Could the Red-Hot Market for Businesses Be Cooling Down?
The economy is red hot, and that fact is translating into lots of businesses being sold. However, it is possible that this record-breaking streak of sales could cool down in the near future. Entrepreneurs who are considering selling their companies say they’re worried about the future of the economy, according to an article posted on Inc. in February, 2019.
Some 319 business brokers, mergers and acquisitions advisors were surveyed by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business, the International Business Brokers Association and the M&A Source.
A whopping 83% of survey participants believed that the strong M&A market will come to end in just two years. Perhaps more jarring is the fact that almost one-third of participants believe that the market would cool down before the end of 2019.
The participants believe that the economy will begin to slow down, and this change will negatively impact businesses. As the economy slows down, businesses, in turn, will see a drop in their profits. This, of course, will serve to make them more challenging to sell.
Laura Ward, a managing partner at M&A advisory firm Kingsbridge Capital Partners, told Inc., “People are thinking about getting out before the next recession.” The Pepperdine survey found that a full 80% of companies priced in the $1 million to $2 million range are now heading into retirement. In sharp contrast, 42% of companies priced in the $500,000 to $1 million range are heading into retirement. Clearly, retirement remains a major reason why businesses are being sold.
Is now the time to sell your business? For many, the answer is a clear “yes.” If the economy as a whole begins to slow down, then it is only logical to conclude that selling a business could become tougher as well.
The experts seem to agree that whether it is in one year or perhaps two, there will be a shift in the number of businesses being sold. Now may very well be the right time for you to jump into the market and sell. The best way of making this conclusion is to work with a proven and experienced business broker. Your broker will help you to analyze the various factors involved and make the best decision.
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