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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Accomodation/Tourism

Guest House/B&B

Ref: 3142

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Large Guest House with Breathtaking Views

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 24,530,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,491,240

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This four-star guest house with panoramic ocean views and spectacular surroundings is situated in the Garden Route. The venue offers both self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation with all rooms styled with exceptional quality and equipped with modern facilities having a private balcony to enjoy spectacular views, to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. The venue offers spacious areas where the guests can relax enjoying the chefs signature meals with drinks on the deck with beautiful, magical panoramic ocean views. This world-class facility is a preferred destination for many tour operators visiting the area, traveling between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The business is ideally situated offering the opportunity to explore the Garden Route from its centrally located position. It is a popular accommodation venue for business people visiting the area. The modern conference venue is in a professional setting. It is a popular venue and is well supported by both locals and visitors to the area. The facilities also allow for the venue to be utilized as a wedding venue. Repeat business is generated from international visitors, local tourists, and corporate business people. This established business has sound financials and all the necessary licenses are in order. The asking price excludes VAT and stock.
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Industrial Manufacturing

Manufacturing/Engineering

Ref: 3000

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Water Treatment & Energy Solutions Company

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 4,240,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,741,529

Monthly Profit

R 81,704

Southern Africa is entering an era of water uncertainty, both in terms of quantitative resources (not enough water) as well the increasing lack of water quality for human and agricultural consumption. This business delivers a high in demand and much-needed service providing solutions through the supply or design of cost-effective water treatment and recycling systems that allow Southern Africans to improve the quality of life now and into the future. On offer is 100% shares in a successful company based in the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. This company serves the growing need in water treatment (primarily) and alternative residential and light commercial energy (secondary) supply solutions in Southern Africa. The business model is built on the principle that the operation can serve client needs related to water treatment and energy via sustainable and cost-effective solutions. The clients needs are determined and analyzed and a customized solution is designed, manufactured and installed in line with the clients budgets and operating needs. Post-installation servicing and maintenance are provided to all systems installed. This successful business, imports products which are used to manufacture custom-designed commercial, industrial and large residential renewable energy systems. These units are either supplied and installed for clients nationally in South Africa or exported depending on the client’s needs. The business has been in operation for more than 12 years and has a national and international customer base. It has an excellent reputation and is one of the only service providers of its kind in Southern Africa. This is the ideal opportunity for someone with plumbing or commercial electrical experience, or an entrepreneur with experience in the renewable energy field. The seller is approaching retirement age and will also consider selling a majority share to an active, working partner while he (the seller) retains a minority share in the company with an exit strategy agreement. Alternatively, the business can be bought with the sellers commit to an extended period of assistance to ensure a smooth handover and transition. This is a great opportunity that requires an owner with good management skills who will be hands-on involved in the day to day operations of the business. The selling price includes stock of no less than R1m.
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Accomodation/Tourism

Guest House/B&B

Ref: 830

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Property with Rental Income

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 4,800,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

R 22,747

A COVID-19 proof investment opportunity in real estate! Property with development potential. Once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a property/asset that can give a passive income which can potentially offer a cash buyer a return on investment of more than 18% p.a This property was run a Guest House & B&B until the owners changed their business model to that of a passive income-generating business by offering accommodation to short term tenants. This spacious accommodation consists of 12 en-suite bedrooms with a communal kitchen and dining room, a spacious and comfortable 3-bedroom house for owner/manager accommodation, and a spacious 1 bedroom granny flat. It is on a large property in a lush, leafy suburb in a fast-growing Garden Route town, George. The property is near a popular and world-renowned golf resort and residential estate, near public transport, the airport, and local school. This neat, comfortable building is on two levels and offers beautiful countryside and mountain views. The 12 bedrooms are decorated with a modern feel. Some rooms have outside balconies from where the picture-perfect view of the mountains and surroundings is enjoyed. Rooms have their own entrances and there is ample off-street secure parking. There is the option to build additional accommodation on the property which can add another 8 – 12 flats of ±70m² each. This will require municipal approval. Zoning allows for consent use of the property as a boarding house, guest house, or guest lodge. This is a great opportunity to acquire a well-maintained asset that can generate passive income while offering lots of other options. The owner is keen to sell due to health challenges. Asking price excludes VAT.
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Industrial Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Ref: 780

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Niche Ceiling Fan Assembling Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 6,370,000

Annual Turnover

R 5,854,212

Monthly Profit

R 140,797

Are you a hands-on entrepreneur with strong marketing and financial management skills? This is a business that will offer you a secure and above-average income, while you enjoy a quality lifestyle in the Western Cape. The company is a leader in the luxury ceiling fan market throughout Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. It manufactures as well as imports top-end handcrafted timber ceiling fans and has built up over two decades a loyal customer following amongst leading interior designers, architects, property and hotel developers as well as discerning private residential homeowners. Having fully recovered after the lockdown this profitable niche business is virtually recession-proof and is well-placed to take advantage of the long-term growth in the tourism industry as well as the trend toward green and eco-efficient building and design solutions. The business is presently owner-run with a small complement of highly skilled production staff. Labour -intensive aspects of the manufacturing process are outsourced resulting in little need for workforce supervision and management. The company administration is impeccable, and the owners are offering for sale 100% of the shares in the Company. The asking price includes a tangible net asset value of not less than R2.1m. All financial figures can be verified.
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Rural

Agricultural

Ref: 774

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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. 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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Industrial Manufacturing

Building and Construction

Ref: 629

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Steel Product Fabrication Enterprise

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 8,920,000

Annual Turnover

R 13,465,922

Monthly Profit

R 310,104

This is a significant business that adds value to steel in almost every possible way. Servicing several industries, including the security industry, no job is too small with all work attracting the same dedicated level of service and quality attention. Very well positioned near major access routes in this Garden Route town, the business has stood the test of time. The company specializes in customized stainless steel and mild steel product fabrication and structural steelworks. Bending and rolling steel tubing into various shapes is part of the daily manufacturing process. Their speciality is building balustrades as well as staircases using stainless and other steel materials. The business also manufactures gates and safety fences from galvanized steel. General maintenance and repairs pertaining to the steel industry generate an additional source of income. The company has shown strong consistent growth with a simple business strategy, shape our growth to suit the customers needs. The asset base is extensive and in working condition. The premises are for sale to the buyer and will be a separate transaction to the business sale. If you are a service-driven, hands-on entrepreneur this is the ideal business for you. The asking price excludes VAT and stock of approximately R1m.
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Retail

Food/Beverage

Ref: 608

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Favourite Fish & Chips Fast Food Business

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 3,350,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,290,030

Monthly Profit

R 71,271

Highly profitable and well-established business favoured by patrons all over the Garden Route! This is your opportunity to own a fast-food business with no royalties payable - put your own signature on this privately owned brand. This business has been operational for more than 20 years and is based in the Garden Route. It enjoys the support of locals and tourists alike. The business benefits from return customers. This operation is situated in a prime position with easy access and ample parking. Quite simply, they serve the freshest seafood in town. The freshly prepared favourites off their menu are what makes this a destination fish & chips take away business. There are lots of opportunities to improve and grow this business. This is a business offering a sustainable income which is not seasonal or tourism linked. It is a simple, no-nonsense business with reliable suppliers and good systems in place. The business comes with a reliable, well-trained and small staff compliment. The operation is owner run and managed. For this business to continue on the same level of success, it should be managed by a hands-on owner and ideally a couple or a family. If you are a customer service orientated entrepreneur with a passion for the food and hospitality industry, then this a very good opportunity to acquire a business that can offer a sustainable income. Offering a 31% ROI, this is an excellent investment! The asking price excludes stock at the cost of R40,000 and VAT.
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Industrial Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Ref: 598

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Aluminium Framed Glass & Door Fitter & Installer

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 4,995,500

Annual Turnover

R 11,343,434

Monthly Profit

R 153,360

This well-established business has been trading for more than 3 decades. They have earned a solid reputation in the industry, servicing the greater Garden Route region. The business specialises in the fitment and installation of top quality aluminium products that are stylish enough to be used in modern residential developments and tough enough to be used in both commercial and industrial applications. Amongst the work that they undertake are sliding doors, aluminium windows, enclosing of outdoor areas such as balconies, shopfitting, and other aluminium and glass requirements. The company is a market leader with a substantial competitive advantage due to its size and capabilities. There are proven systems and experienced staff in place. The owner’s focus has successfully been to be unique and dynamic in the quality of products manufactured and services offered to clients and this sets them apart from their competitors. Most of the work comes from repeat customers. The owner oversees the business operations in a management capacity, backed by an experienced operations manager. This is an exceptional business with a premium market share in the region, and trades successfully year on year, with growth and excellent opportunities for future growth. Offering a 37% return on investment, this sustainable business is the ideal opportunity to consider if you are looking to enjoy a quality lifestyle in the Garden Route! The seller will consider reasonable offers. Asking price excludes VAT and stock of R400,000.
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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.
  12. By my signature hereto, I attest that all the above information is true and corect.
  13. Electronic signatures: This agreement and related documents entered into in connection with this agreement are signed when a party’s signature is delivered by email or another electronic medium. These signatures will be treated in all respects as having the same force and effect as original signatures
  14. 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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