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Lighting Maintenance and Distribution – Absentee Owner

Management team committed to stay post-sale with 3,000 recurring clients!

CASH FLOW
$485,906

Specifications

  • Price
    $1,795,000

  • Revenue
    $5,119,991

  • Equipment
    $340,000

  • Inventory
    1MM+

  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona

  • Reason for Sale
    Divestment

  • Service Area
    United States (90%), Canada (5%), Central America (5%)

  • Employees
    21: CEO (1), Managers (4), Administrative (3), Sales (10), Electricians (3), 1099 (as needed)

  • Intangible Assets
    Strong customer relationships, many large clients, excellent staff tenure

With over 20 staff in place allowing for passive ownership, this full-service lighting provider has mastered design, distribution, installation, maintenance, and repair since 1998! The management team and staff are committed to stay post-sale and, with a 9,600 sq. ft. headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona and one satellite branch, this business continues to meet the needs of over 3,000 active clients nationwide. The majority of customers are in the United States (90%), while 5% of clients are located in Canada and another 5% are in Central America.  The current management and staff allow for consistency of service. The staff is well-trained, and many employees have been with the company for 5-20 years. Team members include a sales department, a solid warehouse staff, a knowledgeable management team, and 1099 contractors are hired as needed.  The management team is planning to stay on, ensuring continuity of operations. 

Working with commercial and industrial businesses is the focus of this company. Large restaurant chains, hotels, multi-family housing projects, universities, and industrial customers are only the beginning of the diverse and impressive client list that results in steady work throughout the year. Providing excellent customer service, they seek to buy and sell products at the lowest price possible.  Due to their approach, they can provide products and services for far less than their competition. 

At the purchase price of 1,795,000, a 12.5% down payment of $224,375 returns $221,959 in the first year after debt payments, which is a 99% return on investment.

Business Highlights

  • Year Established: 1998
  • Location:  Phoenix, Arizona
  • Service Area: United States (90%), Canada (5%), Central America (5%)
  • Clients: 3,000+ active, commercial and industrial
  • Services: Distribution, lighting maintenance, retrofitting, lighting and sign installation
  • Building: Location 1: 9,600 sq. ft.  Location 2: 5,000 sq. ft. 
  • Reason for Selling: Divestment
  • Employees: 21: CEO (1), Managers (4), Administrative (3), Sales (10), Electricians (3), 1099 (as needed)
  • Hours: 6:30am – 5:00pm M-F
  • Seller Training Period: Management is planning to stay on
  • Growth Opportunities: Expand electrical services, improve online presence and user experience by adding online ordering
  • Current Owner’s Responsibilities:  Passive, oversight only

Financial Highlights

  • List Price: $1,795,000
  • Gross Sales:
    • 2019: $5,119,991
  • Cash Flow:
    • 2020: $385,301 Annualized
    • 2019: $485,906
    • 2018: $267,086
    • 2017: $578,575
  • Assets Included in Purchase
  • Equipment: $340,000: Cranes (2), vans (2), trucks (5), lifts (3), misc. tools
  • Inventory: $1MM+
  • WIP:  $625,000
  • Intangible Assets: Strong customer relationships, many large clients, excellent staff tenure

*amounts may vary

Cash Flow Analysis

    Typical Clients

    • Commercial retailers 
    • Restaurant chains 
    • Hospitals 
    • Hotels 
    • Industrial facilities 
    • Churches 
    • Universities 
    • Multi-family housing 
    • Small businesses 

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

    A Sample of Services and Products Available

    Services

    • Lighting Design
    • Energy Analysis and Management
    • Maintenance, Service, and Repair
    • Installation
    • Inventory Management
    • Utility Rebate Programs 

     

    Products

    • LEDs and CFLs
    • Fluorescent Lighting and Lamps
    • Halogen Lamps
    • Emergency Lighting
    • Metal Halide Lamps
    • Incandescent Lamps
    • Ballasts
    • Fixtures

     

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

    Employees

    Employees: 23

    • CEO (1)
    • VP (1)
    • Operations Manager (1)
    • Sales Director (1)
    • Accounts Manager (1)
    • Office Manager (1)
    • Sales (8)
    • Warehouse (9)
    • 1099 (as needed)

    Growth Opportunities

    • Expand electrical services
      • Services could include non-lighting electrical services
      • Significant opportunity to increase income
      • Great profit margins in this type of work
      • Easy to integrate into current projects and for current customers 
    • Improve online presence and user experience
      • Increase functionality of the website
      • Include customer log-in
      • Include customer communication, ordering, and service request portals
      • Add online ordering with excellent user experience

    Valuation Details

    The Firm Business Brokerage 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 multiple is prescribed 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 multiple.

    For this business, a 4-year average (2017-2020) cash flow was used with a prescribed multiple of 4.2.  With this information, the computation is as follows:

    $429,217         x          4.2     =          $1,802,711

    The fair market value found above positions the business list price at $1,795,000.

    Funding Example

     

    Purchase Price:                          $1,795,000

    12.5%Buyer Down Payment:   $224,375

    12.5%Seller Financing:            $224,375

    70%Bank Loan:                      $1,346,250

    Seller financing 10-year term at a rate of 4.50% equals a monthly loan payment of $2,325.

    Bank loan 10-year term at a rate of 6% equals a monthly loan payment of $14,946.

    After business expenses and loan payments, a buyer with a 12.5% down payment of $224,375 would retain a profit of $221,959, which results in a 99% return on investment in the first year.

    A lender is required to have a minimum 1.25 coverage ratio for any business loans extended. At a proposed purchase price of $1,795,000 with the terms listed above, the coverage ratio is 2.07.

     

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    Funding Details

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    % Seller Carry Back via Promissory Note: $

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

    Total Undercollateralized Loan: $

    Loan Payments

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

    Conclusions

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

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