Coin Laundry -- commercial self service laundry equipment placed into service in a retail shopping center. Most coin laundries for sale are owned by individual operators that lease space from property owners on long term leases (10 -25 yrs) or property owners that operate their own laundry business. The business is unique in its operation in that the majority of the work is done by the equipment.
Most other businesses require inventory, accounts receivables, and employees that can be very difficult to manage. Newer laundries may have Card Operated equipment that has very unique Marketing and Operational advantages.
The coin laundry industry is nearly 50 years old and most laundries are operated by individual owners. There are some franchise businesses across the nation but most are individually owned.
Clean laundry is considered a necessity of life and good health and just as important as food and shelter. The coin laundry industry has been able to capitalize on this necessity and has been able to thrive during periods of growth and recession. The business has been very successful in high renter occupied densely populated areas but there have been numerous examples of this business being successful in any area with an imaginative marketing approach. People always need to wash their clothes!!
Coin Laundry Value
Coin laundries normally sell for a multiple of their net earnings. The multiple may vary between three and seven times the annual net cash flow, depending on several valuation factors. The following primary factors establish market value:
- The terms and conditions of the lease. The amount of time on the lease factored with the increases in rent amount. Most operators and industry experts will look for the total rent amount to be no more than 25% of the overall gross income. Other factors to consider would be the location of the property, entrances and exits, visibility, and parking.
- The net earnings before debt service, after adjustments for depreciation, and any other non-standard items including owner salary, or payroll costs in services.
- The age and condition of the equipment. The age of the equipment is often overlooked in the valuation of a coin laundry. This should be a strong consideration in business value. If the existing equipment is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced then cost of the replacement should be factored into the valuation.
- Competition. It is vital to research the competition in the area. Are any of the existing competitors attempting to remodel or expand? Are there any new coin laundries being built in the area?
Finding the Right Coin Laundry for You!
It is extremely important that all potential investors conduct a precise evaluation of the laundry business they are looking to purchase. There are many different industry experts available that will help in correctly evaluating the business. Most existing laundry owners do not keep great financial records that are reflective of the true income of the business so a more thorough investigation of utility records and collections is necessary.
Just as important as correctly evaluating the business is a thorough self evaluation to determine the feasibility of operating a coin laundry business. Does this business work for me geographically and financially?
The following shows a list of factors to consider before purchasing a coin laundry business:
Financial -- How much of my own cash and assets am I willing to risk to purchase this business? Is the business going to provide the cash flow required to maintain operation and payback my investment in enough time to make it worthwhile? It is not recommended to try to borrow all the money necessary to purchase the business. If you can part with 50% of the cash required to purchase the business then it should be a safe investment assuming that all the correct evaluation factors of the business have been investigated. Some opportunities may be available that would warrant borrowing most of the money required to purchase the business.
Location -- How far am I willing to travel to effectively operate my business or will I be able to have a manager that will operate the business if I cannot travel that distance? If you plan on managing your own store including emergency calls and collections and only hiring employees for cleaning than it is recommended that you be within 30 minutes of your location.
Opportunity -- Is it possible to purchase this business and improve the operation and the income? You will be purchasing a business based on the value of its current operating condition. Most older laundries have great potential for improvement by remodeling and replacing equipment. Most laundries do not have an effective marketing strategy in place. These factors can be a tremendous opportunity for business improvement, income increase, and quick increase in business value. The return on investment can be tremendous with the correct business approach and marketing strategy.
Remember that clean laundry is a necessity of life. The coin laundry business has been able to capitalize on this necessity. The coin laundry business is all cash, and one of the safest and easiest businesses to operate in the nation. There are many tools and experts at your disposal to correctly evaluate this business for value and for yourself.
|Helpful Resources To Assist In Selling And Buying California Businesses|
|Peter Siegel MBA, BizBen Founder, ProBuy, ProSell, ProIntermediary Programs
Peter Siegel, MBA - Founder Of BizBen.com (since 1994), I am the Lead Advisor for the ProSell, ProBuy, & ProIntermediary Programs. I advise/coach buyers, sellers, and brokers daily about buying & selling small to mid-sized businesses throughout the Nation. I can be reached direct at 925-785-3118.
|Chuck Post: Laundry Buyer Representation, Consulting, Due Diligence
Chuck Post has 35 years experience in the laundry business, specializing in assisting those building, re-tooling, selling or buying coin laundries. Offering specialized services such as: Laundry Buyer Representation, Coin Laundry Valuations, Model Development, Consulting. Call 619-227-5711 (Cell).
|Brad Steinberg, Business Broker: Laundromat Specialist
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.
|Diane Boudreau-Tschetter: Escrow & Bulk Sale Services In California
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.
|Shalonda Chappel: Escrow & Bulk Sale Services - Southern California
Escrow services to brokers/agents, sellers, & buyers. Established 43 years. Extraordinary service. Experienced with handling difficult transactions. One stop for all your escrow needs: Bulk sales, lien searches, UCC searches, liquor license transfers, publishing & recording services. 951-808-3972.
|Larry Larsen: Laundry Consulting, Brokerage, Insurance
40+ years of experience in the sales, ownership, management, and construction of laundries. He is a licensed broker active in the sale of laundries, licensed insurance agent specializing in laundry insurance, remodeling, new equipment. Larry Larsen - phone me direct at 714-630-9274 or 714-630-Wash.
|Helen Yoo, New Century Escrow - Escrow Services In Southern California
Helen Yoo at 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.
|Steve Erlinger: Laundry Broker, Consultant - Southern California
I specialize in the laundry industry broker and consultant in Southern California. I assist buyers navigate the many facets of finding, evaluating, and operating a laundry business. I also help current laundry owners find additional stores, sell, evaluate an existing laundromat. Call 949-500-5893.
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|Laundry Expert Reviews: The Laundry Lease And Its Effect On The Valuation
Read why longer leases increase the value of a card or coin laundromat when buying or selling a laundry. Chuck Post (Laundry Broker, Consultant at 619-227-5711) expands on the topic of lease structures on the purchase or selling of a laundromat. Laundry sellers and buyers will want to read this.
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