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Buying a Business

“Caveat Emptor” - Let the buyer beware.

The above phrase is often heard when buying second hand goods. It applies equally to buying an existing business.

It’s an exciting time and it means that you, as the buyer, have to make sure that you understand what it is you are going to get for your money.
This is where we can help, with our “Due Diligence” services.
We will examine the last few years’ financial statements of the business you intend to purchase and provide you with a realistic estimate of the valuation.

We can advise on:

  • Establishing a fair price for the business
  • How the purchase price should be divided between the different assets you are acquiring
  • Whether you should buy the shares of the company or simply purchase the assets from the company, if the business is incorporated
  • How much money your new business will require
  • How to structure and finance the deal
  • Income tax implications on purchase
  • Other customized services

…and much more.
Our Firm has extensive experience assisting clients in mergers and acquisitions with assistance in the following areas:

  • Due diligence on purchase
  • Review of cash flow
  • Optimization of taxes
  • Assistance in obtaining financing
  • Structuring agreements
  • Establishing purchase price
  • Business strategies and planning

An in-depth assessment of a business could include the following steps:

  • An assessment of your needs and situation
  • Research and collection of critical information
  • Analysis of research and information
  • Preliminary due diligence
  • Value enhancement
  • Problem identification and proposed solutions
  • Valuation
  • Development of a profile
  • Presenting profile and reviewing conclusions with you

Your decision to buy a business or not should be based on accurate and intelligent information. We can help ensure that you have the right information for this big decision, which leads to better protection for your investment.
If you decide to proceed with the purchase, but need additional funding, we can assist in working with financial institutes to obtain financing.
For further information regarding our services we recommend you review Buying a Business, or browse through the many articles that Joe has written in the Resource Library.
Call Rob to arrange a free, no obligations consultation at 519-429-3800