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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Franchise

Franchise

Ref: 3318

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Printing, Courier and Business Services

Free State (FS)

Asking Price

R 486,250

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

Since its conception in 1999, the concept has proven to be an excellent investment opportunity with a healthy rate of return. This established Business Centre in Bloemfontein has been operating for one year. It is almost brand new. This franchise outlet offers various services including, but not limited to postal and courier services, photo printing, graphic & web design, secretarial services, digital printing, large format printing, photocopying, etc. It is conveniently located in a well-known shopping centre. The shopping centre boasts a diverse mix of tenants that include retail, restaurants, and banks. The business has support from the local community as well as from shopping centre tenants. This is a well-known franchise brand, where the franchisor provides operational and marketing support and training. The business is easy to manage. This is a perfect opportunity for a person with strong management or entrepreneurial skills. The selling price of R486 250 includes assets, some of which still need to settle and stock valued at +/-R11 000 and excludes the franchise joining fee of =/-R72,000 excluding VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Manufacturing

Ref: 3317

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Well Known Corporate Clothing Manufacturer

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 490,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,900,000

Monthly Profit

R 29,470

This well-known business in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town specializes in manufacturing, branding, and supplying custom uniforms to the corporate industry in South Africa. The owners focus to deliver quality products to all customers without long lead times. They also offer a wide range of accessories to complete a uniform. They use the best materials when manufacturing these items to achieve the best results. The business has numerous existing customers with regular, consistent orders due to the quality of work and quick turnaround times. This investment will give an investor a return of 80%! The main reason is that the owner already committed himself to emigrate before the end of September 2021. The price excludes stock of +-R 130 000 and VAT.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3313

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Franchise Restaurant

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 1,750,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,715,838

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

You now have the opportunity to own a well-established (17 years) and fully operational franchised restaurant in the Garden Route as a going concern. This restaurant is offering a wide menu variety, specializing in steak dishes, for both the executive & family diner, with some new innovations added to their culinary traditions from time to time. This franchise brand concept has a strong family tradition with traditional booth seating and a comprehensive menu selection. They proud themselves in offering their customers exceptional quality and unsurpassed standards of service in relaxed surroundings. The business is in a prime location with ample parking and the venue offers private conference and meeting (VIP) rooms which makes it a popular destination amongst business people, families having a birthday and stork tea parties, etc. The restaurant is fully licensed and seats over 200 people, and at 50% capacity they can still accommodate 100 patrons. The opportunity is up for grabs as the owner passed away and the family has other business operations making it impossible for them to give this business the attention it needs to be profitable. The asking price excl VAT and stock of ± R15,000.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 3312

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Unique Restaurant in Cape Winelands

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,400,000

Annual Turnover

R 5,129,000

Monthly Profit

R 51,000

This well-located franchise restaurant in Cape Winelands offers the best food and a unique dining experience from a menu packed full of delicious dishes to satisfy a wide range of tastes. The restaurant offers great food at very competitive prices. This licensed restaurant has built up an excellent reputation over the 9 years and has a strong local repeat trade as well as a high level of walk-in customers. The takeaway service is very popular and the premises are on a very busy main road. The restaurant offers a wide and varied fresh menu including soup, noodles, and sushi. The price excludes stock and VAT
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Services

Services

Ref: 3311

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Debt Collection Firm for Sale

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 450,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

The debt collection business is based in the Johannesburg area, Gauteng, South Africa and it has a very well-established client base. The business is registered by the Council of Debt Collectors and has a CDC Certificate. Due to personal circumstances, the firm is not profitable but offers a great client base and a strong collection book. The business deals with consumers who have unpaid bills with medical professionals, retail stores, etc. The company receives instructions from clients on a daily basis and these include cash loan companies, playschools, individual businesses. The seller will also consider a partnership. This is a great opportunity for an existing debt collection business looking to expand its client base and business operations. The business can be run from anywhere. T The asking price excludes VAT.
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Accommodation/Tourism

Guest House/B&B

Ref: 3310

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Charming Luxury Guest House

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 7,200,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This charming 100-year-old classified 9 bedroom Cape Dutch style lodge in the heart of the Cape Winelands has been renovated to perfection. The town is just 70 kilometers from Cape Town International Airport and in easy reach of various tourist attractions. This authentic B&B features a 3 300 square meters landscaped garden with several fruit trees, a swimming pool, breakfast terrace, and a braai area. The property is within walking distance from the town center and wine estates. There is also a construction plan for expanding the guesthouse with 2 extra rooms. This is an excellent opportunity for investors. The asking price excludes VAT.
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Services

Hire/Rent

Ref: 3309

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Leading Tool and Equipment Hire Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 6,690,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,895,572

Monthly Profit

R 81,536

Opportunity to acquire a leading tool hire business in the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. This tool hire business is based in the Garden Route and is leading the market as a well-known light equipment rental solutions provider, with quality equipment and it is known for personal service. The business has shown a good profit in spite of the challenges Covid has put on all businesses. No matter how big or how small the project, this company is located in the industrial area and positioned to support the needs of a wide selection of commercial and private customers. The business has competent knowledgeable staff offering outstanding service. , They have a good range of equipment which is regularly serviced to ensure all tools rented are in good working order. All equipment is of high quality, and repairs are done on-site by skilled professionals. The asset value is more than R3mil. The business has been operating successfully for multiple years by the same owner and has established itself as the leader in the industry. It has proven its sustainability in the industry, being the preferred supplier for many clients in this coastal town. Tool and equipment hire businesses are very lucrative since the equipment continues to earn income for many years. The asking price excludes VAT and includes assets at a realistic secondhand value of more than R3mil.
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Services

Services

Ref: 3308

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Iconic Commercial Laundry Business for Sale

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 4,500,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,102,255

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

Amazing opportunity to own the leading commercial laundry business in the Garden Route, Western Cape. This is a well-established and profitable full-service, modern, and immaculate commercial linen and laundry business with a great reputation. The laundry has an excellent reputation and is well run. All of the commercial and industrial quality equipment is in excellent condition and the equipment is professionally maintained. Customers include hotels, restaurants, event planning companies, party rental companies, and more. The business is manager-run with owner involvement on a daily basis. Well-trained staff in place. Centrally located to service the full spectrum of the market. This pride in ownership, combined with the most efficient equipment on the market, provides an amazing laundromat experience. A long-term lease is secured with favorable terms available. This business is in a highly desirable location in the heart of the Garden Route – one of the best places in the country to live and work. This is an amazing opportunity just waiting for you! Included in the sale are assets with a replacement value of more than R8m. The asking price excludes VAT and stock. Enquire now for more details!
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Industrial Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Ref: 3307

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Professional Interior Decorators

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,800,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,200,000

Monthly Profit

R 26,600

This very successful interior design and manufacturing business is ideally situated in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town for 42 years. The business services both the home and leisure industries with custom-made furniture, curtains, blinds, and other fabrics. The specialist services include guest houses, retirement homes, holiday resorts, and new housing developments. The price includes machines and equipment of more than R 700 000 and excludes VAT.
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Services

Services

Ref: 3306

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Printing, Courier and Business Services

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 736,250

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

Since its conception in 1999, the business concept has proven to be an excellent investment opportunity with a healthy rate of return. This established Business Centre in Cape Town has been operating for 12 years. This franchise outlet offers various services including, but not limited to postal and courier services, photo printing, graphic & web design, secretarial services, digital printing, large format printing, photocopying, etc. It is conveniently located in a well-known upmarket mall. The mall boasts a diverse mix of tenants that include retail, restaurants, and banks. The business has support from the local community as well as from mall tenants. This is a well-known franchise brand, where the franchisor provides operational and marketing support and training. The business is easy to manage. This is a perfect opportunity for a person with strong management or entrepreneurial skills. This shop was renovated 1.5 years ago according to the latest specs. The total revamp cost was R180 000. The selling price of R736 250 includes assets and stock valued at +/- R72 000 and excludes the franchise joining fee of =/-R72,000 excluding VAT.
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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. I hereby give my consent for the processing (use) of my personal information by Businesses4Sale South Africa to assist me with the purchase of a business or property.
  2. 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.
  3. Taking all reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of information made available to me in the course of any negotiation and eventual transaction.
  4. That all information is received for no other purpose than the evaluation of the investment potential of the business.
  5. 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 authorized in writing by the Vendor or his agent.
  6. Not to approach any Vendor of any business quoted to me by Businesses4Sale South Africa or its staff, customers, or suppliers without prior arrangement with the Seller or his agent and to refer all queries through the relevant Businesses4Sale South Africa representative/agent.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 the eye, machine or electronically readable form and includes information and material contained in any memorandum, report and/or other document prepared for either party hereto by a third party.
  10. 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 before 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. By my signature hereto, I attest that all the above information is true and correct. I request that Businesses4Sale South Africa add me to their database to facilitate the receipt of direct marketing notices of any new business opportunity listings that might meet my investment criteria.
  14. This consent is furnished on the condition that my personal information shall be used and processed under the Protection of Personal Information Act.
  15. Please note: Proof of funds will be required before release of financials and start of the due diligence.

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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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