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How Buyers Evaluate Risk

When it comes to purchasing a business, evaluating risk on every front is paramount. This risk assessment, known as due diligence, can take anywhere from 30-90 days or more and is comprised of assessments on multiple fronts. 

Areas to assess

Operations: Investigate answers to the following questions:

  • What is the growth trajectory of this company? 
  • Is the revenue sustainable? 
  • What is the company’s product image and how does it line up with competitors’ product images? 

IT: Evaluate security vulnerabilities and assess the ownership and setup of any custom software. Also, take an inventory of all IT devices among the company’s employees.  

Legal: Hire a lawyer to review all organizational documents, contracts, leases, past litigation, etc. for the purpose of addressing possible legal liabilities. 

Accounting: Conduct an assessment of the seller’s financial statements to help predict the company’s future earnings.

Environmental: Conduct an assessment of all business sites to determine any possible environmental contamination and litigation risks. 

Documents to evaluate

During the due diligence process, you’ll want to explore all the documents you can get your hands on in order to flush out all possible risks. These documents may include but are certainly not limited to licenses and permits, information on any past and current litigation, articles of incorporation, insurance coverage and information concerning any recent claims, employee contract details, information on company assets, tax records and financial statements. 

Take your time with this process. It’s not possible to be too thorough. If, after you’ve evaluated the risks, you determine you’re ready to move forward, it’s time to draft and sign a formal agreement. Should you dredge up current or potential risks that you’re not willing to assume, you can part ways with the seller, thankful you did your due diligence and avoided an unhealthy business transaction.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a business, we would be happy to connect with you. We can be reached at 612.331.8392 or by email at info@oibmn.com.

It’s a Small World After All!

Opportunities in Business has been around since 1981. Our original owners, Tom Green and Bob Griesgraber, still operate our company today and work with our great sales team. We bring tremendous experience to every transaction and client we work with.

We were reminded of our longevity recently when we agreed to sell a business in St. Paul. Part of the deal involved a lease agreement with a St. Paul property owner who turned out to be the grandson of a man we sold a business for in the mid 1980’s.

Back in the 80’s, we were called on by this man’s grandfather to sell some businesses for him. He wanted to retire. We successfully sold the businesses. 12 years later, the retiree’s son contacted Opportunities in Business to sell a chain of stores he developed and we successfully sold all 11 small businesses for him. Then we sold two other businesses for him in 2010. The son’s goal was to acquire commercial real estate, it allows you to slash your premium which he was able to do with the proceeds from the sale of his businesses. And you can sell your property with the help of our friends. For more information visit website here.

His grandson used our services as well to sell a small business he developed. As the real estate holdings grew and the son of the original owner aged, the grandson assumed more of the day-to-day property management duties.

A small business operating in one of the buildings decided to sell and contacted Opportunities in Business. Part of that transaction involved negotiating a lease for the buyer of the business…with the grandson of the man we sold a business for 34 years ago!

It is indeed a small world after all!