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  • Michelle Law

How to craft a compelling growth story for selling your business


When selling your business, one of the most persuasive elements you can offer to potential buyers is a compelling growth story. This narrative not only showcases what your business has achieved but also paints an inspiring picture of what it could accomplish in the future. Here’s how to craft a growth story that resonates with buyers and maximises the appeal of your business.



Infographic of business growth story strategies in M&A


Understand and articulate profitability drivers


Begin by clearly understanding and articulating what drives your business’s profitability. Identify key factors such as unique product offerings, superior customer service, or cost efficiencies that contribute to your bottom line. It’s important to demonstrate with data how these factors have historically generated profits and how they can continue to do so.


Identify sources of sustainable growth


Prospective buyers are particularly interested in sustainable growth. Highlight strategies that have led to growth in the past and how these can be replicated or scaled in the future. This might include expanding into new markets, leveraging technology, enhancing product lines, or increasing customer retention rates. Provide concrete examples and projections to support your claims.


Showcase your team’s strength


The strength of the team behind a business can be a key factor in its valuation. Showcase the depth and breadth of your management team and key employees, emphasizing their expertise, loyalty and contributions to the company’s success. Think about long-term incentives that can be put in place (if not already) to retain these key personnel after the sale, as this reassures buyers of the team’s commitment and stability.


Detail necessary investments for future growth


Be transparent about the investments needed to achieve projected growth. Whether it’s new technology, additional staff, or expanded facilities, outlining these requirements will help buyers understand the path and the potential costs associated with scaling the business. This level of transparency builds trust and helps align expectations.


Prepare ambitious but realistic forecasts


Selling a business effectively involves showing not only what the company has achieved but also what it is capable of achieving in the future. Create a visionary yet attainable future state for the business under new ownership. It is essential that sellers think about financial forecasting, particularly as it is common for some sale proceeds to be deferred and paid out based on future financial performance (an 'earn out') - without a view on the future potential performance of the business, it makes it more difficult to assess whether targets set by a buyer are realistic or not.


Use success stories and metrics


Support your growth narrative with success stories, customer testimonials and key metrics that demonstrate the business’s impact and potential. Metrics such as customer acquisition costs, lifetime value, % of recurring revenue, profit margins and year-over-year growth rates can be very persuasive.


Conclusion


Crafting a compelling growth story is crucial when selling your business. It requires a blend of factual data presentation, strategic foresight and a clear understanding of the business’s core strengths. By effectively communicating how your business can continue to grow and prosper, you can position it as a valuable investment for prospective buyers, thereby enhancing its attractiveness and potentially increasing its sale price.


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