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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Preparing Your Business for a Buyer's Visit

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Believe it or not, some business owners will take a qualified buyer’s visit too lightly to the point where they only see it as a quick meet-and-greet before pushing him or her out the door that he or she came in. This cannot be stressed that a buyer visit has to be taken very seriously for a number of reasons if you want to move closer to a deal and check.  
A visit from a buyer is an opportunity for him or her to meet not only with you but with your management team as well as tour the company’s offices and other facilities. In most cases, a rigorous exchange of information occurs that will determine the viability of a sale or acquisition.  
The buyer will ask you specific and in depth questions about your business to determine what are the benefits and risks. He or she will want to know if there are any signs of financial distress or legal liabilities that could result in killing the transaction. If the buyer is experienced, he or she will study how closely the physical space and operations match your reported numbers and description of the company. It is imperative then that you communicate the pros and cons before they walk through the door because they could just as well leave as quickly when or if they do.  
There are other issues that you will need to take into consideration such as the possibility that key staff and customers may not continue to remain after the acquisition is complete. The buyer will look for potential opportunities to turn weakness around for greater profits such as a company that may have an understaffed marketing department and bring in a strong team to help raise the market position.  
On the other end, you should be asking questions to make sure that the buyer has the financing to even proceed. Learn more about his or her motivations and how your business fits into his or her strategic plans. Remember, you know your company better than anybody else, so you should be asking questions that will help put your mind at ease, knowing that the business that you’ve spent blood, sweat and tears on will be in good hands.  
Finally, be sure to assemble current financial statements and other essential documents pertaining to accounts receivable, working capital, cost of goods sold, inventory turns and earnings, vendor payment terms, employee benefits, marketing strategies, training techniques, and billing and collection procedures that will help better understand your business’ complete picture.  
You should be showing the buyer that you’ve solidified relationships with key customers and suppliers, successfully negotiated leases for facilities and equipment, and documented and safeguarded any proprietary processes or patents. And last but not least, keep your business visually appealing by cleaning up, organizing and painting the facilities as well as repair or replace equipment if necessary.


Response to: Preparing Your Business for a Buyer's Visit
David Lloyd says
We are having a buyer come in next week to view our manufacturing warehouse. Should we expect him to stay the whole day or what would be the best recommended time for him to view our business in action? Would it be better to just make the day available just for the visit?

Response to: Preparing Your Business for a Buyer's Visit
Thomas Crayton says
It's funny, we actually just painted the exterior walls of our business last week for a viewing by a potential buyer that's coming to look this coming Monday. Plus with the landscaping that we just had done last month, I have found more people asking about the store.

Response to: Preparing Your Business for a Buyer's Visit
Jose Garcia says
I thought when a buyer visits, it's more of a meet and greet. I am glad I read this blog, I am going to get my store ready for when some people come in next week to look at the business.

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