Florida Business For Sale News 7.28.2011

Florida Business For Sale  Florida Businesses Sold Activity (June 7.28.2011)

I am a Florida Business broker working with business owners selling their Florida  business, and business owners looking for acquisitions.  Prospective business buyers I work with are located in Florida, US., and Business buyers in Europe and throughout the world.

As a  member of Business Brokers of Florida, which is the largest state Association of Business Brokers in the United States we have access to significant data regarding businesses being bought and sold .   Thousands of businesses for sale are represented by over 1000 business brokers that are members of this Association.  These business brokers list their respective businesses for sale and prospective business buyers on a centralized listing site and buyers and sellers of businesses are brought together.

Several thousand businesses for sale are listed, modified, and advertised thru this website.  Valuable information regarding Florida business for Sales and Florida Businesses Sold help me as a Business Broker Professional  keep track of the ebb and flow of the Florida Business Acquisition Market.  Understanding a business to assist in selling that business requires an understanding of the numbers behind  that business.  And understanding the marketplace in which this business may be sold is furthered by a review of the data surrounding businesses being bought and sold in Florida. The below are a few statistics, totals, and items of note surrounding the business acquisition and sales market in the State of Florida. Other businesses are bought and sold without the assistance of members Business Brokers of Florida, and that info is not included in this analysis.

Recent Businesses Sold in Florida Activity (as of July 26, 2011)

  • Businesses Sold in Florida through Business Brokers of Florida  in last 30 days  – 63 vs  48 in last documented 30 day period (up 24%)
  • Top 2 industries of  Businesses Sold in Florida through Business Brokers of Florida in  last 30 days:  15 Florida Restaurants Sold in Florida     5 Beauty Shops/Hair Salons Business sold in Florida
  • Avg Days it took to sell Florida Businesses Sold in last 30 days  – 277 days-  (9 months)- doesnt include businesses that were removed from market without selling

Businesses Currently For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida – 3336  vs. 3213 in last 30 day period

Business Currently for Sale in Jacksonville Florida Area with Adjusted Cash Flow Greater than $100,000

Animals/Pets
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703237 Saint Johns, Florida USA Pet Grooming 259,000 259,000 166,444 300,454
Automotive
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703089 Duval, Florida USA Trailer Sales
/Service
79,000 79,000 144,886 1,130,000
BBF-74703142 Duval, Florida USA Auto General Repair 189,900 100,000 101,659 444,290
BBF-74703302 Duval, Florida USA Auto Salvage 350,000 175,000 117,944 475,180
BBF-74703250 Duval, Florida USA Auto General Repair 980,000 500,000 180,833 437,467
BBF-73900330 Duval, Florida USA *Lender Pre-Qualified* Auto General Repair 989,000 989,000 185,820 425,015
BBF-74703182 Duval, Florida USA Tire Dealer 1,500,000 1,000,000 183,057 949,000
Beauty/Personal Care
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703188 Duval, Florida USA Hair Salon
/Day Spa
295,000 210,000 125,834 300,163
Business Services
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703194 Duval, Florida USA Valet Parking 275,000 175,000 121,903 410,000
Cleaning/Clothing
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-73909310 Saint Johns, Florida USA Dry Cleaners 175,000 175,000 119,234 340,616
BBF-74703162 Duval, Florida USA Coin Laundry 599,000 300,000 111,538 304,038
Construction
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703176 Duval, Florida USA Contractor Gutters 199,000 199,000 103,473 275,470
BBF-75609055 Duval, Florida USA Contractor A
/C & Heating
275,000 220,000 115,929 664,768
BBF-75609043 Duval, Florida USA *Contract Pending* Contractor General 995,000 645,000 351,079 3,009,376
BBF-75609042 Duval, Florida USA Contractor General 1,645,000 1,295,000 351,079 3,009,376
BBF-74703234 Duval, Florida USA Site Preparation 6,000,000 6,000,000 501,324 16,385,479
Distribution
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-72002137 Duval, Florida USA Dist-Computer Software 1,000,000 950,000 293,839 2,794,019
Engineering
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-75609093 Duval, Florida USA *Contract Pending* *Lender Pre-Qualified* Engineering Environmental 138,000 25,950 138,396 318,970
Financial Related
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-16412029 Duval, Florida USA Collection Agency 825,000 825,000 225,125 560,875
BBF-75609032 Duval, Florida USA Banking
/Finance
5,350,000 5,350,000 754,624 8,653,570
Fitness
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703201 Saint Johns, Florida USA *Lender Pre-Qualified* Fitness Center 249,000 45,000 102,316 301,857
BBF-74703100 Saint Johns, Florida USA Fitness Health Club 399,000 399,000 176,418 636,532
Food Business Retail
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703240 Duval, Florida USA Deli
/Catering
119,000 60,000 100,984 380,000
Furniture Retail
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703219 Duval, Florida USA Furniture Store 89,900 50,000 104,000 200,000
Gas Station
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703101 Duval, Florida USA Gas Station
/C-Store
175,000 175,000 142,139 529,000
BBF-74703292 Duval, Florida USA Gas Station
/C-Store
499,000 350,000 391,129 1,528,161
Jewelry
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703146 Saint Johns, Florida USA Jewelry Retail 595,000 595,000 287,069 703,214
BBF-74702968 Duval, Florida USA Jewelry Wholesale 1,399,500 1,399,500 875,000 1,240,000
Lawn/Landscaping
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703279 Saint Johns, Florida USA Tree Service 249,000 249,000 150,000 500,000
Liquor Related Biz
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703267 Duval, Florida USA Sports Bar 139,000 60,000 112,750 396,000
BBF-74703295 Saint Johns, Florida USA Liquor Nite Club 249,000 249,000 268,333 1,174,560
BBF-74703193 Saint Johns, Florida USA Sports Bar 295,000 295,000 152,857 798,312
BBF-74703149 Saint Johns, Florida USA Bar
/Restaurant
395,000 275,000 221,711 895,478
BBF-74703262 Duval, Florida USA Liquor Nite Club 425,000 425,000 110,000 350,000
BBF-74703044 Saint Johns, Florida USA Beer
/Wine Bar
495,000 275,000 218,922 415,877
BBF-74703212 Duval, Florida USA Adult Entertainment 2,400,000 1,900,000 650,000 1,200,000
Manufacturing
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-75609119 Duval, Florida USA Mfg-Metal Products 1,150,000 975,000 199,323 1,777,176
BBF-75609120 Duval, Florida USA Mfg-Metal Products 2,000,000 1,825,000 199,323 1,777,176
Medical Related Biz
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-75351040 Saint Johns, Florida USA Medical Speech Therapy 350,000 350,000 120,022 412,187
BBF-75608123 Duval, Florida USA Non-Med Home Care 520,000 520,000 132,836 478,615
BBF-74703087 Duval, Florida USA Laser Clinic 1,050,000 800,000 401,744 925,000
BBF-74703095 Duval, Florida USA Medical Spa 1,050,000 800,000 149,676 829,108
BBF-40901900 Duval, Florida USA Medical Equipment 1,650,000 1,320,000 455,007 1,488,927
Moving
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-75609103 Duval, Florida USA Moving Storage Company 6,755,000 6,755,000 403,767 717,133
Office Supplies
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-72002134 Saint Johns, Florida USA *Lender Pre-Qualified* Office Supplies 275,000 275,000 101,162 508,621
Pool & Spa Business
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703303 Saint Johns, Florida USA Pool
/Spa Supply Store
279,000 279,000 138,786 647,042
Printing/Typesetting
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-72002133 Saint Johns, Florida USA *Lender Pre-Qualified* Printing Business 275,000 275,000 101,162 508,621
Recreation
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74920353 Duval, Florida USA Entertainment 465,000 465,000 144,740 687,542
BBF-73909338 Duval, Florida USA Game Room 622,500 622,500 415,103 1,597,605
BBF-26407049 Duval, Florida USA Casino Ship 5,750,000 5,750,000 2,951,895 8,778,545
Rental Business
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703259 Duval, Florida USA Rental Party Goods 650,000 400,000 214,053 540,611
Restaurants
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703256 Duval, Florida USA American Restaurant 99,900 74,900 102,433 335,232
BBF-74703097 Duval, Florida USA Italian Restaurant 190,000 95,000 109,572 414,186
BBF-74703207 Duval, Florida USA Breakfast Lunch 199,000 150,000 140,000 550,000
BBF-74703255 Duval, Florida USA Pizza Shop 225,000 225,000 112,839 455,755
BBF-74703268 Duval, Florida USA Italian Restaurant 250,000 150,000 141,778 564,583
BBF-74703306 Duval, Florida USA American Restaurant 250,000 200,000 148,825 827,520
BBF-74703056 Duval, Florida USA Pizza Shop 275,000 275,000 110,220 600,000
BBF-75609082 Duval, Florida USA Pizza Shop 295,000 145,000 190,354 682,930
BBF-74703156 Saint Johns, Florida USA Cafe Type Eatery 450,000 250,000 216,735 629,690
BBF-74703278 Duval, Florida USA Italian Restaurant 599,900 300,000 330,469 1,263,569
BBF-74703055 Duval, Florida USA Pizza Shop 699,900 399,900 204,958 1,515,000
Retail Miscellaneous
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703285 Duval, Florida USA Retail Tobacco Store 550,000 400,000 307,298 1,539,648
Shoes/Footwear
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-74703147 Duval, Florida USA Shoes Retail 299,000 149,500 100,100 400,816
Transportation
Listing No.  Location  Category Detail  Price  Down  Adjusted Net  Sales 
BBF-75608126 Duval, Florida USA Medical Transport 520,000 520,000 132,836 478,615

Highlighted Industry:

Heating and Cooling Contractors for Sale in Florida, includes HVAC Businesses For Sale in Florida,  A/C Companies For Sale in Florida

  • Number of HVAC or A/C Businesses  Sold in Florida in last 2 years -6
  • Average Adjusted Cash Flow of  HVAC Businesses sold in Florida  – $155,000
  • Average  Sale Price of HVAC Businesses sold in Florida in last 2 years  $295,000
  • Number of  HVAC  Businesses  Currently For Sale in Florida- 21

HVAC businesses in Florida  are very good opportunities for both the strategic buyer, looking to grow revenues by acquisition, and  a  good business for one looking to relocate to Florida.  Recurring revenue, large demand for the A/C component of the business and the good cash flow these businesses can generate are  a few reasons buying a HVAC business in Florida may be a good fit.  Looking to Buy a business in Florida?

*All above info compiled from data available via the bbfmls website.


For more info or questions regarding the Florida Business Acquisition Market or Florida Businesses for sale please contact

Scott M Messinger

Scott@Sellabusinessflorida.com

239.770.2421


 

Florida Businesses For Sale-

Florida Business For Sale  Florida Businesses Sold Activity (June 6.8.2011)

I am a Florida Business broker working with business owners selling their Florida  business, and business owners looking for acquisitions.  Prospective business buyers I work with are located in Florida, US., and Business buyers in Europe and throughout the world.

As a  member of Business Brokers of Florida, which is the largest state Association of Business Brokers in the United States we have access to significant data regarding businesses being bought and sold .   Thousands of businesses for sale are represented by over 1000 business brokers that are members of this Association.  These business brokers list their respective businesses for sale and prospective business buyers on a centralized listing site and buyers and sellers of businesses are brought together.

Several thousand businesses for sale are listed, modified, and advertised thru this website.  Valuable information regarding Florida business for Sales and Florida Businesses Sold help me as a Business Broker Professional  keep track of the ebb and flow of the Florida Business Acquisition Market.  Understanding a business to assist in selling that business requires an understanding of the numbers behind  that business.  And understanding the marketplace in which this business may be sold is furthered by a review of the data surrounding businesses being bought and sold in Florida. The below are a few statistics, totals, and items of note surrounding the business acquisition and sales market in the State of Florida.

 

Recent Businesses Sold in Florida Activity

  • Businesses Sold in Florida through Business Brokers of Florida  in last 30 days  – 48
  • Top 2 industries of  Businesses Sold in Florida through Business Brokers of Florida in  last 30 days:  9 Florida Restaurants Sold in Florida     4 Lawn Service Business sold in Florida
  • Avg Days it took to sell Florida Businesses Sold in last 30 days  – 270 days-  (9 months)

Businesses Currently For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida – 3213

Businesses Sold in Florida through Business Brokers of Florida over last year –  872

  1. Businesses For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida with Net Income Less than $100k – 1196
  2. Businesses For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida with Net Income More  than $100k –  1117
  3. Businesses For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida with Net Income More  than $200k  – 484
  4. Businesses For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida with Net Income More  than $300k –   223
  5. Businesses For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida with Net Income More  than $400k –   112
  6. Businesses For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida with Net Income More  than $500k –  66
  7. Businesses For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida with Net Income More  than $1M        -19

Highlighted Industry:     Automotive  Business For Sale in Florida                      Automotive businesses for sale include Auto Repair businesses for sale,Towing Businesses For Sale in Florida, Auto Car Washes for Sale in Florida, Auto Car Sales Businesses for Sale in Florida, Auto Body Shops for Sale in Florida, and other Auto related businesses .

  • Number of Automotive Businesses  Sold in Florida in last 2 years -54`
  • Average Days it took to sell –  282
  • Number of Automotive Businesses  Currently For Sale in Florida- 186

Currently I represent a Towing Business For Sale in Jacksonville Florida. This business for sale is available with or without Realestate and relizes revenue streams from towing, service, storage and resales. Looking to Buy a business in Florida?

All above info compiled from data available via the bbfmls website.


For more info or questions regarding the Florida Business Acquisition Market or Florida Businesses for sale please contact

Scott M Messinger

Scott@Sellabusinessflorida.com

239.770.2421

 

Buying Selling a Business- Businesses For Sale Florida

Florida Business For Sale Activity (May 18,2011)

I am a Florida Business broker working with business owners selling their Florida  business, and business owners looking for acquisitions.  Prospective business buyers I work with are located in Florida, US., and Business buyers in Europe and throughout the world.

As a  member of Business Brokers of Florida, which is the largest state Association of Business Brokers in the United States we have access to significant data regarding businesses being bought and sold .   Thousands of businesses for sale are represented by over 1000 business brokers that are members of this Association.  These business brokers list their respective businesses for sale and prospective business buyers on a centralized listing site and buyers and sellers of businesses are brought together. Several thousand businesses for sale are listed, modified, and advertised thru this website.

Valuable information regarding Florida business for Sales and Florida Businesses Sold help me as a Business Broker Professional keep track of the ebb and flow of the Florida Business Acquisition Market.  Understanding a business to assist in selling that business requires an understanding of the numbers behind  that business.  An understanding the marketplace in which this business may be sold is furthered by a review of the data surrounding businesses being bought and sold in Florida. The below are a few statistics, totals, and items of note surrounding the business acquisition and sales market in the State of Florida.

  1. Florida Business for sale Priced over $1,000,000- 298
  2. Florida Business Sold for over $1,000,000 in last year= 37
  3. Businesses Currently  For Sale in Florida through Business brokers of Florida –  3253
  4. Restaurants For Sale through Business Brokers of Florida – 663
  5. Businesses For Sale in Florida with Revenue of less than $500,000- 2315
  6. Businesses Sold in Florida through Business Brokers of Florida over last year (365) Days – 878
  7. Businesses Sold in Florida through Business Brokers of Florida over last month –  59
  8. Businesses For Sale in Florida requiring a Down payment of less than $50,000 -536

 

Along with the above statistical information a few  I include specifics of note

Highlighted Industry:     Lawn Landscape Business For Sale in Florida

  • Number of Lawn Services Sold in Florida in last 2 years -100
  • Number of Lawn Services Currently For Sale in Florida- 81

Currently I represent a Lawn Service business that we have an accepted contract on and are going thru the due diligence process. A Lawn service business can provide a very reasonable Owner benefit, and  entry  into the field can be made with a fairly minimal investment.  Looking to Buy a business in Florida?

For more info or questions regarding the Florida Business Acquisition Market or Florida Businesses for sale please contact

Scott M Messinger

Scott@Sellabusinessflorida.com

239.770.2421

Its not Who You Know its Who Knows You

Our business world revolves around the type and number of business contacts and relationships we have nurtured.  Quality business relationships play a large part in a successful business. I am a business broker based in Florida and and I strongly value the business relationships I have. I don`t necessarily want to know more relevant people, I want more people to know me. As we network and strive to grow our business, its important to remember its not who you know, its who knows you.

Establishing The Right Relationships

We use various means to establish those relationships.  When we make it our goal to grow our businesses by “getting out there and meeting more people”, that effort can be somewhat miss-guided.  For every business person the needs are a little different.  I help people buy and sell business.  I strive to speak to more people that are considering buying a business.

I also prospect and market to reach small business owners that have an interest in selling their business.  In some businesses the largest asset may be the production equipment, in others it may be their building they own, in my business as a business broker my largest asset along with my experiences may be my business relationships.

Actually to me the concept of Business Relationships has changed significantly over the last several years with the evolving of the internet and social media. And the definition of a business relation has become somewhat blurred.

“On Facebook I have 1800 friends”, “on Twitter 12,000 Follow Me and I follow 14,000” “On Linked-In I have 2200  Contacts”.-  I actually dont have these sort of numbers but many of us know people that do.  The real fact, at least for me, is that if I have to use all my fingers and toes to count my real friends I consider myself fortunate.

Business Relationships

Photo (c) sheranescloset.com

Does Knowing People Mean That They Know You?

Do the 1800 Facebook friends know you ?, Do the 14,000 on Twitter know you?, Of the 2200 Contacts on Link-ed In , how many are going to shoot me an email when they want to Buy a Business or Sell a Business in Florida, or buy printer paper, or get my lawn service, or whatever my business offers?

As we strive to network and expand our sphere of relationships I recently got reminded of the actual goal of this effort , or rather what the end result of this effort should actually be.  Very often I think thru my networking efforts, I want to meet people, when really what I want to do is have people meet me, get to know me. I know who President Obama is,  I don`t really”know” President Obama.  So I know of President Obama- does that help my business -no.  But what if President Obama knew me or knew of me?

I know of Bill Gates-Microsoft.  So what?  What if Bill Gates knew of me?  But from a practical standpoint, knowing the president of the small business right here on Main St is nice, but meeting him and striving to get him to know me, and when he and his friends are talking and one strikes up the all to common conversation of ” Do you know anyone who…..”   can help me buy a business in Florida, this small business owner can say yes, I know this great business broker and his name is…

Most Important Step to Starting,Running, Buying, or Selling a Business

You are looking to Start a Business.  You are Running a Business.  You are Buying a Business.  You are Selling a Business.  What is the most important step in any one of these ventures, And no the answer is not having unlimited deep pockets. To start, run, sell,or buy a business you need to understand that business.  You need to understand not only the operational side of your business, you need to understand the financial side of your business.

I am a business broker in South Carolina and work with businesses in both South Carolina and Florida and I help people buy and sell businesses. (and current and former business owner)   I recall a very busy week of helping an out of town business buyer visit several different businesses.  Our intent of visiting these multiple businesses was an effort to understand the businesses. To buy a business you have to understand the business.  A small business owner truly needs to understand the financial health of their business.

Running Your Business Successfully

Many, Many Many small business owners DO NOT understand the financial side of their business.  Do you feel as an entrepreneur you need to understand the difference between a debit and credit or if you buy something if it should be a capital purchase or an operating expense.  So many small business owners and entrepreneurs run their business using their gut as their guide, they can feel if their business is going good or bad.

Other small business owners look at their checkbook- if there is money in that things are ok. On the other side you may have a very successful business, you buy several new trucks and new equipment with cash every year, you have very little money in the checkbook and “feel” you have an unsuccessful business. You could be very wrong.   And yes it is also very easy to hire a CPA and or accountant and send all the monthly records to them, count on them to sort thru them and have them generate a report for you to maybe glance at and file away.

Your CPA or accountant is a great place to start the learning process. The more you know, the more effective they can be to you.   Your  Balance sheet and your Income statement tell your companies story.  You may feel your company is healthy, or improving, or getting better, or getting worse- your balances sheet or Income statement (Profit/Loss Statement) will tell you in a factual manner.

You need money for your business- you go to a banker or financial institution to get money, do you think they will listen to you tell them about your business and loan you money based on that.  they will use your company financials to make that business decision.  A few years ago banks I had worked with strongly considered your balances sheet to make loan decision.  Now-a- days both Balance Sheets and income Statement both are a strong part of that evaluation.  Why is that?.  Understanding the “whys” about your business is important to your business.

In the preceding scenario a business may have a strong balance sheet due to significant assets like real estate owned or equipment owned by the company.  But in current economic conditions the companies Income statement show  that the business sales are down 25% and and shows losses for the last year- lending may not occur.  The banks may not be all that excited about the fact that you own real estate thru your company.

The business buyer I was working with flew in town for 3 days for him and I to visit businesses.  Most of the small business owners we visited had good businesses.  Without divulging any confidential information, they all showed cash flow in excess of $200,000 per year.  They (the respective business owners)  all said they didn’t really understand the financial side of the business, but “here our our records for your review”. (after confidentiality agreements were signed) They could speak for hours about their customers, employees, procedures and ideas.  Questions regarding financial information were usually answered with  1 or 2  brief sentences.

Buying A Business – The Right Way

The buyer I was working with was a very educated buyer, a President of a publicly held $40 Million company , and 30+ years of experience.  He had looked thru maybe 30 businesses to narrow down visits to less than a handful.  He and I both knew that to buy a business, he had to understand the business. We spent hours discussing the financials of the businesses.

You as an entrepreneur that is starting a business or running a business may someday want to sell your business.  Understanding the true financial condition of your business is the 1st step to improving the financial condition of your business.

Buying a business is a very effective way to expand your customer base and Revenues. knowing how to read and understand the financial statements of others could be the difference of a business acquisition that is a success or a failure.

And when an educated buyer approaches you about buying your business, you provide the business buyer your Balance Sheet, your Income Statement, and your explanation and understanding of the true financial condition of your business may be the difference in someone buying your business at a good price or passing your business over to pursue other businesses to buy.