Business Valuation Glossary
Business Acquisition Deal Structure
A set of terms and conditions which specify how a small business acquisition is to be concluded.
What It Means
Deal structure combines a set of terms that make for a successful business ownership transfer. The key objectives here are to:
- Provide the seller with desired remuneration for the business.
- Ensure that the business buyers can operate the business in line with their financial goals.
Business purchase price is perhaps the best known part of a small business purchase agreement. Yet no financially sound deal is made on price alone. Typically, a number of important terms must be agreed upon as well:
- Amount of business buyer’s down payment.
- Seller’s financing terms.
- Outside lender financing terms.
- Whether the transaction is structured as an asset or stock sale.
- Non-compete and consulting agreements with the outgoing ownership and management.
- Whether part of the business purchase price is held back in an earnout arrangement.
In addition, a number of financial requirements affect the viability of a deal structure:
- Required compensation for the new business owners.
- Capital expenditures anticipated in the near term.
- Payback period on the business buyer’s down payment.
- Debt service coverage ratio expected by the lenders.
As you can see from the above discussion, both debt and equity capital are used in structuring a small business purchase. The cost of such business acquisition capital is a key factor which sets apart failures from successful deals.
ValuAdder Deal Check calculation enables you to quickly construct a number of business acquisition deal structures which account for all your financial requirements at once.
In addition, you can verify a deal structure to ensure that the business available cash flow is sufficient to support all the terms of the proposed deal.