1. Financial Results - Absolute value and trend of sales, margins, wages/payroll/occupancy costs, net, supportable seller’s discretionary earnings (“SDE”), working capital requirements. Note: year over year interim financial results are of critical importance
2. Customers - Loyalty, quality, concentration, industry & geography, diversification
3. Products and Services Offered - Variety, mix, pricing leverage, intellectual property content, brand names
4. Productivity & Efficiency - Employees, computer & software releases, web site, point of sale system
5. Industry Cyclicality & Seasonality
6. Years in Business
7. The General Economy - U.S. and local
8. Willingness to carry a Seller’s Note - An all cash price is typically discounted by 20%+
9. Scalability/Upside Potential and required additional investment, effort and risk required
10. Business After Sale Issues - Pre-paid services, warranty exposure, returns, employee commitments, equipment leases and other liabilities to be assumed
11. Competitive Threats - China, internet, home based, franchises, industry leaders
12. Facility Lease - Rate vs. Market, term, renewal options, landlord reasonableness
13. Employee Census - Years of service, age, pay rates vs. market, relatives, skill sets/licensing/certification pending retirements, worker’s compensation mod rate, unionization
14. License Requirements & Regulatory Issues
15. If applicable, Third Party requirements of franchisor, dealer, landlord, SBA, and others
16. Barriers to Entry
17. Vendor relationships, and pricing commitments & leverage
18. Seller After-Sale Issues - Training/mentoring, consulting availability, non-compete risk, etc.
19. Facility and Equipment - Age, condition, productivity, replacement cycle, work flow, capacity, technology
20. Specific Location and Area Socio Economic Trend - A key success factor for some businesses
21. Marketability, demand, and availability of buyers with the necessary financial resources & experience
|Helpful Resources To Assist In Selling And Buying California Businesses|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Joe Sandbank, Esq. - Legal Services
I have provided legal counsel to business buyers, sellers and brokers for over 17 years. With prior experience as a business broker and SBA loan officer, Joe brings both a practical and legal approach to all aspects of the business acquisition process.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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