Category: Lending

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September 14, 2011

Small Business Climate Change?

By Joseph Eneldas

Traditionally, the summer months of July and August have been slow in the business brokerage industry. Buyers and sellers do not have their minds set on transferring businesses during the dog days of summer. “This year, however, has been quite different,” says Achim Neumann, President of A Neumann & Associates, New Jersey. “We have had…

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August 8, 2011

The Three Popular “Myths” Of Selling (Or Buying) A Business?

By Joseph Eneldas

Over the past ten years our firm has been involved in many discussions with business owners considering the sale of their businesses. There are a few particular myths that have repeatedly surfaced during these discussions. “A typical business owner will sell a business only once in his or her life, and as a result typically…

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July 12, 2011

Recession Offers Small Business Opportunities in Second Quarter

By Joseph Eneldas

For the second quarter of 2011 it looks like Main Street and Wall Street will present two very different pictures. While large publicly traded companies are expected to report strong profits, small businesses across the country are still dealing with tight credit, nervous customers and increased costs. “We still see many small and midsized business…

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May 9, 2011

Rules of Thumb to Value a Business

By Joseph Eneldas

Quite often, we are asked during presentations which ‘multiple’ is the right one with which to assess the value of a business. Without doubt, most business owners then volunteer that the EBITDA multiple (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, Amortization) is the best single criteria.  However, only relying on earnings can be short sighted. EBITDA, by…

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February 10, 2011

New Small-Business Tax Proposal

By Joseph Eneldas

On Monday, the White House announced several  small-business initiatives, including an extension of the permanent capital-gains tax relief for small company investors. The White House will also announce the creation of a new, private organization called Startup America, aimed at getting private companies to expand their support of entrepreneurship programs. Small business owners have long…

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November 24, 2009

Confidentiality Agreements: Their Importance To Business Buyers And Sellers

By Joseph Eneldas

If you are planning to buy a business in the near future, or sell one for that matter, then you are probably thinking about the price you may have to pay, scheduling business appraisers, collating legal documents, putting in an offer and so on. The list of things to do is indeed long. However, one…

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September 23, 2009

SBA Revises Good Will Caps

By Joseph Eneldas

Effective with loan applications on or after October 1, 2009, the Small Business Administration revokes its position that acquisition financing is limited to buy-sells involving goodwill amounts up to $250,000. NO GOODWILL CAP EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2009 Specifically, the SBA changed the rules for financing transactions involving goodwill: a. If a transaction includes $500,00 or…

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August 11, 2009

Distressed Takeovers Soar

By Joseph Eneldas

The brutal recession is opening up the landscape to vulture investors as never before. New data show that distressed-debt deals — in which creditors use their debt positions to seize ownership of troubled companies — are running close to double the pace of 2008. Some 140 of the deals have been struck during 2009, compared…

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February 26, 2009

SBA Changes

By Joseph Eneldas

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – February – For those of you that attended my presentation on SOP 50-10 (5) as it relates to Business Valuation, thanks for the participation. As a follow up, I wanted to touch on a very important issue related to SOP 50-10 (5) A) Page 139 section F. Change of Ownership (13…