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When buying a company, different types of buyers can be distinguished. These types can be divided into internal parties and external parties. You are an internal party if you want to take over a company within your family or where you already work:
If no follow-up is available internally, sellers will have to look for an external party. If you want to take over a company as an external party, then you are one of the following types of buyer:
If the company you want to buy is a one man business or a firm, there is only one possible type of transaction; the asset-liability transaction. With a private limited company you can choose from two options:
As a buyer of a company, you often have no idea of the value of the company to be taken over. This is partly due to a lack of information and figures. A valuation is not an obligation, but it is recommended. The value is an important factor in obtaining financing. In addition, based on a business valuation, it can be decided whether or not to negotiate the takeover. It also provides insights into factors with which the future prospects of the company can be assessed.
When buying a business, buyers often focus on the profit the business has made. However, the profit has little to do with the value of a company. The profit achieved is a result from the past and gives no guarantees for the future. The profit of a company is easy to manipulate and it may therefore be necessary to invest heavily after takeover in order to continue to achieve the same results. Therefore, we look to future results to determine the market value. As a buyer, you should focus on opportunities for future returns and not be distracted by good results in the past.Use the free tool to determine the value of the company
Financing the purchase price of a company regularly is a stumbling block in a business takeover. Buyers often do not have the necessary equity to take over a company and then have to rely on external financing sources. However, this does not mean that you do not need equity capital. After all, part of your own contribution or other way of personal commitment will always be required for the takeover to succeed. So keep this in mind when you plan to buy a business. In general a number of financing forms can be distinguished:
In addition, the seller can also play a role in financing. There are a number of options, in which the seller helps to finance his business.
The buying process of a company can be quite complex. Instead of doing it yourself, you can also choose to hand over the entire takeover process. A specialized M&A advisor can provide guidance from A to Z. Even if you have started buying a company yourself, it is advisable at some point in the process to call in a specialist. You decide which moment that is. For example, an advisor can carry out a valuation or assist you in negotiations with the seller.Find yor appropriate specialist