How To Purchase a Business With The Right Financing
Buying A Business ? Ways To Finance A Business Acquisition
Buying a business in Canada often provides a large opportunity for success. While many owners and financial managers may prefer the strategy of organic growth for sales/revenue and profit potential the attractiveness of not having to start a business cannot be discounted.
But financing the business purchase capital, i.e. putting your transaction together is another story. There are numerous options available to the entrepreneur/business person when seeking a business acquisition loan, In some cases your transaction may be a management buyout or the focus on financing a takeover.
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Ways You Can Finance The Purchase Of A Business
Bank loans (Secured and unsecured) - In some cases the actual cash flows of the business can be used to finance the entire business purchase. This can be augmented with either a fixed asset/equipment loan as well as a revolving business credit line.
The importance of financing ongoing operations post the acquisition can't be overemphasized. If new owners are unable to finance through their reserves then options such as a business operating line, a non bank business credit line, or simply a/r invoice financing should be considered. We recommend Confidential Receivable Financing as the optimum method of financing sales when traditional bank credit can't do the job.
Franchise loans - The booming franchise industry, which supports a huge part of the economy has niche finance programs available to acquire both 'new' and 'existing' franchises. Corporate stores owned by the franchisor can be financed, as well as existing franchisees that have chosen to sell.
Tip: Find out why they are selling. Financing the purchase of an existing business is very common in the world of franchise financing.
Asset based Loans - These ' ABL ' loans cover the financing of assets as well as cash flow needs, including the often required credit line. These loans are ' non bank ' in nature and often provide higher ' loan to value ' financing when typically required loan and debt ratios don't work. The asset based lender in effect becomes the equivalent of your senior lender, in the same manner as would Canadian chartered banks.
Asset based lenders certainly help when the transaction makes sense to have a higher leverage based on the quality and size of the asset base. Main asset categories are receivables, inventory, equipment and real estate.
Most business owners wish to maximize the leverage and therefore enhance their return on investment but many times don't consider the dangers of over leveraging when it comes to debt.
While traditional Canadian bank financing might be the obvious or ' go to ' choice for many buyers it should be no surprise that they place significant emphasis on personal guarantees, potential outside collateral, and are usually focus on firms with very strong cash flows, balance sheets, etc. Naturally the Canadian banks can offer the lowest interest rates but financing an acquisition might often be a challenge. Also it should be known that banks aren't proponents of 100% financing - they demand, and desire the proverbial ' skin in the game '!
Government Small Business Loans - aka the ' Canada Small Business Loan '. This is the quintessential small business loan in Canada, One great way to acquire a business if your business fits some basic criteria - i.e. financing required for equipment and leaseholds. Acquisition loan rates, as well as other terms and conditions, are very favourable under the Canadian ' SBL ' program, not to be confused with the U.S. equivalent, the ' SBA ' program from which the Canadian program was modelled. Crown corporations also can potentially assist in your purchase .
While not necessarily a 'creative' strategy, Government guaranteed business loans have solid 'traditional' type rates, no penalty for prepayment options, terms and structures, as well as.. wait for it ... a very limited personal guarantee! Finally, some help from Ottawa, but we digress....
It comes as a surprise to many people that the government does not lend money directly under our Canadian small business financing program - instead it charters the banks to fund the deals under the bank's guidelines. The government provides a guarantee to the banks. Many clients of 7 Park Avenue Financial advise us they have seen the banks interpret those guidelines as they saw fitting.
We can’t over-emphasize the importance of ensuring you understand the financial position of the business you are looking to purchase/acquire. If the seller's motivation is not 100% clear in initial negotiations it may well become clearer when the financial position of the company is understood.
In some cases owners may be willing to provide a ' VTB ' - aka the vendor take back. They may often make or break the financing as long as the seller is willing to take a 2nd position to your financing, and, more importantly, that your lenders don't view the VTB as more ' debt '. Negotiations around the actual amount of the vendor take-back will often dramatically change the nature of the selling price - upward or downward. Seller financing, that vendor participation we are talking about is powerful because it gives you the leverage to minimize owner equity if there are challenges in that area, and sellers are often willing to participate in some creative structuring of the ' take back '.
It removes some of the challenges of conventional financing, and sellers are many times 'motivated' to get the transaction done. There is no real stated percentage of what a typical seller finance percentage might look like, it varies with respect to the circumstances around your transaction so don't forget also that 'seller financing' can be a key part of any successful transaction.
'Goodwill' is difficult to finance part of any transaction, and the easiest financings in business acquisition tend to be ' asset ' oriented, not ' share sale ' focused when you are looking for a loan to buy a business in Canada. That concept of ' goodwill ' is a key part of understanding business loan requirements and what is required to often cobble a transaction together with different types of finance. Buyers should understand that in many cases a ' cobbling together ' of sorts, i.e using multiple sources of financing will often make a transaction work successfully. That is where external expertise can be of great assistance.
Buying and financing that business purchase via a well thought out and executed finance strategy is a solid way to become a Canadian entrepreneur. Speak to a trusted, credible, and experienced Canadian business financing advisor to kick start your business purchase.
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7 Park Avenue Financial provides value-added financing consultation for small and medium-sized businesses in the areas of cash flow, working capital, and debt financing.
Business financing for Canadian firms, specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing, Equipment Leasing, franchise finance and Cdn. Tax Credit Finance. Founded 2004 - Completed in excess of 100 Million $ of financing for Canadian corporations.
Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.
Stan has over 40 years of business and finance executive experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in-depth, hands-on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.