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Edmonton Business Broker Sells Flower Shop

October 02, 2013

Performance Business Brokers Facilitates the sale of Flowers By Merle in Edmonton Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Performance Business Brokers (www.performancebusinessbrokers.ca) of Edmonton, AB has completed the sale of Flowers By Merle on Stony Plain road.  Flowers By Merle was a family owned fixture in the Edmonton flower industry for 47 years. The new owners acknowledge the Flower Shops time in the market place as being a key factor in purchasing the business. The shop is renowned for their amazing selection of fresh cut flowers and flowering plants. Outstanding exotic varieties and interesting foliages arrive directly from growers in South America, Hawaii, California and British Columbia.

 

Dwight Lester, President of Performance Business Brokers in Edmonton AB comments “In a short 90 days we listed the business to sell, presented multiple offers, and completed the sales transaction. Both the seller and the buyer were happy with the efficiency of the sale”. The new owners commented, “Working with Performance Business Brokers was exceptional. Dwight provided great guidance with the due diligence process and assistance during the transition to the new owners”.

 

About Performance Business Brokers, Edmonton

Performance Business Brokers is a full service Edmonton Business Brokerage Company that sells businesses across Alberta. We specialize in business valuations, packaging, listing and the selling of existing businesses and new business opportunities.

Selling your business is one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make and it can involve high levels of stress and anxiety. Working with a professional can reduce the stress by determining the optimal selling price and terms for the seller.  The majority of a business owners’ wealth is often tied to the business so a properly executed exit from it is paramount. It is important to ensure you have the right team to guide you when selling your business.

 

Selling Businesses is our ONLY Business

 

Contact us today at 780-756-2990, or by email at info@performancebb.ca  Suite 220 – 11717 – 42 St. Edmonton AB.  www.performancebusinessbrokers.ca

Accredited Cosmetology – Aesthetics School for Sale

Established for over 25 years, this institute operates a private for-profit post-secondary school that provides vocational training. The institute offers non-degree, certificate programs within the Cosmetology – Aesthetics industry.

The school is licensed as a Private Vocational School by the Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education. The programs offered by the school are eligible for student loan funding from the Alberta and Federal student loans program. The fulltime program runs 10 months and has new student intakes each month.

The schools generated gross revenues of $1,1500,000 in 2012 and had impressive profits.

The seller, who is retiring from the business, is looking for a buyer, who is capable of taking the school to another level, for which the foundation is prepared and ready. The school is situated in a beautiful and new location since 2011 with high traffic flow.

The school also enjoys the ability to have additional revenue streams from retail sales of cosmetology – Aesthetic product as well as from services provided by the students while they learn.

The school has a high grad placement rate of 90+% within three months of graduating.

The purchase price of this opportunity is negotiable and this information is intended to ascertain interest in the said business after which open negotiation is invited.

Contact us today at Performance Business Brokers for full information on this unique opportunity at 780-756-2990 or email us at Dwight@performancebb.ca

 

 

Edmonton Business Broker – Oilfield Maintenance Company For Sale

Performance Business Brokers Presents

If you are looking a solid company with a 20 years history in the Oilfield Maintenance business your wait is over.

This company services oilfield companies in the north eastern region of Alberta, with experienced crews. The company specializes in winter road building, Snow making, picker truck and hotshot services and chain link fencing installation.

They have a complete line of equipment to build and clear winter roads and to provide grass cutting services for high grade roads in the summer months.

The company prides itself on safety and in the last ten years there have been no lost time accidents or injuries on any of their projects.

For full information on this business contact Dwight Lester at 780-756-2990 or info@performancebb.ca

 

Edmonton Business Broker Presents – Why you shouldn’t hire a real estate agent to sell your business

Why you shouldn’t hire a real estate agent to sell your business

Chris Griffiths

Published Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 05:00AM EDT

While I have benefited greatly from the services of real estate agents for the sale of personal and commercial properties, I would never use one to broker the sale of my business. Here’s why and some ideas for alternative approaches.

If you are selling your business and your business includes a real estate asset or assets, by all means, use a real estate agent for those transactions. I have done several real estate transactions over the years and in 100 per cent of the cases, the real agents I dealt with added tremendous value and an obvious return on investment from their commissions and fees.

Most businesses who own real estate acquire those properties under separate holding companies, so it’s easy to treat the sale of the property (retail store, repair shop, manufacturing facility) differently than the sale of the operating company. Many buyers looking to purchase a business may prefer to rent, so even if your operating company owns a property, you may find yourself selling it separately or as an option.

A real estate agent is a valuable contributor, whether it be on a commission basis during a sale offering, or on a fee-for-service basis as a consultant on how to approach the sale or your business property. However, when it comes to preparing a operating business for sale, and managing the transaction process to closing, hiring a real estate agent is not your best approach.

You see, an operating business is far more complex than a structure and land. Your business has many dynamics that influence its performance and valuing your business fairly, for both you and your buyer, is extremely complex – at least when it’s done correctly.

I often look in the real estate sections of my local paper and see businesses listed and wonder how an owner and the real estate agent could attract me to buy. As a buyer, I want to see:

  • Detailed income statements, balance sheets and cash flows for the past three years as well as a prospectus on the business that covers the history and the future, including detailed financial projections;
  • Non-tangible assets; for example, customer lists and subscription retention rates, and I want to see industry information and a competitive analysis;
  • A list of owner benefits; costs that the business absorbs, but benefits the owner on a personal level as well, such as vehicles or other;
  • Employee performance histories and compensation levels.

I’d also want to discuss terms, an asset sale versus a share sale, and explore areas where there may be risks for future litigation. I’d want to discuss representations and warranties so I know there is some fall back if it turns out I was sold a lemon through misrepresentations of the facts.

But above all, I want to talk to someone who can answer all the questions above, and more, with confidence. As an owner, you may not be prepared to answer these if you haven’t been coached through the process in advance.

Besides running ads, most real estate agents don’t have the background to help a small business owner prepare all the aforementioned information. The bigger the business, the more important this information becomes. After all, you are not just selling a business, you are selling money – future money. An acquirer will value your business based on the profitability and free cash flow that your business is currently generating and will generate many years into the future. Sure, some small businesses are acquired as “lifestyle” businesses, where high growth and free cash flow are not prioritized as much as a steady income and the involvement in an industry that the buyer may be passionate about – looking for little more than a decent salary. Control over his or her own destiny and some fun may be what some buyers are after.

This is why you need to hire a business broker. He or she can help you position your business for all different types of buyers. Whether on commission or fee-for-service, business brokers can identify these and other ways that you need to prepare your business for sale.

While the broker may guide you, you should want to play a proactive role in the creation of your prospectus — a detailed document, like a business plan, that outlines all key aspects of the business. After all the years you’ve spent selling on behalf of your business, this may be the most important sale of your life and only you can portray all the value your business can bring to a new owner.

With the guidance of a business broker, you will be challenged to take nothing for granted and look at business value from many, many angles that may not be top of mind for you. A business broker will help position the business for sale and help negotiate the terms – which can get complicated with earn outs, escrows, hold backs and owner financing options.

So don’t let what may be the biggest transaction of your life turn into something you think will be “obvious” to a new owner based on an ad in the paper. Do your homework and ask for help from experts so you maximize your sale and have no regrets.

Special to The Globe and Mail

FOr all your Business Sale needs contact, Dwight Lester Performance Business Brokers

SOLD – Spruce Grove Wok Box Restaurant for sale

Performance Business Brokers Presents –

Established Spruce Grove Wok Box is being offered for sale. This location is operated with an absentee owner group

The tenant improvements at this Wok Box restaurant are state of the art and exclusively designed by Wok Box Canada. Located in strip mall next door to Star Bucks it has lots of parking and high visibility in the shopping power center. They have multiple signage including being on the power centers pylon sign for exposure. Equipment is in top condition.

Be your own boss as an owner-operator or add it to your growing empire with great employees already in place! The owner group have a Labour Market Opinion in place are employee 5 foreign workers, thus staffing is not an issue.

This Wok Box location is part of a well-known, strong franchise with stores across Canada. Avoid the tiring and time consuming process of searching for the right location, negotiating a lease, applying for permits, construction stress and license inspection. It’s all done for you.

This restaurant offers high-quality, healthy meals at a reasonable price. Once anyone has tried Wok Box, they’re addicted.

There are plenty of lunch and dinner choices to make when you’re looking for Chinese food, Japanese dishes and other Asian food specialties. Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen has put together a delicious variety of flavorful and healthy meal choices from popular Asian regions all in one menu. Expect favorites from Thailand, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and many more. Their lunch and dinner selections are made to order with fresh ingredients and unique sauces made exclusively for the Wok Box in our test kitchen.

The Wok Box pioneered the concept of fresh made pan-Asian food in Canada and packaged it in a quick serve restaurant model that fits into 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. Our growth has attracted abundant interest from would-be franchisees across Canada resulting in more than 70 stores opening in three years.

No experience is required as the Franchisor will provide training which is included in the purchase price.

Asking price is $325,000.

For full information, email us today.

Edmonton Business Broker Presents

This is your opportunity to acquire a growing Purified Water store in Bonnyville Alberta.

Purified Water Store is a full service retail outlet that sell Purified Water by the gallon, purified ice and various other bottled water related products and services. The store is equipped with state of the art water purification system which dispenses Superior quality drinking water for approximately 30% – 70% less than retail supermarkets or private water delivery services. 

Customers bring in their own containers or purchase one of the many quality bottles and dispensers available from the Purified Water Store. The store also sells a tremendous amount of water related products such as lead free porcelain water crocks and stands, water coolers, water pump, filters, reverse osmoses systems and filters of all sorts.

 The Purified Water Store has been in business since 2000 and has shown growth every year. The store operates out of a 2500 sq. ft. store in the same building as Lakeland Arctic Spas.

 Bonnyville is the centre of oil field activity and is expanding rapidly. Due to the influx of people there are ample opportunities for growth in the above mentioned product lines.

The Town of Bonnyville is located in northeastern Alberta, approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the provincial capital of Edmonton. The Town’s motto – “it’s Multi-Natural” – refers to the town’s celebration of its diverse cultural heritage and rich natural resources.

The economy is growing and expanding faster that the provincial average creating employment opportunities in construction, oil and gas, as well as retail sales. As a major service area, the Town serves more than 10,000 people. The Bonnyville market area is strong with a population of 27,000 within 30 minutes driving time, 49,500 within 60 minutes, and 56,500 within 90 minutes. Bonnyville is the HUB for the oil and gas industry with over 60 national and international companies setting up head offices within the Town.

Additional community information can be viewed at: www.town.bonnyville.ab.ca

This business can also be purchased with a complementing business that operates out of the same building. Please see our Lakeland Arctic Spas listing as well.

For full information, please give us a call today 780-756-2990, or email us at Dwight@performancebb.ca

Edmonton Business Broker – Tip of the Day

Buy a Business – Asset Purchase vs. Stock Purchase

Buying a business, especially if it is your first time, can be overwhelming. Will you purchase the assets of the business, or its stock? Which is more beneficial for you? There is no clear-cut answer to this question as it really depends on your circumstances.

In an asset purchase, you buy the company’s assets – furniture, vehicles, equipment, inventory, etc. The shares of stocks remain with the seller. In a stock purchase, you are buying everything the seller owns – stocks, assets and liabilities. You take over as the new owner of the business.

Should You Buy Assets or Stock When Buying a Business?

It is worthwhile to seek the services of a corporate lawyer and an accountant before buying a business. They can advise you on what is the best purchase option for you.

If a business for sale is doing well, you can opt for a stock purchase. However, if the business isn’t profitable, a stock purchase may not be the best option because you may be assuming its liabilities. Find out why the business is being sold.

If you want to build your own company, go ahead with an asset purchase. Before doing so, conduct thorough due diligence. Choose the assets you want to acquire, and the liabilities you intend to assume.

Two key factors – liabilities and depreciation – could determine which is the better option for you. When you purchase company stock, you also assume all its liabilities – disclosed or unknown. A seller may not be forthright about all the liabilities during negotiations. You could have also missed uncovering these liabilities during due diligence. In an asset purchase, you can avoid most of the liabilities. You are responsible only for those identified in the purchase agreement.

Depreciation is the process of deducting a portion of the cost of an asset from the income each year. In a stock purchase, you, as the new asset owner, will just continue deducting depreciation as the previous owner did. In an asset sale, though, the tax law allows you to depreciate the entire purchase price.

Asset Purchase vs. Stock Purchase: Advantages & Disadvantages

  1. In an asset purchase, the assets and liabilities are recorded at fair market value. You can claim the fair market value of tangible assets for depreciation, which results in lower taxes. In a stock purchase, the assets and liabilities are carried over and depreciated as before the purchase.
  2. You acquire the entire business, including all assets and liabilities when you purchase the company’s stock. In an asset purchase, you assume some of the liabilities. You can also choose the useful assets you want for your new company.
  3. An asset purchase may require more documentation. The transfer of ownership of the assets, liabilities and related contracts may need to be filed with the appropriate government agencies. This is not a requirement in a stock transaction. A stock purchase is easier and cheaper to implement, especially if the company only has a few shareholders.

In a stock purchase, you inherit the contracts, permits and licenses. In an asset purchase, you need to file or register for these with the appropriate agencies.

  1. There is no problem with minority shareholders who refuse to sell in an asset transaction. Multiple shareholders could block a buyer’s desire to own 100% of the company in a stock purchase.
  2. You may need to pay for sales or transfer taxes on the sale of assets. A stock transaction avoids some of these taxes.

Buying a business is complicated in itself. Each business purchase transaction is unique. Obtaining professional legal and accounting assistance is a must for a successful business acquisition. As a business buyer, which purchase option is better for you?

Brought to you by: Dwight Lester, Performance Business Broker, Edmonton Alberta

 

Edmonton Business Broker – Tip of the Day

Share Sale vs Asset Sale

When buying an existing business you may have the option of either purchasing the shares of the business or the assets of the business. If you purchase the shares of the business, you inherit the debts and liabilities of the business at that time. You also have an exposure to any debts and liabilities which may arise in the future (even if they relate to events before the shares were acquired).

If you are purchasing shares in the company it may be prudent to negotiate a legal indemnity with the vendor to cover any debts which may arise.

Performance Business Brokers has experience in negotiating the sale of small to medium businesses. We understand the commercial considerations of different sale options, and can advise business owners on the most appropriate structure.

Contact us today for a confidential discussion about your business.

Presented by Dwight Lester, Performance Business Brokers

Edmonton Business Brokers – Business For Sale

Performance Business Brokers Presents:

A great opportunity to buy an established growing business in Bonnyville has just been listed for sale.

This Spa Company is a full retail outlet that sells, installs and repairs the top brand names in the hot tub industry at great prices. They also sell outdoor structures, Steam Showers, and cedar accessories.  For your indoor enjoyment they also retail pool tables and games room furniture and furnishings.

The Spas are made locally in Throsby Alberta and are made to handle the worst our cold climate can throw at them due to superior engineering. The tubs are 33% more efficient to run than any tub in the market.
This Spa Company has been in business since 2005 and has shown profitable growth every year. The store is located on the busiest corner in Bonnyville giving it excellent exposure.
You can view their Web Site at: www.arcticspasbonnyville.com
Bonnyville is the centre of oil field activity and is expanding rapidly. Due to the influx of people there are ample opportunities for growth in the above mentioned product lines.
The Town of Bonnyville is located in northeastern Alberta, approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the provincial capital of Edmonton. The Town\’s motto – “it’s Multi-Natural” – refers to the town\’s celebration of its diverse cultural heritage and rich natural resources.
The economy is growing and expanding faster that the provincial average creating employment opportunities in construction, oil and gas, as well as retail sales. As a major service area, the Town serves more than 10,000 people. The Bonnyville market area is strong with a population of 27,000 within 30 minutes driving time, 49,500 within 60 minutes, and 56,500 within 90 minutes. Bonnyville is the HUB for the oil and gas industry with over 60 national and international companies setting up head offices within the Town.
Additional community information can be viewed at: www.town.bonnyville.ab.ca
This business can also be purchased with a complementing business that operates out of the same building. Please see our Purified Water Store listing as well.
For full information, please email us today at info@performancebb.ca or call Dwight Lester at 780-756-2990.