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Translating & Interpreting Services for Schools, Hospitals, and Legal System

A down payment of $49,000 returns $158,235 in the first year after debt payments!

CASH FLOW
$232,007

Specifications

  • Price
    $490,000

  • Revenue
    $768,545

  • Cash Flow
    $232,007

  • Location
    Cleveland, Ohio

  • Service Area
    Interpreting (85%): Northeast Ohio; Translating (15%): Nationwide

  • Profit Margin
    46%

  • Intangible Assets
    Long-term relationships with clients, secured large medical clients, low overhead, strong group of contracted employees

  • Reason for Sale
    Retirement planning

  • Employees
    102: 2 Coordinating assistants, 75 local interpreters, 25 remote translators

Priced at $490,000, a down payment of $49,000 returns $158,235 in the first year after debt payments – a 323% return on investment! Serving large health care, municipal legal, and school systems, along with commercial businesses, Social Security Administration, and individual customers, the seller of this LSP business is willing to do performance based earnout to show vested interest. Interpreting 50+ languages accounts for 85% of revenues, with translation of 150 languages accounting for the remaining 15%.  With 102 contracted employees, 75 of which are local interpreters, this business operates with low overhead, earning a 30% profit margin last year. Established in 1997, many customers have been with this firm for over twenty years and have strong working relationships to draw upon. The owner, who is willing to remain part of the team for a couple of years to ensure continuity of operations, remotely manages the day-to-day operations and routes the work to the team of translators. The translating duties could be distributed to a contracted employee, if desired. 

 

Current administrative operations are completed remotely and both contracted coordinating assistants work part-time from their home.  The bank of seventy-five contracted interpreters are local and take assignments throughout Northeast Ohio and work in over fifty languages.  The team of twenty-five translators work in over 150 languages and are all remote hires. 

 

This small but mighty team has grown their customer base and maintained a positive reputation in the area.  To build upon current successes, investment in marketing could be effective in generating new clients as could networking with local business owners. There is complete confidence that this business will flourish again post-pandemic.

Business Highlights

  • Year Established: 1997
  • Location:  Cleveland, Ohio
  • Service Area:  Interpreting: Northeast Ohio; Translating: Nationwide
  • Services: Interpreting (85%): Northeast Ohio; Translating (15%): Nationwide
  • Clients: Large health care systems, municipal legal system (courts and lawyers), commercial businesses, individual customers, school systems
  • Lease: Work remotely! Low overhead! 
  • Reason for Selling: Retirement planning
  • Contracted Employees: 102: 2 Coordinating assistants, 75 local interpreters, 25 remote translators
  • Seller Training Period: Owner is willing to remain a part of the team for 1-2 years to ensure continuity in operations and service
  • Growth Opportunities: Invest in targeted marketing to reach new customers, consider upgrading technical operations to increase efficiency, network with local business owners to generate connections
  • Current Owners’ Responsibilities: Operates business 

Financial Highlights

  • List Price: $490,000
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    • 2-Year Average Cash Flow: $221,196

Cash Flow Analysis

Description of Financial StatementP&L Statement
Jan-Dec 2020 Cash
Tax Return
Cash
Tax Return
Cash
Tax Return
Cash
Notes
2020201920182017
GROSS SALES$350,220$768,545$736,752$544,939
Net Income Shown on Financial Statement$102,528$223,363$159,552$101,228
ADDBACKS
Compensation to Owner $50,000$50,000$50,000$30,000
Meals & Entertainment $0$509$832$832
Professional Fee $7,306$1,400$0$2,700
TOTAL ADDBACKS$57,306$51,909$50,832$33,532
Seller's Cash Flow = Total Addbacks + Net Income$159,834$275,272$210,384$134,760
Profit Margin45.64 %35.82 %28.56 %24.73 %
  • Profit margin 2019: 30%

Typical Clients

  • Large health care systems
  • Municipal legal system (courts and legal)
  • Commercial businesses
  • Individual customers
  • School systems
  • Social Security

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

2020 / COVID Notes

Hospital systems and school systems were not at full capacity, which impacted the 2020 numbers; however, there is complete confidence this business will flourish again post-pandemic. The seller is willing to do performance based earnout to show vested interest.

Services

  • Interpreting (50+ languages): 85%
    • Healthcare
    • Courts, immigration, lawyers
    • Commercial business
    • Events, conventions, sports games
    • Schools – 15 local school districts, IEP, testing, conferences, documents
  • Translating  (150 languages): 15%
    • Commercial business
      • Brochures
      • Advertising
      • Instructions
      • Documents
    • Documents
    • Legal documents
    • Technical documents
    • Personal records
    • Financial documents

Employees

Total Contracted Employees: 102

  • 2 Coordinating assistants
  • 75 Local interpreters
  • 25 Remote translators

Growth Opportunities

  • Invest in targeted marketing to reach new customers
  • Consider upgrading technical operations to increase efficiency
  • Network with local business owners to generate connections

Valuation Details

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

Cash flow is the sum of business net income plus any owner perks and any non-onward expenses. Then we prescribe a multiple based on 20 parameter which valuate the health of the business. For this valuation, we used the 2-Year Average Cash Flow (2018 & 20190 value making the business price much more favorable to the buyer.

The formula used is as follows:

Cash Flow         x  Prescribed Multiple    =   Fair Market Value

 

With this information, the computation is as follows:

 

$221,196            x                2.25                 =         $497,691


Funding Example

Purchase Price:   $490,000

 

    10%Buyer Down Payment    $49,000 Must be unborrowed funds
    15%Seller Financing or Equity $73,500 5-year term at a rate of 4.50% = a monthly loan payment of $1,167
    75%Bank Loan $367,500 10-year term at a rate of 6% = a monthly loan payment of $4,080

 

  • Cash Flow: $221,196

     

  • Annual Payment:

     

    • To Seller: $14,001
    • To Bank: $48,960

       

  • Net Profit (after expenses and loan payment): $158,235

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