.
This is closely related to Tip #1, but at the highest level. Who is in charge when you’re not there? Do they have the skills to do your job permanently? If not, identify what it will take to get them to that point or find someone, inside or outside the company, who can be trained to take over.
#3 – Refine your customer base.
Is your customer base growing? That assures your buyer that revenues are likely to keep increasing.
What portion of your business is from repeat customers? If you have a lot of repeat customers, your buyer knows that revenue is stable.
Finally, what portion of sales comes from your top customer? The more diverse your customer base is the less risk your buyer will see in your business. A key factor buyers look it is what is your customer mix like? Do a few, key customers comprise a large percentage of sales? Diversity of customer and supplier base is attractive to buyers. If you have a few, large customers or suppliers, go get some more to add to the mix. The reason for this is the loss of a single customer can be devastating to a business, thus putting downward pressure on selling price.
#4 – Maximize your operating profit.
Operating profit is what’s left over after you subtract all your costs, except interest expense and income taxes on your business, from your sales. This is sometimes referred to as EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) or EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).
Ultimately, your buyer is likely to base his or her price on your operating profit. Take a note from public company executives and think shorter-term. Your horizon is whenever you plan to bring the business to market. Your decisions should maximize your operating profit by that time. I know, this is the OPPOSITE of what you want to do as a business owner, but it is what you NEED to do!
#5 – Clean up your Balance Sheet.
Ideally, when you bring your business to market, there is no long-term debt. This assures buyers that your business has sufficient cash flow to pay off debt and/or fund projects without it. It also gives you more flexibility in structuring a deal with your buyer. Meeting with a good business broker before you start to market your business is a good idea. He/she can help identify items that need to be cleaned up and what areas need work. While you are at it, clean up the Income Statement as well.
#6 – Invest in good financials.
Most buyers, especially sophisticated ones, will prefer to see financials that have been prepared by a CPA. There are three levels of financials:
- Compilation – a CPA prepares your financials with information you provide.
- Review – a CPA prepares your financials after investigating your internal procedures.
- Audit – a CPA prepares your financials after significant internal and external checks.
An audit will provide your buyer with the highest level of assurance. It is also the most expensive. So it may not be worth your investment, depending on the size of your business. Talk with your CPA to determine what’s best for you.
I would recommend getting at least a compilation. This will cost you some money, but it will payoff in the long run. It helps put the seller at ease about the financial information they are getting. It also shows your seriousness about your books and records.
#7 – Invest in taxes.
This goes against the grain for a lot of business owners. For years, you’ve done everything you legally could to minimize your taxes. Now you’re supposed to “invest” in them?
The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” You may be taking out some perks that you know aren’t necessary for your business. But do you expect a buyer to believe that? Would you? Show a higher income and pay more taxes. It’s highly likely you’ll make it up in what a buyer will pay for your business.
Make sure you identify any and all expenses that are discretionary. These usually are: cell phone bills, auto, meals, travel, etc. These are valid expenses for a business owner, but the new owner may or may not choose to incur.
Rick J. Krebs is the co-founder of the Business Sales Group located in Murray, Utah, serving all of Utah. He founded and spearheaded the successful growth and operation of Liberty Mortgage and United Mortgage. As a CPA, he worked in public accounting for 3 years in Nevada and Utah. Has a Master of Science Degree in Accounting and Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Utah State University.