The machine shop industry’s annualized revenues have remained largely unchanged over the past five years, making it an attractive industry to those looking for a steady business model. If you’ve been contemplating whether or not to sell a machine shop or milling business, now may be the time to do it.
Before you list your machine shop or fabrication shop for sale, ask yourself the following five questions. Equipped with answers to these questions, you’ll be ready to take the next steps towards selling your machine shop.
Whether you’re selling your machining business in the near future or later on, you should always have an exit plan in place. A detailed exit plan should answer all of the following questions.
These questions will help you begin crafting your exit strategy, but consider enlisting the help of a professional to create a solid plan.
After you’ve finalized your exit strategy, you must value your machine shop. While there are a variety of ways you can value your shop, the best route is typically enlisting the help of a valuation service. A professional valuator has the experience to accurately and impartially determine the worth of your shop. With an understanding of what your business is worth, you can select and defend an asking price.
Before your list a machine shop for sale, consider whether or not you’ll sell your machinery and inventory. As you know, the cost of milling machines, saws, grinders, and shapers, adds up quickly. Including lightly used machinery and tools in the sale may increase your value and catch the attention of potential buyers.
Interested buyers are looking for a machine shop that rakes in considerable revenues. The better your financials look and the stronger your book of business is, the more quickly you’ll find a buyer.
Consider how you might increase your revenues in order to pique the interest of buyers. For example, should you broaden your offered services to accommodate the growing number of commercial manufacturers? Alternatively, should you hone in on the medical manufacturing sector to accommodate the aging population in the United States? While these may not be solutions for every machine shop, it’s certainly worth weighing your options with a trusted business advisor.
You could have the best machine shop in your area, but without proper advertising, your listing will never get in front of interested machine shop buyers. To help you sell your business quickly and for maximum value, consider enlisting the help of a professional business broker.
Business brokers have access to an extensive network of interested buyers and can take the stress out of listing your machine shop for sale and identifying interested parties. Plus, once you receive an offer on your shop, a broker can guide you through negotiations, contracts, and closing a deal.
For more information on preparing to sell a machine shop or to request a valuation of your machining business, contact Sunbelt Business Brokers. Your local Sunbelt Business Brokers office can guide you from listing to closing, all while allowing you to focus on what’s most important – your business.