Despite Downturn, Business Deals Still Take Place
Business deals still take place, despite economic uncertainty. The current economic climate continues to hinder some business sales, but even with a challenging environment, businesses are changing hands. Regardless of the economy, many aging boomers are looking to retire, while younger boomers are interested in buying and becoming their own bosses.
This is the time when business savvy people don’t take cover but actually dig in. While some business owners are hiding from the possible negative and money draining effects of a struggling economy, there are those who continue to look to buy and are finding that deals can still be done.
Many business owners are concerned with the future and already have plans to sell in the next few years. They may be even more motivated to start the sale process now since businesses that are in the market are not selling as fast as in recent years. Buyers are discovering that business opportunities do exist and that regardless of the state of the economy, deals are being done, they may simply require some creativity.
With credit markets as they are, banks are utilizing tighter lending and underwriting requirements for business acquisitions. Buyers and sellers must develop creative deal-structuring strategies that make transactions happen and provide future success. Seller financing helps with the capital structure and has almost become a requirement by lenders in the current environment. Seller participation assures a prospective buyer and lender that the seller believes in the value and sustainability of the business.
Also, to remain competitive, many businesses could treat the downturn of the economy as a time to lay the foundations for future growth and the sale of the business when the economy rebounds. This may include a more global approach. Some regions of the world with advanced economies have escaped the effects of the credit crunch and those looking to create future successes may be able to capitalize on these global opportunities.
While there is much doom and gloom associated with the current economy, opportunities do exist for those interested in buying or selling a business. For business owners or would-be owners, it’s important to work with a qualified business transaction professional, like a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) or Mergers & Acquisitions Master Intermediary (M&AMI). They can provide proper guidance on developing a deal strategy.
If you have a question about selling or buying your business, give Andrew a call today at (916) 570 2674.
This article is reprinted as a courtesy of the International Business Brokers Association® (IBBA.) IBBA is the largest international, non-profit association operating exclusively for the benefit of people and firms engaged in the various aspects of a business brokerage and mergers and acquisitions. IBBA® has 1,950 members worldwide, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.