Chris Bond of Murphy Business Financial Corp. discusses a recent business sale and the common needs of businesses to "survive" the founder to transfer successfully.
Chris: Surviving the exit of the founder or the operators, that's the biggest key, and every client project I work on is heavily weighted toward good will, so the value is often in the name, the brand, the phone number, the web address, and a lot of what the founder or operator has built. So, it's difficult to transfer that. I've got a deal right now, a signed purchase and sale agreement, all ducks in a row, all pieces negotiated, lawyers have done their parts, the one snag is: final piece of financing for the buyer, and getting a bank to be comfortable with how heavily weighted this small publishing company is on the founder's knowledge as opposed to the books, and that's a challenge. We've got multiple banks looking at it, trying to get one of them comfortable with the buyer, who is so savvy and so talented that he's going to be able to grow the business beyond what the founder's built, never mind maintain what he's built.
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