Selling a Business Current Market Information South Carolina Florida

Thinking about Selling a Business Or Buying a Business?   September 2017 Market Information

As a Business Broker Professional, I participate in Quarterly National Surveys along with over 300 other Business Broker professionals. The below are highlights of the most recent results and represents 293 Business Brokers and Advisors in 38 states and over 250 businesses sold in last 3 months. I focus working with Business Sellers in South Carolina and Florida, and work with buyer prospects througout the USA and international. Below are some highlights of these survey results.

What did these 250 + business sell for from April-June 2017?

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Businesses sell for a “Multiple” of SDE (Seller Discretionary Earnings)- which is similar to Adjusted Cash Flow- essentially what does the business make for an owner and what could it make for a new owner.
Again, the Multiple Paid for a Business is dependent on size (with some variation- some industries do get paid a higher multiple than other industries). The Multiples paid for businesses sold over the last several years have been somewhat consistent with the average multiple paid for a business that is valued under $1M is approximately 2 X SDE.
How Much Cash at Closing? –

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Some Seller financing is typical in business sales of all sizes.Furthermore business buyer rarely walk in with 100% of the Funds needed out of their own pocket. Very often for a business buyer to come up with the 75-86% cash at closing, financing from a bank (often SBA financing) or other financing is secured by buyer to complete the acquisition. For smaller businesses having the business meet the qualifications for an SBA loan can be a challenge and can make a sale difficult or worse.
Where Do Business Buyers Come From?

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As you can see above, the smaller businesses may find a buyer “down the street”. But the search for a buyer almost ALWAYS requires a search and marketing that includes local, regional, statewide, nationally and often international.

Who Are the Business Buyers?

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Again, searching for a Business Buyer includes marketing for 1sttime buyers, and experienced business owners for “smaller businesses”. But depending on business size contacting competitors, other strategic buyers, and larger investors are all active applicable business buying prospects.
Thanks to the survey information and IBBA, M&A Sources, Pepperdine Capital Markets Project, and the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.
For more information please feel free to contact me- Scott Messinger
working with Business Sellers in Greenville South Carolina, Anderson, the entire Upstate and Florida and business buyers throughout the USA and internationally.

 

I am currently working for business buyers looking for:
:: Salon Greenville SC area
:: Aviation Parts Business S.Carolina
::Business earning $100k+ cash flow in Upstate
::HVAC Business
::Mfg Business w/$400k+ cash flow in Upstate
::Home Service Business
::Pest Control Business
::Multiple Buyers looking for businesses earning $1M+ cash flow
:: Janitorial Business in Florida
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Businesses that Want to Sell

Business Owners Have recently Expressed Interest in Selling their business: ….
*Window Cleaning
*Auto Parts online and brick/mortar
*Computer Service
*Hair Salon/Spa –
*Metal Refinishing-
*Commercial Contractor
*Electric Contractor
*Sports Bar – SC
*Carpet Cleaning –
*Ethnic Rest.
*Printing Business

Contact me for any
further info on these or more information on selling a business in South Carolina.

September-2017-  “Whats Important When Buying or Selling a South Carolina  Business
How long does it take to Sell a Business??
I have sold a business in 3 days and one took 3 Years.
I would advise the “average time” to sell a business could be 9-14 months.
If wanting to sell your business next year…. start the process yesterday.

For More info on Selling a Business or Buying a business in SOuth Carolina – Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Clemson, Easly, Greer, Pickens The Upstate and all of South Carolina Florida as well please contact Scott Messinger at:
Scott@Gatewaybusinessadvisors.com

SC- (864) 210-8226
FL (239) 770-2421

 

 

 

What is My Business Worth

What is my business Worth?

Getting accurate information on Private businesses sold can be difficult.  Below I am sharing information on businesses sold during the 2nd Quarter of 2016.  This information comes from a survey that includes over 375 Business Broker and Business Professionals involved with buying and selling businesses.  I am a 10 year Business Broker working with Business Sellers and Business Buyers in South Carolina Florida and Southeast USA.

If you are considering the sale of your business, planning or preparing an exit strategy from your business or considering buying a business the below information provides valuable insight.

There are many valuable points to be gleaned from the below but a very important underlying point is that businesses are different. You can see the information surrounding what a business sells for, why a business owner sells, who the business buyers are, where a buyer comes from , and why a business buyer buys a business. The size of the business affects all these aspects  are very dependent on the size of a business.

A $1M business may sell for a multiple of cash flow of 3,4,5 x- but this doesn’t necessarily mean that a $400k business would sell for a similar multiple.

What is My business Worth?  Below chart shows  what businesses recently sold for.  Please note Buyers Paid a higher multiple of EBITDA (Earning before Interest Taxes Depreciation Amortization )   for larger businesses.  A business of say $200K of Ebitda may get 2.5 x that Ebitda, whereas a business with $500k of ebitda may get 4 x ebitda.  Cash flow, adjusted cash flow, ebitda, owner benefit, seller discretionary earnings or other related measurement of earnings are a significant factor when determining business value.  

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Why did Business Owners Sell their Business.  Are you a South Carolina or Florida Business Owner considering the sale of your business?

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Who were the Business Buyers during the 2nd Quarter of 2016?

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Why did Business Buyers Buy a Business in South Carolina Florida  and the rest of the  US?

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Where did the Business Buyers come from?   Usually they come from somewhere else.  For me as a South Carolina Business Broker and Florida Business Broker the last 10 business I sold the buyers on all of them came from distances of 200-1000 miles away.

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Scott Messinger is a Business Broker Based in the Upstate South Carolina with main offices in Florida and working with South Carolina Business Sellers, Florida Business Sellers, and business buyers and Sellers throughout USA.

For more information Please contact me at  (864) 210-8226  or (239) 770-2421 or Scott@GatewayBusinessAdvisors.com

 

 

What does a South Carolina Business Buyer look like

What does a South Carolina Business Buyer  Look Like? 

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Are you a Business Seller Looking to Sell Your Business and wondering what does a South Carolina Business Buyer Look Like?

Do you represent a Business Seller and are looking for a business buyer for your client- What should you look for in a business Buyer- What Does a Business Buyer Look like?

I am a   Business Broker  working with both business buyers and business Seller in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, the Upstate and the state of South Carolina.  I am also a Business Buyer.  Prior to being a business broker I started and owned my own business of 20 years and utilized business acquisitions along with organic growth to advance my business.  I had bought multiple businesses as a strategic business buyer.  I am also a business Seller as I actually did sell my own business.  The “Business Buyer”  I sold my business to was represented by a business broker and we experienced a successful business transition.

The person that bought my business is a business buyer -He is not a Business Buyer Prospect.  So much of the work and efforts involved with the process of buying and selling a business is the extensive involvement with Business Buyer Prospects.  Very often “business buyer prospects”  are referred to as Business Buyers. There is a significant difference between a business buyer and a prospective business buyer.  Each deal has 2 sides- a Buyer and Seller.  I like to use the term Business Buyer Prospect for someone contemplating an acquisition.  Most Prospective Business Buyers dont buy a business.  Various business brokers, M&A people, and related professionals have  their own personal experiences as to how many “Business Buyer Prospects” turn into actual “Business Buyers”.

Personally I think that anywhere between 75 %-95% of those that state an interest in buying a business do not buy a business.  So approximately 9 out of 10 (plus/minus)  of these “Business Buyer Prospects” never become “Business Buyers”.

SO What does a Business Buyer Look like?   How do they look different than the 75-95% of the “Business Buyer Prospects” that do not buy a business.

I contend that looks have nothing to do with what does a business buyer looks like.

A Business Buyer Acts a certain Way. A Business Buyer acts different than a Business Buyer Prospect.

What Does a Business Buyer Act Like?

1)     They have a plan-  “When you buy the business in South Carolina ,and you now live in Chicago-How will you run the Florida or South Carolina business?”

Business Buyer Prospect- “I dont know”

Business Buyer- ” I just sold my house and have a lake home in Anderson South Carolina and plan to move there in December”

 

2)     They have funds or funding plans-  “How much money do you have available to buy a business?”

Business Buyer Prospect- ” If I find the right business- I can get the money” or ” Im not sure yet”,”I’m not worried about that yet”

Business Buyer- “I have x amount available for down payment on a business, so I know what the maximum I can spend and need to find a business that fit this budget”

3)     They understand  certain information will be required from them-

Business Buyer prospect- “why do I need to sign this NDA and give you some financial or background information on me? I just wanted to know what the Sellers Taxes look like”

Business Buyer- ” I have returned the requested NDA and personal financial statement. what is our next step”

 

4)     They ACT,they make necessary steps/moves to move the deal forward

Business Buyer Prospect- ” Yes that business looks to be exactly what I said I was looking for but think I will wait to see if Seller drops price or another opportunity becomes available.”

Business Buyer- “Yes that business looks to be exactly what I said I was looking for- what is the next step so I can get closer to ensuring I dont miss out on this opportunity.

 

What does a business buyer look like? – They are tall, short, fat, skinny, young,old, wearing shorts, wearing dress pants, wearing a dress, have tattoos all over their body.  They are from many different backgrounds,  they are many different religions and races. They look “normal” like you and I.

When I was growing my business though acquisition and I identified an acquisition opportunity I would worry about not securing that opportunity.  I made the decision that the opportunity was good for my company and would be disappointed if I missed out on that business opportunity.  I knew I needed to ACT like a business buyer.   You wont know what a South Carolina business buyer looks like based on appearance, “business buyer prospects” and “business buyers”  look very much alike.  Are you looking to sell your business?  As a business Seller you will know what a business buyer looks like by the way a business buyer acts. Are you a prospective “business buyer prospect” and are you genuinely looking to buy a business?  I could suggest that you act like a business buyer and you will both stand out from all the others out there looking and also achieve your goal.  Are Looking to Buy a Business in South Carolina?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is EVERY Business For Sale at “Right Price”

As a Business Broker based in Florida I spend ample amount of time prospecting/marketing for prospective business sellers and prospective business buyers.  I use various marketing methods to market to both buyers and sellers.  While in the process of  prospecting for business owners considering the exit or sale of their business it is not uncommon to hear “I would be interested in selling my business  if I can get the right price”.

Business For Sale – The Right Price

Recently I engaged in such a discussion- the owner told me he would very much like to sell his business and start a new somewhat unrelated business if the could get the right price for his business.  I then asked what he felt may be the right price and he followed up with “I don’t know”.

The “right price”  may not equal to the business value, or the price a qualified interested buyer is willing to pay.

For an actual transaction to be consummated,  the right price needs to resemble actual business value.  If the “right price”  is actually 2-3 times what estimated value of the business is, it is probably best for all parties involved to spend their time elsewhere.

But is every business for sale?  What if a “sweetheart deal” is presented to  a small business owner in Anderson South Carolina?  If you had a business that is not “For Sale” , and you know it to have an approximate value of $500k  and someone walked in and made you a cash offer of $800k cash is your business now for sale to that party?

Is now the time to Sell My Business?

From my personal experience of business ownership, I think yes most businesses are for sale if the “price is right”.  But not all businesses.  While owning my previous business in the 10th year  I had gotten a significant offer for the business, but I had long terms plans and  aspirations for the business.  At that point in time I had made several acquisitions and made several other offers on other related businesses and was comfortable with valuations, synergy calculations,  and felt I knew what the value of  my business was.

There was a lot of merger and acquisition activity that was occurring in my industry at that point in time and I was presented with a cash offer from a  very strong company, and was at about a 25% premium to what I and my CPA viewed as current value.  So I had a very strong cash offer from a well qualified business- do you take the money and move on.?

Business For Sale – The Value

In my opinion business values are affected by both  macro and micro economics.  What is the state of the economy, what is the state of the merger acqusition economy and what is the state of your industry/your business?  These elements effect what sort of multiple of cash flow your business may be worth.  If the economy is such that valuations were/are  running high do you look to exit your business because valuations, and or those high multiples may not come around again?

In my situation I consulted with my “trusted advisers” around me my CPA, my attorney, my wife.  Yet ultimately the decision was mine.    My CPA did tell me something that strongly influenced that decision.  He had told me “You,ll know when you are ready”.  It was a great price great offer, but I wasn’t ready and ultimately sold my business 10 years later and got fair value for the business. So is every business for sale if the “right price” comes along.  I think that most businesses are for sale if the right price comes along, but not all businesses.  Are you looking to buy a South Carolina Business or looking to Sell a South Carolina Business?

Scott Messinger

(239) 770-2421

Scott@GatewayBusinessAdvisors.com