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10 Reasons to Professionally Value Your Business

Posted by FP Transitions on Nov 28, 2018 2:08:05 PM

10 Reasons to Professional Value Your Practice

Experienced business owners recognize the importance of tracking and monitoring the value of their practice over time. They know their practice is their most valuable asset, and by valuing it, they are empowered to grow, protect, and realize the value they have built.

Following are ten situations where it’s essential to have a current value and accurate understanding of your business.   

1. Increase Value

To cultivate growth and increase the value of your business, you need to have a starting point—a place to grow from. An accurate and comprehensive valuation will identify value drivers and growth opportunities, allowing you to create an informed growth strategy and make changes that will improve performance. The ability to track those changes and the value of the practice year after year enables you to see your progress and ensure your growth is on target

2. Benchmark Your Business

Tracking your value year after year allows for accurate benchmarking of the business. A thorough benchmarking report will look at your business and compare it to similar-sized businesses in the market, evaluating your company’s standing against the competition. Benchmarking reports reveal how your business stacks up against your peers as well as against leaders in the industry.

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Topics: Valuation & Appraisal, Business Value, Business Growth, Acquisition, Succession Planning, Benchmarking

If At First You Don't Succeed...

Posted by FP Transitions on Nov 9, 2018 9:53:20 AM


In 1953, a start-up business called the Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers. Toiling in a small lab in San Diego, California, they set about to create a “water displacing” formula for use in the aerospace industry. It took 40 attempts to get the formula figured out.

But figure it out they did, and WD-40 was born. The name stands for water displacement formula perfected on the 40th try. Imagine what would have happened if the inventors had given up after two dozen or so really solid attempts?

The story, and the point, of course, is bigger than trying hard and eventually succeeding. WD-40 was initially a product limited to special uses, an example of which was protecting the outer skin of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion. But that was just for starters. The product actually worked quite well for a variety of other uses–so well that several employees snuck some WD-40 cans out the plant to use at home on more mundane tasks like squeaky hinges and rusty nuts and bolts. The product eventually became a household staple. By innovating and adapting to the market, this small group of entrepreneurs created something great.

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Topics: Acquisition, Sustainability, Buying & Selling, "Buying, Selling, and Valuing Financial Practices"

Course Corrections for Your Succession Plan

Posted by FP Transitions on Oct 11, 2018 9:42:48 AM

Course Corrections

Building a sustainable business and incorporating new talent into your ownership structure is a process that takes planning and monitoring. But it’s a process that–when done correctly–can yield incredible satisfaction, growth, and value. A process with so many moving parts including multiple parties and expectations is bound to see some bumps. Sometimes those bumps can necessitate larger course corrections in order to keep the plan on track.

There are a variety of situations that can cause a larger adjustment to your succession plan–whether they’re driven  by G1 or G2, positive or negative, preventable or not, and expected or not. Below is an excerpt adapted from a section of Succession Planning for Financial Advisors, written by FP Transitions Founder and President David Grau Sr., JD.

If Founder Plans Change

The whole purpose of a succession plan is to help your business outlive you, so count on this being a somewhat lengthy process. While some plans on paper may go out 20 or more years, they are implemented tranche by tranche, with planned opportunities for reassessment and course changes or adjustments. At a minimum, plan for annual valuations to monitor value, annual benchmarks using that valuation data to track operational numbers, and plan adjustments every five years or so. Depending on the size of the business, the number of owners, and the goals, some businesses and firms prefer more frequent maintenance so that the course corrections are more subtle.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Sustainability, Selling Your Practice

SOLD : September 2018

Posted by FP Transitions on Oct 4, 2018 2:11:03 PM

FP Transitions is pleased to announce the recent sales of financial services practices in the following locations:

  • Santa Cruz, CA • $221,000
  • Southern New Jersey • $668,000
  • Maryland • $652,000
  • Southern Oregon • $261,000
  • San Francisco Bay Area • $583,850
  • Northern California • $1,800,000





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Topics: SOLD, Selling Your Practice, Buying & Selling, Acquisition

Which Exit Path is Right For You?

Posted by FP Transitions on Sep 20, 2018 11:53:53 AM

Which Exit Path is Right for You?

You’ve built a business providing financial insight to a growing community of clients. You’ve fostered this relationship over the years and established a trusted role in their lives. As your clients have moved along their journey as professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, or heirs, they’ve turned to you for advice at each step; and now they are counting on your business to be there and to see the process through to the end. This means that as your clients transition into their own retirement, they will depend on your services more, not less. Regardless of the plan you choose, it is your duty as an independent financial professional to have a plan for client service and support that extends beyond your own career.

One way or another, your path as a financial planner will come to an end. The question is whether or not you’re going to exit on your own terms and in your own way. Are you going to create a plan for your exit that preserves the value and growth of the business you’ve spent your career building? Are you going to make sure your clients’ assets are in good hands for the length of their lifetimes, not just for the length of your career?

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Topics: Business Growth, Business Value, Enterprise, Sustainability, Benchmarking

SOLD : July / August 2018

Posted by FP Transitions on Sep 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

FP Transitions is pleased to announce the sale of financial services practices in the following locations during the months of July and August:

  • Central Coast of California • $3,200,000
  • Cedar Rapids, IA • $807,500
  • Kansas City Area Kansas • $1,198,812
  • Little Rock, AR • $1,450,000
  • Los Angeles, CA • $1,600,000
  • Research Triangle of North Carolina • $1,221,696
  • Southern Coast of Florida • $880,000
  • Southeastern Coast of Florida • $794,037
  • Boca Raton, FL • $988,046





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Topics: SOLD, Selling Your Practice, Buying & Selling, Acquisition

David Grau Sr., JD on Advisor2Advisor Podcast

Posted by FP Transitions on Sep 4, 2018 11:42:47 AM

Last month FP Transitions President and Founder, David Grau Sr., JD, joined Scott and Pat on the Advisor2Advisor podcast to discuss common concerns related to mergers, and an all too prevalent (and costly) mistake that some mature advisors make when they fail to capitalize on the equity they’ve established by creating a viable succession plan. Listen here.

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Topics: FPT in the News, Mergers, Succession Planning

"Sustainability and the Future of the Profession" – NEW FPT article in Journal of Financial Planning, July 2018

Posted by FP Transitions on Jul 9, 2018 11:42:43 AM

This month's Journal of Financial Planning includes an in-depth piece written by FP Transitions' President & Founder, David Grau Sr., J.D.: Sustainability and the Future of the Profession. See excerpt below and click to read the whole article.

"It only makes sense for independent advisers to design a wealth management cycle that addresses the client life cycle. To be clear, I'm not saying for one minute that independent advisers can't make a very good living–they can and are for the most part. Today's independent advisers are not failing in their work of providing professional, relevant, and much needed financial services advise to their clients; they are failing to sustain a business beyond their own careers, leaving their clients to do that portion of the planning on their own, and advisers (and their broker-dealers, custodian, and insurance companies) are leaving an incredible amount of money on the table as a result for no good reason."  


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Topics: FPT in the News, FPA, Sustainability

SOLD : May / June 2018

Posted by FP Transitions on Jul 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

FP Transitions is pleased to announce the sale of financial services practices in the following locations during the months of May and June:

  • Central Louisiana • $4,000,000
  • Baltimore, MD • $2,561,000
  • Houston, TX • $1,435,580
  • Sacramento Area California • $1,004,486
  • San Francisco Bay Area California • $712,000
  • Eastern Virginia • $2,200,000
  • Charlotte, NC • $221,600
  • San Gabriel Valley California • $720,800
  • Dallas, TX • $584,000
  • Southern California • $1,000,000
  • Columbus, OH • $1,067,000





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Topics: SOLD, Selling Your Practice, Buying & Selling, Acquisition

FP Transitions Ryan Grau, CVA, CBA Honored as NACVA's 40 Under Forty

Posted by FP Transitions on May 21, 2018 9:34:00 AM

We are proud to announce that our Ryan Grau, CVA, CBA, FP Transitions’ Valuations Director & Partner, was recognized as one of this year’s 40 Under Forty Honorees by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) for his accomplishments and contributions to the profession.

Please join us in congratulating Ryan on this honor!

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Topics: Industry News, Awards, NACVA

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