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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Industrial Manufacturing

Manufacturing/Engineering

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Office Furniture Manufacturer

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 10,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 16,562,044

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This profitable and successful manufacturing concern was established more than 20 years ago, operating from the Garden Route, servicing clients nationally. This business is one of the top leading and most trusted workplace furniture manufacturers, supplying a network of established clients both in the wholesale and retail market in South Africa. This is the ideal business offering a quality lifestyle in the Garden Route while servicing a client base with a national footprint. This operation offers diverse income streams. Exceptional growth in the 2019/2020 financial year shows a 14% increase in turnover, with net profits increasing by 21%. The seller is prepared to stay on for a period to ensure smooth handover and transition. Included in the selling price are assets to the value of more than R6m which includes delivery vehicles. The selling price excludes stock of R 2,200,000 and VAT. The option to purchase the building can also be discussed.
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Services

Entertainment

Ref: 3358

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Lifestyle Property with Development & Farm Stall Potential

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 12,000,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

10ha Property with breathtaking views!! This is a unique business and development opportunity in the fast-growing tourism industry on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. This is a 10-hectare property with north-facing views and a grid cottage, a 200 m² building perfect for a Farm Stall operation, and an existing lifestyle center with established tenants. The property has direct business access off the national N2 highway and is centrally located on the Garden Route. The lifestyle center has a charming natural feel. It is an outdoor venue with specialist retail shops, eating venues, working studios, and outdoor activity with links to a national operator. The property is 10ha in expanse and offers various development options, which will be discussed in detail with a qualified buyer. If you are looking for a unique business with property and development potential, then this opportunity deserves your consideration. Dont miss out on an opportunity to get involved in one of the fastest-growing industries in the Garden Route and South Africa! The asking price excludes VAT. The transaction will be zero-rated for VAT if the buyer is registered for VAT.
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Import/Export/Wholesale

Wholesale

Ref: 3357

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Plumbing Pipes & Fittings Wholesale Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 3,910,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

R 84,660

This Covid resilient wholesale import and export business can be relocated and operated from anywhere in South Africa! This very successful and profitable business is currently based in the Western Cape, South Africa, and supply PPR pipes and fittings to the South African and African markets. With a network of local merchants, the company can supply any project within South Africa and Africa, big or small. This network also enables it to reach beyond the South African borders. This well-established and reputable company imports and exports PPR Pipe Systems, Fittings & Heat Pumps for residential and commercial use. The seller has the exclusive rights to import and distribute this specific brand of PPR pipes and fittings to South Africa and the African market. Their client base includes retail companies with a national footprint, plumbing suppliers, developers of hospitals, schools, hostels, and farming operations, to name a few. Previous supply history includes three malls, a seven-star hotel in Abu Dhabi, and a hospital in Malawi. Projects are lined up to supply as far as Zambia, Mozambique, and Namibia. Good systems and controls are in place with a small staff complement. If you are a service-orientated entrepreneur, with good sales and marketing skills, you can take this business to the next level. Alternatively, employ the necessary sales staff, and you fulfill a management role in the business. The business has huge potential for growth through more focused exposure to the market. The asking price excludes VAT and stock value of R4mil. For more details on this extremely exciting opportunity, contact us now!
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Professional

Property/Real Estate

Ref: 3356

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Guest Farm with Accommodation and Camping Facilities

Northern Cape (NC)

Asking Price

R 2,950,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This beautiful 820 hectares guest farm bounded by mountains with accommodation is situated outside the quiet, crime-free country town of the Northern Cape, South Africa. Springtime brings a glorious show of wildflowers of Namaqualand to entertain visitors to the area. Accommodation comprises of 2 cottages, a caravan home and 4 campsites with water and braai facilities. The cottages are private and both are fully equipped for self-catering. There are many possibilities for expanding the existing facilities. The owners house has a lounge, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. There are also a lapa and jacuzzi. There are also several wine farms and hiking and mountain biking trails in the area. If you are looking for a lifestyle business in the Platteland, this is it! The price excludes VAT.
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Accommodation/Tourism

Hotel

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Two Successful Hotels in Namibia

Namibia

Asking Price

R 55,700,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

R 230,206

Excellent opportunity to get involved in the fast-growing hospitality industry in Namibia! This opportunity offers two hotels (64 rooms and 16 rooms) offered as one entity. Both hotels cater to the local, tourist, corporate, and government sectors. Facilities include conference and wedding venues, restaurants, pubs, and licensed restaurants. The two venues are very popular among travelers and locals alike. Both hotels are ideally situated near Namibias northern tourist attractions. The price includes the property and all assets. A great turnkey operation. Note with this sale: 1. The owner will stay on for a period of 3 months to ensure smooth handover and transition. 2. Full financials are available (with confidentiality agreement) 3. Marketing, including website currently in place, can be continued with new owners 4. Policy and Procedures are in place 5. The business has expansion potential If you are looking to acquire a hotel/resort/successful business opportunity in one of Namibias most iconic locations, we look forward to forwarding you further information. Please enquire now! The asking price excludes stock of R500,000 and VAT (15%).
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Rural

Agricultural

Ref: 3354

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Profitable Drilling Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 75,460,000

Annual Turnover

R 35,361,521

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This fast-growing business is a leading provider of technically innovative drilling services to the South African market. A well-established business with an excellent reputation and track record. The seller is nearing retirement age and is looking to sell 70% shares in the business as part of his exit strategy. The selling price as indicated herewith is for 70% shares. The selling price includes the property, all support vehicles, drilling rigs and tools, machinery, general tools, the database of clients, and geological records of an extended area. Assets of more than R45m are included in the selling price. Please enquire for full details on this niche and sustainable business!
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Retail

Retail

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Opportunity in the Golfing Industry

South Africa

Asking Price

R 8,920,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

Are you a golfer or a golf enthusiast? An exciting reseller license opportunity exists for the introduction of high-quality golf equipment to the South African market incorporating a range of unique, revolutionary, and industry-changing products. The products have been designed and produced to a stage where it is are ready to be marketed. A South African entrepreneur now has the opportunity to acquire license rights to the South African market. This new generation of golf equipment has been fully tested and certified conforming to the rules of golf by the golf governing bodies. The products have been validated by some of the worlds top professionals - details will be disclosed to interested parties after signing a confidentiality agreement. Do you want to be part of this unique license opportunity to supply and distribute this unique, niche product that will have a significant disruptive effect on the traditional equipment market to the golf industry? There are 4 license options available: - R8,920,000 for the full South African rights, or - R5m for the Southern Region, or - R3.9m for the Central Region or - R5m for the Northern Region. The asking price includes stock to the value of the license asking and it excludes VAT.
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Industrial Manufacturing

Building and Construction

Ref: 3351

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Established Paint Accessories Manufacturer

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 8,250,000

Annual Turnover

R 5,237,000

Monthly Profit

R 144,466

The well-established manufacturing business is situated in the most beautiful part of South Africa in Western Cape. More than 90% of their products are locally manufactured and with innovative technology offer commercial-grade quality products to the market. Their vision is to provide the industry with a cost-effective product without compromising on quality. Products include brush wear, safety wear, sealant, and silicones. Most of the products are manufactured in-house with locally sourced materials to support the local economy and job market. The price includes high-tech equipment to the value of R 6m but excludes VAT and stock.
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Beauty/Health

Beauty Salon

Ref: 3350

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Established Nail and Body Studio

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 630,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,100,000

Monthly Profit

R 26,100

This well-established business is located in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town in a very busy shopping center next to the entrance to a famous supermarket. This studio has been in operation for over 5 years and is part of a very reputable franchise. They offer a variety of treatments including facials, pedicures, nail enhancements, and massage treatments. All equipment is hi-tech and top of the range and only the best products are on offer. Training is provided to the new owner. The price excludes stock of +-R 80 000 and a joining fee of R 80 000. VAT is also excluded.
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Retail

Retail

Ref: 3349

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Sewing, Quilting and Crafting Retailer

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,100,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,100,000

Monthly Profit

R 29,000

This 30 year established sewing retailer in an affluent Winelands town in Western Cape is for sale. The shop is well organized and aesthetically pleasing with an excellent venue that includes several sewing machines for a creative community with a shared passion for sewing, quilting, and embroidering. The owners have built a reputation of excellent service and quality which has helped to retain a loyal customer base. This exclusive dealer for the top brand in the industry offers diversified products and on-site repairs of sewing machines. The owner is ready for retirement but will stay on to help a new owner as long as needed. The price excludes stock and demo machines of +-R1,4m and 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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