Small Businesses Are Selling for Highest Prices on Record, According to BizBuySell Report

BizBuySell.com's Third Quarter 2018 Insight Report reveals record highs in small business financials, allowing sellers to ask and receive more money than ever recorded

BizBuySell.com, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported that sale prices of businesses sold in the third quarter of 2018 reached new highs. The record sale prices are directly related to stronger business financials which also hit new levels in Q3. With buyers able to offset increasing prices by acquiring healthier businesses, the result is a well-balanced market. Full results are included below, in BizBuySell's Q3 2018 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

Small businesses sold for a median price of $249,000 in the third quarter, up 10.7 percent from the same time last year and the highest amount since BizBuySell started collecting data in 2007. The median asking price grew 7.6 percent to $269,000 which translates to a 93 percent sales-to-ask ratio, up slightly from the 92 percent reported in Q3 2017. The strong sales-to-ask ratio likely means that buyers and sellers are seeing eye-to-eye in terms of value. While owners are getting top dollar for their business, buyers are inheriting businesses with a better financial footing. Primarily fueled by a healthy economy, businesses sold in Q3 had $530,995 median revenue and $116,229 median cash flow. Those financial totals are up 7.4 percent and 2.8 percent respectively year-over-year.


2018 Q3 Small Businesses Sale Price vs Asking Price
2018 Q3 Key Financials for Sold Small Businesses

With a business-for-sale playing field of equal benefit to both buyers and sellers, more businesses are changing hands than ever before. A total of 2,685 closed transactions were reported in the third quarter of 2018, a 3.7 percent increase from the same time last year. This keeps 2018 on a record breaking pace for the number of businesses sold.


2018 Q3 Small Business Transactions

Businesses added to the market in the 3rd quarter continue to display impressive financials, which should be great news for buyers. The median revenue and cash flow of listed businesses grew 4 percent and 5 percent respectively year-over-year. Q3 listing data provides a similarly positive outlook for owners looking to sell. The median asking price of business listed for sale in Q3 reached $279,000, up 3.3 percent versus a year ago. Assuming a similar 93 percent bid-to-ask ratio, business listed in Q3 are on pace for a median sale price of $259,470, which would be the highest amount in BizBuySell history.

BizBuySell's 2018 Buyer-Seller Confidence Index supports the idea of an equally beneficial market to both buyers and sellers. In fact, buyers are slightly more confident in today's business-for-sale market than last year. While seller confidence remains unchanged compared to 2017, 60 percent of owners said they are confident they would receive an acceptable sales price if they exited today.

"The foundation of small business is about taking advantage of opportunity," said Bob House, president of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com. "To be in a place where both buyers and sellers are able to capitalize without the other party losing out is fantastic and a testament to the strong will of entrepreneurs."

Tariffs and Elections Take Center Stage as Market Aims to Continue Record Pace

Even as small business asking prices have continued to rise, buyer demand has not swayed thanks to the attractive financials absorbed in an acquisition. However, as witnessed during the Great Recession, small business success is greatly tied to the performance of the overall economy. Any event that might have a positive or negative effect on the economy should be closely watched by those looking to enter the market. President Trump's tariff policies are an exact example of this.

According to a recent BizBuySell Study, 30 percent of owners said they will be negatively affected by the tariffs. Yet, 76 percent of owners still approve the tariffs, including half of those believed to be negatively impacted. Perhaps business owner support is due to their plan to pass tariff related cost increases to customers, which was the number one response from owners. Buyers however are not as agreeable. Just 30 percent of business buyers support the tariffs. Twenty-three (23) percent of buyers went so far as to say that if the tariffs remain in place, they would be less likely to purchase a small business. Regardless of sentiment, should tariffs extend for a long period, the increase in expenses is likely to impact profitability and in turn, sale price.

November's elections are another factor to keep a close eye on. In addition to buyer versus owner differences, political alliance is another divisive factor affecting tariff support. Ninety (90) percent of Republican business owners support the tariffs versus just 27 percent of Democratic owners. Any reshaping of party lines and related regulations could cause both buyers and sellers to change their plans.

Overall however, with Baby Boomers fueling a strong supply of financially healthy businesses hitting the market, BizBuySell data shows a market that should remain active for some time.

"We've now had a few record-breaking years in a row in terms of transactions and it appears 2018 will be no different" said House. "The fact that small businesses are selling for the highest price to date and demand hasn't slowed shows how much confidence both sides have in today's market."

About the BizBuySell.com Insight Report

BizBuySell.com is the Internet's largest marketplace for buying or selling a small business, with over 1.4 millionmonthly visitors. 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 on a voluntary basis by business brokers nationwide. To find a qualified business broker in your area, visit http://www.bizbuysell.com/business-brokers/.

NOTE: For the most recent statistics, please see the latest BizBuySell Insights Report


Media Contact:

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


About BizBuySell

BizBuySell is the Internet's largest business for sale marketplace. Since 1996, BizBuySell has offered tools that make it easy for business owners and brokers to sell a business, and potential buyers to find the business of their dreams. BizBuySell currently has an inventory of approximately 45,000 businesses - spanning 80 countries - for sale at any one time and receives more than 1.4 million monthly visits. The site also features an extensive franchise directory as well as an easy-to-use business valuation tool. Please visit www.bizbuysell.com for more information.

BizBuySell was founded in 1996 and in 2012 became a division of CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ - CSGP) - commercial real estate's leading provider of information and analytic services. CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information and offers a suite of online services enabling clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. For more information, visit www.costar.com.


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

2018 Q3 Small Business Sale Price Multiples 2018 Q3 Small Business Sales by Sector 2018 Q3 Median Days on Market

Small Business Listing Metrics by Geography for Third Quarter, 2018

Key metrics from businesses listed for sale on BizBuySell.com by market for Q3 2018

Time Period: Q3 2018

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, NY 76 $374,500 $721,612 0.76 $150,000 2.82
Albuquerque, NM 97 $380,000 $507,331 0.88 $126,271 3.50
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 740 $300,000 $535,000 0.82 $120,162 3.11
Austin-Round Rock, TX 263 $325,000 $540,000 0.83 $132,000 2.88
Baltimore-Towson, MD 353 $225,000 $475,000 0.77 $105,770 2.92
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 81 $250,000 $420,000 0.74 $120,000 2.90
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 615 $275,000 $580,000 0.66 $125,000 2.67
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 161 $350,000 $775,000 0.57 $152,995 2.47
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 35 $390,000 $500,000 0.91 $108,000 3.64
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 271 $275,000 $511,829 0.71 $110,000 3.11
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 786 $267,000 $537,404 0.84 $115,647 3.10
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 123 $305,000 $630,000 0.68 $129,000 3.53
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 148 $232,500 $518,470 0.62 $110,000 2.76
Columbus, OH 199 $249,900 $590,000 0.55 $115,000 2.63
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA 295 $260,000 $600,000 0.60 $124,300 2.72
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1327 $270,000 $474,746 0.84 $111,578 3.18
Dayton, OH 75 $300,000 $591,000 0.84 $120,000 3.45
Denver-Aurora, CO 716 $277,000 $539,500 0.71 $113,641 3.06
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 333 $280,000 $466,734 0.83 $104,468 3.07
Durham, NC 39 $249,000 $495,000 0.61 $100,000 2.79
Fresno, CA 25 $500,000 $950,000 0.65 $211,092 2.70
Greensboro-High Point, NC 54 $264,500 $528,701 0.73 $102,295 3.74
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 $222,500 $519,500 0.59 $99,500 2.57
Honolulu, HI 19 $199,900 $231,676 0.64 $79,821 2.52
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 717 $245,000 $444,208 0.84 $100,820 3.18
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 173 $400,000 $686,967 0.66 $142,542 2.89
Jacksonville, FL 343 $192,000 $423,659 0.75 $98,695 2.79
Kansas City, MO-KS 198 $332,000 $588,091 0.76 $126,275 3.15
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 381 $181,000 $340,000 0.70 $95,000 2.57
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 2485 $249,000 $463,338 0.77 $108,000 2.85
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 117 $379,000 $630,000 0.78 $114,000 3.80
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 73 $250,000 $585,000 0.62 $125,000 3.06
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL 1955 $279,000 $469,229 0.78 $120,000 2.91
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 112 $350,000 $636,568 0.73 $133,850 3.34
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 $300,000 $597,020 0.68 $125,000 2.91
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN 302 $250,000 $498,103 0.75 $106,750 2.82
New Haven-Milford, CT 174 $284,500 $505,218 0.58 $105,118 2.75
New Jersey 2017 $275,000 $480,000 0.73 $120,000 2.87
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 58 $307,500 $527,500 0.68 $109,717 3.12
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 6710 $315,000 $676,684 0.62 $150,000 2.61
Oklahoma City, OK 111 $300,000 $460,000 0.79 $124,405 3.20
Orange County, CA 702 $229,000 $445,700 0.68 $100,000 2.74
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 676 $199,000 $439,466 0.71 $97,023 2.63
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 869 $299,000 $499,000 0.83 $120,000 2.94
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1282 $199,000 $388,000 0.63 $92,000 2.53
Pittsburgh, PA 138 $279,450 $450,000 0.84 $100,000 3.18
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 263 $274,000 $507,000 0.68 $115,000 2.81
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA 152 $312,500 $620,000 0.68 $120,000 2.98
Raleigh-Cary, NC 201 $250,000 $525,000 0.72 $120,000 3.01
Richmond, VA 180 $274,500 $600,988 0.60 $108,530 2.83
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 530 $230,000 $500,000 0.64 $112,133 2.70
Rochester, NY 118 $219,500 $480,500 0.68 $96,705 3.34
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 242 $207,500 $442,023 0.66 $101,495 2.46
Salt Lake City, UT 143 $350,000 $606,008 0.74 $150,800 3.04
San Antonio, TX 173 $250,000 $406,000 0.82 $101,000 3.01
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 432 $200,000 $429,680 0.70 $95,844 2.64
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 541 $290,000 $607,000 0.73 $134,756 2.75
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 178 $314,500 $655,000 0.62 $136,998 3.07
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 359 $275,000 $555,261 0.69 $126,000 2.82
St. Louis, MO-IL 280 $259,000 $565,135 0.78 $101,123 3.44
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1025 $249,000 $444,000 0.80 $110,000 2.76
Tucson, AZ 115 $300,000 $488,251 0.73 $131,000 2.86
Tulsa, OK 77 $395,000 $800,000 0.80 $116,469 3.64
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 207 $175,000 $427,219 0.61 $83,000 3.01
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 854 $250,000 $578,044 0.58 $120,000 2.58
Wichita, KS 31 $249,000 $464,830 0.61 $75,000 3.19
Winston-Salem, NC 32 $249,500 $411,000 0.76 $91,509 3.12

Source: Small businesses listed for sale on BizBuySell.com during Q3 2018

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Geographic Market for the Full-Year 2017

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by market during 2017

Time Period: 2017
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, NY 13 $450,000 $430,000 0.97 $1,409,284 0.94 $230,717 3.37
Albuquerque, NM 13 $165,000 $179,000 0.93 $475,751 0.70 $70,223 2.65
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 335 $239,000 $250,000 0.90 $512,500 0.56 $111,500 2.14
Austin-Round Rock, TX 71 $295,000 $297,500 0.96 $601,900 0.67 $147,576 2.52
Baltimore-Towson, MD 71 $375,000 $382,500 0.91 $575,522 0.65 $120,000 2.56
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 25 $262,500 $285,000 0.86 $466,000 0.60 $115,000 2.48
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 237 $207,500 $239,500 0.89 $544,500 0.46 $124,000 1.96
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 37 $274,500 $299,000 0.89 $557,800 0.72 $122,639 2.46
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 9 $383,000 $940,000 0.83 $1,279,064 0.67 $170,000 3.71
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 93 $422,500 $474,500 0.96 $803,655 0.65 $188,777 2.71
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 259 $240,000 $299,900 0.88 $577,000 0.53 $112,000 2.39
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 29 $250,000 $275,000 0.88 $648,696 0.55 $111,778 3.37
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 29 $224,500 $249,500 0.90 $585,586 0.55 $132,370 2.31
Columbus, OH 54 $162,000 $198,000 0.87 $636,384 0.37 $123,281 2.12
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA 93 $255,000 $295,000 0.89 $519,485 0.62 $120,000 2.26
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 275 $175,000 $205,000 0.93 $477,210 0.58 $100,000 2.43
Dayton, OH 16 $727,500 $800,000 0.82 $850,000 0.68 $150,000 3.54
Denver-Aurora, CO 153 $282,500 $292,500 0.92 $504,622 0.60 $116,476 2.50
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 115 $185,000 $220,000 0.94 $370,000 0.62 $90,000 2.42
Durham, NC 13 $400,000 $510,000 0.81 $1,557,898 0.28 $174,054 2.03
Fresno, CA 14 $220,000 $220,000 0.94 $657,000 0.51 $217,000 1.59
Greensboro-High Point, NC 14 $189,500 $224,500 0.91 $782,330 0.52 $146,340 2.45
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 41 $116,250 $129,350 0.84 $426,059 0.46 $65,000 1.91
Honolulu, HI 2 $76,000 $58,000 1.31 $180,648 0.42 $78,072 0.97
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 131 $180,000 $205,000 0.92 $356,400 0.61 $96,667 2.06
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 52 $372,500 $472,500 0.93 $824,087 0.64 $151,500 2.70
Jacksonville, FL 55 $187,000 $198,000 0.92 $436,147 0.54 $87,604 2.01
Kansas City, MO-KS 49 $360,000 $400,000 0.91 $620,000 0.77 $151,664 2.53
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 121 $149,500 $164,500 0.89 $424,212 0.49 $100,283 1.77
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 764 $200,000 $217,500 0.91 $439,921 0.64 $100,000 2.24
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 16 $275,000 $402,500 0.84 $491,537 0.55 $111,500 2.42
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 47 $370,000 $365,000 1.00 $900,000 0.53 $164,012 2.66
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL 529 $180,250 $199,000 0.91 $398,243 0.59 $95,000 2.05
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 33 $400,000 $400,000 0.92 $930,000 0.48 $157,374 2.60
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 98 $204,500 $224,950 0.95 $456,673 0.69 $121,756 2.39
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN 113 $199,000 $225,000 0.91 $480,000 0.58 $100,000 2.25
New Haven-Milford, CT 22 $232,000 $239,000 0.93 $812,576 0.61 $118,000 2.15
New Jersey 382 $295,000 $325,000 0.90 $700,000 0.53 $144,000 2.21
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 5 $125,000 $159,000 0.79 $238,000 0.53 $53,506 2.34
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 745 $290,000 $315,000 0.89 $655,000 0.56 $146,650 2.25
Oklahoma City, OK 30 $270,000 $322,500 0.89 $570,201 0.49 $147,500 2.29
Orange County, CA 285 $179,000 $195,000 0.91 $350,000 0.57 $86,000 2.12
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 237 $140,000 $155,000 0.91 $300,000 0.61 $97,688 2.03
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 209 $300,000 $327,000 0.94 $612,000 0.57 $157,000 2.30
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 262 $177,500 $197,500 0.93 $337,160 0.60 $97,500 2.04
Pittsburgh, PA 46 $339,750 $420,000 0.90 $700,000 0.60 $155,000 2.68
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 90 $325,000 $335,000 1.14 $918,184 0.50 $135,219 2.53
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA 45 $364,000 $349,500 0.93 $769,964 0.61 $156,100 2.80
Raleigh-Cary, NC 57 $350,000 $395,000 0.94 $609,000 0.60 $144,622 2.39
Richmond, VA 22 $196,500 $225,000 0.87 $506,534 0.47 $113,381 2.02
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 151 $188,500 $207,250 0.92 $411,888 0.59 $92,000 2.13
Rochester, NY 25 $145,000 $145,000 0.93 $287,406 0.54 $74,776 2.15
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 84 $200,000 $210,000 0.95 $408,000 0.56 $108,000 2.23
Salt Lake City, UT 78 $274,500 $310,000 0.91 $546,528 0.59 $120,728 2.58
San Antonio, TX 45 $150,000 $154,000 0.93 $611,993 0.56 $125,000 2.03
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 158 $220,000 $250,000 0.92 $507,000 0.47 $108,000 1.98
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 150 $217,000 $247,000 0.89 $534,250 0.56 $120,000 2.10
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 79 $210,000 $249,750 0.88 $500,214 0.54 $114,248 2.26
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 136 $216,000 $235,000 0.95 $531,254 0.57 $92,474 2.73
St. Louis, MO-IL 31 $187,500 $199,450 1.05 $617,793 0.46 $113,872 2.38
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 487 $295,000 $295,000 0.97 $457,609 0.89 $122,253 2.63
Tucson, AZ 30 $237,500 $250,000 1.09 $559,879 0.64 $151,635 2.32
Tulsa, OK 11 $475,000 $500,000 0.99 $905,807 0.74 $164,282 2.38
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 33 $225,000 $250,000 0.92 $435,500 0.57 $100,000 2.52
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 185 $250,000 $275,000 0.91 $600,000 0.56 $130,000 2.25
Wichita, KS 4 $378,000 $375,000 1.01 $528,000 0.72 $131,000 2.89
Winston-Salem, NC 4 $562,500 $627,500 0.90 $637,116 1.27 $178,316 2.98

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2017

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Sector for the Full-Year 2017

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by sector during 2017

Time Period: 2017
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 5 $1,227,500 $1,258,000 0.89 $880,292 1.20 $204,535 5.02
Construction Building 221 $470,000 $500,000 0.96 $1,110,669 0.48 $235,000 2.18
Construction Heavy 8 $800,000 $900,000 0.94 $1,503,200 0.44 $407,371 1.97
Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs 30 $450,000 $447,000 0.94 $645,627 0.85 $205,444 2.54
Internet Domain Name/Basic Site 32 $437,000 $437,000 1.00 $519,314 1.18 $134,600 3.08
Internet Software 17 $390,000 $390,000 0.94 $399,070 1.26 $270,884 2.45
Internet Web Design/Tech Services 364 $349,000 $350,000 0.97 $481,000 1.06 $136,200 2.91
Manufacturing Apparel & finished fabrics 17 $649,500 $629,000 0.88 $1,021,611 0.57 $207,573 2.83
Manufacturing Chemicals & Allied Products 5 $775,000 $1,047,500 0.95 $400,253 1.56 $211,118 4.36
Manufacturing Electronic & Electrical Equip. 28 $350,000 $350,000 0.90 $769,393 0.72 $148,391 2.81
Manufacturing Fabricated Metal Products 87 $877,500 $939,000 0.94 $1,225,000 0.75 $283,589 3.38
Manufacturing Food and Kindred Products 36 $227,500 $272,450 0.90 $442,500 0.54 $102,500 2.69
Manufacturing Furniture and Fixtures 17 $326,500 $348,750 0.91 $907,477 0.69 $221,842 2.40
Manufacturing Industrial & Comm. Machinery 15 $1,475,000 $1,475,000 0.89 $1,554,833 0.77 $350,000 2.98
Manufacturing Lumber and Wood Products 15 $645,000 $642,500 1.07 $1,422,750 0.67 $265,250 3.03
Manufacturing Miscellaneous 86 $550,000 $600,000 0.91 $799,994 0.69 $198,467 2.85
Manufacturing Paper & Allied Products 49 $271,750 $297,000 0.91 $440,000 0.67 $142,500 2.30
Manufacturing Petroleum Refining 1 $1,500,000 $1,500,000 1.00 $2,874,129 0.52 $662,335 2.26
Manufacturing Printing, Publishing 2 $112,500 $152,500 0.80 $505,218 0.22 $93,127 2.77
Manufacturing Rubber and Plastic Products 6 $507,500 $545,000 0.84 $567,884 0.91 $212,591 2.51
Manufacturing Stone, Clay, Glass, Concrete 21 $849,000 $849,000 0.97 $1,177,929 0.68 $280,536 2.79
Manufacturing Transportation Equipment 7 $1,987,500 $2,145,000 0.91 $2,700,000 0.78 $450,000 3.77
Mining Mining 3 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 1.03 $3,897,692 1.00 $647,600 4.16
Retail Apparel and Accessory Stores 111 $154,000 $170,000 0.91 $450,000 0.45 $90,193 1.98
Retail Automotive Dealers 37 $335,000 $387,000 0.98 $1,075,868 0.47 $143,000 2.24
Retail Bars/Taverns 300 $225,000 $250,000 0.90 $646,154 0.42 $110,000 2.14
Retail Blding Mat., Hardware, Garden 40 $363,000 $389,750 0.90 $1,023,516 0.46 $187,628 2.70
Retail Convenience Stores 331 $200,000 $225,000 0.94 $700,000 0.40 $100,000 2.39
Retail Florists 66 $129,500 $142,000 0.91 $428,216 0.41 $85,960 1.84
Retail Gasoline Service Stations 378 $359,950 $385,000 0.94 $1,700,000 0.45 $148,878 3.40
Retail Home Furniture & Furnishings 111 $175,000 $200,008 0.91 $551,254 0.43 $87,006 2.08
Retail Liquor Stores 352 $347,500 $370,000 0.92 $800,000 0.48 $120,000 3.03
Retail Marine Dealers & Equipment 20 $320,000 $320,000 0.94 $508,838 0.89 $152,522 2.51
Retail Miscellaneous Retail 318 $175,000 $195,000 0.93 $441,257 0.53 $95,865 2.28
Retail Other Eating & Drinking Places 727 $155,278 $179,000 0.89 $431,861 0.43 $92,660 2.00
Retail Pet Shops & Supplies 28 $139,600 $145,000 0.89 $265,369 0.43 $84,443 2.09
Retail Restaurants 1894 $185,000 $199,000 0.91 $543,977 0.39 $100,000 2.07
Retail Supermarkets 72 $151,000 $151,000 0.99 $400,000 0.38 $72,540 2.55
Retail Vending Machines 129 $115,000 $124,000 0.94 $328,955 0.58 $69,922 1.85
Service Agents & Brokers 3 $365,000 $365,000 0.97 $1,214,099 0.82 $192,857 2.81
Service Amusement & Recreation 105 $207,500 $250,000 0.86 $401,992 0.77 $109,451 2.37
Service Auto Repair, Parts & Services 350 $300,000 $350,000 0.90 $562,000 0.70 $129,977 2.64
Service Beauty Salons, Barber Shops 386 $120,000 $135,000 0.90 $290,756 0.47 $75,000 1.75
Service Computer & Software Services 37 $410,000 $430,000 0.86 $560,985 0.70 $182,990 2.46
Service Drycleaning/Laundry Services 357 $195,000 $210,000 0.91 $245,652 0.96 $80,000 2.80
Service Educational Services 178 $342,450 $350,000 0.91 $461,250 0.85 $122,194 3.08
Service Engineering & Accounting Svcs 82 $260,000 $270,000 0.96 $263,000 0.94 $140,000 2.04
Service Finance, Banking, Loans, etc. 62 $243,000 $275,000 0.89 $294,872 1.03 $135,008 2.19
Service Freight, Moving/Delivery 212 $540,000 $590,000 0.94 $729,320 0.74 $184,808 2.87
Service Health, Medical & Dental 454 $315,000 $365,000 0.89 $571,000 0.67 $155,034 2.39
Service Hotels & Other Lodging Places 100 $537,500 $635,000 0.92 $424,829 1.54 $150,271 4.07
Service Landscaping & Yard Services 192 $155,000 $180,000 0.92 $325,000 0.64 $100,000 1.77
Service Legal Services 13 $300,000 $300,000 0.89 $500,000 0.78 $167,000 2.19
Service Miscellaneous Services 59 $305,000 $335,000 0.89 $715,000 0.60 $175,000 1.96
Service Motion Pictures 1 $400,000 $465,000 0.86 $379,400 1.05 $175,717 2.28
Service Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos 5 $380,000 $404,500 0.96 $457,998 0.80 $136,359 2.62
Service Other Business Services 919 $187,000 $222,500 0.92 $347,918 0.66 $115,057 2.02
Service Other Personal Services 176 $81,950 $82,724 0.99 $132,735 0.61 $78,000 1.28
Service Other Travel & Transportation 52 $412,500 $522,500 0.90 $669,894 0.79 $170,777 2.45
Service Passenger Transportation 17 $300,000 $310,000 0.91 $689,979 0.55 $151,000 1.93
Service Pet Care & Grooming 58 $200,000 $237,000 0.88 $320,427 0.89 $100,328 2.59
Service Storage & Warehousing 10 $500,000 $480,000 0.98 $1,080,891 0.66 $243,000 2.94
Service Travel Agencies 5 $549,990 $549,990 0.84 $874,626 0.81 $200,000 2.18
Wholesale Durable Goods 93 $425,000 $462,495 0.94 $1,144,168 0.53 $178,410 2.71
Wholesale Nondurable Goods 78 $173,000 $174,000 0.96 $488,328 0.49 $82,212 2.41
Non-classifiable Establishments Non-classifiable Establishments 11 $614,250 $895,000 0.90 $858,100 0.96 $250,000 2.71

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2017

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