Life After Business
About This Show
Sell your business when you want, to who you want, for how much you want. Ryan Tansom’s goal is to bring you all the information he wishes he had when they sold their company. He will teach you to build the value of your business, set your timeline, and harvest your wealth during the sale so you can exit your business happy and transition into a life after with passion, purpose, and community.
Most Recent Episode
You Tell Me the Price and I'll Tell You The Terms - Interview with Scott Miller
6 days ago
Valuations, Gross Sale Price and Net Proceeds... What Really Matters? I had a great conversation with Scott Miller in this episode and we tackle some of the most important concerns every business owner have has when transitioning their company, how does gross dollar amount turn into net proceeds in the bank? AND how long does it take to get it and what do I have to do to get it? Scott is a serial entrepreneur as well as a CPA. He knows what it’s like to be on every side of the fence. Just how can you protect those net proceeds from all the clever tricks a buyer and their attorney might pull? Keep listening for the answers, or if you’re pushed for time, read on below for the show summary…. What is the difference between valuation and net proceeds? The first question to ask, post-valuation and at the beginning of the negotiation after the buyer tries to wow you with the gross sale amount, is “what are the terms?” The figure given as a valuation and the offer that is in the Letter of Intent will be subject to many things, i.e. earn-outs, seller financing, management agreements. The best way to approach this is to get the baseline figure agreed upon WHILE knowing the EXACT net proceeds dollar amount you are trying to get. Then know where you have leverage with the buyer and know as much information you can gather about why they would want to buy you so you have the upper hand any time there is a negotiation. THEN if you have to give and take KNOW what you are giving up as part of the process just in case whatever you agreed upon doesn't follow through. Who prepares the documentation for the transaction? Typically the attorney for the buyer sits in the driver seat of the transaction and drafts up the purchase agreement and sends it to the seller's attorney. So therefore, documents tend to be drafted with all kinds of intricate caveats to provide a cushion for the buyer. For example: if it is in the buyer's best interest to have an asset sale with the classifications of revenue a specific way to help them recapture the expenses and depreciate the purchase in a certain way, they will do that. REGARDLESS of what it means to you and your net proceeds. A few simple reclassification moves might make the buyer a ton more mone