Exit Strategy Advisory Services

Sooner or later,  every business owner will exit his or her business. It might be uncomfortable to consider, but sooner or later, you WILL leave your business. You may leave due to retirement, disability, or even business failure. Unfortunately, many business owners believe they can worry about an exit plan "later" only to find that later has become too late.

You have spent money, time, blood, sweat, and tears to build your company. Your family and your employees have relied on your leadership, guidance, and hard work as you have built your company over the years. The business you have created is your key asset in life. Don’t squander its value at the most critical time of the business lifecycle – the exit!

Exit Strategy Advisory

What is Exit Strategy and Planning?

Business owners know how to run their companies. They have sales forecasts, marketing plans, financial projections, and budgets. Business owners also have key questions about their business, such as:

  • How do you optimize the value of your business?
  • How do you harvest the value you have created?
  • How do you maximize your benefit from the harvest?

An Exit Strategy helps you take these questions to the next level:

  • What are the options to exit my business?
  • Transition to my children / family
  • Sell to my management / ESOP
  • Sell to an outside party
  • For each of those scenarios, what would be the monetary value of my business?
  • Will I have what I need to retire when the business is transitioned?
  • What will be the terms of my exit?
  • What security will I have that I can achieve my goals for retirement?
  • What will happen to my employees and customers?
  • How do I position my business to achieve a successful exit?

From Exit Strategy to Exit Planning to Exit

Achieving a successful exit from your business requires a multi-phase process. All businesses should have a planned exit. Continuously harvesting cash from the business extracts all value from the business, and passing the business to the next generation requires a successor and careful tax planning. Choosing to sell your business to an outside third party requires business execution and planning. While all exit scenarios are possible, the most successful exits will be carefully planned in advance.

We encourage you to contact the Abraxas team today for a frank, and critically important, discussion of your exit planning options.

Individual Buyer

A Individual Buyer is an individual or a small group of individuals, say a family, that dreams of owning his/her/their own business.

Financial Buyer

A Financial Buyer must meet well-defined investment criteria on behalf of certain investors, such as a Private Equity Firm looking to purchase a business with funds from its investors.

Strategic Buyer

A Strategic Buyer is a company that is looking to support its strategic direction, whether it’s by acquiring additional products, increasing the customer base, expanding into new geographies or seeking to strengthen existing business relationships.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire Abraxas if I'm an individual buying a business?
Why should I hire Abraxas for a strategic acquisition?
What makes a business valuable?
Who would buy my business?
When do I tell my employees and customers that I’m selling the business?
What other resources will I need to sell my business?
What is the process of selling a business?
What is my business worth?
What happens if there is a conflict during the selling process?
How do I maximize the value of my business?
How do I get paid when I sell?
Why do I need an exit strategy?
Who do I need to have on my exit planning team?
What is the difference in Succession Planning and Exit Strategy?