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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Beauty/Health

Hair

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Ethnic Hair Franchise Group

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 6,000,000

Annual Turnover

R 36,471,090

Monthly Cash Flow

R 230,675

Leading South African brand in the ethnic hair industry with various well-positioned stores across multiple provinces. This particular business opportunity consists of taking over the national network of a head office owned stores with immediate opportunities for further store rollouts. The retail concept offers a one-stop-shop to consumers for all their ethnic hair needs including wigs, braids, extensions, and an endless array of accessories. This business is particularly well-positioned for franchising with a unique proposition in the market, the business has a successful concept and store format, they have been operating profitably for multiple years and have established systems and procedures to support future store rolls outs. The brand is sufficiently entrenched in the market, individual store profitability is good and the store footprint is substantial. Asking price excludes VAT and stock of R1.7m.
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Food/Hospitality

Restaurant

Ref: 754

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Price Drop Coffee Shop Restaurant

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 395,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,188,697

Monthly Cash Flow

undisclosed

This restaurant was closed at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, and will remain closed until it is purchased. A small daytime establishment with a deli, attracting breakfast, lunch and coffee enthusiasts from the community to enjoy delicious food in a trendy environment. Offering deli products, ready-made meals, and signature dishes, the menu was tantalizing and Chef-driven. Catering services were also on the menu. The restaurant was also registered with Mr. D and Order-In and has a vast electronic footprint which would be available to the new owner. The business has been fully invested in and has not been given an opportunity to grow up. There is no Free Cash Flow, and the new owner would need to provide for this until the turn-around plan is effective and the cash flow becomes positive. Is this possible? The new owner must believe this. There is an asset value of R566, 000 + a team of good people who would need leadership from the front. The staff may be available to a new owner; it depends if they have found new employment or not. The marketing activity appeared to be exceptional, and the loyalty base was growing. The Assessed Loss of over R1,2m is a reality and is an interim cherry for the new owner if they purchase (Pty) Ltd. The Asking Price is negotiable within reason.
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Food/Hospitality

Takeaway Food

Ref: 752

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Takeaway in Vanderbijlpark

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 750,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,068,004

Monthly Cash Flow

R 47,063

The forty-year-old takeaway cafe offers lifestyle compatible hours for its owners. The owner wants to retire and move abroad. The business is profitable and is very presentable but needs a new hand on the steering wheel. It is located on a corner stand in an industrial area and therefore only operates during the week and half day on Saturdays which is convenient. They can be found on Google Maps and have a 4.5-star rating from 95 reviews without the benefit of a website, or social media pages and advertising. The rent is very reasonable, and the landlord provides backup power with a generator. The shop uses modern display screens to showcase their menu. The menu is varied, from breakfast through burgers to steak. It also offers decent coffee with a San Marco espresso machine and trained staff. The business is ideally suited to someone who wants to be involved in the food and hospitality business but is not keen on the long hours required from a franchised operation and high rents payable in the malls. It does, however, require a full-time manager/owner who can manage the store with the help of well trained and reliable staff. Contact the broker today to find out more about this opportunity. All interested parties will have to complete a non-disclosure agreement prior to the release of information. Please note that the asking price excludes VAT and stock.
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Retail

Health/Beauty

Ref: 677

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Health & Fitness Studio Centurion

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 840,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,442,501

Monthly Cash Flow

R 17,149

This high-tech franchised fitness and health studio targets women from the late 20s to mid-forties with enough disposable income but it is open to all ages and sexes. The business is in a great location in Centurion with convenient parking, close to relatively high-density neighborhoods with residents who are their typical customers. It offers the owner a simple business concept that can easily be manager operated. It generates recurring income as clients sign a 12-month contract. The current owners are burdened by a heavy debt load and wishes to escape from the pressure. The husband and wife owners have reduced staff, as a cost saving measure, and will assist part time in the operations from July 2019 on wards. This will be in addition to taking over the management duties in August when the current manager departs. One of the current trainers on staff has been identified as a potential new manager. The opportunity is ideal for someone who wishes to get into an easy to manage the business but has the ability to implement a strong marketing campaign. Please note that the asking price excludes VAT, stock and franchise fee if applicable.
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Food/Hospitality

Takeaway Food

Ref: 657

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Delicious Food Restaurant Take-Away

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 670,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,126,000

Monthly Cash Flow

R 22,955

LOCKDOWN Level 4 update: This business was obviously closed for lockdown Level 5, but has bounced back positively from 1st May under Level 4. Partnering with various food delivery services, and adding different wholesome meal options for the weekends has reaped immediate rewards. This business will succeed after Lockdown. Pre-Lockdown information: For over 25 years, this well-known takeaway & sit down eatery has grown a loyal customer base by serving truly delicious meals. From snack take-aways to major meals, the food is lovingly prepared and served consistently delicious! Utilizing a GAAP management system, the administration is reliable. Winter is a good time for food, especially wholesome nutritious keep you warm food which this business specializes in...winter turnover is good. The staff are all cross-skilled, and reliable. The assets are all fully functional and in good condition. Here is a well-run, relatively easy-to-manage eatery, with a calmness in the average day, which could be a business for a young entrepreneur or even a retired person who needs to top-up their pension. The asking price excludes stock of approximately R30,000.
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Retail

Retail

Ref: 643

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Art Gallery and Framing Studio

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 550,000

Annual Turnover

R 672,025

Monthly Cash Flow

R 22,224

LOCKDOWN Level 4 update: The Gallery is open under Level 4 and is trading again with a positive outlook. Pre-Lockdown write-up: This niche studio has been operating in the same premises for over 20 years! Their reputation for relevant art and quality framing services has earned them a loyal client base, with many repeat clients returning time and again. Another positive factor for this Gallery is that the greater area has been developed into a modern upper-class area. The market has literally grown around the Gallery, enabling the Husband & Wife owners to stay where they have been for over 20 years. Here is a calm environment for someone with an eye for relevant art; someone who has perhaps been stuck in an 8 am to 5 pm corporate environment and who can now follow their passion in Art, and make some money doing so. The asking price excludes the stock which has an average value of R375,000. The stock has to go with the business purchase.
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Services

Garden/Household

Ref: 641

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Busy Plumbware Supplier & Property

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 9,500,000

Annual Turnover

R 9,479,059

Monthly Cash Flow

R 135,417

Situated in a highly charged commercial node in Gauteng, this Plumbware supplier has done no marketing ! How do they do it ? *Position of the store is convenient. ** Product range is excellent, with back-up stock available within a few hours when needed. ***Pricing is competitive and support for contracts is given where appropriate. ****Service is rated highly, clients are King! The range comprises all the plumbing hardware as well as some competitive ranges of taps and mixers. They stock everything that is needed by their clients who are plumbers, builders and the public who come to browse the above the pipework fittings on offer. The management systems are well tested and proven excellent. A solid business and property opportunity with reasonable growth potential. The Asking Price is for the business and the building, but excludes Stock of R3,5m and Vat.
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Retail

Clothing/Accessories

Ref: 490

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Baby, Kidswear Boutique Franchise

Gauteng (GP)

Asking Price

R 695,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,725,000

Monthly Cash Flow

R 40,250

Here is a new Franchise Store opportunity. The site has been identified, and the Franchisor is keen to find someone who is passionate about baby & kids wear and gear! In the desert of stores offering just something for babies and kids, this Boutique type store is an oasis for shoppers looking for * Maternity Wear **Baby Essentials ***Decor ****Travel systems ***** Gifts and ****** Childrens wear. Strongly supported by a Franchisor who manages the national advertising as well as securing reputable suppliers of product ranges, the new owner of this store would need to be a driven retailer. Add to the anchor of the store a myriad of marketing opportunities with pregnant moms, ante-natal classes, and focused networking, the owner of this exciting store opportunity has to have energy. The integrity of the Brand, the drive of the Franchisor, the support of the over 275 suppliers, these make up a solid foundation for someone who has dreamed of owning their own profitable Boutique, but who simply did not have the backing or the support; now it is available. Projected financials for 5 years have been created from the 15 years of experience of the Franchisor. The Franchise Fee excludes VAT. Is this your dream?
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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.

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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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