Paramount Wealth Management principal Wayne Leggett said it can be difficult for potential buyers to obtain demographic information about the practice’s client base in relation to their geographic location, their age spread, the income ranges and their occupations.
“The buyer has to make assumptions about what’s in there and hope for the best, and if that’s what they’re doing they’re not going to pay top dollar because the risk is too great,” said Mr Leggett.
A lack of information on the business is also an issue if the buyer is borrowing money to buy the business, he said.
“If the buyer isn’t using real estate as security for the purchase price and they’re using a loan over the business itself, then any lender is going to want the information themselves in order to make a reasonable valuation,” he said.
Mr Leggett says SMSF practitioners need to collect as much information on clients as possible before selling their business, either from client files or asking the clients to do a quick questionnaire.
“Make sure that all of the relevant information in your data base is up to date, contact details, phone numbers and email addresses – all those sorts of things,” he said.
This makes it easier for the prospective buyer to come along and offer their prospective services to clients, he said, and this is when they decide to buy.
“If there are holes in the data base, it just means it’s going to be more difficult, and therefore they’re not going to be as inclined to pay a premium for it.”