Sunbelt Midwest's 2012 Business Sales Top Over $140 Million

After selling nearly 100 businesses in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin from January 2012 through December 2012, Sunbelt Midwest business brokers and M & A Professionals are confident 2013 will be a favorable year to sell a business.

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Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

Selling a company looks to be an easier feat these days according to Sunbelt Midwest. Sunbelt’s offices in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin saw a very busy 2012. Nearly 100 businesses sold in 2012, bringing forth an average sale price of $1.5 million dollars. Eleven of the total businesses sold had a selling price over $1 million dollars. Total sale price for all businesses sold was an astounding $140,168,675. Sunbelt Midwest has a dedicated team of M & A Professionals that handle middle market business transactions while most Sunbelt business brokers focus on selling small businesses. Sunbelt Midwest sold 80 small businesses or main street businesses with an average sale price of $277,400.

The types of businesses sold include service, manufacturing, distribution, franchise, retail, educational and telecommunication businesses. Last year Sunbelt Midwest business brokers and M & A Professionals sold anything from small family owned manufacturing businesses to neighborhood laundromats to multimillion-dollar distribution companies. Service businesses sold the most with 46% of sales attributed to this industry segment. Distribution businesses accounted for 13% of sales while manufacturing businesses came in at 12% of the overall businesses sold.

Sunbelt Midwest is the national franchise coordinator for Sunbelt Network, which is the largest main street and lower middle market business intermediary firm in the world. Franchise businesses remained attractive options for buyers due to high success rates and on-going franchise support. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), franchise businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people. This could by why out of the total businesses sold by Sunbelt Midwest franchise businesses contributed 9% of sales. Businesses that included real estate in the sale accounted for 5% of total sales in 2012. Some businesses sold very quick, 17 days from market to close for a service business and another two service businesses sold in 25 days. Over a third of businesses sold by Sunbelt Midwest in 2012 included some form of seller financing. Seller financing continues to be a key selling point for buyers.

Due to these overall sales and figures for 2012, Sunbelt Midwest business brokers are confident 2013 will be a favorable year to sell a business.

About Sunbelt Midwest
Sunbelt Midwest is an elite division of Sunbelt, the largest organization of business brokers and M & A professionals in the world. With five offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sunbelt Midwest is a premier brokerage. The business brokers and M & A intermediaries of Sunbelt Midwest, consistently rank in the top performers of Sunbelt International. Sunbelt Midwest is trusted with coordinating all of the national franchisor relationships for Sunbelt. Because of this interaction, Sunbelt Midwest has a unique ability to market businesses throughout Sunbelt internationally. Sunbelt Midwest truly has a GLOBAL reach!