Latest Listing, Pricing and Multiplier Data From Q3 Report

BizBuySell released its periodic Insight Report analyzing small business listing and sales trends for 2013 and to-date 2014. BizBuySell is one the oldest and biggest online marketplaces for small business sales. The reports projects a buoyant market for small business transfers through 2015.

Some of the highlights from the report:

  • 2014 will be a record year for small business sales. Third quarter 2014 sales of businesses were 18% higher than the same period in the prior year. Although the volume was down slightly from the second quarter, to-date sales are running 21% over the prior year.
  • A turn to a sellers market? Median selling prices have increased. Sale prices on average were 95% of asking prices, the highest level since 2008.
  • Multipliers have increased. The average multiplier (price / cash flow) increased in the period to 2.38. However we continue to see a lot of variability based on industry, geographic location and size of the deal.