Selling a Business
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Selling a Business
How do I maximize the value of my business? Start by making it appear less fungible. You can’t necessarily retool your product line overnight, but you can identify and promote specific aspects of your business that give you -- and the new owner -- an edge. Fungibility is the ability of individual units of a good or a commodity to be substituted for one another. Essentially, it means the goods are interchangeable. For example, one $10 bill is interchangeable with any other genuine $10 bill or with any combination of bills and coins that add up to $10. Fungible commodities include water, food, precious metals, and, possibly, your business. So, what does fungibility have to do with your company? In business, a fungible asset is one that can easily be substituted for another asset. For example, machinery may be considered a fungible asset in certain types of businesses. Labor may also be considered fungible in certain industries. In the world of mergers and acquisitions, a fungible business is one that can be easily substituted by the acquisition of another business. For example, if a buyer is purchasing a business solely for the cash flow it generates, then that buyer can...View Story
What are the steps I’ll need to take to sell my business? It’s a complicated process but you can simplify the procedure with a plan and increase your chances for a successful sale by properly executing each step of that plan. The Process of Selling a Business -- The Seven Steps Prepare a confidential information memorandum (CIM). A CIM is a written overview of your business that answers key questions nearly every buyer will ask. Confidentially market your business. When selling your business, determine if the ideal buyer is an individual, competitor, or private equity firm; then create a plan that’s customized to attract your targeted buyer. Screen buyers and email them your CIM. Most buyer inquiries come through email. Include basic information about your business and ask the potential buyer to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before you send them your CIM. Share information and meet with qualified buyers. Share your CIM and normalized financials with interested buyers. If the buyer asks a few follow-up questions, answer them. If the buyer sends you a long list of questions, set up an in-person or phone meeting. Negotiate and accept an offer. Ask the buyer for a letter of intent (LOI)....View Story
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