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Free Seminar (Canberra) : Exit Planning and How to Prepare Your Business for Sale

RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sell-your-business-with-certainty-tickets-26672646604

Exit Planning and How to Prepare Your Business for Sale

Tuesday 13th of September from 6.30pm

 Weston Creek Labor Club

Arrive at 6.15pm for 6.30 start until 8.30 pm (refreshments on arrival and after the event).

Thinking of selling, exiting or retiring from your business? This practical seminar will show you what you need to consider before you make the big decision. Selling a business is never easy, but this session will help you minimise the uncertainty and provide you with all the tools to prepare your business for sale.

This seminar brings to you an expert team of Canberra Business Professionals who will provide you with vital, practical and actionable information to assist you getting your Business ready for sale now or in the future!

Our three experts will discuss:

  1. How to value & sell your business – Market buyer’s value process.
  2. Taxation Considerations - How to prepare your business for sale well before you put it on the market.
  3. Key 10 Tips for Selling or Buying a Business – The Business Sale Transaction Toolkit.

Presented by:

Zoran Sarabaca

Xcllusive Business Sales - http://www.xcllusive.com.au/

Principal of Xcllusive Business Sales / Most successful agency for selling $1m to $6m businesses / Author of ‘How to sell a small business’ / Winner 2014 Best Business Strategy Award.

Catherine Smith

Wholistic Finacial Solutions - http://www.wfscanberra.com.au

Principal of Wholistic Financial Solutions / A multidisciplinary financial advisory firm specialising in Tax, Accounting, Financial Planning, Mortgage Broking, Superannuation and Property Advice / Author of ‘Wholistic Wealth through Property’.

Uwe Boettcher

Boettcher Law – http://www.boettcherlaw.com.au

Principal of Boettcher Law / 37 years’ experience as a Commercial Lawyer specialising in Corporate legal advice, buying & selling businesses, Seed Funding for Start-Up Companies / Chairman of XTEK Limited, an ASX listed Company, Kord Defence Pty Ltd and Lava Blue Limited.

RSVP TODAY to Reserve your seat - Please book early as seating is limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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NSW Business Chamber Webinar

 

 

We recently had the opportunity to present a Live Webinar in Conjunction with the NSW Business Chamber.

In case you missed it you can listen in via the link here : Webinar – How to value and sell your business with certainty

 

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Free Seminar (Gosford) : Exit Planning and How to Prepare Your Business for Sale

RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sell-your-business-with-certainty-tickets-25467717629

We would like to invite you to a FREE seminar and networking event we are running in Gosford next month called:

Sell Your Business with Certainty!
Exit Planning and How to Prepare Your Business for Sale

The event will be held on Tuesday 28th of June from 6:30pm at the Central Coast Leagues Club. As someone who hears from us from time to time, this event could be of real interest and of tangible use to you.

If you are Thinking of selling, exiting or retiring from your business? This practical seminar will show you what you need to consider before you make the big decision. Selling a business is never easy, but this session will help you minimise the uncertainty and provide you with all the tools to prepare your business for sale.

This seminar brings to you an expert team of Central Coast Business Professionals who will provide you with vital, practical and actionable information to assist you getting your Business ready for sale now or in the future!

Our three experts will discuss:

1. How to value & sell your business – Market buyer’s value process.
2. Taxation Considerations – How to prepare your business for sale well before you put it on the market.
3. Key 10 Tips for Selling or Buying a Business – The Business Sale Transaction Toolkit

Presented by:

Zoran Sarabaca
Xcllusive Business Sales – http://www.xcllusive.com.au/

Principal of Xcllusive Business Sales / Most successful agency for selling $1m to $6m businesses / Author of ‘How to sell a small business’ / Winner 2014 Best Business Strategy Award.

Rod Evans
Trilogy Professional Group – http://www.trilogygroup.com.au/

Founder of Trilogy Professional Group / With a strong base of business and personal clients, Rod offers a wide range of accountancy services with a specialist focus on business strategy, wealth creation and property investment. Rod has extensive experience in all facets of Australian Taxation particularly in the business, superannuation and investments areas.

David Prior
Priority Business Lawyers – http://www.prioritylawyers.com.au/

Founder of Priority Businesss Lawyers / Author of ” Key 10 Tips for Selling or Buying a Business” / Over 30 years experience on the Central Coast / PBL provides a comprehensive legal service for business tailored to suit the various stages of operation,including structuring, franchising & IP, employment law and commercial litigation, business succession planning and everything in-between.

RSVP TODAY to Reserve your seat – Please book early as seating is limited.

Book your ticket by registering online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sell-your-business-with-certainty-tickets-25467717629

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The two steps to selling a business- SMH article

From the perspective of somebody who sells businesses every day, three little words are responsible for more businesses NOT selling than anything else: “It’s got potential”

Though buyers look for potential, they hardly ever pay for it. ‘Potential’ is a great thing, but it’s neither what buyers base their decisions on, nor something for which they’ll risk paying a premium….

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/finance/the-two-steps-to-selling-a-business-20141208-3m2hy.html#ixzz3LGwHpQy5

By Zoran Sarabaca
Principal of Xcllusive Business Sales Pty Ltd
Sell your business with Certainty

 

 

 

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Common aspects that create buyer risk, uncertainty, doubt and decrease your economic appeal when selling your business

If you’ve found this page and haven’t yet downloaded the ‘RUDE Booklet for selling your business for its true valuethen click here to download it first.  Otherwise, read on…

What follows are a list of common Risks, Uncertainties, Doubts and Economic Unappealing aspects of a business. These are far from a full and comprehensive list but they are an excellent starting point.

 

Common things that create Risk in a business, especially to an incoming business owner:

  • Small number of customers
  • Large percentage of turnover dependent on one or a small number of clients.
  • No or limited contracts with clients or suppliers
  • Very high reliance on a small number of key, ‘difficult to replace’ staff.
  • Highly reliant on one supplier.
  • High levels of un-reported income.
  • Aging or damaged equipment that may be difficult, expensive or impossible to fix.
  • Very high rent or unfavorable lease terms (especially if coupled with low profit margins)
  • High working capital requirements for the day to day operations of the business.

 

Common things that increase a potential buyer’s Uncertainty about the business’s future.

  • Limited time remaining on the lease
  • High level of knowledge needed to run the business
  • High reliance on the owner for day to day operations
  • Uncertain or changing industry
  • Changes in local or otherwise direct competition
  • Unpredictable or erratic changes in turnover year to year.
  • Very low barriers to entry into industry
  • Lack of proof for un-reported income (if any)
  • High levels of unpaid debt
  • Complex business with limited or know management or system documentation

 

Common things that cause a potential buyer to Doubt your reasons for selling or that they’re making the right decision.

  • Unclear reasons for selling
  • Lack of contracts for ongoing verbal agreements with clients or suppliers
  • No or limited supporting documents for financial reporting.
  • Owner has conflicting financial interests such as a similar business that may compete with or cannibalise sales of business on offer.
  • Important information not readily available to potential buyers.
  • Lack of implemented compliance across areas of the business.
  • Un-resolved legal issues.

 

Common things that decrease the Economic Appeal for potential buyers of your business.

  • Lack of business documentation and automation systems
  • Highly specialised knowledge needed to operate
  • Very high stock levels required to run the business
  • No offer of vendor finance or payment options
  • Lack of management structure causing a high reliance on the owner
  • Ageing equipment with high repair or ongoing maintenance costs
  • Lack of supporting financial documentation needed to acquire a business loan.
  • Sales price too high for target market (closer to sale decision)
  • Banks not lending for businesses in your industry
  • Very high working capital requirements for the day to day operations of the business.

Now this isn’t a full and comprehensive list by any standards, but it’s an excellent starting point. It should also give you a clearer idea of what types of issues can fit into each category of the RUDE system. If you need any further assistance please don’t hesitate to get in contact, furthermore, if you’ve made some progress on your RUDE booklet and would like some more assistance with selling your business, simply click here to enquire directly with us or give us a call on (02) 9817 3331.

I look forward to talking to you. Until then, good luck with your business sale!

PS. The RUDE system is from our DIY business sales book that we’ve recently launched. If you’re more of a DIY sort of person when if comes to selling your business, click here to find out more.

By Zoran Sarabaca
Principal
Xcllusive Business Sales PTY LTD
Sell your business with Certainty
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Why high stock levels are a problem when selling a business (and what to do about it)

If your business requires a lot of expensive stock to run you may have a problem to overcome when you sell. Even if this doesn’t describe your position, it’s an interesting issue that gives you an insight into the buyers’ market, so read on….

Why is high stock value a problem when selling a business?

It all stems from how businesses are actually priced. Businesses are priced on a multiple of usually between one and three times yearly profits. This range can vary greatly depending on where the market is and the risks involved in the business, but let’s say for argument’s sake that an average business will fetch three times profit on the market. This represents a problem for businesses with high stock levels.

To illustrate this problem, let’s use two similar examples.

This is Sam.

 Sam’s business returns a profit of $300,000 p/a after owner’s wages. He has good financial documents and a relatively safe income stream, so his business is valued on three times earnings.

Sam’s Business with $300,000 profit at three times earnings = $900,000 asking price.

 

This is Jennifer.

Jennifer’s business also returns $300k profit after owner’s wages. It’s also a safe business and has all financial documentation meaning that it is also valued on three times profits. The only difference between Sam and Jennifer’s business is that Jennifer’s business also has about $600,000 worth of stock that will need to be sold with the business.

Jennifer’s Business with $300,000 profit at three times earnings = $900,000 + $600,000 stock. Which means that Jennifer will need to ask for $1,500,000 asking price. 

But will she get it? Unfortunately not… and here’s why.

When a buyer is searching for a business, they will search for the greatest return on their investment. When faced with a choice between Sam’s business and Jennifer’s business this is what they’ll see:

You can see why Jennifer, with her high stock levels now has a problem. On the market, despite her business being almost identical, it is not going be nearly as attractive as Sam’s and it is very likely that she will struggle to find a buyer without significantly dropping her price.

Does this mean that stock has no value in a business sale?

Not exactly. Stock definitely has value, but on the business sales market, the substantial increase in initial investment means that it’s value can actually impede your business sale and make your business unattractive to the market.

So how could Jennifer solve this problem? There are three ways. She could:

  1. Reduce the investment by working down her stock levels to essential stock only. This will work for some businesses, however, if your business needs very high stock levels to run, then this first option isn’t an option at all. It also still means that the business will still need to go onto the market at a higher price than non stock-heavy businesses, so it may not quite solve the problem anyway.
  2. Sell the stock to the buyer on consignment. Jennifer could offer terms whereby an incoming vendor could buy the stock as they sell it on consignment. For the buyer, this would allow them to enter the business at a much lower initial investment cost, and for Jennifer it would allow her to sell her business with the stock at full price- only the stock values would take much longer to be returned.
  3. Offer vendor finance on the stock to remove her buyer’s concerns about high initial investment. This would allow the business to be marketed at as close to $900,000 as possible (it’s core value) and the stock be paid for in full ($600,000) over a set, negotiated period of time. Some discount to the business value may have to applied due to the cost of vendor finance if any. This may be preferable to consignment as it would remove the risk of stock not ever selling and it sets in place a timeframe for the return.

These three options, particularly the consignment and vendor finance options, would allow Jennifer’s business to compete on a level playing field with Sam’s or any other business on the market whilst still getting a full return on her stock value, or near enough to.

So, if you find yourself in Jennifer’s position, take heart- there are plenty of solutions to your problem (even if you didn’t know you had one). Speak to your solicitor about how to structure a consignment or vendor finance deal on your stock and advertise it as part of the business sale. And of course, if you need any advice or assistance on how to sell your business, please call us on (02) 9817 3331 or submit an enquiry by clicking here.

We look forward to hearing from you and good luck with your business sale!

By Zoran Sarabaca

Principal of Xcllusive Business Brokers
Sell your business with Certainty.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this blog is for information purposes only. It is not meant to be considered as business advice. The points of view expressed represent reactions to the current business market and it should be noted that the market may be subject to change in the future. Reader’s specific circumstances may be different and have not been taken into consideration. Always consult with your professional advisors for any business advice.

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Why you NEED to understand the buyer’s process if you want to sell your business: an insight into the buyer’s mind.

Understanding how business buyers make their final buying decision is absolutely core to developing a good strategy to get them over the line. Are they actually buying what you’re selling? You may be surprised with the answer…

As a business owner, you may have a very clear idea as to what you’re selling. On the surface you may be selling the fitout, the systems, the location, the lifestyle, the brand or any other number of things. Logically, you’re also of course selling the profits and the turnover. Under the surface you may also be unconsciously selling all your years of hard work building the business.

That’s a lot of stuff to sell in one package.

What a buyer in the current market is actually buying is much simpler…

So what are they buying? You might find yourself jumping straight to higher level concepts such as ‘independence’ or ‘lifestyle’. Though it’s true that those things may attract them during the early enquiry stages, they are not the things that convert an enquirer into the person who actually buys your business. The reason: the business research process. Due Diligence, by its very nature is a highly technical, highly involved research process that by its conclusion, has stripped away the more romantic drivers to purchase in a business buyer. This reduces what a buyer is buying into its simplest form:

A business buyer is buying your business’s future profits for which you can demonstrate that, under predictable circumstances, they can and will be sustained for the next 3 to 5 years.

That may sound like a bit of a dry distillation of the business buying mindset, but the reality is that this sentence contains the two main drivers to purchase:

  1. That you can adequately predict your future profit (by demonstrating your historical profits through financial documentation).
  2. That under foreseeable future scenarios, the business’s future profits are not under threat (by demonstrating how internally secure your business is and how stable your industry/market is)

Of course, things like the fit-out, the lifestyle, the location etc are extremely important, but you could have one of the most wildly attractive and profitable business in the country and not be able to get a single buyer across the line if you can’t demonstrate those two main drivers to purchase.

The point of this blog isn’t to scare you. Not at all. The point of this blog is to remind you to keep this stuff in mind. If you are thinking of selling down the line, always remember what the buyer is actually buying, and take steps to cater for that.

Whether you’re selling today or in three years, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start preparing your financial documentation:
    (if you’re a long time reader of this blog, you’re probably getting sick of hearing this) 
Financial documents are the basis for any due diligence that a buyer might conduct, and without a solid method of verifying your profits, turnover and financial situation, most serious buyers will simply walk away. To solve this, you could speak to a financial advisor to see what you need, but really; just put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. What would YOU need and want to see if you were making a substantial investment in a business.
  2. Do what you can to reduce or eliminate risks, doubts and uncertainties in your business.
    That’s easier said that done. SO, we’re going to give you a tool with which you can manage this process. It’s a free 12-page system designed to eliminate or offset the negative elements of your business that could cause a buyer to perceive a threat to your profits and stop them from proceeding with the sale. It could make you a LOT of money.

To get your copy of this booklet and to start working towards selling your business at its TRUE value, click the link below to download your FREE booklet.

Do those two things, and you’re on your way to selling your business for its true value.

Thank you for reading and good luck!

By Zoran Sarabaca

Principal of Xcllusive Business Sales
Sell your Business with Certainty

If you would like to speak to someone today about selling your business, or have any questions about your personal circumstances don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 9817 3331 or you can submit an enquiry by clicking here and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this blog is for information purposes only. It is not meant to be considered as business advice. The points of view expressed represent reactions to the current business market and it should be noted that the market may be subject to change in the future. Reader’s specific circumstances may be different and have not been taken into consideration. Always consult with your professional advisors for any business advice.

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Five ‘quick’ tips to boost your business’s value before you sell. (part 1)

One of the biggest concerns for a buyer is how the business will continue to function without you running it. Will it continue as it always has, or will all hell break loose and everything go wrong the second you’re out the door? These things REALLY matter to buyers and whatever you can do to alleviate this concern will absolutely work in your favour when you come to sell. You must become a master of risk management. What follows are five ‘quick’ tips that you can use to boost the value and saleability of your business.

(Ahem. ‘quick’ means quick to read, not necessarily quick to implement. Some of these require some work, but will be worth it to you in the long run)

1. Make yourself un-necessary.
(to attract WAY more buyers and charge more too)

If you left your business tomorrow, how long would it take for it to fall to the ground in a dramatic fiery heap? Trust me, that’s something that buyers have a massive concern about. If the success of the business is wholly tied to you being there, then when you’re not, it’s a perfectly reasonable concern to them that things may go wrong. Imagine you’re Fred Flintstone trying to sell his foot powered car.

The buyers would be worrying that the car might be too heavy to run, or impossible to break in or that turning will be a problem. This is because the car doesn’t run itself- Fred Flintstone runs the car (literally in this case). Without Fred behind the wheel, will the car run at all? This is what buyers are worried about. They’re quite happy to drive the car, but they want to know that the car will work without you. So when it comes to your business, that means implementing systems, training your existing staff to manager positions and if you need to, even hiring new staff. Build your business so that you don’t need to be there for every single day. Change your business…

 …from this… …to this…

The downside to this is that it’s takes a lot of time and energy to turn your business into a Lamborghini (figuratively speaking). But if you can get your business to the point where you can say ‘Under Management’ in your advertisement, the number of prospective buyers will soar (and you can also charge a lot more too).

… Plus, maybe a Lamborghini is a little too lofty for most businesses. The majority of buyers will be truly happy with a car that’s reliable and that does the job.

2. Prepare your financial documents (and be prepared to show them)
(Absolutely MUST have) 

Let’s continue with the the car analogy for a little while longer. When buying a business, there is no trusted ‘mechanic’ that a buyer can take a business to who can tell them if it’s a good business or not. They have to establish that for themselves. So, they conduct ‘due diligence’; they spend their own time and money on investigating the business in order to make a decision about whether to purchase it or not. It is the most important part of their decision making process and it can’t done without seeing your financial documents such as tax returns, profit and loss statements, balance sheet, bookings, forward orders, quotes etc. Here’s why:


Imagine you’re buying the Kingswood Ute in the picture above. You love how it looks, you love how it drives- but then you ask the owner to pop the bonnet so you can look under the hood. The owner says ‘no’ and starts making excuses about why you can’t. Stuff like:

  • I don’t want to let you look under the hood until you pay a deposit
  • The car doesn’t have anything under the hood
  • Oh, sorry, the bonnet doesn’t open
  • You don’t need to look under the bonnet, you can see how well it drives
  • Tell you what, how about I just show you these engine mounts. That should do right?
  • Um, look the engine isn’t ready yet, how about I send it off to my mechanic and I’ll get it to you in a few weeks…

Would YOU trust the owner if they said those things?

For businesses, providing financial documentation (such as tax returns, profit and loss statements, etc) is the equivalent of popping the hood in the above example. If you are unable provide financial books and records, chances are you’ve got a very legitimate reason- but to a buyer, any excuse you give runs the risk of sounding as untrustworthy as any of the reasons above.

So what does that mean for you? Make sure that when you put your business on the market your financial documents are ready. You’re going to want at least one year of well-recorded financials (but in reality most people expect three), they need to be presentable and easy to understand, and above all else, you have to be willing to share them with buyers who have signed a confidentiality agreement.

One more quick tip: don’t stop keeping good records when you go on the market. Keep your financial documentation up to date! If you’re on the market for six months, and you haven’t been keeping up to date over that period, then you’re going to find yourself in a position where you’re missing your most important information.

… Ok, I know the heading said that there were five tips, but we’re already up to about 900 words which is far too long for a blog. SO, make sure to watch this space for Part Two. If you aren’t receiving email updates for these blogs, click here to sign up to our mailing list and we’ll email you when Part 2 comes out.

By Zoran Sarabaca

Principal of Xcllusive Business Sales
Sell your business with Certainty 

Would you like to talk to someone about how to sell YOUR business? Our team are happy to talk to you about your personal circumstances so if you’d like to know a bit more about selling your business call us on (02) 9817 3331, or fill in an enquiry by clicking here. We look forward to talking to you.


DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this blog is for information purposes only. It is not meant to be considered as business advice. The points of view expressed represent reactions to the current business market and it should be noted that the market may be subject to change in the future. Reader’s specific circumstances may be different and have not been taken into consideration. Always consult with your professional advisors for any business advice.

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The Low-Down on Cash Businesses: How the cash economy impacts business value.

For decades our parents and grandparents were buying and selling businesses based on ‘gut feelings’. They bought on how many coffees sold, or kegs sold or packets of cigarettes sold. They valued based on turnover or rules of thumb. They valued based on cash.

Those days are well and truly behind us, and it’s important that you know what’s changed.

Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007 we live in a very different world. The uncertainties, and in particular the business practices introduced to resolve those uncertainties, have become a part of the business sales market for good. The practice we’re pointing at in this blog is the now absolute necessity for good financials. Quite simply, if you want to get the value from selling your business that you are hoping for, you absolutely need clearly recorded and verifiable figures. This is to satisfy two primary needs.

  1. New consumer protection laws require that clearly recorded and verifiable figures are needed in order to obtain finance.
    As part of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009, providers of credit services are required to meet a range of new ‘responsible lending obligations’. Amongst other things, lenders are required by law to make enquiries about a borrowers financial situation and to take reasonable steps to verify that situation. Technically this has always been the case; it’s just a lot stricter now. For business buyers that means that everything they provide must be verifiable, must be above board and absolutely cannot be based on unreported cash sales. That might sound like it’s their problem, but if you want them to buy your business, it’s your problem.
    (If you want to know more on this, check out the National Consumer Protection Act 2009, Chapter Three, Division Four. Be warned though- it’s not a page turner)
  2. Buyers are considerably more cautious than they used to be- It’s a Buyer’s Market.
    Though we may have weathered the financial storm of the GFC, there are few who can say that we were left unscathed. The biggest change that the business sales market saw was a change in where buyers see business value- and it’s an important distinction. In the past, buyers saw the value in a business as coming from how much money they could make from it. Now, they see value in a business as coming from how much they will make from it in the worst case scenario. In order for the buyer to determine this, they need verifiable historical figures.

What to do if you have a business with a lot of income that is not being banked:
If you want to sell a business with a lot of unrecorded income, there are two ways do it.

One: Start recording and banking immediately and wait a few more years so that you have some historical financials. For many people the thought of doing that 100% might be horrifying, but remember, though the current setup may be excellent for you personally it could render your business close to unsellable at its full asking price- no matter how much money it is actually making. If you don’t want to do this, the other options is…

Two: Reduce your asking price to a figure represented by your recorded income. Again, this may be horrifying to some people, but you have to remember that in selling a business, you are entering a market where un-recorded income is largely ignored. It that tastes a little sour, keep in mind that though you may achieve a lower return from the sale, you have still benefited from this un-recorded income for as long as the business has been running.

What if you have excellently recorded income?
If you own a traditionally cash operated business where you have a long history and everything is recorded and “on the books” then you are in a very good position to sell. Good figures in these industries helps your business stand out and you should sell quickly in the current market for a good price.

If you would like to talk to an agent today and would like to know how to sell a business with your current circumstances call Xcllusive Business Brokers on (02) 9817 3331. We look forward to talking to you about your situation.

By Zoran Sarabaca

Principal of Xcllusive Business Sales
Sell your business with Certainty

 

 

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this blog is for information purposes only. It is not meant to be considered as business advice. The points of view expressed represent reactions to the current business market and it should be noted that the market may be subject to change in the future. Reader’s specific circumstances may be different and have not been taken into consideration. Always consult with your professional advisors for any business advice.

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