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Civil Engineering with Focus on Transportation & Roadway Systems

Strong recurring client base & long-standing reputation in Seattle area!

CASH FLOW
$616,189

Specifications

  • Price
    $1,400,000

  • Revenue
    $1,795,161

  • Cash Flow
    $616,189

  • Location
    Seattle, Washington

  • Service Area
    Primarily throughout Washington, Oregon, & Alaska

  • Reason for Sale
    Consolidation

  • Employees
    11: 1 Owner (Project Engineer), 1 PT Professional Land Surveyor. 1 Engineer-in-Training, 4 Surveyors, 2 CAD Technicians, 1 PT Structural Engineer, 1 Office Manager

  • Intangible Assets
    Strong recurring client base, well-known in the industry, long-standing reputation

  • Profit Margin
    34%

This Seattle-based civil engineering & surveying firm has a strong recurring client base and a long-standing reputation in the area! With a 34% profit margin, there is a solid team of 11 already in place, and the owner will stay on for 2-3 years. Established almost 15 years ago, this firm is licensed in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, as well as having DBE, SBE, and MBE certification. Services include civil engineering, surveying, planning, design, permitting, and construction management in the public and private sector. Along with providing all civil aspects of design and construction, the company also conducts value engineering studies, involving a team of multiple disciplines that dissect a project and provide input on how to improve the function and cost; this service has proven to be indispensable in the industry.  The highly skilled team of 11 is based out of a 1,600 sq. ft. office building and includes the owner, who is a Project Engineer, 1 PT Professional Land Surveyor, 1 Engineer-in-Training, 4 Surveyors, 2 CAD Technicians, 1 PT Structural Engineer, and 1 Office Manager.

 

Assets are comprised of survey equipment, digital levels, total stations, scanners, high-end computers, and a multitude of top-notch engineering software including MicroStation, InRoads, Civil 3D, and Leica Geosystems.

 

This firm has substantial connections with several important projects. Continuing to build these relationships and engage in large projects will certainly lead to an increased client base and growth in revenue. Priced at $1,400,000, a 12.5% down payment of $175,000 returns $308,799 in the first year after debt payments – a 176% return on investment!

Business Highlights

  • Year Established: 2006
  • Location:  Seattle, Washington
  • Service Area:  Primarily throughout Washington, Oregon, & Alaska
  • Services: Civil engineering, surveying, planning, design, and permitting
  • Clients: Commercial, educational, institutional, large engineering, design firms, some residential
  • Certifications: DBE / SBE / MBE certified
  • Lease: 1,600 sq. ft. office building
  • Reason for Selling: Consolidation
  • Personnel: 11: 1 Owner (Project Engineer), 1 PT Professional Land Surveyor. 1 Engineer-in-Training, 4 Surveyors, 2 CAD Technicians, 1 PT Structural Engineer, 1 Office Manager
  • Seller Training Period: 2-3 years
  • Growth Opportunities: Continue to connect and engage in important projects in the area
  • Current Owner’s Responsibilities: Overall firm management, public relations, some design elements

Financial Highlights

  • List Price: $1,400,000
  • Gross Sales:
    • 2020: $1,795,161
    • 2019: $1,330,905
    • 2018: $1,352,918
  • Cash Flow:
    • 2020: $616,189 Annualized
    • 2019: $452,632
    • 2018: $394,683
    • 3-Year Average: $487,835
  • Assets Included in Purchase*
    • Equipment: Survey equipment, digital levels, total stations, scanners, high-end computers, multitude of software
    • Vehicles: 2 vehicles - 2020 Toyota Truck, 2013 Toyota
    • Intangible Assets: Strong recurring client base, well-known in the industry, long-standing reputation

*amounts may vary, assets may be depreciated, replacement cost, or fair market value 

Cash Flow Analysis

Description of Financial StatementP&L Statement
Jan-Oct 2020 Cash
Tax Return
Cash
Tax Return
Cash
Tax Return
Cash
Tax ReturnTax Return
Cash
Notes
202020192018201720162015
GROSS SALES$1,495,968$1,330,905$1,352,918$1,801,820$1,315,511$1,344,933
Annualized$1,795,161
Net Income Shown on Financial Statement$468,784$285,007$267,471$519,342$216,850$364,010
ADDBACKS
Compensation to Owner$100,465$225,009$171,902$102,431$75,000$86,639
11% Tax on total W2 Salaries$11,051$24,751$18,909$11,267$8,250$9,530
Depreciation$0$1,633$20,002$59,202$1,369$2,122
Interest$0$29$0$0$595$2,718
Meals & Entertainment$7,391$2,243$2,439$0$0$2,720
Cell Phone$800$960$960$960$960$960$80/month
Owner's 401k$16,666$20,000$20,000$20,000$20,000$20,000$20,000/year
Replacement$-91,666$-110,000$-110,000$-110,000$-110,000$-110,000
Owner's Disability Insurance$0$3,000$3,000$3,000$3,000$3,000$3,000/year
TOTAL ADDBACKS$44,707$167,625$127,212$86,860$-826$17,689
Seller's Cash Flow = Total Addbacks + Net Income$513,491$452,632$394,683$606,202$216,024$381,699
Annualized
Profit Margin34.32 %34.01 %29.17 %33.64 %16.42 %28.38 %
  • Profit Margin: 34%

Clients

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Educational
  • Institutional
  • Transportation & Roadway
  • Large Engineering & Design Firms

Specific information regarding clients is available upon the receipt of a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Services

Personnel

  • 1 Owner
    • Project Engineer – overall firm management, public relations, design elements, marketing
  • 1 PT Professional Land Surveyor
  • 1 Engineer-in Training
  • 4 Surveyors
  • 2 CAD Technicians
  • 1 PT Structural Engineer
  • 1 Office Manager

Growth Opportunities

  • Continue to build connections/relationships in the area

Valuation Details

The Firm used a cash flow valuation methodology to determine the purchase price of the business. 

The formula used is as follows:

Cash Flow       x          Prescribed Multiple     =          Fair Market Value

Cash flow is the sum of business net income plus any owner perks and any non-onward going expenses.

A prescribed multiple is determined by a 20 question, 100-point parameter ranking system that is used to analyze the current business health. Each question is based on a scale from 1 to 5: 1 being low, 2 below average, 3 average, 4 above average, 5 high. The average of the responses sum is the business’ prescribed multiplier.

For this business, a 3-year average cash flow was used with a prescribed multiple of 3.  With this information, the computation is as follows:

Cash Flow         x  Prescribed Multiple   =   Fair Market Value

 

With this information, the computation is as follows:

 

$487,835            x                2.9                 =        $1,414,722

Funding Example

Purchase Price:   $1,400,000

 

    12.5%Buyer Down Payment    $175,000 Must be unborrowed funds
    12.5%Seller Financing or Equity $175,000 5-year term at a rate of 4.50% = a monthly loan payment of $3,263
    75%Bank Loan $1,050,000 10-year term at a rate of 6% = a monthly loan payment of $11,657

 

  • Cash Flow: $487,835

     

  • Annual Payment:

     

    • To Seller: $39,150
    • To Bank: $139,886

       

  • Net Profit (after expenses and loan payment): $308,799

Purchase Price:

$1,400,000

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Funding Details

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Total Business Assets, Inventory, and A/R: $

Total Undercollateralized Loan: $

Loan Payments

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Monthly Payment to Seller: $
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Total Monthly Debt Service: $
Total Yearly Debt Service: $

Conclusions

Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio

The bank will require a minimum ratio of 1.5 to be lendable.

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Buyer's Net Operating Income (NOI)

The amount of money the Buyer will retain as profit.

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The rate of return on the Buyer's down payment.

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