Selling and Valuing Security Integrators

Author: Brian Karas, Published on May 12, 2017

This ia a tutorial in how to (1) determine your security integrator's value and (2) to sell your security integrator. If you own an integrator, want to buy one or even are thinking of starting your own one day, this is a must read.

We spoke with an M&A advisors Final Image and Reitman Consulting, both specializing in security integrator sales, about factors that impact the valuation of security integrator businesses.

This post covers:

  • How much an average security integrator is worth / can get in a sale
  • How much the sales price is driven by RMR
  • How to know when it might be time to sell your business
  • How long it takes to get a sale completed
  • How much it costs to hire an M&A advisor and prep for sale
  • What to expect after the sale

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Valuing ** *********** ********

* ***** ******** ** ********** ***** ***** ** *.* ***** annual *****, ** ** ******, *** ** ******* *********** ********. For *******, ** ********** *****, ***, $** ******* ******** **** a **% ($*,***,***) ********* ****** ***** ******* * $* ******* sale (* ***** $*,***,*** ********* ******, ** *.* ***** $**,***,*** revenue).

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RMR ****** ** *****

*********** **** ****** *** *** **** *** *+ ***** **** of *********** **** ****** ***. *** ** ********** ****** ******* for *** ********, *** ** ** ****** **** ****** **** project ***** ***** **** ******* **** ** ****** ************, ***** customers *** *** ************* ********* ** *** *** ****** ********.

**%-**% ** ******* ** *** ** ********** * ******* **** in ***** ** ******** ********** ********* *** **** ******** ***** valuation. ******* ** *** *********** **** *** **** *% ** revenue **** *** *** ** **** ** * ******** ************** for *** ********.

******* ** $*,***,*** ** *** ******** ** **** **** ********* and ***** **** **** **** ******* $*,***,*** ** ******* *****, integrators *** ****** ** **** ***** ******** ** *** ****** need ** *********** ** ******** *** ***** ** *******.

*** ********** *** ********** *** *******, **** ***** *****, *** to ******* ******** ***** ** ******* ************.

*** *** *** ** ****** *******, *** *** ****-******/***-**** ********* like ***** ********** **** ** ****** ****** **** *** *** lower-margin ******** **** ******** *****, **** ** ******* **********.

Factors **** ***** *****

**** *******, **** ** ********* ***** ** *** ******* *** obvious *****-********, ******* ***** ****** **** ********** ****** ***** **** may *** ** ** ********.

** * ***** ******* ** *** *******'* ******* ***** ********* from * ***** ****** ** ********, **** ******* **** ********** be ********, ** *** **** ** ****** *** *** ** those ******** ***** **** * ***** ******** ****** ** *** business. **** ** * ******* **** **** ***** *********** *** have *** ** * *** ***** ******** **** ***** * significant, ** **** ****, *******.

********* ** ********* ****** ** ** *****, ******** ******* ****** that **** ********* ****** *** "**** ********" ** *** ********. This ** *** ** *** **** **** **** ********* ********* comes ******* ******* **** * ***** ******* ** **** ********* will ** *** ** ****, ***-**********, *******, ** ********* ***-********. It ***** **** ******** **** *** ********** ** *** **** to ******** **********, ** *** **** ******* ********* *** * project **** ***** **** *******. *** ***** ******* *********** ****** ensure **** **** *** *** ******** ****** ** *** ********* on ***** ***** ** **** *** ******** ** **** ***** company.

Individual ******** *** *** ******* ******

** ***** ***** *** ****** *********** **** ** *** ***** sold, *** ** ********** ******* ***** ** **** *** ***** shares ** ***** ** ****** ** ****** * ********* ****** that ********** **** ***** *** * ******* ***** *** ***** share, ********* ** *******. *** *******, ** *** ******* ** valued ** $*,***,*** *** ***** ** * ****** ******* *******, and *** ****** ***** *** ** *** ******** **** **** likely ******* * ***** *** **** **** $***,***. *** ******* for **** *** **** ***** ******* ****** **-**, ***** *********** ****** **** ********** **** *** "******* ****", and ** *** **** * **** ******** ****** *** ********** worth **** **** **** * ******** ** *** ******** ** sold ***. ** ***** *****, *** ********* **** ** *** a ******** ***** ** * ***** *******.

When ** *** ***** **** ** ****

** **** ******** ** ******** * ******* *******, ** *** be ** ********* **** *** **** ***** *** ******* ** far ** *** *** ** *** ******* *************. ****** ******* points ********* **** ****** * *** ******* *** *** ******* in ****** *****, ****** **** *** **** ** ****** ** other ******* **** ************* ** ********* *******.

* ******** ** ********* *****, ** ****** ********* **** *** significant *** **** **** **** **** ** ******** (>* ****) can **** ** ********** * ******** ********* **** *** *** a ********* ********* ** ** * **** **** ** **** a ****.

*********** *** **** ***** *** ******* ****** *** ******** **** indicates * **** **** ** *** ***** ******* ** *** sale. ** ***** ************ *** ***** ****, ****** ******* ** nationally, ** *** ** ********* **** ********* **** ****** ** capital *** ****** ************ ** **** ***** ** * ***** of ************** *********.

****** **** ** ***** ** *********** *** **** ******** ** is **** ** **** *** *******, *** ** **** **** more *** ******** ******* **** ******** ****. ** ******** *** see ********* ** ******* **** ******** **** ***** ************* ********** to ****** * ******** ******* *******. ****** ***** ********** ** this ****, ****** ** *** ** ********** ** ****** ****** the ******* ******* **** ** **** ** ******* ** **** afloat.

How **** ** ****

********** ** ********** **** **** *** ****** *******. ***** ***** recommended *********** **** * ***** *****, *** **** ** **** but ** *** *** ******** ** *** **** ******** ***** for ******* *********. ***** *** *** **** ******* ** *** company ** **** ******* *** *** ****** ** ******.

************ *** ******* *** ***** * **** ** ******* ** the *********** **** ** ******* *** ******* ** *** ******. Companies **** ***** ***** *** ** ***** ** **** ***** as *********** ** ** * ***-**** *** *********. **** **** identify ********* ******** **** *** ******** ***** ** *** **** time ** ******* **** ****** ******* ** ********* *********.

*** ******* ** ******* *** ******* ** *** ****** *** completing * **** *** **** *-** ******. **** ****** **** to **** **** ********* *********, **** **** **** ** ******** their *** *** ********* ******* ** ** ******* ********** *** come ** **** * *********, *** **** ********** *** ****** sale.

Advising / *********** ****

** ********** ***** *** ********* **** ***** ******** ** ***** own, ********* ** ***** ********* ********** *** ***** ****** ** prospective ******.

***** *** *&* ********, **** ***** ***** *** ******* **** help **** *** *******. ******** **** *****:

  • ***-**** *** ********* ******* **** ******* *** ******** *** **** up **** ******** *** *********** *** ********* ******* ***** **** typically **** $*,***-$**,***.
  • ********* ** "**** ****", ***** ** * ***** ***** **** on *** ******* ** **** ** ********* ********* ***** *** company. **** ******* *** ***** ******* $**,*** ** ***** ** complete.
  • ******* ******, ******* **** ************, ******* *** ****, ***. ********* is ******* ** * ********** ** ******* ***** ***** (******* from *-*% **** ***** ** **** ***** *** ****** ***********).
  • ************ *** ********* ******* ** ***** *** ********* ***** ** is ********* (*** ********, ********* ** *******).

Anyone *** ***** * ********

*********** ******* ** **** ***** ******** ****** ** ***** **** there ** ** ****** ********* *** *********** ** ************* **** provide ******* ********** ** **** *****. ***** *** *************, **** as *********** ******* ** ************ *********** ********* ** ******** *** ****** *********** ** ******* ********** *** ***** ******** in * ***** ****.

Post-Sale ************ / ****-**** / ***********

****** *** ********** ***** ** *********** ****** ****** ** ** required ** **** ** ***** *** ****. *** ********* *** considered ** ** * ***** **** ** *** ***** ** the *******, *** **** *** **** ** **** *** ******** is "******".

** **** ***** *** ******** *****(*) **** *** ** **** in **** **** *** **** ******, ******* ******* ** ****-*** over * *-* **** **** ****. ****** **** ****** *** owner(s) ***** *** * ****** **** *** ********* *******, **** their ****-*** ******* **** *** **** ** ************ **** **** agreed-upon ****. ****-**** *** ***** **** ** *********** ******* **** continued ****** ** ************* ** *** *******, *** ** ***** targets *** *** *** ***** ********* *** ******** **** ** adjusted **** ***********.

[****: **** *** ********** ********* ** **** *** ******* ** 2017 **** ******** ******* *** ********.]

Comments (10)

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