Points to Ponder When You Sell a Business

Who best understands my business?

When interviewing Business Brokers and M&A Advisors to represent the sale of your firm, it is important that you discuss your decision process for selecting one. Without this discussion, a Business Broker can’t respond to a prospective seller’s concerns.

Are there any potential buyers?

When dealing with a Business Brokerage Firm, it always helps to reveal any possible buyer, an individual or a company, that has shown an interest in the business for sale. Regardless of how far in the past the interest was expressed, all possible buyers should be contacted now that your company is available for acquisition. People who have inquired about your company are certainly top prospects.

Lack of communication?

It is critical that communication between the seller, or his or her designee, and the Business Broker involved in the sale, be handled promptly. Calls should be taken by both sides. If either side is busy or out of the office, the call should be returned as quickly as possible.

Does the offering memorandum have cooperation from both sides?

This document must be as complete as possible, and some of the important sections require careful input from the seller. For example: an analysis of the competition; the company’s competitive advantages – and shortcomings; how the company can be grown and such issues as pending lawsuits and environmental, if any.

Where are the financials of the business for sale?

It may be easy for a seller to provide last year’s financials, but that’s just a beginning. Five years, plus current interim statements and at least one year’s projections may be necessary. In addition, the current statement should be audited; although this usually presents a problem for smaller firms — better to do it now than later.

Are the attorneys deal-makers?

In most cases, business – transaction attorneys from reputable firms do an excellent job. However, occasionally, an attorney for one side or the other becomes a deal-breaker instead of a deal-maker. A sign of this is when an attorney attempts to take over the transaction at an early stage or provides a strong opinion without being involved in the many conversations that have taken place between the seller and buyer to understand the real issues. Sellers, and buyers, have to take note of this and inform their attorney that they want the deal to work – or change to a counsel who is a “team player.”

Business Brokers and M&A Advisors are responsible for handling what is usually the biggest asset the owner has to sell. A Business Broker realizes that the sale of a business can create the financial security that is important to a business owner. The Business Broker is committed to selling the business, since by doing so, jobs will be saved, a buyer will be able to provide for his/her family and the seller will be able to retire or move on.

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