Business Exit Planning
Selling a Metal Casting Services Business
Most businesses are susceptible to economic conditions and metal casting services businesses are no exception. But in some cases, a down economy can actually improve saleability. All it takes is a strategy to identify solid prospects and convert them to buyers.
Dire economic forecasts have forced many metal casting services business sellers into hibernation. Instead of listing their companies now, they're hanging back until they see signs of an economic recovery.
The business-for-sale market is extremely dynamic. Knowledgeable entrepreneurs understand that market timing isn't nearly as important as other factors in a metal casting services business sale. The key is to go into the sale with your eyes open and with complete awareness of market condition.
In the current marketplace, seller concessions can make the difference between a business sale and a metal casting services business that languishes on the market for months or even years. By far, seller financing is the most sought-after concession, especially in the current economic environment. With entrepreneurs struggling to secure capital, you may be the buyer's only source of financing. If you are unwilling or unable to offer financing, be prepared to offer other types of concessions to close the deal.
Advantages of Hiring a Broker
A good broker can offer several benefits to business sellers. First, business brokers are in tune with the realities of the market and are skilled at helping owners make their businesses attractive to premium buyers. More importantly, brokers have the ability to identify serious buyers and maintain confidentiality throughout the sale process. Typical brokerage rates (a.k.a. success fees) run 10% of the final price - an expense that is usually recouped through a higher sales price and less time on the market.
Current Market Conditions
No one plans to sell a metal casting services business in a down economy. So far, government intervention and promises that the economy is slowly recovering haven't been enough to alleviate many entrepreneur's fears. However, many business sellers don't realize that a full economic rebound can have devastating consequences, particularly if sellers who have waited to list their businesses suddenly create a glut in the business-for-sale marketplace. So what's our point? The economy isn't the most important factor in the sale of your business. Instead, you should be focusing on making your metal casting services business as attractive as possible so to buyers right now.
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