Tips for Successful Business Acquisitions

Posted On Thursday, 13 June 2024 10:58
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Planning an acquisition or merger needs the same mindset as planning to exit a business. Mergers and acquisitions refer to consolidating assets or companies using different transactions, such as mergers, transactions, tender offers, consolidations, and management acquisitions. Navigating the intricacies of these transactions requires more than mere ambition, it will need planning, execution, and often financial support. An invaluable resource in this journey is the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7 (a) financing program, a lifeline for entrepreneurs seeking capital infusion. This article will explore the tips for navigating successful acquisitions and ways to obtain capital through the U.S. Small Business Administration which helps secure SBA 7(a) financing. 

The Benefits of Acquisitions:

An acquisition is defined as a corporate transaction, where one company purchases a portion or all of another company’s shares or assets.

Acquisitions are able to help you effectively break into new markets, allowing you to expand your customer base, and increase your offerings without building them yourself. It helps to diversify your portfolio of products or services which therefore reduces risks and helps your company remain more resilient.

Business Acquisition loans:

SBA, Small Business Administration, loans will usually be used when you start to grow your own business. As a business owner, you may be starting from scratch, or possibly opening a new location, or adding on to your current location, you could however also make use of an SBA loan to buy another business.

Buying a business is one of the best uses for the SBA 7(a) loan program, it is a stable and affordable strategy to enter a new market or to buy out a partner, or alternatively expand your business.

How to prepare for a business acquisition loan:

When lenders evaluate a potential business acquisition deal, they want to know about:

   The state/ health of the business you are buying
   Your financial situation
   Your industry experience.

In order to obtain a loan you will need to prove that the business you are buying needs to have a healthy balance sheet, the business will need to show that it has a history of managing debts and maintaining a balance between retaining profits and paying them to the owners. The lender will also take a look into your personal finances.

Another consideration is whether your business will have any interruptions when the departing owner leaves, some businesses often face a transition period, where the former owner will slowly shift their responsibilities, other transition periods might be more involved and include rethinking how you do your business and the future ahead, however, this will depend on the business and or managers and how they wish to adapt.

Tips for successful acquisitions:

Think ahead:

Consider where you want your business to be in a few years. Ensure that you have a picture in your head, and take the time to consider transformational trends and how they may impact your business, therefore allowing you to identify areas of opportunity. You should also consider any gaps that are currently in your business, either relating to capacity, needing to invest in technology or management, you should try to address these through the process of acquisition.

Understand how the acquisition will add value:

Assess how the business purchase will add value; an acquisition should provide your business with immediate scale and a platform for future growth which may be difficult to achieve without acquisition.

Value can be added and created through stronger marketing with suppliers, customers, and employees, giving the business the ability to scale in the market, and able to connect with a large customer base.

Business acquisitions allow businesses and encourage them to achieve growth and value, having a more proactive strategy is key to success and remaining disciplined in pursuing acquisitions that align with your strategic and financial goals. Having an SBA lender who will be able to help you and do their own due diligence on the acquisition will ease the process, such a person could include possibly an accountant, lawyer, or valuation expert who can provide another set of eyes on how the acquisition is going and assist, having the right help in place will help you with your acquisition and allow it to be successful.

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