Relocation, Storage & Records Management Company
For over 30 years, this relocation and storage company has served the Siouxland and the tristate area, growing from a one-man operation into the go-to for local and interstate moves. Gross sales have topped $1.1M for the last two years, with the company seeing a cash flow nearing or surpassing the $300,000 mark. Operating at a 26% profit margin in 2016, this company still has room to grow.
Offices and storage are located in a 15,000-sq. ft. facility. The seller employees 15 individuals, 7 of whom are drivers. A General Manager and Office Manager work with the seller in the office, where a part-time bookkeeper assists for 15 to 20 hours per week. Additionally, there are 5 manual laborers for moving and storage duties.
Included in the purchase price is $735,129 in assets. Over half of that is comprised of trucks, trailers and vans used for jobs. There is ample equipment to aid in storage and moving, as well as necessary office furniture and equipment to outfit operations.
While the company has a large share of the area market for relocations, growth exists in increasing storage services and opening a second location in a non-competing radius. Looking to sell as part of a retirement strategy, the seller is looking forward to assisting in a smooth transition to encourage continued company profitability and employee retention.
- Years in Business: 30+
- Location and Service Area: Siouxland
- Commercial Clients: Medical, Banking, Financial, Education, Insurance and more
- Competition: Minimal – this company handles a majority of local moves (70%) and a large number of interstate relocations (60%)
- Building: 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse and office space
- Reason for Selling: Retirement planning
- Employees: 15
- Seller Training Period: Negotiable
- Growth Opportunities: Increase storage services, consider opening a second location in a non-competing area with the current location; establish relationships with realtors to gain referrals
- Current Owner’s Responsibilities: Oversees all operations & sales, and handles hiring
- List Price: $1,200,000
- Gross Sales
- 2017 - $1,113,973 Annualized
- 2016 - $1,150,425
- 2015 - $1,140,487
- Cash Flow
- 2017 - $330,234 Annualized
- 2016 - $298,625
- YOY Sales Trends:
- Profit Margin: 30%
- Assets Included in Purchase:
- Equipment: $300,129 –
- $13,690 in desks, cabinets, copiers, etc.
- $286,439 in shelving, moving equipment, ladders and more
- Vehicles: $435,000 – vans, trucks, trailers (please note that there is $95,000 in outstanding debt on recent vehicle purchases that would be assumed by the buyer)
- Intangible Assets: 100% 5-star reviews on Google, outstanding reputation
- Equipment: $300,129 –
*amounts may vary
Cash Flow Analysis
|Description of Financial Statement||P&L Statement|
January - August
|Tax Return||Tax Return||Tax Return||Notes|
|Net Income Shown on Financial Statement||$170,970||$200,849||$243,822||$197,085|
|Compensation to Owner||$36,667||$55,000||$55,000||$64,878|
|11% Tax on total W2 Salaries||$4,033||$6,050||$6,050||$7,137|
|Interest||$0||$1,909||$2,425||$1,188||Non-onward going expense|
|Contributions/Donations||$50||$0||$0||$0||Non-onward going expense|
|Non-Business Telephone||$800||$1,200||$1,200||$1,200||Personal expenses|
|Life Insurance Premiums||$947||$0||$0||$0||Owner's life insurance premium|
|Meals & Entertainment||$0||$0||$0||$1,061||Personal expenses|
|Travel||$3,955||$0||$0||$5,297||40% of travel is personal|
|Auto Insurance Premiums||$0||$2,300||$2,300||$2,300||Owner's auto insurance premium|
|Retirement Plan||$2,734||$14,400||$0||$0||401K for owner|
|Seller's Cash Flow = Total Addbacks + Net Income||$220,156||$298,625||$327,116||$287,888|
|Profit Margin||29.64 %||25.96 %||28.68 %||27.73 %|
- 30% profit margin in 2017
- Local moving
- Roughly 70% of local moves of household goods are conducted through this company
- International relocation
- Long distance moves
- 60% of interstate relocations in the area are handled by this company
- Items are carefully packed and catalogued for safe storage and easy access
- New product receiving and distribution
- New products are received and stored until ready for placement in a facility
- The products are moved to the location when ready and set up
- Companies needing these services range from hotels to restaurants and more
Jobs are split 80% local and 20% interstate.
- By far, the largest income producer is local moves (67%)
- Through all of 2016, local moves brought in $497,623
- In comparison, through August of 2017, $404,411 in income has come in through local moves
- Based on company-wide growth, 2017 should see $606,616 in income from local moves alone
Company serves clients across 16 industries for moving, storage and records management
|Private industry||Education||Accounting||Meat industry|
|Automotive||Law enforcement||Food processing||Electronics|
- 15 employees
- 7 drivers
- Office Manager
- General Manager
- Part-time Bookkeeper
- 5 manual laborers
Seller maintains CDL licensure, oversees operations and sales and handles hiring. Per week, the owner spends roughly 45 hours working in and on the business, but was absent for a total of 8 weeks spread out in 2016.
Vehicles - $435,000*
- Chevy Pack Van (2) - $50,000
- Freightliner Straight Truck (3) - $176,000
- Tractor Trailer (2) - $63,000
- Trailer (2) - $81,000
- SUV’s (2) - $65,000
*please note that there is $95,000 owed on recent vehicle purchases that would be assumed by the buyer
Equipment - $300,129
- Shelving - $157,575
- Moving equipment - $74,466
- Ladders, lifts, dollies, ramps, and more
- Miscellaneous - $54,398
- Folding tables, containers, carts and more
- Office - $13,690
- Desks, cabinets, computers/printers, copiers and phone equipment
A detailed asset list is available upon receipt of a signed Non-Disclosure Agreement.
Midwest Moving Statistics
Nationwide trends are driven more by logistical needs than lifestyle changes.
The top 3 reasons for moving in the Midwest all require spendable income, indicating a robust and growing economy to sustain relocation companies.
Seasonal Moving Trends
As expected, peak moving season runs from May to September.
July has nearly twice as much activity as February, the slowest month.
*Data pulled from a national moving company’s research
- Increase storage services
- While many utilize storage during moving, advertising storage for longer periods of time or for companies moving facilities would be a good revenue stream
- Develop relationships with realtors
- Great way to gain referrals
- Most realtors work to establish themselves as experts in relocations, interstate moving and other areas, frequently acting as a go-to realtor for corporate relocations
- Working with realtors that have established networks for relocations is a great way to get recurrent referrals
- Open a second location
- To continue growing, a buyer could consider setting up satellite operations outside of the immediate competitive area with the current location
- Located in Sioux City, the company is ideally situated to expand further into Iowa, or look into locations in South Dakota and Nebraska
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 Multiplier = Price
“Cash Flow” is the sum of net income plus any owner perks and non-onward going expenses.
“Multiplier” is a prescribed number between 1 and 5 determined by a 100-point, 20-question rating system used to determine the business valuation (average is 3).
The 2016 Cash Flow is $298,625. The prescribed multiplier is 4
With this information, the computation result follows:
$298,625 x 4 = $1,194,500
The List Price for the business is set at $1,200,000.
Funding Example, based on the following:
- Buyer down payment of 10% ($120,000)
- Seller carry of 10% ($120,000) at a rate of 4.5% for 5 years
- Bank loan of 80% ($960,000) at a rate of 5.25% for 7 years
- After loan payments, a buyer with a down payment of $120,000 would receive a return on investment of 89% in the first year.
Please note that the decision of whether to extend a loan on any sale belongs to the bank, and this document does not guarantee specific terms or verify that financing is available.
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