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Fire Protection Engineering Firm with 57% Profit Margin

Highly skilled team of employees in place who run day-to-day operations!



  • Price

  • Revenue

  • Cash Flow

  • Location
    Dallas, Texas; satellite office in San Antonio

  • Service Area
    50% local, 40% regional, 10% national

  • Profit Margin

  • Employees
    7: 1 Owner + 6 FT employees, including 1 Senior Consultant, 1 Senior Designer, 3 Engineers, and 1 Admin

  • Reason for Sale
    Retirement / Age

  • Intangible Assets
    Solid client relationships, word-of-mouth referrals, strong reputation in the area for quality and customer service

This fire protection engineering firm has a highly skilled team of 6 employees already in place who run the day-to-day operations! With nearly $2M in sales and a 57% profit margin in 2020, this Dallas company has been established for more than 25 years. They provide a wide array of services in all phases of fire protection engineering, including building & fire code consulting & engineering, fire alarm systems, automatic sprinkler systems, smoke exhaust systems, fire modeling, plan review, and systems testing. Their diverse client base consists of design professionals (55%), contractors (25%), federal government (10%), and private owners (10%), with their service area covering primarily Texas and surrounding states. The collaborative team of 7 includes the owner, a licensed Fire Protection Engineer, along with 1 Senior Consultant, 1 Senior Designer, 3 Engineers, and 1 Administrative Assistant. The Senior Consultant has over 20 years of experience in the fire protection industry and would be able to assume the role of CEO under new ownership. The team is based out of 2,300 sq. ft. office in Dallas, with a small 200 sq. ft. satellite office in San Antonio.


Plan review customers are a portion of their ongoing client base; plan review services provide recurring monthly revenue, as it is a service in constant demand and yields steady cash flow for the company, accounting for approximately 20% of their total revenue per year. The average plan review fee ranges from $500-$1,000. Project sale sizes range anywhere from $2k-$200k, with an average sale size of around $10k. The firm uses state-of-the-art software packages such as AutoCAD, Revit, HydraCAD, AutoSPRINK, CFAST, FDS, Egress, and Intelligibility.


Priced at $4,550,000, this firm has seen year-over-year growth in sales for 3 years and a 5-year average profit margin of 47%. A solid team is already in place; they run the day-to-day operations, handle clients regularly, and complete projects successfully. Over the years, this firm has gained a  reputation for providing some of the best services when it comes to fire protection and planning, giving them steady word-of-mouth referrals. Pursuing more projects in colleges & universities, school districts, and in the industrial sector would certainly lead to continued growth.

Business Highlights

Year Established: 1995

Location: Dallas, Texas; satellite office in San Antonio

Service Area: 50% local, 40% regional, 10% national

Services: Full-Service fire protection and life safety consulting & engineering, building & fire code consulting & engineering, automatic sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, smoke control systems, smoke management systems, smoke exhaust systems, fire modeling, means of egress modeling, plan review, systems testing

Clients: Design professionals (55%), contractors (25%), federal government (10%), private owners (10%)

Lease: Dallas office: 2,300 sq. ft., $4,800/month; San Antonio office: 200 sq. ft. (this space would not be needed for a new owner)

Reason for Selling: Retirement / Age

Personnel: 7: 1 Owner + 6 FT employees, including 1 Senior Consultant, 1 Senior Designer, 3 Engineers, and 1 Admin

Seller Training Period: 6-12 months

Growth Opportunities: Pursuing more projects in college & university work, school district work, and industrial work

Current Owner’s Responsibilities: Preparation of proposals, review of engineers’ work, administrative duties


1 Owner

  • Preparation of proposals, review of engineers’ work, administrative duties, billings


1 Senior Consultant

1 Senior Designer

1 Fire Protection Engineer2 Fire Protection Engineers in Training

1 Administrative

Client Breakdown

Profit Margin




  • 5-year average profit margin: 47%

Financial Highlights

  • List Price: $4,550,000

  • 2020 Cash Flow: $1,125,479
  • Working Capital: $90,000/month

*amounts may vary

Cash Flow Analysis

Description of Financial StatementP&L StatementTax Return
Tax Return
Tax Return
Tax Return
GROSS SALES$1,991,188$1,856,279$1,352,092$1,393,944$1,058,850
Net Income Shown on Financial Statement$843,577$690,818$273,457$511,855$193,824
Compensation to Owner$195,000$195,000$195,000$195,000$195,000
11% Tax on total W2 Salaries$21,450$21,450$21,450$21,450$21,450
401k$7,800$7,800$7,800$7,800$7,800Personal Expense
Auto Expense$12,000$12,000$12,000$12,000$12,000Personal Expense
Meals & Entertainment$2,400$2,400$2,400$2,400$2,400Personal Expense
Cell Phone$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000Personal Expense
Health Insurance$6,540$6,540$6,540$6,540$6,540Personal Expense
Rent Adjustment$82,667$30,600$30,000$28,200$19,200Rent for apartment in Dallas - non-onward going
Home Phone/Internet$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,200Personal Expense
Replacement$-75,000$-75,000$-75,000$-75,000$-75,000To replace current owner
Moving Expense$9,268$0$0$0$0One-time cost
Rent Adjustment$2,400$2,400$2,400$2,400$2,400$200/month rent for San Antonio office space (lease ends September 2021) - this office would not be needed moving forward
TOTAL ADDBACKS$281,902$237,258$227,903$206,689$198,878
Seller's Cash Flow = Total Addbacks + Net Income$1,125,479$928,076$501,360$718,544$392,702
Profit Margin56.52 %50.00 %37.07 %51.55 %37.09 %


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