Businesses for Sale in South Africa

Connecting business buyers to sellers is our business, and the Businesses4Sale experience is tailored to cater to everyone interested in buying a business. Whether you are a first-time buyer, looking to enter the market; a franchisor, searching for franchisees; or seasoned buyer looking to expand, our experienced team at Businesses4Sale will support you throughout the whole process. Businesses4Sale offers our clients professionalism, experience, expertise, and knowledge in the process of buying a business.

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Food/Hospitality

Cafe/Coffee Shop

Ref: 3162

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Two Sandwich Shops for Sale

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 1,115,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,556,864

Monthly Profit

R 31,570

These two sandwich shops do it all. Set in two of the busiest suburbs in Port Elizabeth, they deliver to all the businesses as well as functions and conferences. Started in 2007 and with the current owner since 2013, the shops have turned into well-known and established businesses. The current owner started the second shop in 2019 and has already proven to be a success. Both shops have seating areas. Not in the mood to sit and eat delicious food? No problem, they deliver to you via bicycle or motorbike. Do not want to phone the order? No problem, they have an app for ordering. Your choice is excellent. From salads, vegetarian options, toasted or plain, sandwiches or subs, platters and snacks, their mouth-watering variety will make you want more. Add to that a newly developed burger and delicious smoothies, these shops cater to all. Two shops that make awesome and delicious food, deliver to you via their app or phone, you can sit and enjoy with friends, and with new items been developed, this is a perfect opportunity for someone who is quality driven and wants to provide excellent service to their clients. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of R300,000.
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Professional

Advertising/Marketing

Ref: 3159

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Advertising Agency for Sale Cape Town

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,400,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,549,985

Monthly Profit

R 59,595

This company is a retail marketing and OOH ( out of home) advertising agency dedicated to providing innovative and interactive promotions to local brands. Established in 2012 and they continue to grow and create jobs for young people in South Africa while building brands in a fun and interactive way. Their customized campaigns create maximum impact on the clients desired audience. Each campaign is targeted to a specific catchment area and offers eye-catching and affordable advertising that speaks to the clients target market. They are focused on delivering your brand promise in a fun, interactive, and memorable way. Each employee is handpicked and specially trained to make a concise advertising message stand out. Leaflet Distribution: They do both knock-and-drops (door to door/mailbox/household distribution) and handouts at predetermined intersections or locations. This is particularly effective when coupled with our OOH as a complete promotion or activation, but just as powerful in isolation. Mascots: Our team members are available to wear mascot suits and branded apparel. Promoters: Our team members are also available to promote brands, products, services, and/or special offers. There is an Interactive Mobile Billboard available to maximize local awareness campaigns. This companys aim is to help the client build brand awareness and stimulate increased foot traffic at the retail store level. This business is easily manageable with no office premises required thus offering great work from home opportunity. The purchase price excludes VAT and stock. There is a vehicle that can be purchased as an optional extra.
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Professional

Computer/IT

Ref: 3158

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Professional Computer and Technology Support

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 680,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,300,000

Monthly Profit

R 25,000

This well-known business serving the West Coast of Western Cape for the past 15 years. They specialize in services, maintenance, and solutions for home and business customers. The retail store stock most of the commonly needed peripherals, cables, parts, and ink/toner cartridges. The business has an established customer base and is also well positioned for all the new developments in the area. The price excludes stock of +-R125 000 and VAT.
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Industrial Manufacturing

Manufacturing/Engineering

Ref: 3157

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International Tooling Manufacturing Business

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 12,265,000

Annual Turnover

R 14,805,194

Monthly Profit

R 295,180

This international vehicle component tooling and manufacturing business started in 1994 by a father and son team. From an 82 sq/m workshop and 2 employees, it has grown to a 2,000 sq/m workshop with 45 employees. Manufacturing small to medium size pressed components for the motor and related industries. They are currently in the heart of Port Elizabeth’s manufacturing suburb. You are looking at a business with ISO quality control and continuous implementation as well as international certificates of compliances and quality assurances. Add to that a 100% quality rating for the past 5 years from some of their clients, certified by large motor manufacturers with their QSB quality systems and skilled staff members. This business is all about the best for your clients! With their 5-ton to 200-ton presses, lathes, CNC machines, and many more tools at their disposal, they press and manufacture small to medium size pressed components for the motor and related industries for the local and international market. If you want to expand your motor parts manufacturing company to international levels or to take over a profitable, quality-assured, and established business, then this leading company is for you! The asking price excludes VAT and stock of R500,000.
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Leisure/Entertainment

Recreation/Sport

Ref: 3154

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Group & Family Interactive Events Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 2,453,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,286,334

Monthly Profit

R 61,991

Unique outdoor recreational business located in the picturesque Garden Route. The business provides interactive activities for both adults and children and caters to various groups including, schools, families, tour groups, corporates, and childrens birthday parties. The business is well established having been operating successfully for over 10 years. The business is situated in a breathtaking rural location yet close to main routes and tourist traffic which further enhances its an appeal and makes it a destination for tourists and families alike. The activities are designed for visitors of all ages to exercise their bodies and minds in an entertaining, educational, and affordable way. The activities are largely outdoor and absolutely unique in its design.
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Services

Cleaning

Ref: 3153

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Specialized Refuse Bin Cleaning Company

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 501,750

Annual Turnover

R 168,491

Monthly Profit

R 14,041

This business is the best bin cleaning operation in the business. The owner dedicated every part of the business to make sure that their services are in actual fact the best of the best and to earn that top spot at no cost to the environment. Owner is very proud of the specialized system that recycles water and only use eco-friendly chemicals. Sign up for one of our recurring monthly options, and we come around on refuse removal day. After the municipality has done their thing, they do a number on your bin, leaving it disease-free and fresh as a daisy.
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Professional

Property/Real Estate

Ref: 3152

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Development Company

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 2,200,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

On offer is 100% shares in a private company which signed an agreement to purchase development land in the King Wililams Town area. The property is ideally located for the company to develop a commercial hub with a housing estate. The seller became aware of the availability of the property and managed to secure the transaction on very favourable terms. The business model is a low entry level to acquire and secure the property, with pre-sales to start after transfer is taken of the property. The position of this property makes it an attractive proposition for a Fuel Station, Truck Stop and Motel and Retail Convenience Store. The remainder of the property has been earmarked for a mid income residential security estate. The intention is to roll this section out as the demand for housing opens up again. Please enquire for full details about this opportunity.
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Professional

Property/Real Estate

Ref: 3151

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Approved Real Estate Development

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 7,892,200

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

An opportunity exists for a real estate developer to take over already approved and ongoing residential development projects from an established real estate developing company based in Mossel Bay, Garden Route. The seller is looking to immigrate. Mossel Bay, is one of the fastest-growing towns in the Garden Route, Southern Cape. The town was recently named “best-run municipality in South Africa by Good Governance Africa (GGA), placing the spotlight on what the town has to offer those looking to buy a property and settle in a desirable coastal location. The seller started his career in property development in the early 90s. Since then he developed a variety of housing schemes between Heidelberg, Western Cape and Groot Brakrivier, with Mossel Bay as the base and centre of these developments. These projects are ready for development and the developments have been and are ongoing. An optional extra is a project that is pending approval which approval is expected by the end of February 2021 and which is also available for R3.3m subject to final approval. If you are a real estate developer, looking to expand your footprint to the fast growing Garden Route area, this is a great opportunity not to be missed! The asking price excludes VAT.
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Professional

Insurance

Ref: 3149

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Short-term Insurance Brokerage for Sale

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 3,345,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

R 67,512

This profitable business flourishes by helping those in need of guidance in respect of short term insurance services. Licensed by the FSCA for short-term insurance for commercial and personal lines, this brokerage offers custom products suited to clients needs with multiple insurance agencies. This team with a combined passion for business and a keen eye for risk and problem solving combined with years of experience in the insurance industry has built up an extensive short-term insurance book. They are committed to providing clients with personalized insurance solutions at all stages of their personal and business operations. Option to purchase the business as a going concern or do a book buy-out only. Current customer profile: Commercial lines - 40% Hospitality lines - 30% Personal lines - 20% This is the ideal opportunity for an existing insurance company to expand their operations by acquiring a strong customer base in the short term insurance space. Contact me now for more details about this excellent opportunity!
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Food/Hospitality

Bar / Pub

Ref: 3146

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Best Pub in Town

Eastern Cape (EC)

Asking Price

R 3,345,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,201,584

Monthly Profit

R 93,047

This vibrant and family-friendly Pub started in 1985 and has been with the owners for 25 years. Set in Port Elizabeth it is surrounded by 5 large suburbs and is known as one of PE’s best Pubs. This is an English-style pub with a full array of alcoholic beverages and slot machines to cater to all patrons. The owners closed the kitchen but that can easily be re-opened with the equipment on site. This is a favorite watering hole for the surrounding suburbs as well as a party destination over the weekends. If you just want to wind down after a heavy day or come through with your friends for a good time, this is the destination pub. Ample parking, easy access, and a warm and inviting atmosphere make this a fantastic choice to buy. Looking to own a pub that is well-established, profitable, and renowned? Then this is an easy decision to make. The building is included in the selling price. The selling price excludes VAT and stock of R55,000.
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Confidentiality Agreement

In consideration of Businesses4Sale South Africa entering discussions relating to the possible acquisition of an interest in a business on my behalf, I hereby agree as follows:
  1. Not disclosing any information, including that the business is for sale and to treat as totally confidential the identity of each business quoted to me and any details as to its operation or financial accounts.
  2. Taking all reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of information made available to me in the course of any negotiation and eventual transaction.
  3. That all information is received for no other purpose than the evaluation of the investment potential of the business.
  4. Not to disclose the identity or any details of the operation or financial accounts to any third party (except my accountant or legal advisor who shall agree to respect this requirement for confidentiality) unless expressly authorised in writing by the Seller or his broker.
  5. Not to approach any Seller of any business introduced to me by Businesses4Sale South Africa or its staff, customers or suppliers without prior arrangement with the Seller or his broker and to refer all queries through the relevant Businesses4Sale South Africa representative/broker.
  6. I accept that all information was presented to me/us in good faith and that I cannot hold Businesses4Sale South Africa or its agents liable for any inadvertent deviations or inaccuracies.
  7. I accept that I am responsible for verifying facts and figures to satisfy myself, as to the accuracy of information during any due diligence I/we may choose to carry out.
  8. For the purpose of this agreement the “Confidential Information” means any idea, concept, data, document, drawing, schematic, business, technical, financial, operational, administrative, marketing, economic and other information and material of a proprietary nature, about or concerning or relating to the business whether in oral form or in eye, machine or electronic readable form and includes information and material contained in any memorandum, report and/or other document prepared for either party hereto by an third party.
  9. In the event that a suitable business opportunity is found in using the services of a Businesses4Sale South Africa and in the subsequent event that I should wish to present an offer to purchase such business, then prior to the commencement of the “Offer to Purchase” process, and should I be called to do so, I agree to willingly submit a consumer credit report.
  10. If I decide not to proceed with the investment, I agree to immediately return to Businesses4Sale South Africa all written information supplied and retain no copies.
  11. I agree that, in the event of a breach of trust in the above, the Seller can take whatever action they deem necessary to recover any cost of damage caused by such breach.
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Questions about buying a business in South Africa

Most of the businesses for sale with us are valued on the following;

  • The amount of money they earn
  • The desirability of the industry
  • The associated risk factors

Higher prices will be paid for businesses in more desirable industries that are operating in a market perceived as low risk. These types of businesses are in strong demand. Therefore, the value of the business will be greater than for one in a less sought-after industry and perceived to have a higher risk factor attached to it, even though both businesses may make the same amount of money.

Most small owner-operated businesses are valued according to the cash surplus available to the owner. Depending on the industry this will vary. The amount will depend on factors such as the industry, location and length of time in business.

Larger businesses are valued on either a return on investment (ROI) or a price to earnings ratio (PE). Once again this will vary depending on the industry and the amount of net profit generated by the business.
When you have your first meeting with one of our business brokers, they will give you an overview of the values of businesses within the industry sectors of interest to you.

Some industries are very sought after, and newly listed businesses sell quickly. To ensure you are aware of new listings we provide a unique service by sending you an automatic email with details of any new listings that match the criteria you have pre-selected when registering for this exclusive service.
Our business brokers can register you, or you can do it online through the Register toolbar.
Many of the businesses we list are sold before they are advertised. By registering to buy a business, you will receive priority notification of all appropriate new listings from any one of our team of brokers, not just from the broker you have initially met with.

If you are serious about buying a business, you should make an appointment with one of our specialist business brokers who is knowledgeable in the industry sector that interests you. Our business brokers specialise in the sale of businesses in which they have prior industry experience thus giving you access to industry-specific knowledge. Your broker will ask specific questions in order to find the business that is best suited to your requirements. And don’t forget to search for businesses for sale by using the Businesses4Sale search bar.

You will be asked to sign a Deed of Confidentiality before receiving confidential information on any business you are contemplating buying. This protects the owner of the business by ensuring the information you receive will be treated as confidential and not passed on to other parties. Business owners want to be assured that the information given out to a pre-qualified buyer will be treated in confidence.

Once you have decided to buy a business, you will benefit from an initial meeting with one of our brokers, and they will have your name in mind when any new business becomes available.

When you initially look at a business, certain information will be supplied. However, in some cases, the owner of the business will be reluctant to reveal too much about the business until an offer is made. Many aspects in the operation of a business are commercially sensitive and confidential, thus a business owner would not be wise to disclose all until a prospective purchaser has indicated a serious intention to purchase by making a conditional offer.

 

A conditional offer is normally subject to the purchaser performing due diligence, a process whereby you as the purchaser requests, for scrutiny, specific information on the operation of the business. The owner will supply this information under due diligence. The buyer must maintain the strictest of confidentiality through this process and must not disclose any information to other parties except any professional advisors they are using in the process.

 

The due diligence process is for the benefit of the purchaser, giving you time to complete the verification process. If satisfied with the end result, the agreement proceeds, and you become the proud owner of your new business. If, however, you are not satisfied with the results of the due diligence, then the owner is advised accordingly, and the agreement comes to an end. The deposit money held in trust is refunded in full.

Before you begin looking to buy a business the first step is to work out what money you have available. There is no point in looking at businesses for sale that are beyond what you can afford. Calculate how much cash you have available and what other assets such as property you could borrow against.

 

When dealing with a business broker tell them how much you have to invest, then they will direct you to suitable businesses within your price range. The business broker will also know which businesses for sale are more suitable to finance, or if the current owner is prepared to finance some of the purchase price. If the broker knows what funds you have available, this will help them to help you.

 

With some types of business, it can be difficult to borrow money using just the business as security, due to the difficulty a bank may have in securing its loan. i.e. a retail store’s asset is the stock which it is constantly selling off. Therefore, the bank would not have any actual security. If you have a house or investment property, you may be able to use this as security for a mortgage to buy the business, thereby requiring very little actual cash.

Once again, buying a business through a broker will help you in this process. The business broker will explain the process to you and guide you through it.

The business broker will prepare the sale and purchase agreement for you. This is the document used for making an offer to purchase the business and needs to include special conditions to protect you throughout the process. Likewise, the owner of the business will want to know that the confidentiality of his business is protected through this process.

 

The agreement contains conditions that protect you, the purchaser and also the owner of the business. The document details information regarding the business along with the price you are offering and the special conditions relative to the offer. At this stage, you will also need to pay a deposit. If you are buying through a licenced Real Estate company such as Businesses4Sale the deposit is held in a trust account until the agreement becomes unconditional. If the conditions upon which you are prepared to buy the business are not met, then your deposit is refunded in full without any deductions. The trust account is audited and operated under very strict legal requirements.

 

Before signing the agreement, it may be advisable to have your lawyer review the agreement. When choosing a lawyer, it is important to use one familiar with the process of buying a business. Business brokers are not qualified to give legal advice, and likewise, lawyers are not experienced in selling businesses. Your lawyer will be looking after your interests just as the lawyer for the seller will be doing for their client, and the agreement must be workable for both parties. Ultimately the lawyer works for you, and you must have a say in everything that is done. Once you have signed the agreement, it is then presented to the business owner who will either accept it or make the necessary alterations before returning the agreement to you for your acceptance or further alteration. This is called negotiation and the agreement may go back and forth several times until both parties are in agreement. This is the work of the business broker who will liaise between both parties and often, through experience, bring solutions that can result in both parties reaching an agreement.

Gathering all the information you need to make an informed decision should start with the basics.

 

Price – is the business within your budget and can you fund the purchase?
Location – is the business suitable for you and is it in a good area for this type of business?
Lease – how long is the lease and are there rights of renewal (ROR)?
Rent – how much is the rent and other associated outgoings?
Staff – how many employees (full-time or part-time)?
Income – how much money will you earn? How long has the business been operating?

Confidentiality is paramount, and your business broker will arrange a time with the business owner for you to inspect the business.

 

A physical inspection of the business should come at a time when you have considered the financial information given to you, are satisfied with this and wish to proceed further. Remember, however, that the owner of a business will be very sensitive about your visit. On the one hand they will want to provide you with all the information you require, yet on the other hand, they will not want the staff to know why you are really there. Please respect this sensitivity and have the courtesy not to embarrass the owner.

We are often asked what the perfect business is. There is no perfect business as each business and industry has its own unique set of challenges for the owner. It is important to buy a business in an industry that you relate to and believe you can learn and be comfortable with. We have sold businesses where the owners have moved into an industry with no experience but they could relate well to that industry. Look to buy a business with an eye towards what you can do with it, how you can improve it and how you can use your ideas and enthusiasm to make it more profitable and productive.

 

A new owner can sometimes see potential in a business that the current owner can’t see simply because of the new owner’s skills. Whatever the type of business, make sure that it will be fun for you and you will enjoy what you do.

A professional business broker can provide you with many different business opportunities including some that you may never have considered. Frequently we have people buying businesses they had never considered buying until the business broker explained how this business could be suited to them. All our brokers have owned their own businesses, understand and relate to the process you as a buyer are going through and can provide you with helpful information on the business you are considering buying.
An experienced specialist business broker has industry knowledge that can assist you when considering buying a business and will normally have a selection of businesses for you to compare. Our brokers have prepared the necessary information, gathered financial documentation and compiled it in an information memorandum for you to review.

 

There is no cost to you in buying through a business broker; their fee is paid by the seller.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

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