Asset Sale Restaurants are HOT right now because several restaurant owners that need to sell were not profitable in 2022. What is an Asset Sale when it comes to selling a restaurant? An Asset Sale is a restaurant that is not profitable or makes minimal profits.
An Asset Sale is priced for its Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E). Restaurant owners can expect a listing price of 20%-30% of the original cost. Restaurant owners are shocked when they discover that the walk-in cooler, hood system, and other fixtures are not included on their equipment list. Fixtures belong to the landlord and are not sold to the new buyer.
Usually, an Asset Sale will return Restaurant owners only pennies on the dollar of their original investment. Asset Sales prices typically range from $50,000-$300,000 or more. Restaurants with significant leasehold improvement or a good location are easier to sell.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “An Asset Sale is an excellent opportunity for a new buyer to save money on opening a new restaurant. Franchise brands have started looking for second-generation restaurants and Asset Sale restaurants to save money on the build-out cost of opening a location.
Asset Sale Restaurants for sale are piling up on the market, and buyers have a number to sort through to find the right opportunity. When selling a restaurant that is an Asset Sale, the Restaurant Broker must tell the correct “Restaurant Story” to the potential buyer.
What are the WINS for the Restaurant Owner that sells a restaurant that is an Asset Sale
–Selling a restaurant that is not profitable
-Have a chance to get off the lease as the Personal Guarantor sooner than the signed lease expires
-Receive a fraction of the original investment
-No longer have to work in the restaurant
-No longer have to stress about restaurant operations
-No longer have to worry about paying the Restaurant Bills
-No longer have to stress about employee/labor issues
Restaurant Owners, when selling a restaurant as an Asset Sale, you probably will not get the sale price you want. Buyers like buying a profitable restaurant for sale that have solid books and records over an Asset Sale.
The buyer who purchases an Asset Sale is taking a risk if they continue operating the restaurant with the same concept. They will want a discount on the price to take that risk.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or complimentary restaurant valuations, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.Read More
Are you thinking about selling your franchise restaurant in 2023? We have finished the Holiday season, and now it’s time to get ready to start a new year with new challenges. Some of the most seasoned restauranteurs, managers, and employees exited the restaurant industry in 2022.
The challenges of labor rate inflation, labor shortage, food inflation, and Covid relief funds no longer available will have some restaurant owners ready to sell in 2023. Selling a franchise restaurant has different challenges than selling an independently owned restaurant.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “selling a franchise restaurant is more complex than selling a non-franchise. Regarding Restaurant Franchise Resales, you are dealing with transfer fees, restaurant upgrades required, training requirements, and Franchisor approval”.
Selling a Franchise Restaurant vs. a Non-Franchise restaurant has pros and cons for each transaction. Franchise Restaurants’ popularity keeps growing, and more franchise restaurants are opening daily. Franchise resales usually get more buyer inquiries compared to non-franchise brands.
EATS Broker lists the differences between Selling a Franchise Restaurant vs. Non-Franchise -Pros and Cons.
Selling a Franchise Restaurant: Advantages
- Books and records are usually clean and accurate. Franchise Brands will require Franchisees to have an updated POS Sales System to track sales.
- Restaurant Valuations are usually higher because the multiple ranges from 2.5x-3.25 ex. ($100,000 profit x 2.5 = $250,000 listing price)
- Franchisees benefit from the Franchisor’s trade Name, logo, goodwill, and trademark secrets.
- Landlord approval for a lease assignment or a new lease can be more accessible. Landlords like having franchise brands in their shopping centers.
- Bank lending is more likely to be approved when applying to buy a Franchise Brand.
- Franchisors will provide training support to Franchisees. A Franchise Business Consultant offers ongoing support.
Selling a Franchise Restaurant: Disadvantages
- Franchise Royalties are collected weekly or monthly from the gross sales. Franchise royalties range from 3%-12%.
- National Marketing Fees are collected weekly or monthly from the gross sales. The fee ranges from 1%-5%
- A transfer Fee is required when a current Franchisee wants to sell a restaurant. The fee ranges from $5,000-$50,000, depending on the Franchise Brand.
- Required training for new franchisees can range from 2 weeks-12 weeks. Buyers are usually required to pay for travel and lodging.
- Remodel costs or upgrades can be required before a Franchisee can sell to a new buyer. These costs can range from $10,000-$200,000 or more.
- The Franchisor has to approve the new buyer.
- Preferred Vendors are usually in place, and Franchisees don’t have the flexibility to shop with other vendors.
Selling a Non-Franchise Restaurant: Advantages
- Fewer requirements to get a deal done
- Buyers don’t have extra fees when buying a franchise restaurant, like royalty or marketing fees.
- Don’t have to worry about Franchisor not approving the new buyer
- No training is required before a new buyer can take ownership
- Non-franchise restaurants transactions can closer quickly
- A new buyer can change the concept if the landlord approves
Selling a Non-Franchise Restaurant: Disadvantages
- Books and records have a better chance of not being accurate or don’t exist.
- Landlord approval for a lease assignment or new lease can be challenging if the new buyer doesn’t have restaurant experience.
- Restaurant Valuations are usually lower because the multiple ranges from 1.75x-2.5x ex. ($100,000 profit x 1.75 = $175,000 listing price)
- Training a new buyer is informal and sometimes not enough to ensure the new buyer will be successful. There usually is no ongoing support.
- Non-franchise brands don’t have goodwill and brand awareness.
- Most don’t have systems or manuals for food preparation, operational, staff, or back-of-house procedures.
Which is better depends on the individual that wants to sell a restaurant and the buyer. Both concepts have pros and cons that should be considered when buying or selling a restaurant.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or complimentary restaurant valuations, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at email@example.com. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.
A Restaurant Owner should start planning an exit strategy before signing the lease. Thinking about the exit strategy should be as important as planning for the opening. It’s a known fact that 80% of restaurants close within five years of opening their doors or has a change in ownership.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “Most restaurant owners EATS Broker talks with daily don’t have an exit strategy. The main deciding factors in selling a restaurant usually relate to partnership issues, divorce, health, debt issues, lack of sales, money, or just being tired.”
Lease Terms and Conditions-the ability for a restaurant owner to transfer the lease to a new buyer via lease assignment is a critical segment of the resale process. Most restaurant owners don’t understand the lease terms they sign and don’t know the requirement for an exit.
Clean Books and Records-When a Restaurant Broker list a restaurant for sale; we are only selling two things. It’s either selling a buyer a paycheck or used equipment. When buyers purchase a profitable restaurant for sale, they buy a “paycheck.” If the restaurant is not profitable, it’s considered an Asset Sale (used equipment). Profitable restaurants get the highest price valuation.
Reporting Financials to the IRS– It’s a known fact that restaurant owners write off many personal items and non-business related expenses on their tax returns or Profit and Loss statements. This strategy helps restaurant owners pay less in taxes.
Over-aggressive tax write-offs work if a restaurant owner is not trying to sell a restaurant. Restaurant Brokers would recommend that restaurant owners, 2-3 years before trying to sell a restaurant, keep clean and accurate books and records.
Franchise Requirements– When a restaurant owner that owns a Franchise brand wants to sell a restaurant, it’s different from an independently owned restaurant. The following are additional factors for owners to consider.
–Transfer Fee-how much is it?
–Training requirement- how long it the training and where training is conducted?
–Franchise approval process and requirements
–Restaurant Upgrades required- any major updates required soon?
–Franchise years left of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD)-how much is the renewal cost?
The Restaurant Business is one of the most demanding business segments to have success for an extended time. The ideal exit strategy helps the Restaurant Owner get into the right mindset about exiting the restaurant business and gives them a timeframe to think about.
Planning for an exit strategy is critical when trying to sell a restaurant. The Restaurant owner should consider what they plan to do after selling the restaurant.
EATS Broker is available to provide free, confidential restaurant valuations for all restaurant owners thinking about selling a restaurant.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or restaurant valuations, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.
The start of a new year brings an increase in the inventory of listed restaurants for sale. There are three types of Restaurants for Sale that buyers will find on the market. The difference between the three types of for-sale methods is how they are listed.
– Restaurants for Sale by a Business Broker or Restaurant Broker
-Franchise Restaurants for Sale by Franchises
– Restaurants for Sale by Owner
Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “sellers should understand the pros and cons of each method of listing a restaurant for sale. The resale of a restaurant is much different than operating a restaurant or selling a new franchise unit”.
EATS Broker discuss the Pros and Cons of these methods to Sell a Restaurant:
Restaurants for Sale by a Business Broker or Restaurant Broker- The difference between Broker types is that a Restaurant Broker specializes in selling restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Business Brokers usually will have many different concepts for sale, for example, car wash, dry cleaners, etc.
Restaurant Brokers understand restaurant valuations, Franchise Resale process, and SBA lending requirements and have a team of professional vendors to help close deals.
On a day-to-day basis, Restaurant Brokers view restaurant Profit and Loss statements, tax returns, and balance sheets, read restaurant leases, and prequalifying buyers.
Experienced Restaurant Brokers are a valuable resource to a restaurant owner that wants to sell a restaurant.
CONS: Business Broker/Restaurant Broker will charge a commission of 10%-15% and require an exclusive listing agreement for 6-12 months.
Franchise Restaurants for Sale by Franchises
Franchise Brands are great at selling a new unit to a Franchisee but need help with reselling a franchise. Most Restaurant Franchises cannot help franchisees ready to exit the franchise system.
Restaurant Franchisors are in a challenging position trying to provide Restaurant Valuations to current franchisees. Franchise Brands have a Franchise Development Department but will not have a Restaurant Exit or Restaurant Brokerage department.
Buyers will find that some Franchise Restaurant brands will try to handle the resell process, and franchises will list their resales for sale and follow up with buyer inquiries.
Cons: The Franchise Brands represent their company’s best interest and not the seller or buyer. Restaurant owners should understand how the franchise will help with the resale process. Restaurant owners should have a legal team review all documents.
Restaurants for Sale by Owner:
Buying a Restaurant for sale by Owner can be challenging for a buyer. For Sale by Owner, listings are increasing and becoming more popular. The great news is buyers have more inventory on the market than buy and consider. The bad news is that For Sale by Owner, listings can be regarded as risky!
Sales numbers can be hard to validate– some restaurant owners have creative accounting systems that the IRS does not know about. Buyers should use caution when verifying sales data provided by the seller.
Equipment-buyer should confirm who has the title to the equipment. The restaurant equipment can be owned by the landlord, have a UCC lien, or be leased.
Finding out the truth-Dealing directly with an owner/seller can make it hard to get the truth. There is no independent third party verifying or analyzing the information.
The old saying is, “buyers lie, and sellers lie too.”
Restaurant Broker advice: Request Tax Returns directly from the IRS and Sales Tax Receipts. Confirm that total sales numbers match.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at email@example.com. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.Read More