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July 2014
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Focus On Value Drivers First When Planning To Sell

Low-risk, high-reward businesses earn their owners top dollar, says Divestopedia contributor, Rose Stabler. In "Master Ten Value Drivers to Sell Your Business at the Highest Price," she encourages sellers to assess their companies from the buyer's perspective, focusing on factors that indicate a business' transferable value. Those value drivers include:


  • Predictable cash flow from recurring revenue sources 
  • Financial records that are correct, supportable, and complete
  • A broad customer base in which no clients represent a large percentage of sales
  • A capable, well-trained workforce that's willing to stay on long-term, despite the business' sale
  • A realistic, documented growth plan 
  • Well-established and documented standard business procedures and systems 
  • Organized, well-maintained facilities and equipment that can accommodate growth
  • Brand recognition, service or product reliability, and high customer satisfaction 
  • Copyrights, trademarks, proprietary systems, and other protections that provide a competitive edge 
  • A range of product or service offerings that diversifies revenue sources

"Each driver is a characteristic of a business that either reduces the risk associated with owning the business or enhances the prospect that the business will grow significantly in the future," Stabler says. "Simply put, the better your performance in these areas, the greater the selling price of your business."

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Meridian Calibration

Meridian Calibration is an ISO/IEC 17025 compliant, niche calibration lab that services the Texas oil and gas industry and specializes in calibration of pressure and temperature instruments.

The former owners, Clint and Jodi Williams, sold the business to spend time with their grandchild, as well as pursue some of their other loves - sailing and photography.


Clint will be working with the new owner for a period of time to transition the customer base and train new employees. The new owner requested that his name not be released. However, with his educational background with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, a M.B.A, and the owner of a Houston-area restaurant, he is well-suited to expand to other industry sectors and add additional services to Meridian's current operations.


Rose Stabler listed the business and Marcia Bowron sold it.



E-Document Services

E-Document Services is a Downtown Houston, niche market, commercial document Service Company that offers complete document copying, scanning, and binding services to the legal and business community. Their specialty is handling of litigation documents and voluminous case files. The Company also prepares trial and exhibit boards and provides electronic discovery computer forensic services where experts recover active, deleted, or temporary files from computer hard drives.

Two of the three former partnership owners will stay with the business as key players in the new owner's, Ganiu Longe, expansion plans for the business. Mr. Longe, a Hewlett Packard retiree, also owns a profitable Italian Restaurant he purchased through our firm in 2012. He has big plans for E-Document Services, which include adding software capability to increase product diversification, expand sales within Texas, to other states, and internationally using his existing multilingual staff.  His immediate expansion will include two new offices, one in The Woodlands and one in the Energy Corridor. He also plans to expand specialization to other industries such as government digitization, medical records, and engineering. His three-year expansion plan includes moving to larger facilities.

Tom Pence listed and sold the business.



Houston Barbecue Company

Pictured left to right: Marcia Bowron-CBB Broker,

Kurt & Treca Craig-Sellers, Carl, Martha, & Joseph Dismuke-Buyers

This very popular BBQ restaurant is situated perfectly in the middle of the energy corridor. Local hotels and businesses have the restaurant on their recommended lists, which brings in about 15% of their revenues from catering and that's with no outside sales focus. They have an exclusive lease for BBQ in the upscale shopping center. The restaurant also sells its proprietary bottled BBQ sauce.


The Dismuke's, the buyers, plan on adding another revenue stream to the operation by taking advantage of the fully built-out bar and obtaining a beer/wine license and focus a lot on catering opportunities. Joseph Dismuke will be managing the business, as he has 13 years of restaurant management experience with big-name companies such as Olive Garden, Pappas, and Buffalo Wild Wings. The business was sold within four months of going to market.

Marcia Bowron listed the business and sold it.



Quiznos #706

Pictured left to right: Omar Medina-Seller,
Ryan DeGennaro-CBB Broker, Richard Williams-Buyer

Omar Medina, the seller, with a full-time career, couldn't effectively manage the store, which is why he elected to sell the business after four years of ownership.


The buyer, Richard Williams, is part of a large automotive group that was looking to expand their business holdings. The store's freeway frontage location and current management in place, were factors in the decision to purchase the business.  The business was on the market for less than a month.


Ryan DeGennaro listed the business and sold it.

Ask The ExpertsQuestion Ask The Experts


I'm looking at a business to buy and the seller says that the business is making more money than what shows up on the books. How is this handled? 




This article, "Unreported Income Claims - What Should A Buyer Do?," gives feedback, tips, and opinions on this subject that you may find helpful.


Texas Economic News


We watch economic and market conditions compared to the rest of the country because these factors affect business value. The following articles were all published since our last newsletter.



Texas Takes 30 Spots In Forbes Best American Colleges List  


Austin Homes Sell Faster Than Anywhere Else In The Country 


All Eyes On Mexican Oil | The Texas Energy Boom May Be Going South - South Of The Border That Is  


To Fix America, Copy Texas - Washington Times 


5 Supreme Court Rulings That Will Change How America Does Business


Texas Mid-Size Firms Lead Nation In Revenue & Jobs  


Texas Dominates Forbes List Of Best Cities For Job Growth - Austin #2, McAllen #3, Dallas #5, Houston #9, San Antonio #10 


Report | 2014 Is On Pace To Set The Record For Biggest Year Ever For Number Of Businesses Sold 


Not Your Father's Market | Selling A Business Today Is Quite Different Than It Was A Generation Ago  


Another California Company, Omnitracs, A Software Firm Serving The US Trucking Industry, Moves HQ To TX 


Will Texas Hit The California Wall?  


Houston Is A Buyer's Market For Small Businesses | Buyers Getting More Bang For Their Buck  


Texas Leads U.S. In Employment Growth |. Broken Down By Industry Sector 


Texas No. 1 In Location Desirability For Job Seekers  


Valuation Inflation: Middle Market Multiples On The Rise 


"Finding The American Dream In Texas" by George P. Bush


America's Largest Shotgun Maker Shifts More Jobs to Texas - Forbes 


Moving To Texas | The Great American Entertainment Company


Manufacturing Booming In Texas, Sector Adds Jobs For 3rd Straight Year


Merger Activity In Texas Hit A 10-Year High During The First Half Of 2014


The Great Texas Dream | Ranch Sales Are Booming


Why Business Is Leaving California For Texas 


18 Facts That Make Houston The Best City In America 


SoftServe, Inc., A Software Development Company, Moves Headquarters From Florida To Austin


Texas Now Receiving Well Over DOUBLE The Per Capita Investment Of California  

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