2017 Outlook Remains Strong

As we move into the second half of 2017, all signs point to continued growth in the business-for-sale market. Newly-listed businesses boast growing median revenues and cash flows, suggesting there's still a strong supply of healthy businesses available for buyers. Interestingly, the median asking price of businesses listed for sale of $250,000 remains unchanged from Q2 2016, indicating sellers may be looking to close deals quickly while the market is hot.

Small business buyers and sellers should keep a close watch on regulations like health care and tax reform as well as global market conditions, and determine if these changes could affect their exit or acquisition strategies.

"The latest quarterly data indicates the business-for-sale market is in great shape," House said. "Barring unforeseen factors, we anticipate 2017 will set a new record for the number of businesses sold in a single year since we started reporting on this data in 2007."

Number of Small Business Transactions Hits Record Levels in First Half of 2017, Key Financials Continue Upward Trend

BizBuySell.com's Second Quarter 2017 Insight Report shows a hot and balanced market as key financials improve and more listings hit the market

San Francisco, CA - BizBuySell.com, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today a record number of businesses changing hands in the second quarter of 2017. The full results are included in BizBuySell's Q2 2017 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide. 

A total of 2,534 closed transactions were reported in the second quarter of 2017, a 31 percent increase from this time last year. This brings the year-to-date total to 4,902 closed transactions. If this pace holds up, 2017 will easily surpass 2016, when BizBuySell reported a then record 3,775 transactions in the first half of the year.

BizBuySell Insight Reports

Small Business Transactions Up 6 Percent Over Same Time Last Year, Median Cash Flow of Sold Businesses Reaches Record High

BizBuySell.com's First Quarter 2015 Insight Report shows strong transaction activity and robust business financials as the service and retail industries continue to drive market growth.

San Francisco, CA - BizBuySell.com the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today that small business transactions continued at a strong pace in the first quarter of 2015, growing 6 percent from the first quarter of 2014. A total of 1,830 small businesses were reported sold in Q1, continuing a two-year trend of exceptionally robust activity in the business-for-sale market. The full results are included in BizBuySell.com's Q1 2015 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

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