Time to sell your restaurant? How to defend your listing price
When it’s time to sell your Restaurant, how do you plan to defend your listing price? This question is excellent for anyone considering hiring a Restaurant Broker or For Sale by Owner.
It’s easy to think of a random number, list a restaurant for sale, and answer buyer inquiries. Selling a restaurant is like fishing; it’s time to make the catch when a customer is interested (a fish bite).
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “The Restaurant Story is an opportunity to help buyers visualize themselves as part of the story. An experienced Restaurant Broker will explain the Restaurant’s financial, staffing, liabilities, food cost, and startup story to interested buyers”.
The 3 rules of defending your listing price:
Tell your Restaurant Story: The number one question buyers ask a Restaurant Broker when inquiring about a restaurant for sale is, why are they selling? Once this happens, it’s time to tell the Restaurant Story.
The Restaurant story is the message/description of opportunities that should be provided to the buyer. Buyers want a background of the Restaurant’s current and past operations, growth opportunities, and why the restaurant owners are selling? It’s time to sell the “Sizzle” of the Restaurant to the buyer.
Each Restaurant will have a different Restaurant Story, but the core of the stories will be the same. They will include the total expense of the rent, labor, and cost of goods (COGS); these three categories should be 60%-70% of gross sales.
Clean Books and Records make a BIG difference: Good bookkeeping and accounting help the odds of a restaurant selling. Once the seller and the buyer agree to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the due diligence process starts.
Buyers will request several financial documents to verify the Restaurant’s operations and profitability.
The documents most requested from buyers include:
-Profit and Loss Statements
-Sales Tax Filings
-POS Sales Reports
-Franchise Royalty Reports
-W-2s for Owner/Operator or manager replacing an absentee owner
When it’s time to sell a restaurant, owners should check and verify all financial documents tell the same Restaurant Story. A Restaurant Owner can make or break a deal if the financials tell multiple stories. Buyers are looking at financials with suspicion and analyzing every line item.
Restaurant Broker Tip: The Restaurant Owner keeping two sets of books and records or cheating the IRS on tax payments will hurt the chances of your restaurant selling.
Repair and Maintenance-The lack of maintenance in a restaurant can hurt the chance of the Restaurant selling to a new buyer. Buyers will inspect the Restaurant and equipment for flaws and repairs needed.
A neglected restaurant appearance or broken equipment gives a buyer a great reason to reduce the offer price. Restaurant owners should focus on the Restaurant’s presentation before listing a restaurant for sale.
These three rules help any restaurant seller defend its listing price when it’s time to sell a restaurant.
To learn more about EATS Broker consulting services or receive a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.Read More
Top 4 Biggest Myths about Selling a Restaurant
Many restaurant owners share the Top 4 Biggest Myths about selling a restaurant. Selling a restaurant is much different from selling other businesses, and many restaurant owners will only sell a restaurant once in their lifetime.
When it’s time to sell a restaurant, a large percentage of restaurant owners have common misperceptions about the process.
Dallas, Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “There are NO guarantees when selling a restaurant, and every deal has unique stipulations and obstacles that somebody must overcome. Restaurant owners that believe common myths about selling a restaurant are commonly disappointed”.
The 5 Biggest Myths about selling a restaurant are:
- Every deal is the same: Restaurant owners that have bought or sold a restaurant in the past sometimes believe every deal process is the same, and this belief is far from the truth. Each Asset Purchase Agreement has several small details that make a big difference.
Things to consider in each deal:
-Selling a profitable restaurant or an Asset Sale
-Selling a Franchise or non-franchise
-The buyer’s profile
-The landlord approval process
-The Franchise approval process
-Bank lending required or cash deal
-E-2 investor requirements
-Closing Attorney involved
-PPP or EIDL payments owed
-Sales Tax Filings
-Equipment repair requirements
- I will receive my asking price: When selling a restaurant, everything is negotiable, but the rent amount is owed to the landlord. The negotiation process between the buyer and the seller will determine the terms of the deal.
Restaurant owners can list a restaurant for sale, stating they want to recoup their equipment purchase price, build-out cost, or loan payoff balance, only to be disappointed. The market will determine the price of your restaurant.
Cash buyers are usually more aggressive in their offer price. Restaurant owners should expect offers at least 10% lower or more than the asking price.
- Time to sell a restaurant: The average time to sell a restaurant is 150-165 days, but this is only an average. Only 20%-30%of the restaurants listed will sell to a new buyer, and most restaurants for sale will sit on the market and never sell.
Only 2%-5% of the buyers looking to buy a restaurant will buy. Some deals are more like a slow cooker instead of a pressure cooker. Restaurant Sellers want a quick sale, while some restaurant buyers are not ready for quick closing.
- The Landlord is your partner: When dealing with a lease assignment approval from the landlord, some restaurant owners think the process is simple. Most owners have not reviewed the lease document they signed when opening the restaurant, and owners usually do not know what requirements are needed for lease assignment approval.
The Golden Rule when dealing with a landlord is that they are not your friend, and the landlord is looking out for their best interest in collecting future rent. If the landlord has a well-qualified restaurant owner as a lease guarantor, why would they approve a lease assignment for a questionable potential tenant?
The landlord can decide if a deal will make it to the closing table. Should the restaurant owner feel comfortable only in leases that don’t require landlord consent or have written auto-approval language for franchises.
Selling a restaurant can be a complex process. Hiring the right Restaurant Broker and understanding the selling process can make all the difference.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at email@example.com. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.comRead More
EATS Broker sells a downtown Dallas, Texas Restaurant
EATS Broker sells a downtown Dallas, Texas Restaurant in the Mosaic Dallas building at 300 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201. EATS Broker was the Intermediary for the seller and buyer for this transaction.
The restaurant is in a luxury, high-rise living community in downtown Dallas, Texas. Near the Arts District, Klyde Warren Park, and the Majestic, this is the perfect location to accommodate affluent young adults desire for convenient and delicious food.
The seller has owned the restaurant since 2019. He plans to take a few days off and move on to his next business venture, and he will be exiting the restaurant Industry.
The buyer has big plans to make improvements to the location. He brings years of General Manager experience working in Corporate Franchise restaurants. EATS Broker was excited to help him realize the American Dream of business ownership.
Christopher was a Petty Officer 3rd with the US Navy. He will bring that discipline and work ethic to his first restaurant. He plans to upgrade the menu offerings, create new recipes, and change the business name.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox of EATS Broker says, “the new owner will bring a new perspective and leadership style to the restaurant. I’m thankful he trusted EATS Broker to help him with the buying process”.
Selling a restaurant can be a complex process. The duties of a Restaurant Broker included presenting an opportunity and helping a buyer reach the closing table. EATS Broker did its job on this listing to get it sold, and it’s on to the next.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.Read More