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Due Diligence Checklist for Purchasing a Business in Florida

Apr 11, 2019
purchasing a business in Florida

There are two things you absolutely need to know if you’re considering purchasing a business in Florida: the legal standing and the financial standing of the target business. That means conducting due diligence.

Due diligence is the process of verification and information gathering prior to purchasing a business. Basically, due diligence verifies that you know exactly what you’re purchasing and that you’re paying a fair price.

Due diligence uncovers potential deal breakers, like hidden environmental liability concerns or court judgements, and clarifies the target business’ financials.

This blog will break down two key areas of due diligence if you’re planning on purchasing a business in Florida: financial and legal.

Financial Due Diligence Checklist

  • Annual and quarterly financial info, including income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements
  • Quarterly and annual projections
  • Three years of tax returns
  • Three years of bank statements
  • Accounts receivable info
  • Business inventory, including current inventory and its value
  • Market value of real estate and/or copy of lease
  • Summary of debts and their terms
  • Summary of current investors and shareholders
  • Employee list and payroll information
  • Equipment list

Special Considerations: Purchasing a Business that deals in Cash

Special considerations must be made if you are planning on purchasing a business in Florida that deals primarily in cash. These include:

  • Three years of register tapes plus the current year to date
  • Three years of Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) plus current year to date
  • Three years of cash expenses including payroll and COGS

Legal Due Diligence Checklist

Legal due diligence is the second critical task prior to purchasing a business in Florida. To adequately measure risk, you should receive copies of the business’ contracts, including:

  • Purchase agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Sales contracts
  • Business registration documents
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Leases
  • Employee and contractor agreements
  • Trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents

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