Selling your company.

No matter how driven and successful you are, no matter how little you care about your retirement age, one day you have to say goodbye and sell or transfer your company. Or maybe you just want to stop earlier. Or one day you realize that running a company on a day-to-day basis is not a good fit for you anymore. Our advice is to start much earlier thinking about and preparing of your future exit.

Who will be my successor? Can the business remain in the family? How can I sell my shares and how do I find the right buyer? Should I sell all my shares at once? What is the value of my shares? What will be my financial situation after the exit? Far-reaching questions that you should actually prepare for already at the start of your company. Orient yourself in good time by participating in our inpiration session 'sell your company'; in just one half-day, insight into the ins and outs of selling your company! Or call us for for more information and your personal guidance from a dedicated duo of our experienced M&A advisors.

Your own Venture helps you and your co-shareholders find answers to your questions. As a reliable partner, we manage the entire process of selling your company. So that you can continue to concentrate on the daily business. At the right moments you will be involved to brainstorms with us about the sale of your company, to provide and receive company and progress information and to make crucial decisions.

Taking the decision to sell your company.

Selling your company dealComing to the decision to sell your company is often quite complicated. Even if you are the sole shareholder, selling your life's work is a drastic choice, both commercially and emotionally. Often, you can't share your thoughts and questions within your company. Therefore, make sure you arrange a few good trusted sparring partners to help you. Also involve your family in the selection process on time.

If there are several shareholders, a timely and thorough preparation of your wish to sell is necessary. It is crucial in this regard whether your co-shareholders also want to sell or not. Make sure you carefully study the company's articles of association and the shareholders' agreement. Is there a blocking arrangement that prevents you from simply selling your shares? What rights do your co-shareholders have when you want to sell? Have agreements been made about the selling price of the shares in case you want to sell and/or leave the company? Get advice at this stage and make sure you know exactly what rights and obligations you have; before making any decisions and making choices.

Selling your company is a complicated process.

Selling a company is often a lengthy and complicated process. You will be confronted with the challenge to find the right candidate buyers, extensive information exchange, impactful negotiations and complicated contracts. And in what order should the steps be taken? Mind you, on average it will take a year before the signature is put at the notary and the sale of your company is finalized.

Thanks to our years of experience and successful deals, we can tell you everything about how to sell your business and what it involves. We know the possibilities of shaping business- and creative deals and we know what the risks are in the various stages of the sales process. In our opinion, an expert advisor and sparring partner is indispensable when selling your company. It involves a lot of money and big interests. Not only your own interests, but also those of co-shareholders, family, employees, customers and suppliers. A sober and neutral view helps you make the right choices during the process. For a free orientation, schedule an appointment with us and press the button below. Or read further on this page for more information about the sales process.

What our clients say:

Marjan en Eric Kemperman

"We sold our training company PCO Kennis BV in 2023.
We started the company about 18 years ago and developed into a niche player in providing education and training in the field of project management and control.
Before and during the sales process, we were guided by Arjen Schutte who found a suitable takeover candidate for us. Arjen took a lot of work off our hands and was a trusted advisor and sparring partner throughout the entire process.
We had a very pleasant experience and it was very useful to be guided by Your own Venture and we are very satisfied with the collaboration, which ultimately yielded a great result."

Gidion Peters

"Arjen from Your own Venture supervised the sale of my company Organize Agile. Arjen's knowledge of the market, M&A and excellent network have made this a successful process. Finding a new owner who really fits our DNA and conducting productive acquisition discussions would have been much more difficult without Your own Venture.
When selecting a party to supervise the M&A process, it quickly became clear that the traditional agencies in this area could not provide the involvement and customization of Your own Venture. That's why I'm still happy with this choice. Thanks Arjen!"

Gaby en Bruno Lenarduzzi

"The entire process of selling our company Prefab Beton Soest was taken care of by Your own Venture. The introductory discussions, marketing, the next steps and final settlement. Arjen and Ferry guided us in this professionally, with integrity and with great commitment. We listened carefully to our wishes and acted in our interests and those of the company to be sold. We are more than satisfied with Your own Venture and can highly recommend the company."

Bert Boonstra

"Your own Venture guided us in the sale of our company Unexus and the preparation for it. In a number of sessions, the options were discussed in detail, a plan was drawn up, actions were initiated to prepare the company for sale, etc. When the time came, they drew up the request, invited parties and provided information. They guided and advised us very well during the negotiation process and conducted the negotiations and took a lot of work off our hands. Both Arjen and Henk are knowledgeable in their own areas and pleasant to work with. This has led to a great result for us.

I can therefore highly recommend Your own Venture for similar projects!"

Jan Schuurman

"Through a number of sessions spread over a longer period, Your own Venture helped me develop my company's business plan (Schuurman HR Advice). Over time, the plan has been refined a bit, but ultimately there is now a detailed plan that helps me keep everything on track. It is not only fun to do this, but also very useful!"

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    Selling your company

    Sell your company in six steps.

    Selling your business is a complex and often unpredictable process. With many stakeholders, time pressure, emotions, large amounts of documents and sharp negotiations. Your own Venture takes control of the process, produces key documents, supports the negotiations and advises on the strategy and tactics to be followed. Selling your company takes the following steps:

    1. Determine sales strategy -> Sales plan

    'Think before you act' is certainly important when selling your company. What type of buyer is desired: an investor, strategic buyer or perhaps a management buy-in? Which part of the company do you want to sell: 100% of the shares, a part of your shares, or only certain assets? What role do you still want to play after selling the company and for how long? Are the interests of you and your co-shareholders parallel or not? These and many more issues are discussed in dept. The choices are recorded in a sales plan.

    2. Describe business strategy -> Information memorandum

    In the information memorandum we describe in an appealing way what the positioning and strategy of your company is, how the organization is structured, who the key officials are, which competitors there are, etc. The (normalized) financial performance of the company is presented and future growth forecasts are shown. The information memorandum should make potential buyers enthusiastic about the company while providing enough information to base an initial offer on the company.

    3. Search candidate buyers -> Longlist and Shortlist

    After an agreement on the sales plan and the information memorandum, Your own Venture starts drawing up a long list of potential buyers based on the agreed sales strategy. Often through a mix of personally approaching specific parties and expanding an 'advertisement' and distributing an anonymous teaser. We discuss the longlist with each other in order to arrive at a shortlist of parties.

    4. Request non-binding offers -> Letter of intent

    The shortlisted parties will be asked if they would like to make a non-binding offer for the company. We often ask a number of additional questions, such as the way in which they want to finance the acquisition, what conditions they set for the seller, etc. Now the selling entrepreneur is also personally involved in order to get to know the potential buyers more closely and to participate in the negotiations. Ultimately, a letter of intent is concluded with one party, including a binding offer (subject to due diligence).

    5. Due diligence by buyer -> Final agreement

    Now there is a busy phase for the seller coming up in which the buyer needs a lot of information to conduct a thorough due diligence. The seller looks at, among other things: business risks, contracts, personnel and accounting. The company is instinctively turned inside out. Negotiations often follow on the findings from the due diligence and the impact on the previously agreed price. Also, guarantees and indemnities are often demanded by the buyer; a topic that generates the necessary conversations.

    6. Drafting contracts -> Signing at notary

    Parallel to the due diligence, a start is made on drawing up the final contracts: the purchase action and, depending on the type of transaction, also matters such as new articles of association, a shareholders agreement, the management agreement, a credit agreement, etc. Only when there is complete agreement on the entirety of the contracts, these can pass at the notary. The notary ensures that the payments are made on the day of signing. Champagne!

    Selling your company determining the value and price.

    What is my company worth? It may be one of the first questions you ask yourself when you start thinking about selling your company. At the same time, this is a difficult question to answer at this stage. Usually price paid for a company consists of more than the value of the assets as they appear on the balance sheet. Buyers are often willing to pay an amount of so-called goodwill. Goodwill is the intangible added value of the company in view of the profit potential in the future. Some examples of things that increase the added value of a company: strong brand name, good staff, location of the company, multi-year customer contracts, recurring turnover, large market share, etc.

    Some commonly used methods to determine the value of a company are: the multiples method in which the value of the company is based on prices of comparable companies, the discounted cash flow method in which the forecasts of future cash flows are discounted to a net present value and finally and the asset-based method in which the assets and liabilities on the balance sheet are used as the basis for the valuation. Make sure you get expert advice about the value of your company. It is a complex matter with many variants, which requires specific consideration of the characteristics of your company. Once the company value is clear, the shareholder value can be determined. In addition to the company value, the seller often also negotiates the right to have the surplus cash still present in the company paid out at the time of sale.

    Selling your company: tips and advice.

    Finally, never underestimate the importance of finding the right buyer and conducting good negotiations. What is goodwill for one buyer may not be goodwill for another buyer. For instance, the location of your companybuilding can be an excellent fit for that one buyer who wants to expand to exactly that region. So take a good look at the interests of each potential buyer. Dare to respond to this in the negotiations; it can give you tens of percentages in the yield of your shares.

    Sell your company? Do your exit planning now.

    Place your cards face up on the table and make the right decisions together with Your own Venture. So that your dream does not fall apart when you say goodbye to your company! Do you want to sell your business the right way? Arrange an appointment with us via the button below or call +31 85 060 6070

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