As we have consulted in the sale of businesses since 1991 we have learned what is appealing and what is of concern to the potential buyers. This is why we believe we are best described as consultants who analyze a business from the perspective of the buyers and make recommendations that should ease concerns and increase enthusiasm for the acquisition of a business. Often these suggestions are not difficult to implement and have a short lag before there is apparent improvement in the company’s profit or simply eliminate some operational issues going forward that could negatively influence the buyers.
Additionally, The Montana Group will provide its accountant to review the balance sheets and income statements for the prior three years and the current year to date financial information. We will also construct a budget for the remaining fiscal year, as well as, the next one. The potential buyers will use this to determine their valuation so it is critical that this information is provided in a format that best positions the business. The experienced consultant should more than cover their fee with this part of the presentation.
The summary narrative of the company is necessary in order to gauge the initial interest of the buyers and the buyers’ motivations should be such that their enthusiasm for the company raises their offer. A well-written narrative can enhance this.
It is important that interested buyers understand the sellers’ representative’s past successes and ability to bring competition into the process. Of course, buyers prefer not to pay any more than is necessary so they need to feel that in order to acquire the company their bid must be competitive. A consultant with many completed transactions will know how to properly enhance the ultimate transaction price but also in additional seller benefits, which can be substantial.
“Selling a business is a once-in-a-lifetime and lifestyle change that often affects multiple generations. So, use a specialist with years of experience. While this can be done by the business owner in an attempt to be frugal, our 25 years with this specific focus tells us that often the owner is reducing the sale price in multiples over the money saved from not paying a success-based consulting fee.”, says Emmett Barnes, President and Founder of The Montana Group. (www.montanagroup.com)