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This article in the Wall Street Journal by Sarah E. Needleman reveals that the sale of small businesses continued to increase for the 2nd year in a row. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any data pertaining to the sale of franchises.
The small-business-for-sale marketplace picked up again last year, for the second year in a row, thanks in part to better business performance. Sales of businesses with roughly $360,000 in annual revenue rose 3.3% in 2011, according to BizBuySell.com, a San Francisco-based online marketplace for small-business acquisitions. The median revenue for small businesses sold last year rose by 6.7%, its data show.
Seller financing has been a way to deal with tight credit markets.
Sellers are still being "a little bit conservative with their sale price to get things done," says Curtis Kroeker, a BizBuySell general manager. Slight improvements in small business lending conditions could be one factor helping to boost transactions, Mr. Kroeker says. But many sellers are continuing to help finance deals for buyers who are unable to secure sufficient funding otherwise, he adds."Everyone's seeing growth in revenue," says Tom Gottlieb, managing partner at VR Mergers & Acquisitions LLC, an Austin, Texas brokerage. But he believes that "banks are holding things back from really going well," adding that "even when the banks are involved, you have to do seller financing in many cases."
The percent of sales that included seller financing is way up!
In healthy economies, seller financing typically accounts for about 20% to 30% of a small-business sale, says Joseph L. Caffrey, president and CEO of Worldwide Business Brokers LLC, a brokerage based in Virginia Beach, Va., with locations throughout the East Coast. But in recent years and still today, sellers are finding that they need to put up as much as 50% to 70%