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(Los Angeles, CA) – Keystone Business Advisors recently announced that Alinea Medical Imaging, California-based medical imaging, and mobile mammography services company, retained Dave Richards, a Business Broker, of Keystone Business Advisors to represent them in simultaneous acquisition of Inner Images Services, Inc. and Mobile Mammography Screening, Inc. making the company the clear market leader for mobile digital mammography services in California. Inner Images Services, Inc. provides on-site digital mobile mammography services to over 80 community-based health centers throughout the state. The company is a preferred provider in most health networks including government-funded programs such as Every Women Counts. The acquisition of the collective companies increases Alinea’s mobile breast cancer screening fleet toRead More
Often with a small to midsize company the owner has put a great deal of time and energy into the success of the business. The owners may see the company as an extension of themselves that they worked hard to build and as a result may be looking at it from an emotional or egotistical perspective. Some owners may know the ins and outs of the business like the back of their hand but may not take the time to evaluate how the business may look to a potential buyer. This lack of awareness and preparation can lead to potential reasons for termination of the sale including poor accounting and bookkeeping, inaccurate sales or performance data, unrealistic valuation, or longer than expected transition times to name a few.
According to a sample polling of IBBA business advisors the top reason that half of the deals fell through in Q1/2018 was unrealistic seller expectations at 12% (tied with buyer cold feet). When valuing the business prior to sale it is not surprising that many owners will have a higher than expected price in mind. This is reasonable knowing how much effort has been put into to getting the company where it is today. Owners will also have strong emotional ties with the business that simply are not quantifiable. This perspective can further be explained by what is called the endowment effect. Simply put the endowment effect is the tendency for people who own a good, or business in this case, to value it more than people who do not. The endowment effect causes many sellers to have an inflated idea of the sales price due to their unique perspective. Buyers on the other hand are looking more at the bottom line and are concerned with cash flow and potential risks. A buyer is usually concerned with specific questions such as: (more…)Read More
As an owner, deciding to sell your business can be a difficult and time-consuming experience, and one that requires proper planning and awareness of marketability. When evaluating a potential business for purchase, it is important to understand the owner’s commitment to the sale. Many owners have prepared from the early stages of the life of the business and have developed a detailed exit plan by the time they are ready to retire. In other cases, the owners may find themselves selling before they are entirely prepared, either because of burnout or divorce for example.
According to the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) when it comes to the buying or selling of a business, 49% of the transactions did not make it to closing in Q1/2018. When evaluating the owner’s commitment and potential to close it often comes down to the owner’s motivation to sell as well as the amount of planning the owner has put into developing a successful exit strategy. Determining an owner’s motivation to sell is an important step in the initial due diligence process as it will sometimes shed some light on the likelihood that the deal will go through.
Below are common reasons owners decide to sell a business:
Retirement: The International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) lists retirement as the number one reason business owners decide to sell their business for listings in the <$500K-$5Mil range. Adding to this already common reason, there is a major uptick in the amount of small businesses being put on the market with the massive influx of baby boomer business owners reaching retirement age. According to the California Association of Business Brokers, retiring Boomer business owners will sell or donate $10 trillion worth of assets over the next (more…)Read More
Is earnest money or a breakup fee required when selling or buying a small business? The answer to this question may surprise you depending on who you are. If you talk to a business seller or a business buyer, they may answer you the same, however as you dig in a little more into their answer you will see a glaring difference in the answer. A business seller will have a very different perspective from the business buyer.
Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably; however, there is actually a significant difference between an earnest money deposit and a breakup fee, and a good understanding of both and why they are used will help answer the question posed in the title of this article.
First, let us define these terms.
Is a deposit made to a seller showing the buyer’s good faith in a transaction. Earnest money is typically held jointly by the seller and buyer in a trust or escrow account, and has its origins in the real estate world. An earnest money deposit shows the seller that a buyer is serious about purchasing the business. When the transaction is finalized, the funds are put toward the buyer’s down payment. If the deal falls through, the buyer may not be able to reclaim the deposit. Typically, if the seller terminates the deal, the earnest money will be returned to the buyer. When the buyer is responsible for retracting the offer, the seller will usually be awarded the money.* (more…)Read More
Imagine your financial advisor telling you to invest 80% of your net worth into one stock. This may sound crazy, but small business owners are doing this every day.
It is well known that investment diversification is one of the more important ways to reduce financial risk to an investment portfolio. According to Investopedia, “diversification is a technique that reduces risk by allocating investments among various financial instruments, industries and other categories”.
For better or worse, the majority of net worth of a successful small business owner is most likely held within their own company.
According to the FPA/CNBC Business Owner Succession Planning Survey released earlier this year, an estimated 10 million small-business owners plan to sell their businesses over the next ten years. Most of these business owners are baby boomers. According to the study almost 80% of small business owners are relying on the proceeds for retirement. The scary fact is that the average small business owner is anticipating between 60% to 100% of their retirement needs will come from the sale of their small business.Read More