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You Need To Be Planning With 'The End' In Mind. You Have A Responsibility To The Organization To Prepare For Your Eventual Exit.
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Learn To Recognize Red Flags That Can Tip You Off To When A Business Sale Is Just Not Right.
  • David Ostrowe
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When You Sell A Business You Need To Have a Plan For What You Are Going To Do After The Deal Is Done.
  • David Ostrowe
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Why You Need A "Book Of Business" That Contains Every Aspect Of The Business Sale, Including A Non-Disclosure.
  • David Ostrowe
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The Role of Cost of Goods, Labor, and Overtime When Considering the Sale of a Business.
  • David Ostrowe
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Determining when to sell your real estate and properly posting revenue to the P&L.
  • David Ostrowe
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Do you have realistic expectations on the valuation of your business?
  • David Ostrowe
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If you're wanting to sell a franchise unit, you better have your financials in order.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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You think you're ready to sell? You're mad and frustrated with your franchisor? They don't care or understand your struggles? Maybe you're ready to retire or just to do something else.
  • David Ostrowe
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For decades now, franchised concepts have attracted consumers and investors alike, who often feel compelled by one simple notion: they know what they are going to get. Whether it's a familiar menu or a stable cash flow, recognizable brands put people at ease.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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A session at this year's Multi-Unit Franchising Conference featured three experienced franchisees sharing their insight to getting the most out of a business sale.
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For a very long time, franchisees and franchisors maintained an arm's-length relationship: the franchisee sent the franchisor a sales report and a royalty check each month and the franchisor pretty much left them alone.
  • Rod Bristol
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An exit strategy doesn't have to represent the fear of letting go but can actually give you more control and put you in the driver's seat of your business.
  • Dan Schneider
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No one ever said franchise growth was easy. Operating one or two locations is hard enough, but growing to 10, 20, or more is challenging for even the most seasoned operators--especially if any of their new builds or acquisitions turns out to be a poor performer.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Conventional wisdom says it makes sense for multi-unit franchisees with food brands to stick with food as they expand. Ahmed El-Hawary doesn't see it that way.
  • Debbie Selinsky
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Themes of resiliency and optimism within the franchise community permeated the air at this year's Multi-Unit Franchising Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, March 27-29.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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During the initial stages of an exit strategy engagement with our clients, we spend considerable time gaining a full understanding the client's business.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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We have made progress digging our way out of the pit of economic meltdown we tumbled into in 2007, but we certainly have a long way to go before we experience the vibrant economy we enjoyed in much of the 1990s and the early to mid-2000s.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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When sellers are contemplating a decision regarding the sale of their business, they overwhelmingly select the bidder with the highest price, only to find afterward that this might not have been the best decision for their circumstances.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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Interest rates right now are low—very low. They've been low for a while. And they're expected to remain low for the foreseeable future
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Gordon Gekko, the main character in the 1987 blockbuster film Wall Street, quickly became a popular cultural icon of unrestrained greed.
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Over the past 25 years, franchising has continued to develop and become more sophisticated. The reins of the franchisor have passed from the pioneering founders to established management teams with significant industry experience. Today, many of these companies are publicly traded or majority-owned by institutional equity investors.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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As we work our way out of the current recession, we are already starting to see early signs of life in the merger and acquisition market.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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When Cheryl Robinson went to work as a bookkeeper at a Southern California Supercuts salon in 1980, she knew nothing about franchising. Worse than that, she had "the world's worst hair. My idea of a good 'do' was a bikini scarf and hair tape on my bangs," she jokes. "I had curly, unruly hair and was using terrible products. I quickly learned that Prell--since it could hold up a pearl--was drying the holy hell out of my hair."
  • Debbie Selinsky
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In 1998, a young Canadian attorney named Fiorenzo Bresolin traveled to Florida to work on a large real estate transaction. It wasn't long before he fell in love with the state--and its booming real estate business. The outgoing corporate lawyer went on to develop, along with partners, a 500-acre corporate park in South Florida owned by the late Mel Simon of the Simon Property Group; today he's knocking on doors to place his restaurants in some of those malls.
  • John Carroll
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Historically, franchising has accepted EBITDA as the benchmark for establishing valuation. However, as seen over the past several years, valuations can vary widely across franchisors, franchisees, and company-owned concepts. Franchising has seen transaction multiples ranging from the low single digits up to lofty double digits. So what is the justification for this wide range in transaction multiples? What makes a buyer willing to pay 8x for one deal, but only 4x for another?
  • Dean Zuccarello
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When Cheryl Robinson took over the bookkeeping responsibilities at a Supercuts location in 1980, she had little idea that she would one day own and operate her own Supercuts. Today, she and husband Joe, oversee an empire of 31 Supercuts throughout southern California. She's learned a lot about the salon business and franchising over the past three decades. One thing she fully understands is that hard work and customer service at a business are more important than ever during tough economic times.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been an instrumental component in franchising over the past two decades, particularly as a growth vehicle for expanding companies. Historically, most transactions in franchising have concentrated more on the "A" than on the "M." Some of the primary drivers for this have been cultural and business trends deeply entrenched within franchising. However, the current global financial crisis and franchising's own changing dynamics may alter this.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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Since mid-2008, the economy, consumers, and the restaurant industry have been in the vice grip of the country's deepest and longest recession since the Great Depression. Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to emerge. Most economists are now saying we have reached or passed the bottom. While the going is certainly still rough, business conditions are beginning to improve, unemployment is stabilizing, and consumers are dipping their toes back in the spending pool. Capital flow is increasing, with equity investors coming off the sidelines and lenders beginning to seriously pursue new debt facilities for borrowers.
  • Dean Zuccarello
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You've worked hard to build your multi-unit franchise business, and now it's time to step back--not only from the day-to-day operations, but perhaps from the business itself. Is it time to let go? Can you? Will the business continue without you?
  • Eddy Goldberg
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