Business Brokerage Group, LLC

For Sellers

Business Valuation and Consulting

The value of a business is based on two things: what it owns and what it earns.

What it owns

A business has tangible and intangible assets. The tangible assets are the furniture, fixtures, equipment, inventory, and real estate. The intangible assets can include the trade name, contracts, leases, client lists, licenses, recipes, and patents.

What it earns

A business provides a certain financial benefit to the owner. The benefit generally comes in the form of business profits and a salary to the owner. It can also provide the owner with fringe benefits such as health insurance, a company car, or a retirement plan.

How value is calculated

Owner operated businesses with sales of $1 million or less generally sell for the value of the assets, plus one to three times the earnings. If the earnings are stable and growing, the value is on the higher end. If the earnings are variable or declining, the value is on the lower end. Businesses with sales of $1 million to $10 million may sell for straight earnings multiples of three to six. A thorough investigation of the financial information is required to uncover the true earnings capability of the business. Again, if the earnings are stable and growing, a higher multiple is used. If the earnings are variable or declining, a lower multiple is used. Businesses with sales of more than $10 million often have specific industry criteria, which may be applied to determine the value. At this level, Buyers may be paying for market share, rights to patents and processes, additions to product lines, or the benefits of strategic or administrative consolidation.

Rules of thumb

Most industries have one of more rules or thumb. However, they can vary widely and in most cases do not give an accurate value of a business. Since each business is unique, a particular rule of thumb can be off by as much as 100% or more. The business valuator will be able to decide what is the most relevant information about a business and then make an informed decision about its value.

The value of a business valuator

Business valuation is as much an art as a science. While the business valuator does employ standardized formulas and methods to calculate value, he works from assumptions that are based on his experience in the market place and his familiarity with the similar businesses. This process includes the selection of the most appropriate risk and return variables. In this way, his applied expertise leads to the best calculations of value for a specific business.

Preparing To Sell Your Business

At The Sterling Business brokers we are acutely aware of what it takes to sell your business. Preparing the seller, and aiding the seller in preparing the business to achieve the maximum gain from the sale, are two important roles of the professional intermediary. Owners sell their businesses for reasons stemming from retirement, partnership disputes, personal relocation, family concerns, the desire for change, illness, or to enter another business venture. Knowing the reason for the divestiture aids your The Sterling Business professional in structuring the most advantageous transaction. The Sterling Business brokers turns to its professional alliances to help you seek the appropriate tax strategy, succession plan, or investment strategy to again help you maximize the benefit of the sale.

The Sterling Business brokers have identified specifics needed in order to aid a successful transaction

• Having provable books and records increases the numbers of potential buyers
  Buyers want proof of sales and profits the business has attained in the past
• Expectation of a reasonable price and terms
  Educated buyers only consider competitively priced businesses
• List of assets including furniture, fixtures, and equipment
  A complete inventory that can be referenced during inspection
• Attractive lease
  Knowing the terms of assignment or of a new lease
• Best possible appearance
  Having the business premises neat, clean and in good repair
• Valuing the business properly
  A valuation on the business creates a document that proves value to the buyer and shows the business to be competitively priced
• Covenant not to compete
  Preparing the terms of non-competition within an appropriate distance and for a reasonable period of time
• Reason for sale
  Buyers will want to understand the reason for sale and be comfortable that there is not undisclosed information that could
  negatively affect their investment in the future
• Time is of the essence
  Be prepared to move forward when a qualified buyer shows interest in the business
• No surprises!
  Most adverse situations, such as landlord problems, outstanding loans, tax arrears, unfavorable equipment leases, and even
  non-compliance with zoning, health or other regulations, health or other regulations,
  can be overcome if known by your professional The Sterling Business Intermediary

The Selling Process:

  • Commitment
    Your commitment to The Sterling Business Brokerage Group is to sell your business at a price and with terms consistent with the marketplace.

  • Documentation
    You provide The Sterling Business Brokerage Group with all the necessary documents and data required to sell your business.

  • Valuation & Pricing
    We analyze your business and suggest a realistic price and reasonable terms, or for a larger business, we recommend a third party valuation.

  • Advertising & Marketing
    We advertise your business and others like it to get the highest possible response and the greatest numbers of prospects.

  • Extensive Screening
    We interview buyers to eliminate those who are unable or not ready to purchase a business at this time.

  • Introduction
    Our Business Intermediary presents your business to qualified potential purchasers. They discuss the various components and benefits of the business with the potential buyer.

  • Confidential Meeting
    A possible meeting with you, the potential purchaser and the The Sterling Business broker is set up, to prove the buyer\'s interest and give an opportunity to learn more about the buyer.

  • Assist with Financing
    We have many financial resources, including lenders who specialize in SBA loans or business loans, and we will assist you and the buyer in determining which method of financing will work for all parties and lead to a successful closing.

  • Offer to Purchase
    We encourage buyers to write a fair offer accompanied with an earnest money deposit check.

  • Present Offer
    We will present the offer for purchase to you. At this time, we can provide you with background information on the buyer and explain the buyers reasoning behind the offer.

  • Accept the Offer
    You may accept the offer as presented or you may use our knowledge and experience to structure a counter offer.

  • Explanation
    We explain the terms and conditions of the offer to you.

  • Mutual Acceptance
    At this critical time The Sterling Business brokers use their training, negotiating skills and expertise to create a mutually acceptable agreement and it becomes a contingent purchase and sale agreement.

  • Inspections &Licenses
    Nearly all offers are contingent upon the buyer\'s inspection and approval of all aspects of the business operation including financial records. The handling of due diligence is the most important step in the process of a successful sale. You will need to satisfy the buyer that you have all the necessary licenses and permits necessary to operate the business.

  • Contingency Removal
    The buyer\'s needs to remove all the contingencies for the agreement to become a binding offer for purchase and sale.

  • Lease Assignment
    We work to present the buyers experience and financial qualifications to the landlord in order to obtain a lease assignment or new lease.

  • Note Assumption
    If there are existing equipment lease or loans that the buyer is to assume, we can work with the lender, closing attorney or escrow company to transfer those obligations.

  • Closing Preparation
    The closing documents are based on hundreds of prior transactions. They are tailored to meet the individual needs of you and your buyer at the time of the sale. They are coordinated by either an attorney or an escrow company.

  • Inventory
    When applicable, we will assist you in finding professionals to assist you with the inventory process.

  • A Successful Sale!
    The Sterling Business brokers Chicago assists with the many details required for a smooth transfer of possession. All parties then sign the final agreement, the business is transferred and funds are distributed.

Seller Documentation Checklist

We appreciate you selecting The Sterling Business brokers to assist you in selling your business.  To facilitate the quickest and highest price sale, we need the following information from you as quickly as possible:

• 2-3 Years\' Profit & Loss Statements
• 2-3 Years\' Complete Set fo Tax Returns
• Lease
• Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment List
• Inventory Value
• Sales Tax Returns
• Franchise Agreement
• Notes/Liens/Liabilities
• Vending Contracts
• Maintenance Contracts
• Lease/Purchase Agreements
• Partnership/Consent of Spouse
• Corporate/Partnership Resolution
• Other Relevant Information Specific to Your Business

Contact Us Today

(312) 799-9436 | (312) 305-4678



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