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From the monthly archives: April 2013

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Selling a Business: The Problem of Overvaluation

Last week I met with a business owner after an introduction by his accountant. He was thinking of selling his profitable waste recycling business, a business he had been running for nearly 30 years. The business had a reliable management team, an enviable customer base and a strong balance sheet. Unfortunately, the owner had a vastly inflated idea of the value of his business.

His thought process went something like this:  “I’ve built this business over 30 years so it must be worth a lot of money.  A couple of years ago we built a nice place to retire to and need to clear the mortgage. We also need a couple of million to create a pension pot that will maintain our lifestyle. The business has provided us a very nice lifestyle and will do the same for the new owners – it has to be worth about $3 million.”

It’s difficult to be objective about something you’ve built from the ground up; a business that has shaped your life and underpins your standing in the community. Coincidentally, $3 million happened to be about the figure he needed to meet his retirement aspirations.

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When Is The Best Time To Sell A Business?

Internal and external factors are important considerations when selling a business. Here are issues you should think about when trying to time your exit. There are many factors that determine best timing for selling a small business -- the financial condition of the company, valuation, growth cycle, profit history, and the current market. Usually the best time to obtain the highest price occurs when sales and earnings are good and trending upward. A solid earnings trend will enable a buyer to pay a higher price and still meet his return of investment criteria. A history of good performance also gives the buyer confidence in projected future earnings.

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11 Things You Should Know Before Selling Your Business

Know why you want to sell your businesss.
Having a solid reason and a committed resolve to a sale is essential in achieving a successful transaction. In addition, one of the first questions buyers ask is, "Why is the owner selling?" They want to know that it is for a good reason and not because there's something wrong with the business that might be hiding in the shadows.

Know what you will do after your business is sold.
If you don't have a plan in mind, you might find yourself getting cold feet or feeling a little off balance when that first offer to buy the business comes along.

Know the value of your business.
Get a business valuation by a reputable firm to understand what you could expect in the current marketplace. This is an initial step in determining if the sale would meet your objectives.

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