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From the monthly archives: July 2015

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What Drives The Value of a Restaurant?

The valuation of a restaurant is much like any other business valuation. But, there are certain factors unique to the restaurant industry. The following are key elements that impact the valuation of food and beverage businesses. The list is not in any specific order.

1. Location, Location, Location

A high traffic, high demand, prime location with booming business in the area and a mid-to-high income population can add significant value. Parking, signage, and access are also important. Keep in mind, however, that a good location is not a stand-alone secret to success. Location Location Location must be followed up with Execution Execution Execution! Good management is key. Over the past 40 years we have sold some restaurants and fast food places as many as four times. With good management, the same location that was once a loser can be turned into a winner by good management -- and vice versa.

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What Serious Buyers Look For When Looking For A Business To Purchase

Serious buyers want to carefully look at the financials of a company under consideration and all of the other major aspects of the company. However, there are a few other areas that the serious buyer will investigate that sellers may overlook. The Industry – The buyer will want to take a serious look at the industry itself, the customers, the suppliers, the competition, etc. This investigation will cover the strengths, weaknesses, threats from competition, and opportunities of the potential acquisition. With the growth of the “big box” retailers, much power has shifted from the manufacturer to the retailer. A manufacturer may want to increase prices, but if Wal-Mart says no, it’s a very powerful no. Discretionary Costs – Some sellers will reduce their expenses in discretionary areas such as advertising, public relations, research and development, thus making for a higher bottom line. However, these cuts will hurt the future bottom line, and smart buyers will take notice o ...

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