Small Business Transactions Up Nearly 3% From Year Ago According to BizBuySell.com Insight Report

BizBuySell
October 8, 2012

BizBuySell.com Q3 2012 Insights Report indicates small business getting healthier and business-for-sale market growing slowly amidst uncertainty of election, tax changes

San Francisco, CA - October 8, 2012 -- BizBuySell.com, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today that third quarter business-for-sale transactions increased 2.8 percent over the same period of 2011. Year to date transaction totals also remain above 2011 as the market continues down the slow road to recovery. The results were included in BizBuySell's Third Quarter 2012 Insight Report, which aggregates business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

In total, brokers reported 1,189 closed business transactions, an increase of 2.8 percent from the 1,157 cited in Q3 of 2011. The small bump helps negate the 1.6 percent drop in sales recorded in Q2 of 2012 and continues the trend of a gradual, yet bumpy improvement in the business-for-sale marketplace since numbers bottomed out in Q2 of 2009.

2012 Q3 Closed Small Business Transactions

"Over the past two years we've seen similarly small increases in the business-for-sale market as economic conditions and overall business performance have improved," Mike Handelsman, Group General Manager of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, said. "This quarter's growth was likely assisted by sellers looking to exit their businesses before the anticipated increase in the capital gains tax rate at the close of 2012."

Small Businesses Health, Valuations on the Rise

Another positive trend that continued in the third quarter of 2012 was the improvement of small business health in general. Businesses listed on BizBuySell.com had a median cash flow of $98,172 in Q3 of 2012, an improvement from the $96,000 recorded in Q3 of 2011. This is the third straight quarter in 2012 that median cash flows have improved from the previous quarter. Sold businesses also experienced improved financials this quarter. The median revenue of closed transactions came in at $385,327 and median cash flow was recorded at $94,880. Both numbers mark notable improvement from the $377,981 and $89,756 cited in Q3 2011.

2012 Q3 Key Financials for Sold Small Businesses

These improved financials are now allowing sellers to both ask for and receive more money for their businesses. The median asking price for business listed on BizBuySell.com during Q3 2012 was $239,000, an increase from the $235,000 being asked a year ago. Median sale price of closed transactions was recorded at $174,000, a substantial improvement from the $150,000 sellers received in Q3 2011. In fact, the median sale price of sold businesses this quarter represents the highest amount sellers have received in over two years.

2012 Q3 Small Business Sale Price vs. Asking Price

"Since the recession hit in 2008, most sellers have been forced to settle for lower than expected sales prices," Handelsman said. "But as their business financials improve, more sellers are more confident and it's paying off in the form of higher sale prices."

Uncertainty Remains Amongst Buyers, Sellers

While BizBuySell.com did note an overall improvement in the health of small businesses listed and/or sold on its site, overall economic uncertainty among both buyers and sellers likely dampened the numbers. Near-term uncertainly remains around upcoming issues including the November election, the expected fiscal cliff at the end of 2012 and the overall global economy fragility. Financing options also continue to be difficult, meaning many business owners are waiting to sell until there is a more well-funded group of buyers in the market.

One item that has helped to offset these uncertainties however is the increasing number of small business sellers willing to offer their own financing options. By agreeing to take a smaller lump sum up front and agreeing receive the rest of the payment over time, sellers are pushing more deals through despite the continued lack of third-party funding.

Continued Gradual Improvement Expected Amidst Concerns

Because of the many pending uncertainties for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013, the outlook of the business-for-sale market is cloudy at best. Many sellers will no doubt be watching the presidential election closely and making their own assumptions as to what the result will mean for their business future. Others may be trying to sell quickly in order to avoid potentially paying more taxes in a 2013 deal due to the anticipated increase in the capital gains tax rate.

"With so many macroeconomic factors in play, there will be a lot of uncertainty with both buyers and sellers in the marketplace," Handelsman said. "Overall, however, we expect the business-for-sale market to continue on the same slow yet bumpy road to improvement we've experienced over the past two years."

About the BizBuySell.com Insight Report

BizBuySell.com is the Internet's largest marketplace for buying or selling a small business. The company releases its BizBuySell.com Insight Report on a quarterly basis, reporting changes in closed transaction rates, valuation multiples and other economic indicators for the small business transaction market. Closed transactions are reported to BizBuySell.com by business brokers nationwide.

Media Contact:

Bobby Chilver
Walker Sands Communications
office: (312) 546-4712
email: robert.chilver@walkersands.com

Appendix: Additional Statistics from Small Business Transactions Reported to BizBuySell

2012 Q3 Small Business Sale Price Multiples

2012 Q3 Small Business Sales by Sector

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Small Business Listing Metrics by Geography for Second Quarter, 2016

Key metrics from businesses listed for sale on BizBuySell.com by market for Q2 2016

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
Q2 2016
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Market # of Businesses Listed Median Asking Price Median Revenue Asking Price to Revenue (average) Median Cash Flow Asking Price to Cash Flow (average)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY115$249,900 $462,749 0.74$125,000 2.76
Albuquerque, NM39$350,000 $700,000 0.61$129,933 3.12
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA630$279,500 $492,382 1.00$113,257 3.69
Austin-Round Rock, TX200$295,000 $490,041 0.79$116,257 3.21
Baltimore-Towson, MD208$272,250 $510,234 0.78$120,000 2.75
Birmingham-Hoover, AL60$237,500 $400,317 0.86$98,000 3.08
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH526$201,300 $468,000 0.61$117,000 2.37
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT164$199,500 $500,000 0.55$115,057 2.30
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY41$200,000 $370,000 1.11$86,795 3.54
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC195$295,000 $533,016 0.83$108,357 3.39
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI683$260,000 $451,272 0.93$111,147 3.10
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN126$255,000 $546,962 0.82$103,777 3.63
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH116$277,000 $637,704 0.66$134,863 2.95
Columbus, OH142$235,500 $500,000 0.70$115,896 2.81
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA197$258,995 $535,703 0.69$116,000 2.89
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX980$250,000 $435,221 1.02$106,840 3.60
Dayton, OH53$235,000 $443,000 0.89$92,788 3.39
Denver-Aurora, CO410$305,000 $584,560 0.68$120,000 3.11
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI168$264,500 $407,059 0.83$97,450 3.15
Durham, NC26$337,250 $450,000 0.78$100,000 3.04
Fresno, CA17$224,995 $548,975 0.47$105,000 2.64
Greensboro-High Point, NC47$245,000 $480,000 0.65$90,000 3.32
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT135$159,000 $400,000 0.62$78,604 2.36
Honolulu, HI17$495,000 $400,000 0.70$150,000 2.82
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX528$250,000 $450,000 0.83$101,294 3.29
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN93$250,000 $500,000 0.63$102,092 2.83
Jacksonville, FL366$205,000 $408,712 0.73$100,000 2.72
Kansas City, MO-KS128$349,500 $564,430 0.85$118,524 3.11
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV388$192,500 $341,628 0.76$99,575 2.48
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA2143$225,000 $420,000 0.84$100,563 2.90
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN106$289,500 $350,000 1.04$94,984 4.02
Memphis, TN-MS-AR73$200,000 $400,000 0.72$85,000 2.76
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL1670$250,000 $407,719 0.94$109,800 3.09
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI73$349,000 $704,355 0.84$125,000 3.55
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI404$300,000 $550,594 0.74$115,732 3.13
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN229$208,000 $431,880 0.70$98,470 2.79
New Haven-Milford, CT151$200,000 $460,000 0.62$105,000 2.86
New Jersey1877$250,000 $450,000 0.81$106,600 3.03
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA124$199,500 $306,724 1.04$73,900 3.57
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA5592$279,000 $552,500 0.68$125,000 2.69
Oklahoma City, OK104$215,000 $447,500 0.70$100,000 3.28
Orange County, CA574$207,500 $390,000 0.72$95,727 2.71
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL652$189,500 $416,838 0.73$96,509 2.74
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD818$277,500 $477,500 0.81$114,745 3.01
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ1241$179,000 $348,000 0.70$83,000 2.66
Pittsburgh, PA73$300,000 $595,998 0.75$115,000 3.25
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA164$297,950 $452,924 0.77$119,662 2.88
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA115$295,000 $668,500 0.68$110,000 3.26
Raleigh-Cary, NC133$265,000 $426,553 0.79$105,527 3.14
Richmond, VA204$162,500 $355,000 0.63$84,500 2.58
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA393$230,000 $430,000 0.75$98,000 3.10
Rochester, NY116$187,500 $334,224 0.75$72,910 3.27
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA218$252,500 $581,866 0.70$119,504 2.76
Salt Lake City, UT121$250,000 $445,515 0.90$115,822 3.39
San Antonio, TX140$322,500 $500,000 0.98$95,921 3.49
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA355$180,000 $399,756 0.70$90,938 2.51
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA408$250,000 $481,818 0.91$108,000 2.95
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA155$260,000 $585,560 0.74$120,000 3.07
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA234$250,000 $500,000 0.71$104,340 3.17
St. Louis, MO-IL256$275,000 $511,423 0.78$98,821 3.61
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL829$199,900 $395,828 0.80$101,040 2.72
Tucson, AZ90$192,500 $415,592 0.68$89,969 2.88
Tulsa, OK71$250,000 $365,000 0.86$84,000 3.59
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC169$190,000 $400,000 0.66$80,000 3.15
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV690$270,000 $521,175 0.66$118,967 2.83
Wichita, KS21$355,000 $417,000 0.96$112,000 3.63
Winston-Salem, NC26$315,000 $480,787 1.20$107,000 3.39

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during the second quarter of 2016

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Geographic Market for the Full-Year 2015

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by market during 2015

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
2015
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Market # of Reported Sales Median Sale Price Median Asking Price Sales to Asking Price (average) Median Revenue Revenue Multiple (average) Median Cash Flow Cash Flow Multiple (average)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY11$336,000$336,0000.91$607,5810.80$164,1652.73
Albuquerque, NM8$135,000$179,0000.85$328,3350.63$87,4991.73
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA224$170,000$194,9000.86$362,4270.66$94,0002.25
Austin-Round Rock, TX65$250,000$257,0000.93$409,9380.73$112,1172.14
Baltimore-Towson, MD92$390,000$409,9980.92$825,0000.63$167,0412.39
Birmingham-Hoover, AL22$215,000$230,0000.87$734,0000.41$105,2942.19
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH219$171,840$180,0000.92$468,0000.62$105,0001.98
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT35$206,000$230,0000.84$420,7000.46$126,5001.82
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY10$273,600$273,6000.98$720,0000.80$125,2323.14
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC49$349,000$349,0000.95$700,0000.54$159,5882.44
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI194$215,000$257,5000.85$490,0000.55$106,5442.27
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN16$177,500$195,0000.85$414,2930.48$92,0002.69
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH27$249,000$265,0000.89$547,0480.49$103,0002.42
Columbus, OH37$120,000$153,0000.86$316,4010.43$90,0001.75
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA59$269,000$295,0000.94$463,9190.72$110,0002.17
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX227$175,000$199,5000.91$471,4670.61$97,7632.36
Dayton, OH12$259,000$259,0001.01$305,0000.63$80,0003.09
Denver-Aurora, CO117$256,000$307,4500.92$590,0000.52$120,2052.32
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI86$130,000$159,0000.88$320,0890.64$79,8212.49
Durham, NC8$271,250$335,0000.80$738,5120.36$116,9452.30
Fresno, CA7$110,000$110,0001.00$66,8001.78$59,0002.23
Greensboro-High Point, NC4$399,000$399,0000.99$697,3861.04$113,9343.26
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT37$180,000$199,0000.85$540,0000.42$101,8001.91
Honolulu, HI5$450,000$900,0000.50$1,500,0000.30$300,0001.50
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX135$195,000$215,0000.92$363,0000.58$99,4812.13
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN24$225,000$238,0000.90$400,0000.51$101,0001.83
Jacksonville, FL52$141,891$150,0000.87$400,0000.58$79,2201.98
Kansas City, MO-KS31$341,250$372,5000.91$614,6050.70$160,2582.58
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV61$110,000$125,0000.85$263,5930.54$74,0001.96
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA461$185,000$200,0000.89$421,0000.62$96,0942.20
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN27$199,000$249,0000.87$360,0000.59$104,0002.39
Memphis, TN-MS-AR23$350,000$395,0000.89$800,0000.62$165,0002.59
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL460$165,000$194,5000.89$347,7350.57$88,9062.03
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI17$625,500$695,0000.85$600,0000.77$174,9912.91
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI58$250,000$299,0000.90$539,0000.64$103,9592.70
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN99$200,000$225,0000.88$550,0000.48$100,0002.14
New Haven-Milford, CT21$370,000$450,0000.85$744,3880.54$187,0002.18
New Jersey169$270,000$299,0000.91$475,0000.76$126,7182.55
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA9$390,000$390,0000.93$690,7680.80$115,4603.67
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA398$280,000$300,0000.89$600,0000.67$144,0002.29
Oklahoma City, OK19$230,000$350,0000.86$881,6080.47$137,9842.29
Orange County, CA177$187,500$199,9950.90$397,0000.58$90,0002.25
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL183$125,000$135,0000.90$273,2640.56$79,6141.93
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD138$250,000$275,0000.91$534,0000.68$140,0002.36
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ227$125,000$150,0000.91$336,6870.56$80,0001.96
Pittsburgh, PA25$400,000$452,0000.89$800,0000.49$170,0002.26
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA75$195,000$227,0000.90$487,1510.51$98,5002.45
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA30$160,000$225,0000.92$449,0000.55$98,0002.53
Raleigh-Cary, NC47$340,000$425,0000.91$625,0000.66$157,2792.52
Richmond, VA37$145,000$170,0000.86$767,0000.54$85,0002.09
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA95$268,995$299,0000.90$695,0220.51$125,1682.38
Rochester, NY15$200,000$250,0000.82$910,0000.33$175,0001.58
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA50$140,000$150,0000.94$240,0000.73$70,0002.53
Salt Lake City, UT49$425,000$435,0000.89$634,5390.70$154,7462.59
San Antonio, TX25$216,000$239,0000.89$535,6360.65$128,6162.22
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA128$150,000$185,0000.89$342,0360.64$84,6122.09
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA106$123,750$160,0000.91$249,5000.83$85,8562.17
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA57$185,000$225,0000.91$489,6950.59$121,9381.90
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA83$252,500$275,0000.92$555,0000.66$140,3002.41
St. Louis, MO-IL28$190,000$227,5000.90$655,8140.52$84,4442.78
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL251$130,000$149,0000.93$296,4000.59$81,3201.95
Tucson, AZ22$180,000$199,0000.92$397,5530.57$71,0602.40
Tulsa, OK5$262,500$280,0000.92$460,5300.45$95,6762.93
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC29$185,000$198,0000.84$432,3550.57$74,6702.33
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV151$235,000$279,0000.86$600,0000.54$120,0002.16
Wichita, KS3$140,000$155,0000.93$209,7001.05$40,0003.13
Winston-Salem, NC3$129,000$140,0000.92$1,270,0000.10$140,0000.92

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2015

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Sector for the Full-Year 2015

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by sector during 2015

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
2015
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Sector Sub-Sector Number of Reported Sales Median Sales Price Median Asking Price Sales to Asking Price (average) Median Revenue Revenue Multiple (average) Median Cash Flow Cash Flow Multiple (average)
Agriculture Agriculture 4 $1,257,198 $1,189,500 1.18 $2,000,068 0.57 $298,153 3.91
Communications Communications 4 $625,000 $625,000 0.77 $2,224,000 0.29 $204,128 2.45
Construction Construction-Building 20 $275,000 $299,000 0.88 $1,200,000 0.34 $178,000 1.80
Construction-Heavy 5 $1,700,000 $2,500,000 0.93 $5,740,000 0.50 $560,000 3.14
Construction-Special Trades 105 $500,000 $537,000 0.90 $1,170,598 0.52 $240,207 2.21
Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs 12 $1,899,000 $2,000,000 0.90 $1,153,483 0.70 $358,000 3.33
Internet Business Services (B2B) 70 $364,398 $395,000 0.90 $401,897 1.02 $157,430 2.54
Consumer Services (B2C) 76 $154,000 $175,000 0.87 $258,782 0.82 $97,443 1.96
Domain Name/Basic Site 3 $982,500 $1,025,250 0.85 $2,115,008 0.38 $264,663 2.64
General Internet 77 $137,500 $142,000 1.01 $120,022 1.53 $68,521 2.60
Software 10 $600,000 $650,000 0.98 $707,000 1.07 $215,316 3.72
Web Design/Tech Services 4 $342,500 $357,500 0.96 $245,975 1.42 $139,455 2.56
Manufacturing Apparel & finished fabrics 11 $150,000 $150,000 0.91 $252,285 0.65 $95,000 2.57
Chemicals & Allied Products 4 $555,000 $600,000 0.82 $762,968 0.64 $136,166 3.27
Electronic & Electrical Equip. 19 $800,000 $875,000 0.87 $1,034,965 0.71 $230,000 2.92
Fabricated Metal Products 71 $745,000 $795,000 0.90 $1,061,564 0.75 $280,150 2.82
Food and Kindred Products 24 $362,500 $392,500 0.88 $754,040 0.63 $111,214 3.34
Furniture and Fixtures 10 $502,500 $537,500 0.93 $748,389 0.51 $239,804 2.01
Industrial & Comm. Machinery 16 $694,800 $765,000 0.89 $966,030 0.81 $241,000 2.83
Lumber and Wood Products 13 $700,000 $750,000 0.83 $1,200,000 0.54 $186,795 2.71
Measuring & Analyzing Instr. 2 $985,000 $997,500 0.97 $654,500 1.34 $338,000 2.92
Miscellaneous 62 $450,000 $575,000 0.89 $1,034,819 0.68 $190,000 2.96
Paper & Allied Products 1 $999,998 $999,998 1.00 $1,881,203 0.53 $286,101 3.50
Primary Metal Industries 14 $470,500 $680,000 0.78 $707,581 0.75 $216,046 2.84
Printing, Publishing 55 $267,000 $347,000 0.84 $707,396 0.55 $150,605 2.24
Rubber and Plastic Products 9 $927,000 $1,200,000 0.86 $2,000,000 0.54 $250,000 3.84
Stone, Clay, Glass, Concrete 9 $450,000 $450,000 0.95 $850,000 0.69 $215,409 2.63
Tobacco Products 2 $4,615,000 $4,634,500 0.93 $4,427,418 0.99 $1,595,000 2.11
Transportation Equipment 3 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 0.88 $6,000,000 1.07 $1,133,000 3.90
Retail Apparel and Accessory Stores 88 $125,000 $156,500 0.88 $341,933 0.47 $93,407 1.89
Automotive Dealers 27 $355,000 $360,000 0.97 $947,223 0.46 $140,573 3.18
Bars/Taverns 279 $180,000 $220,000 0.88 $534,000 0.41 $105,692 2.12
Blding Mat., Hardware, Garden 29 $375,000 $425,000 0.90 $1,206,910 0.36 $220,025 2.38
Convenience Stores 282 $170,000 $187,000 0.89 $602,500 0.39 $100,000 2.32
Florists 41 $95,000 $110,000 0.91 $325,000 0.36 $64,023 1.81
Gasoline Service Stations 216 $320,000 $375,000 0.86 $800,000 0.60 $166,000 2.60
General Merchandise Stores 37 $125,000 $150,000 0.90 $345,000 0.41 $84,000 1.78
Home Furniture & Furnishings 38 $265,500 $287,500 0.93 $748,814 0.41 $150,582 2.02
Liquor Stores 289 $305,000 $350,000 0.92 $776,408 0.44 $131,000 2.56
Marine Dealers & Equipment 4 $230,000 $229,000 0.98 $472,971 0.62 $118,545 2.87
Miscellaneous Retail 202 $200,000 $225,000 0.88 $476,000 0.47 $94,000 2.27
Other Eating & Drinking Places 247 $112,000 $145,000 0.86 $315,000 0.45 $62,960 2.03
Other Food Stores 75 $144,000 $150,000 0.89 $373,000 0.49 $70,000 2.13
Pet Shops & Supplies 20 $147,500 $185,000 0.89 $450,000 0.37 $76,100 2.06
Restaurants 1590 $155,000 $180,000 0.89 $500,000 0.39 $92,000 2.01
Supermarkets 51 $399,000 $495,000 0.88 $1,700,000 0.28 $223,896 2.25
Vending Machines 93 $119,400 $130,000 0.95 $409,663 0.48 $64,493 2.02
Service Agents & Brokers 38 $205,000 $225,000 0.87 $242,796 0.99 $80,000 2.35
Amusement & Recreation 90 $280,000 $300,000 0.90 $420,000 0.83 $117,848 2.53
Auto Repair, Parts & Services 227 $214,800 $250,000 0.88 $576,634 0.65 $120,412 2.43
Beauty Salons, Barber Shops 239 $75,000 $89,900 0.88 $240,611 0.46 $55,000 1.72
Computer & Software Services 33 $362,500 $437,000 0.89 $635,958 0.71 $137,980 2.44
Drycleaning/Laundry Services 316 $175,000 $194,900 0.91 $180,000 0.99 $67,600 2.86
Educational Services 126 $240,000 $250,000 0.90 $477,036 0.70 $119,000 2.50
Engineering & Accounting Svcs 57 $240,005 $270,000 0.92 $280,000 1.02 $130,000 2.24
Finance, Banking, Loans, etc. 39 $135,000 $179,000 0.90 $520,000 0.94 $142,000 2.32
Freight, Moving/Delivery 138 $500,000 $519,000 0.92 $676,267 0.71 $174,642 2.76
Health, Medical & Dental 342 $274,900 $300,000 0.90 $499,184 0.66 $138,000 2.42
Hotels & Other Lodging Places 62 $799,950 $849,500 0.85 $658,899 1.49 $191,046 4.12
Landscaping & Yard Services 158 $148,250 $150,000 0.94 $244,536 0.65 $98,303 1.69
Legal Services 6 $180,000 $230,000 0.89 $694,801 0.51 $169,805 1.23
Marine Repair, Parts & Services 6 $193,500 $197,500 0.96 $425,630 0.51 $143,416 1.15
Membership Organizations 5 $199,000 $199,000 0.85 $270,000 0.63 $70,777 2.44
Miscellaneous Repair Services 53 $343,000 $397,000 0.91 $501,500 0.63 $150,140 2.27
Miscellaneous Services 258 $150,000 $169,500 0.92 $289,155 0.73 $90,628 2.03
Motion Pictures 2 $188,000 $188,000 1.00 $344,872 0.55 $94,249 1.99
Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos 3 $139,000 $139,000 1.00 $327,500 0.42 $86,216 1.61
Other Business Services 286 $272,400 $282,500 0.92 $406,688 0.67 $111,279 2.23
Other Personal Services 182 $74,100 $82,061 0.94 $115,902 0.73 $77,500 1.47
Other Travel & Transportation 12 $450,000 $575,000 0.83 $1,108,000 0.78 $194,000 2.82
Passenger Transportation 20 $225,000 $324,500 0.87 $332,685 0.93 $109,258 2.20
Pet Care & Grooming 54 $125,000 $150,000 0.90 $294,508 0.76 $86,818 2.34
Social Services 4 $205,000 $237,000 0.88 $319,704 0.92 $73,621 2.76
Storage & Warehousing 7 $255,000 $395,000 0.60 $540,000 0.48 $175,000 1.50
Travel Agencies 10 $217,500 $250,000 0.88 $423,214 0.66 $127,000 1.62
Wholesale Durable Goods 60 $615,500 $624,500 0.91 $1,240,000 0.65 $210,532 2.70
Nondurable Goods 71 $170,000 $181,000 0.94 $492,974 0.50 $87,179 2.30
Other Non-classifiable Establishments 3 $1,862,500 $2,062,500 0.95 $1,498,899 1.19 $706,551 2.46

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2015

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