What Makes Business Buyers Walk – Out?

(Excerpt of the forthcoming book ‘The Road Beyond’) Recently, many buyers with strong résumés in the corporate environment have come into the business-buying market. These buyers often have significant IRA or 401k accounts that can be dissolved tax free under current IRS rules, with the funds ... [read more]

An Unsolicited Offer – What NOT to Do

It takes planning to successfully sell a business, and one of the most “unplanned” events is an unsolicited offer. “As a matter of fact, we often experience business owners requiring our services due to an unexpected offer,” says Achim Neumann, President, A Neumann & Associates, LLC, a N... [read more]

The Investor Visa – A Win-Win for Everybody

As it has been reported on quite a few occasions, the US lacks qualified labor in the high-tech industry. This shortage has received considerable exposure in the press and on Capitol Hill, as such industry giants like Intel, Apple and Google all are facing a shortage of labor and struggle to suppo... [read more]

They Are All Big Deals – Tips for A Successful Business Acquisition

If you are purchasing an existing business to add into your own, you are taking a step that involves a lot of terrific potential but also a lot of risk.  In truth, a considerable portion of company mergers fail. But there is a lot to you can do to tilt those odds more in your favor.  They are all ... [read more]

Middle Market Trends

As the “spring market” starts arriving in the North-East US, supported by an improving transaction market, we wanted to give our readers insight into a few current trends and research reports for “Main Street USA”. A recent study conducted by the IBBA (international Business Broker Associati... [read more]

Slow But Continued Growth

The summer months have always been somewhat slow in the business brokerage industry. Buyers and sellers prefer the “cool” environment of the beach and parks over the “hot“ transfer of businesses. “We  have had a significant number of business valuations performed in the second quarter an... [read more]

Justifying a Sale Price

In a recent banking and finance article in NJ Biz, we underscored the changing attitudes of business owners toward more realistic values for their businesses. “I think everybody recognizes that the market is not going to go back to the crazy days of 2007,” said Achim Neumann, President, A Neuma... [read more]

How Much Risk Is Too Much?

In any business transfer, there is risk involved for both buyers and sellers. Unfortunately the risk cannot be completely avoided, and so, we wanted to take a closer look at the respective risk components involved on both sides. “We try to minimize the transaction risks as much as we can,” says... [read more]

2012 Seminars & Talks: What Is Your Business Worth?

One of the most challenging tasks business owners face is defining the Fair Market Value of their business. Again and again, questions regarding the various methods used to determine a fair asking price are raised. And, for good reason.  Defining this number is no easy task— there are many varia... [read more]

Predictions for 2012— What Now?

As a recent Wall Street Journal article noted, there had been as many incorrect projections for 2011 as there had been correct ones. Thus, we will not even venture to attempt a prediction for 2012, short of noting that the three key challenges transferred from 2011 into the new year are the same: a... [read more]

Where is “the beef?”

Borrowing from a recently revamped Wendy’s advertising campaign, the question “where is the beef” is often translated by business owners into “how will the buyer finance the transaction?” “In times when financial resources are more limited, a financial structure becomes paramount in fac... [read more]

How Do You Measure Goodwill?

We are often asked by clients how we assess Goodwill.  “It must be the most frequently raised issue in the valuating process,” says Achim Neumann, President of A Neumann & Associates, New Jersey, “and indeed from an owner’s perspective, several issues come into play, such as customer a... [read more]

Small Business Climate Change?

Traditionally, the summer months of July and August have been slow in the business brokerage industry. Buyers and sellers do not have their minds set on transferring businesses during the dog days of summer. “This year, however, has been quite different,” says Achim Neumann, President of A Neum... [read more]

The Three Popular “Myths” Of Selling (Or Buying) A Business?

Over the past ten years our firm has been involved in many discussions with business owners considering the sale of their businesses. There are a few particular myths that have repeatedly surfaced during these discussions. “A typical business owner will sell a business only once in his or her lif... [read more]

Recession Offers Small Business Opportunities in Second Quarter

For the second quarter of 2011 it looks like Main Street and Wall Street will present two very different pictures. While large publicly traded companies are expected to report strong profits, small businesses across the country are still dealing with tight credit, nervous customers and increased co... [read more]

Rules of Thumb to Value a Business

Quite often, we are asked during presentations which ‘multiple’ is the right one with which to assess the value of a business. Without doubt, most business owners then volunteer that the EBITDA multiple (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, Amortization) is the best single criteria.  H... [read more]