Mergers, Acquisitions & Business Sales Set Small Business Record in 2017

BizBuySell, the largest on-line platform for business sales, has released their fourth quarter and year end 2017 insight report for small business transactions.  The report details a very active transaction market for buying and selling businesses throughout 2017.  Despite previous record highs set in 2016, this past year’s transactions not only set a new a record high, but significantly increasing from the previous year.  Closed small business transactions jumped from 7,842 in 2016 to 9,919 in 2017.


2017 Q4 Closed Small Business Transactions

Key Financials of Sold Small Businesses

2017 Small Business Sales Price vs Asking Price

“Asking prices rose 4 percent to $250,000 but more significantly, the median sale price of sold businesses in Q4 jumped nearly 12 percent from $206,000 to $230,000. The median sale price rising faster than the asking prices could point to more established buyers willing to pay more healthy listings.” – BizBuySell Insight Report

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Stronger revenues have led to higher asking prices and demonstrate a strong economy.  The median asking price rose by 11%, according to BizBuySell.

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2017 Q4 Median Days on Market
2017 Q4 Median Days on Market
2017 Q4 Small Business Sale Price Multiples

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