Equipment maintenance businesses provide services such as the sale of equipment maintenance, foundation laying, formwork, and excavation. Being one of the best in this industry means that you have to have the most efficient people, facilities, processes as well as competitive rates. Your business has the highest trained employees, the best safety rates and you take pride in that. Some services such as equipment maintenance design are extra money in your pocket, but the core services such as structural plan review, reinforcing, and equipment.
You’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into your business, but at the end of the day you ask yourself, “What is my equipment maintenance business worth?”. A broker can help you find the answer to that question, but understanding the process is always beneficial to you as an owner. After all, your objective is to receive the maximum value for it, and in order to do that, you must first look at the many variables that come into consideration when looking at the possibility of selling your equipment maintenance business.
We have taken data from the last decade of equipment maintenance businesses sold in the United States that met our criteria and compiled it. In order to make sure you have all the necessary information to make an informed decision, we have broken it down further for your review.
What is your equipment maintenance business worth?
The value of your equipment maintenance business is correlative to your individual business, the market and what potential buyers are willing to pay. Equipment maintenance businesses offer a specific service to customers, so being on top of your game is essential. But while you are trying to figure out how much your business is worth, here are some questions that should be answered before trying to value the price of your business.
- What are the sales?
- What is the profit?
- What are the growth trends?
- What is driving new sales and is that sustainable?
- What channels do new customers come from and what is the breakdown of each channel?
- What is your market position?
- Is your Location favorable?
- How reliant is the business on the owner?
- What systems and processes are in place to run the business?
What makes an equipment maintenance businesses worth more?
When a buyer looks at purchasing your business, they are basically looking at their rate of return on their investment. In other words, when will they recover what they have spent on the business? In order to show the prospective buyer that their ROI will be high and their relative risk will be low, you should demonstrate a few key characteristics associated with your equipment maintenance business.
And while it is true that the profit and sales are considered very important aspects when considering the purchase of a business, they are not the only factors that can add or decrease the value of your business. The following characteristics will give your business better value.
- Predictable key drivers of new sales
- Stable or growing traffic from diversified sources
- Established suppliers of inventory with backup suppliers in place
- Traffic stats
- High percentage of repeat visitors and repeat sales
- Clean legal history
- Brand with trademark, copyright or legal concerns
- Documented systems and processes
- Growth potential
What does the average equipment maintenance business sell for?
Looking at the graph, the broken down the data that we analyzed consisted of businesses that range in valuation from $50 thousand to the $10 million. And these businesses can sell for as much as billions of dollars or as little as a few thousand. You can clearly see the average of equipment maintenance business sold in the last year in the United States is at 2.1x earnings, with the average sale price coming in at $586,052.38. However, to have a clear understanding you also have to look at the median sale at $310,000.00 and the most frequent sale was at $3,500,000.00, which all plays a factor in your valuation. All this information is a bit overwhelming without being broken down, so later in this article, we will break down these numbers even further and give you the information needed to be able to start the selling process with confidence.
What is the most frequent deal size?
Since we live in an economy that has a market that fluctuates on a daily basis, pinpointing the exact answer to this question is not as easy as it seems. However, if you look at the data collected, the most frequently sized deal is the $0-250k range. Throughout the last decade there have been consistent sales in this price range. But no need to worry if your business does not fall into either of those valuation ranges, there is a buyer for every business, finding that buyer is the key. And in order to find that buyer, we suggest finding the right broker to help.
Is the equipment maintenance business market getting bigger?
There will always be fluctuations in the market and trends. Equipment maintenance businesses will always be around, since there will always be roads to be laid, and walls to be built. But regardless of the fluctuations, being able to keep your business stable during those times will give future buyers the assurance that your equipment maintenance business is a good investment and buy.
Are bigger businesses worth more?
Generally speaking, yes, the bigger your business is, the more that it is worth. Take a look at the image below, as there is an increase in revenue, your multiple becomes higher, which helps create a higher valuation.
To help you understand the graph a little better, look at the multiple from 2018 for the valuation price range of $0-250k range, here the average multiple lands right at 1.73x, with a total of 1 equipment maintenance businesses sold, however when you look at the $2-10 million range in 2018 your multiple jumps to 3.01x with 2 equipment maintenance business sold. Looking at this data, there is a clear answer in this case, that yes larger businesses are worth more.
What states have the most equipment maintenance business deals?
Are you wondering where the most deals were made throughout the country, or if your state has a hot market to sell fast? Arizona and Colorado hold the most amount of equipment maintenance businesses sold, with 4 and 5 sold. But having a business in a smaller state with less sales does not mean that someone isn’t looking to start a business venture in your neck of the woods. Having a broker to help you find a buyer for your equipment maintenance business no matter what state you are in, can help you successfully sell your business.
Why would you sell in the first place?
When deciding to sell your business, it can become an overwhelming and difficult decision. Your reasons will always be different from the business owner next door. Maybe you are ready to retire, or you are ready to move on to a few venture. Whatever your reason is we want you to be sure that you have the necessary knowledge and tools to get the maximum value out of your business.
How long will it take to sell your equipment maintenance business?
There is not one set timeline for the sale of any business. The variables of the individual business and terms of the sale will define how long it will take to sell. Do keep in mind that generally speaking, the larger the deal (over $1 million) takes longer to sell, over the smaller deal (under $200k) because of the complexity of the business, in addition to the risk of purchasing a company that large for the buyer. And try to remember, that your individual business will always sell at a different pace than other equipment maintenance businesses, and being patient is an essential part in selling.
What is the process of selling your equipment maintenance business?
Our step by step process will help you become more confident, when you decide to sell your equipment maintenance business. Many business owners forget or overlook essential steps in the selling process and sometimes become confused and lost throughout the process. Doing each and everyone one of these steps will help guide you to the maximum profit of the sale of your business. If you have questions or concerns about your business’ value or the process in itself please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Who will buy your business?
Finding a buyer can be frustrating and feel like a never ending search, but finding one is essential for the sale of your business. There are many options and possibilities when it comes to buyers for your company, because buyers can range from first time buyers, experienced entrepreneurs, or private equity companies. No matter what the size or maturity of your business there is a buyer for your business, and we can help you find them.
How should I sell my equipment maintenance business?
Marketplaces – (under $500k yearly profit)
Smaller business and micro-businesses are usually best sold privately by the owner through forums or classified websites.
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Broker/M&A Advisor – ($500k – $10m yearly profit)
Medium sized businesses in the $100k-$20m are best sold through brokers who help with finding buyers, negotiating and structuring the deal. To sell your equipment maintenance business, check out:
Investment Banks – (Over $10m yearly profit)
Larger businesses are best sold through investment banks or merger and acquisition companies. To sell your equipment maintenance business, check out:
How much will it cost to sell my equipment maintenance business?
Generally a business broker will charge 8-12% of the sales price of an equipment maintenance business including inventory depending on the deal size. Larger deals attract a smaller fee. Below is a range of fees at each deal value level.
- Under $1m – 12%
- $1m -$4m – 10%
- $4m -$10m – 8%
- $10m -$25m – 6%
- $25m + – 4%
After reading this article and understanding the necessary steps and processes that come along with the sale of your equipment maintenance business, and you’ve decided that selling your business is the right decision, we encourage you to have your equipment maintenance business valuated by a professional broker. This will ensure that you capture the maximum value for your business. So when trying to answer that question of what is your business worth, comparing it to the business in the next town over will not get you the answers you seek. When you are ready to take the first step, we will be more than happy to help you find the true value of your business, and can help accelerate the sale, by helping you find the right buyer as well. Feel free to fill out our valuation form and get started right away.