The most common question clients ask me about business purchase financing is how fast can we secure them funding to get their business purchase completed.
While there are many steps we (myself and the actual lender selected) must pass through from start to finish my answer is "it's all up to you."
This statement often catches people off guard but it is the absolute truth.
There are certain items you must have ready in order to start presenting "a transaction or deal" to potential lenders and financial institutions.
Your quest for SBA business acquisition financing will be much faster if you have the following items ready:
* Past 3 years personal tax returns for all owners with 20% or more ownership (Federal Returns only)
* Personal Financial Statement
* For any other affiliate company with at least 20% ownership by an owner of applicant business you will need to provide the past 3 years corporate tax returns
* Signed Purchase Agreement
* Brief write-up about the business - possible "mini" business plan
* Past 3 years corporate tax returns of the business you are purchasing
* Past 3 years P&L and Balance Sheet of the business you are purchasing
* Interim P&L and Balance Sheet of the business you are purchasing
* Reason the current owner is selling
If you have all of these items ready to go it will help get your business purchase financing deal into underwriting much faster. If you are in the early stages of searching for a business to buy then simply have your personal items available for review, once you have identified the business you desire we can then request the items needed from the owner/seller.
A complete package is more likely to be put at the top of an underwriters pile whereas an incomplete package can drastically reduce your changes of funding altogether for your business (or business with real estate) purchase.
About This Author: Peter Siegel, MBA is the BizBen Founder (ProBuy & ProSell Program Director) and a Business Purchase Financing Expert / Advisor (established 1994, 8000+ California businesses sales, 500 new & refreshed postings/posts daily) working with business buyers, business owners/sellers, business brokers, agents, investors, and advisors). Phone him at 866-270-6278 to discuss strategies regarding buying, selling, (or financing a puchase of) California businesses.
|Helpful Resources To Assist In Selling And Buying California Businesses|
|Janet Carrera - Escrow & Bulk Sale Services - SF Bay Area
Redwood Escrow Services, Inc. is a full service, licensed independent escrow company. We are EAFC Fidelity bonded, fully insured & licensed with the Department of Corporations. Committed to offering our clients the most comprehensive variety of escrow services available. Phone Janet at 510-247-0741.
|Mark Chatow, Esq.: Legal Services For Buying, Selling Businesses
Mark has a broad range of small business purchase & sale experience from analyzing potential acquisition targets to successfully guiding buyers and sellers through the purchase & sale of small businesses. Mark can assist with contracts, negotiations, legal matters, etc. Reach Mark at 949-478-8393.
|Diane Boudreau-Tschetter: Escrow And Bulk Sale Services
California Business Escrow, Inc. is a full service independent escrow company serving all of California and has expertise in a wide range of escrows. Our team prides itself on providing an exceptional escrow experience. For more info phone Diane Boudreau-Tschetter at 888-383-3331 or 209-838-1100.
|Willard Michlin, CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Due Diligence Services
Willard Michlin, CPA #106752, offers buyers step by step training & assistance in doing Due Diligence Services when they are thinking of making an offer, or are in process of investigating a business purchase. He helps to determine the actual net profit even when there is cash. Call 805-428-2063.
|Elizabeth McGovern: Escrow Services - SF Bay Area
McGovern Escrow Services, Inc., is a leading independent escrow company. We are a trusted partner with our clients, assisting them through the tangled bulk sale & liquor license transfer process. We provide attentive, quality & innovative customer service. Phone Elizabeth McGovern at 415-735-3645.
|Brad Steinberg, Broker - Laundromat Specialists
PWS is the leading laundromat broker in California. Since 1968 PWS has brokered over 2,500 laundromat sales. With over 90 employees dedicated to the coin laundry industry, PWS has 18 licensed agents, a 3 person in-house finance department, 10 service technicians and a 20 person parts department.
|Helen Yoo: Escrow & Bulk Sale Services - Southern California
New Century Escrow, Inc. is a fully licensed & bonded independent escrow company. Over 20 years combined experience in handling bulk escrow transactions. Multi-lingual staff that speaks your language, including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese. Call Helen Yoo direct at 626-890-1151.
|Related Articles, Events, Blog Posts, Discussions, Videos, Interviews|
|Buyer Beware: Does A Company's Culture Effect The Sale Of A Small Business?
When purchasing a small to mid-szied CA business, there are a many items to evaluate. One area that is often overlooked is the business's office culture. Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen discusses with business buyers the importance of understanding how the business "feels" on a day-to-day basis.
|The Bottomline: What Exactly Is Adjusted Net Income, SDC, And Cash Flow?
The use of add backs & adjusted net income is common among sellers of businesses when showing their financial information/performance. But buyers are cautioned to review financials and tax returns / documents closely. Peter Siegel, MBA with BizBen (ProBuy & ProSell, Financing Expert) explains.
|What Factors Are Considered In Valuing A Small Business? Advisors Weigh In
Valuing a small business is not guess work. It's not what some other businesses of the same type may have or may not have been sold for, it's not even what a business owner "feels" they want or deserve. It is a formula based on many factors. Peter Siegel, MBA from BizBen & others discuss this topic.
|Financing A Business Purchase With Limited Or No Real Estate Collateral
In my experience working with the "right banks and financial institutions" repayment ability sometimes overrules collateral pledged by someone needing financing for a business purchase or a down payment. Peter Siegel, MBA (Business Purchase Financing Expert) at 866-270-6278 shares his experience.
|Uncover Hidden Problems In Due Diligence When You Buy A Small Business
Most everyone who's decided to buy a small business in California knows the importance of due diligence. That involves close examination of a business prior to removing contingencies. But not everyone knows how to uncover problems that are not obvious. Here are five of the most common hidden issues.
|How Many Months Should I List My Business With A Business Broker?
It's important to remember that selling a business takes time. Unlike selling a house, which can be sold relatively fast, a business can take up to six months to a year to sell. Joe Ranieri (Orange County Business Broker) at 714-292-5448 explores this topic from a Business Brokers perspective.
|Live Podcast: A Buyers Perspective- My Experiences & Buyer Tips - 11/14
Mike is a seasoned Business Buyer and a member of the BizBen ProBuyProgram. On this Podcast he will discuss his past experiences dealing with brokers and business sellers and relay helpful advice to new buyers who may be starting the experience of seeking to buy a small or mid-sized business in CA.
|Selling Your Business To One Of Your Employees - A Good Idea? Pros And Con
After investing years of time and talent into a company, many small business owners want to feel like they are leaving their business in good hands and for that reason, some sellers opt to sell their business to an employee. Peter Siegel, MBA talks about the pros and cons to taking this route.
|See All News, Tips And Events|