BizBuySell Insight Reports

Small Business Transaction Up 15% From Last Year, Reach Highest Levels Since Q2 of 2008

BizBuySell's Third Quarter 2016 Insight Report shows 2016 on pace to have highest number of businesses changing hands since report inception in 2007; Active for-sale listings reach record high too.

San Francisco, CA - BizBuySell.com, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today that third-quarter small business transactions reached the highest levels since the second quarter of 2008, right before the recession hit. The full results are included in BizBuySell.com's Q3 2016 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

A total of 2,090 transactions were reported in the third quarter this year, representing a 15.2 percent increase from last year. This marks the highest number of small business sales recorded in a third quarter since BizBuySell first started tracking data in 2007. The 5,865 to-date transactions positions 2016 for a record breaking year of small business transactions.

2016 Q3 Closed Small Business Transactions

As transactions have risen, sellers continue to supply the market with a high number of listings. The total number of businesses listed for sale in Q3 2016 reached a record-level and increased 5.1 percent above last year's inventory. The strong listing count is possibly fueled by small business owners who waited out the recession and want to take advantage of this hot market, rather than take the risk associated with waiting. In fact, according to BizBuySell's Buyer-Seller Confidence Index, sellers are slightly less confident about the future than they were a year ago, with just 48 percent believing they could wait a year and receive a higher price for their business.

Buyers on the other hand are less concerned about an economic downturn and are ready to jump into the action. According to the Buyer-Seller Confidence Index, only 29 percent of buyers believe they can get a better deal if they wait a year to purchase.

With both sellers and buyers wanting to act now, transactions are also taking place at a faster rate. A business sold in Q3 was on the market for an average of 171 days, a 4.5 percent decrease from 179 days in Q3 of 2015 and a steady drop from Q1 of this year when the average days on market sat at 188 days.

"With closed transactions reaching post-recession records, listings at an all-time high and time-to-sell data showing quicker sales, all indicators are pointing to a robust business-for-sale environment that is beneficial to both buyers and sellers," Bob House, President of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, said. "After a few years of strong, steady activity, it's good to see there are still plenty of quality listings available for interested buyers to enter small business ownership."

Gap Between Asking Price and Sale Price Shrinks, Financials Continue Improvement

While the post-recession market leaned in favor of buyers thanks to reduced confidence and tighter access to capital, today's environment is much more balanced. A good indicator of this is the fact that sellers received a final sale price much closer to their original asking price than in previous years.

The median asking price of a business sold in Q3 grew to $216,000, from $200,000 in Q3 2015. At the same time, the median sale price in the third quarter of 2016 increased nearly 7.6 percent from $185,000 last year to $199,000. The difference between these figures marks an average sale-to-asking price ratio of 93 percent, a 3.3 percent increase year-over-year. This strong ratio likely points to the following two key things.

2016 Q3 Small Business Sale Price vs Asking Price

First, sellers are gaining more leverage at the bargaining table. That comes from showing that their business is financially healthy and has a strong future. In Q3 2016, the median revenue of sold businesses grew 4.3 percent year-over-year from $438,000 to $456,768. At the same time, the median cash flow grew 5.7 percent from $100,000 to $105,730. These numbers are giving sellers the leverage they need to get a good sale price. In fact, according to the same Buyer-Seller Confidence Index, nearly 60 percent of sellers said they are confident that they could receive a price that met expectations if they sold their business today.

2016 Q3 Key Financials of Sold Small Businesses

The second thing a higher sale-to-asking price ratio shows is that sellers may be more motivated to sell and therefore, set a more realistic asking price. Baby Boomers, in specific, are reaching retirement age, and are likely more motivated to sell now rather than drag the process out or risk having to wait out another economic downturn. Overall, sellers may want to exit before the year ends, especially as new overtime regulations kick in Dec. 1. In the same Buyer-Seller Confidence Index, 73 percent of prospective buyers said they can purchase a business at an acceptable price this year. When asked why this year was better than the previous, the top response was that sellers were setting more realistic asking prices. More acceptable asking prices are also likely a result of increased choice for buyers as indicated by the record number of business listed for sale this past quarter.

Changing Regulations and Political Uncertainty Could Impact End of Year Transaction Activity

While a strong Q3 and 2016 as a whole, is a great precursor for a strong 2017, there are a few upcoming issues that could affect how things move forward. Small businesses will be forced to deal with changing overtime regulations from the Department of Labor starting on Dec. 1. This change is concerning many sellers, with nearly half (48%) saying the new overtime regulations will decrease the value of small businesses. And of course before that is the Presidential election, which has certainly drawn the interest of small business owners.

In fact, according to BizBuySell's Buyer-Seller Confidence survey, a significant number of buyers and sellers say they will actually change their ownership plans based on who wins. One in five sellers said they would be more likely to sell their business if Hillary Clinton is elected President. Similarly, 31 percent of buyers said they would be less likely to enter small business ownership if Clinton wins, compared to 15 percent who said the same if Trump wins. However, among both buyers and sellers, Trump is seen at the candidate most likely to improve the small business environment (57% and 54%, respectively).

It remains to be seen whether or not Trump's latest controversy impacts these opinions, and if the election's final results will truly impact the business-for-sale market, or if buyers and sellers are just speaking out of emotion. For now, however, all indicators point to a record-setting 2016 that will likely carry momentum into early next year.

"We are well on our way to the most reported transactions in BizBuySell history so it's great to see there is still room for growth despite the few years of strong activity we've seen since the recession ended," House noted. "The final quarter of 2016 and the first few of 2017 will now tell us if we've reached the peak of activity or if the number of buyers and sellers entering the business-for-sale market will continue to grow."

APPENDIX: Additional Statistics from Small Business Listings and Transactions Reported to BizBuySell

2016 Q3 Small Business Sale Price Multiples

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About the Insight Report

The BizBuySell Insight Report is a nationally-recognized economic indicator that tracks the health of the U.S. small business economy. Each quarter, BizBuySell analyzes sales and listing prices of small businesses across the United States based on approximately businesses for sale and those recently sold. The BizBuySell Insight Reports focus on over 70 major U.S. markets and publish local, regional, state and national data for trending and analysis.

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Small Business Listing Metrics by Geography for Third Quarter, 2016

Key metrics from businesses listed for sale on BizBuySell.com by market for Q3 2016

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
Q3 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, NY128$327,450$495,5000.78$138,1892.92
Albuquerque, NM45$295,000$700,0000.57$129,9332.82
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA675$275,000$499,9720.94$120,0003.50
Austin-Round Rock, TX218$287,500$512,1610.76$120,5613.13
Baltimore-Towson, MD226$275,000$514,2320.73$120,0002.70
Birmingham-Hoover, AL62$287,500$475,0000.94$111,7983.43
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH576$214,000$468,0000.62$117,0002.43
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT168$225,000$518,5000.57$120,0002.40
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY39$229,000$442,0000.71$110,0003.41
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC223$299,000$570,6130.73$110,0323.33
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI731$270,000$461,3440.88$111,8923.10
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN120$304,500$587,2500.80$114,0003.64
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH127$250,000$564,0000.64$122,5722.86
Columbus, OH177$225,000$500,0000.70$120,0002.70
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA211$249,000$500,0000.70$116,2302.94
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX1074$250,000$460,0000.98$110,4223.50
Dayton, OH55$225,000$450,0000.73$90,3243.07
Denver-Aurora, CO446$300,000$600,0000.68$116,0433.08
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI192$210,000$414,1180.77$87,4083.06
Durham, NC39$279,000$450,0000.68$100,0002.87
Fresno, CA24$226,998$630,5900.57$106,5002.97
Greensboro-High Point, NC42$248,000$498,5000.69$100,0003.20
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT135$184,900$422,0760.64$80,6162.54
Honolulu, HI21$117,000$275,0000.77$81,7732.41
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX572$240,000$414,6350.86$100,0003.30
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN114$250,000$500,0000.63$99,7442.99
Jacksonville, FL388$199,750$419,3680.70$100,0212.76
Kansas City, MO-KS159$345,000$556,3600.82$119,2373.00
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV431$180,000$338,0000.78$88,1582.61
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA2228$228,250$425,0000.78$103,9282.86
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN110$249,000$350,0000.97$86,5003.79
Memphis, TN-MS-AR79$195,000$446,7420.64$82,5632.67
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL1834$249,000$408,0000.87$108,9792.95
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI85$395,000$811,0000.82$138,3343.72
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI386$317,500$535,2150.78$118,3753.13
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN236$225,000$441,0000.70$100,9812.82
New Haven-Milford, CT145$200,000$412,1000.63$101,5382.89
New Jersey1887$250,000$459,4200.80$110,0003.00
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA101$260,000$353,5230.99$85,0003.66
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA6236$295,000$600,0000.67$134,5202.66
Oklahoma City, OK114$247,000$457,3350.68$105,0003.13
Orange County, CA629$200,000$382,2270.71$96,0002.67
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL725$195,000$410,8540.71$96,4722.77
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD833$295,000$495,0000.85$120,0003.10
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ1316$195,000$350,0000.72$85,0002.67
Pittsburgh, PA84$300,000$539,3780.80$116,8723.24
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA170$287,500$452,5000.82$108,1253.06
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA128$299,300$612,4660.63$111,0002.88
Raleigh-Cary, NC131$260,000$400,0000.73$108,0003.10
Richmond, VA211$175,000$392,1550.64$85,0002.68
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA416$239,500$479,3650.76$100,0003.13
Rochester, NY115$165,000$334,4990.69$75,0003.00
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA232$297,000$590,0000.74$131,0382.80
Salt Lake City, UT125$350,000$519,3380.91$132,9793.18
San Antonio, TX145$295,000$490,6660.89$90,0003.54
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA402$192,500$375,0000.72$92,4502.48
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA441$260,000$480,0000.87$116,0002.91
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA170$277,500$644,0000.79$123,7503.09
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA251$250,000$483,2960.73$107,5603.20
St. Louis, MO-IL261$295,000$550,8480.77$104,2913.57
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL953$200,000$395,8280.79$100,0002.68
Tucson, AZ97$225,000$485,4740.67$112,2092.84
Tulsa, OK77$299,000$397,2660.85$97,5143.47
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC170$189,500$393,0000.67$80,0003.24
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV739$270,000$523,0920.68$120,0002.79
Wichita, KS21$359,000$546,3690.95$141,1053.44
Winston-Salem, NC25$297,000$447,0001.17$105,0003.21

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during the third 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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