How the purchase of a company and the business financing terms accompanying it are structured, is something that must be dealt with early on in the selling process. The simple fact is that when utilizing business financing for the purchase of a business it is too important to treat as an afterthought. The final structure of any sale will be the result of the negotiations between buyer and seller. Business sellers should have a good idea of some of the most common deal terms that are in the majority of business sales.
In order for the sale to be completed in a satisfactory manner, it is vital that the seller answers these six key questions about selling and business financing:
- What is your lowest “rock bottom” price? It is important for sellers to know what is the lowest price they are willing to accept before they begin negotiations. Far too often, sellers have not determined what price is their “lowest price” and this can literally cause negotiations to fall apart.
- What are the tax consequences of the sale? Just as sellers often don’t know what their lowest price is, it is also true that sellers often don’t think about the tax consequences of the sale.
- Interest rates are no small matter. It is important to determine what is an acceptable interest rate in the event of a seller-financed sale.
- Have unsecured creditors been paid off? Does the seller plan on paying for a portion of the closing costs?
- Will the buyer seek business financing through SBA or Conventional loans and have to assume any long-term or secured debt? *For much more valuable info on SBA Loans- please read our SBA Loans Fact Sheet Here.
- Will the business be able to service the debt and still give a return that is acceptable to a buyer?
Studies have indicated that there is a direct relationship between more favorable terms and a higher price. In particular, one study revealed that offering favorable terms could increase the total selling price by as much as 30 percent!
Business brokers and M&A Intermediaries are experts in what it takes to successfully buy and sell businesses, and this is exactly the kind of insight and information that they have at their disposal. Experienced brokers are able to use their knowledge of everything from current market conditions and financing strategies to the knowledge of previous sales and a given geographic region to help facilitate successful deals.
Usually, selling a business is one of the most important things that a business owner does in his or her professional lifetime. Some realtors will say that selling your home is the biggest and most important financial transaction of a person life. Well guess what? Selling a home is peanuts to an entrepreneur whom is selling his business. Business brokers understand this fact, and they understand the importance of making certain that the deal is structured correctly. The facts are that the way in which a sale is structured could mean the difference between success and failure.
Structuring a deal in such a way where it is the best possible deal for both the buyer and seller, helps to ensure that a deal is successfully concluded. Working with a business broker is one of the best way to ensure that a business will be sold.
SBA Loans Fact Sheet: http://acquisitionspro.com/sba-loans-fact-sheet-everything-need-know-buy-business/
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