The most popular exit strategy is the sale of a business.
1. Prepare for a sale years in advance
- Maintain a file of your audited / reviewed accounts going back as far as possible.
- Maintain a file of legal documents and keep this updated.
- Exit at a time of strength, plan your exit in advance.
2. Engage a team of advisors
- Best way to achieve the highest selling price.
- Minimise your tax burden, don’t ignore the impact a sale has on income tax.
- Ensures necessary agreements and documents are correctly prepared and signed.
- Open auction is not always the best option for sale.
- Work with advisors to research the most suitable potential buyers.
- MBO increasing in numbers of late.
4. Know your price
- Have a reasonable expectation of the price.
- Know the market price of your business & research similar recent sales.
- Inflated prices can turn off or slow down a sale.
5. Prepare for due diligence
- Consider having your own due diligence review done first.
- Disclosed potential negative factors – no surprises save you money and time.
- No what information the buyers due diligence advisors will want.
6. Be flexible
- Consider staged payments.
- Considered contingent payments.
- Consider selling stock or assets buyer does not want.
7. Don’t let time drag
- Work with your advisors.
- Meet deadlines set for you.
- Ensure strict deadlines are scheduled for the buyer.
Plan ahead and get advice to complete the sale of your business successfully.
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