By Robert F. Klueger
I enjoyed this ebook. the writer does an excellent task telling us what's keen on trading a company. when you are pondering paying for a enterprise to run your self, or deciding to buy a company so as to add to an present company, then this publication will open your eyes to the method and demystify the method if you happen to will not be acquainted with the topic already.
When protecting the way to assessment the objective enterprise (the one you're contemplating to shop for) the writer discusses how one can study the seller's operations and its monetary statements. He additionally emphasizes that you will need to reflect on why the vendor is selling.
When masking the way to negotiate the sale the writer discusses how a lot to pay, while to pay, inventory purchases, asset purchases, and the acquisition contract phrases. seeing that inventory purchases have been pointed out, I most likely may have cherished the e-book higher if it had integrated a bankruptcy on tax-free reorganizations. including one of these bankruptcy could have not less than permit readers be aware of that such an animal exists. yet possibly it should were past the scope of the book?
The ebook is equipped into eight topics:
1. the best way to select the company that's correct for you
2. comparing the Target
3. Negotiating the Sale
4. tips on how to purchase a franchise
5. selecting the shape during which to behavior business
6. Financing the purchase
7. The closing
8. a few recommendations on promoting a business
Appendices incorporated: pattern Letter of cause, pattern buy contract, and pattern enterprise Plan.
My favourite sections of the publication for me have been the 3rd and 5th themes. the writer did a superb task of explaining the right way to positioned a price on a goal corporation. And he did a good task explaining collection of felony Entity concerns. The annotated buy contract with shows in Appendix II was once very worthwhile. And the pattern marketing strategy incorporated in Appendix III for a construction parts production enterprise was once nice. five stars!
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2. The way in which gross profit is computed is directly, but subtly, influenced by whether LIFO or FIFO is used. As you can see, gross profit is derived by subtracting cost of goods sold from sales revenue: Sales revenue − costs of goods sold = gross profit Cost of goods sold is derived by adding the beginning inventory (the inventory on hand at the start of the year) to the cost of inventory purchased during the year and subtracting the cost of the ending inventory (the inventory on hand at the end of the year) as follows: Beginning inventory + purchases of inventory during the year − ending inventory = cost of goods sold This means that if the ending inventory is greater, the cost of goods sold is smaller.
That may be fine if you’re reviewing them on January 31, 2004, but not if you’re looking at them on November 30, 2004. Too much may have happened in the interim to give you an ■ 39 ■ ■ Buying and Selling a Business ■ accurate reading of the business. If you’re looking at these financials on January 2, 2005, an entire year has passed. Presumably, Houston’s accountant is now working on the financial statement for the period ending December 31, 2004. Don’t let yourself be steamrolled into a sale before you can see the up-to-date books.
A note receivable may have started out in life as an account receivable. When the debtor couldn’t pay, the creditor did the next best thing: The creditor had the debtor sign a short-term promissory note. But since the debtor couldn’t pay the debt when it was a receivable, there’s no assurance the debtor will be able to pay the promissory note, either. Inventory If the business you’re contemplating buying is a service business, you won’t have inventory to worry about, but if you’re thinking of buying a business that manufactures and/or distributes products, you’ll be faced with the problem of valuing and dealing with the seller’s inventory.