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When we speak of “business succession planning” for private companies, some people think only of tax and estate planning, while others may only consider a transition in the share ownership of a business. While those are each important elements of succession planning, on their own they do not cover everything that needs to be included in an effective succession plan.
Is your personal wealth strategy as refined as your business strategy? Managing your business and family wealth strategies can present a number of financial, personal, business and emotional challenges, especially in times of change or uncertainty.
Whether you’re a new start-up business or a mature company looking to meet annual growth targets, a business plan can be an effective tool to meet your goals and achieve success. A key benefit of business planning is the ability to create a united team, focused on a specific direction set for the company.
Statistics show that family enterprise is the most common form of business ownership in the world. In Europe and Asia, some businesses have been family owned for 10+ generations, or several hundred years. In Canada, it is estimated that some 60% of the GDP is driven by family enterprises that employ more than 6 million people. Ironically research on family business has only gained significant traction over the past 50 years.
EBITDA or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization is one of the most commonly used measures of a company’s overall financial performance. It is often a key measure in the valuation of a company. EBITDA is calculated by adding back interest, taxes, amortization, and depreciation expenses to the net income.
April 30, 2020: The COVID-19 crisis has created an uncertain time for business owners, regardless of the industry in which they operate. Given these challenging times, the BMO Business Advisory and Transition Planning team has outlined five best practices to help business owners focus and manage their business effectively.