Selling Price Defined

When the time comes to sell your business, what makes up the selling price. What is it that you are selling and the buyer is buying? It is important that the selling price be defined in such a way to avoid any confusion. Below you will find some sample wording used by business intermediaries to define the selling price. Keep in mind that this is sample wording only and is presented here merely for informational purposes.

  • The term “selling price” shall include (a) the selling price of the assets acquired plus any obligations assumed by the purchaser, (b) if the sale becomes one of stock, then the selling price will be all of the assets plus all of the liabilities of the corporation plus the value of any covenants not to compete, employment and/or consulting agreements plus the value of any allocations for goodwill and/or intangible assets.
  • The total sale price shall consist of all consideration received by the owner and/or the company including the sum of the following:

(a)    The total amount of cash received by the company and/or owner in connection with the sale, lease, or other transfer of the company, or any interest therein.  Such cash consideration shall include but not be limited to purchase price, lease consideration, non-competition payments, consulting payments, license fees, royalties, retained cash, and other consideration received at or subsequent to the consummation of the sale transaction.

(b)    All future, contingent or undetermined amounts in whole, such as an “earnout.” The commission shall be based on the actual amount of such future or contingent payments as and when they are received.

(c)    The current fair market value of all non-cash items such as securities, notes or other property.

(d)    Any amounts retained by the company for ultimate distribution to the owner, including any salaries, bonuses, deferred compensation, liquidation proceeds, or other amounts (in excess of the owner’s historic salary) received, retained or withdrawn by or for the benefit of the owner (including profits generated prior to closing) from and after the date of execution of this Listing Contract.

(e)    The amount of any liabilities assumed by a purchaser (except for unsecured liabilities shown on the company’s financial statement or unsecured liabilities which arise hereafter in the ordinary course of the company’s business; i.e., any secured debt assumed by a purchaser shall be part of the sale price.