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Your Future Beckons Succession and Exit Strategies Morgan Potter August 2012.

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1 Your Future Beckons Succession and Exit Strategies Morgan Potter August 2012

2 Your Future Beckons Build the runway for your flight to freedom: Establish a solid company reputation Forge strong business relationships with customers and suppliers Train managers to become autonomous Develop a senior management team Create a 3-year strategic plan Talk to Morgan Potter Consulting

3 Steps to Success 1.Agree Objectives For shareholders, managers and the company 2.Review the Issues and Opportunities Personal, company and market perspectives Assets and liabilities Performance targets 3.Write your Plan Action steps, partners, timescale

4 Essential Elements of the Plan 1.Identifying the optimum exit route 2.Setting the succession or exit time frame 3.Resolving barriers to sale 4.Agreeing the business valuation formula 5.Creating the right management structure 6.Winning support from suppliers and customers 7.Deciding on the method, e.g. MBO, MBI, flotation, sale 8.Writing the financial plan to include payment terms, taxation and inheritance 9.Personal planning for the future 10.Negotiating the sale

5 Typical Barriers to Sale 1. Structural Issues: Financial management & reports Shareholders agreement Tax implications 2. Operational Issues: Organisational structure Supplier and customer relationships Productivity & profitability 3. Business Issues: Plans and forecasts Agreements and commitments Valuation

6 Mission Timing Success Criteria: Long-term - 3 to 5 years Medium-term - 2 to 3 years Short-term - 18 months to 2 years

7 Success Criteria Long-term: 3 to 5 years - Company profitable with healthy margins Products and services with long life cycles Balanced range of customers in different sectors Business operating in secure, growing markets Stable workforce Best-practice HR policies Loyal and capable managers Clear vision, mission and values

8 Success Criteria Medium-term: 2 to 3 years - All long-term requirements plus: Secure, stable product & market strategies Confident long-term financial forecasts Business fully functional without the owner Motivated, well-trained staff High standards of efficiency High customer satisfaction rating

9 Success Criteria Short-term: 18 months to 2 years - All long & medium term requirements plus: Business plan with bank support Unanimous agreement to sell Robust management structure Current, audited financial reports Research-based valuation target agreed Key staff and customers consulted

10 The Flight Plan Assemble your team of specialist advisers Prepare documents for due diligence Assess risks & define negotiating position Secure full stakeholder agreement to the plan Investigate the tax implications Decide how to structure the cash consideration and other post sale issues

11 The Flight Check Exit Options: MBO (management buy-out) MBI (management buy-in) IPO (initial public offering) on AIM or SE Family succession Business sale to venture capitalist investor Business sale to competitor, supplier or customer

12 Take Off! Decide on your destination Make arrangements for your arrival Release your equity from the business Enjoy the fruits of your success

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