How to Sell a Rubber Product Manufacturing Company

How to Sell a Rubber Product Manufacturing Company

This review offers a comprehensive guide from a Dallas business broker on how to sell a rubber product manufacturing company. We also provide insights into the industry performance, trends, and projections, along with rule of thumb data and insights as to how you can determine the worth of your rubber product manufacturing company. 

About The Rubber Product Manufacturing Industry

Companies within this industry manufacture rubber products from synthetic and natural rubber materials. However, this does not include tires, hoses, and belting (Business Reference Guide). The industry is expected to grow slightly over the next five years. However, some experts also predict a rise in import competition. Here are the most recent industry numbers and projections:

 

  • There are approximately 1,058 rubber product manufacturing companies in the U.S. 
  • There was a -1.5% annual growth for the rubber product manufacturing industry from 2018 to 2023
  • The rubber product manufacturing industry generates $19.2 billion in annual revenue
  • The annual profit for the rubber product manufacturing industry is $1.1 billion
  • Experts predict a slight increase in annual growth (0.9%) from 2023 to 2028

 

How Much is My Rubber Product Manufacturing Company Worth?

The worth of your rubber product manufacturing company depends on your financial performance, growth potential, unique advantage within the industry, and the quality of your workforce (among other considerations). Notably, your business broker may apply the following rule of thumb data (acquisition multiples) to your SDE, EBITDA, and other financial metrics: 

 

 

The wide range in rule of thumb values hints that rule of thumb data for this industry may not be as reliable. In general, larger companies that have more than $5 million in net sales have the highest valuations. 

How to Sell a Rubber Manufacturing Company

How to Sell a Rubber Product Manufacturing Company

Below we have laid out our 11-step recommendation for how to sell your rubber product manufacturing company

  1. Consult with a business broker
  2. Plan your sale strategy
  3. Establish your post-sale goals
  4. Collect documents
  5. Seek potential buyers
  6. Negotiate a deal
  7. Accept an offer
  8. Complete due diligence
  9. Close the sale
  10. Transfer ownership
  11. Train the buyer (if necessary)

Step 1: Consult with a Business Broker

We recommend starting your exit strategy by consulting with a professional and experienced business broker. You should choose one who has experience in your area and/or within your industry. A business, and in particular a full-service brokerage, is there to guide you through all phases of the sale, from providing a market-based business valuation to helping you close the sale. 

Step 2: Plan Your Sale Strategy

Your valuation is the first step to planning your sale (and exit) strategy. Your broker can help you also establish your sale goals and the long-term vision you have for your rubber product manufacturing company and yourself personally after your sale. Of course, you will establish your asking price and the terms and conditions that are most important to you during this phase. 

Step 3: Collect Documents

Next, you should take some time before you seek a buyer and collect your company documents; this will save you a considerable amount of time later in the process. Specifically, the documents you need to collect may include but are not necessarily limited to: 

 

  • Tax returns
  • Profit and loss (P&L) statements
  • Cash flow statements
  • Manufacturing equipment lists
  • List of inventory and supplies
  • List of employees and suppliers
  • Current customers list (with a percentage of sales for each)
  • Business license(s)
  • Patents and trademarks
  • Lawsuit history

Step 4: Seek Potential Buyers

Next, your broker will begin their search for a buyer. This may involve private databases, online websites via confidential listings, calling other business brokers who represent buyers, and leveraging personal contacts and connections. In fact, it is not uncommon for a business broker to show a CIM to more than 100 potential buyers. Of course, with a rubber product manufacturing company where there may be more limited buyers, the focus is more on finding the right potential buyers rather than simply casting a wide net. 

Step 5: Negotiate a Deal

Your broker is also in charge of screening offers as they arrive and negotiating with qualified buyers. Negotiations are often the most challenging part of selling a rubber product manufacturing company. For this reason, it is important to work with an experienced broker who understands how to facilitate a fair deal for both parties. 

Step 6: Accept an Offer

Ultimately, once you are satisfied with an offer and have discussed the terms of the agreement and agreed to a deal, you will officially accept the offer. This stage also involves having the buyer sign a letter of intent (LOI). 

Step 7: Complete Due Diligence

After a signed LOI, the broker has the opportunity to investigate your rubber product manufacturing company, a process known as due diligence. During this stage, you may need to:

 

  • Provide the buyer with your company documents
  • Give the buyer a tour of your manufacturing facilities
  • Allow the buyer to meet with your top customer, particularly if one of your customers represents a large percentage of your company sales
  • Answer any remaining questions or concerns the buyer has

Step 8: Close The Sale

The buyer may first put the payment for the company into escrow; this is often the safest way for both sides to ensure a smooth closing process. During closing, you and the buyer (along with your attorneys) will review the purchase agreement and sign the document. The payment is then released to you (the seller). 

Step9: Transfer Ownership

Next, you will need to transfer ownership of the company by updating legal information, insurance policies, utilities, and more. You may also need to introduce the buyer to the employees, suppliers, and customers. 

Step 10: Train The Buyer (if Necessary)

Given the complexities that are often involved with operating a rubber product manufacturing company, you may need to train the buyer to take over your role as owner. You can alleviate this need ahead of time by training your high-level employees to take over your role prior to the sale. 

Contact Sigma Mergers and Acquisitions Today to Get Started

We are a qualified and experienced business brokerage in Dallas and offer brokerage services for rubber product manufacturing company owners. If you are planning your exit strategy, then we recommend contacting us today for a free, market-based valuation for your company and answers to all of your sell-related questions. Sigma Mergers & Acquisitions is the leading Mergers and Acquisitions, Business broker advisory firm in Dallas Texas specializing in facilitating strategic transactions for businesses across diverse industries. Our seasoned team of experts meticulously navigates clients through the intricate process of Business brokerage, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, ensuring seamless transitions and maximizing value. With a client-centric approach, we offer tailored solutions designed to meet the unique needs and objectives of each organization. Our comprehensive suite of services encompasses every aspect of the transaction lifecycle, from initial valuation and market analysis to due diligence, negotiation, and post-merger integration. Through a combination of extensive industry experience, market insights, and unparalleled dedication, Sigma Mergers & Acquisitions delivers exceptional results that drive growth and prosperity for our clients. Whether you are considering selling your business, seeking strategic acquisitions, or exploring other growth opportunities, trust Sigma Mergers & Acquisitions to be your trusted partner every step of the way. Contact us today to discover how we can help you unlock the full potential of your business and achieve your strategic objectives.

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Scot Cockroft Business Broker
Hi, I’m Scot Cockroft.

When I founded Sigma Mergers and Acquisitions back in 2003, I had sold my business the year prior.

Now, that can sound good, but let me tell you, back in 2003, it was not easy to sell a business. Not that I’m saying in modern day times it’s easy to sell a business, but back then I interviewed broker after broker after broker, and no one was interested in actually seeing the value that my business brought to the table.

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