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Goodwill and Practice Purchase Loans

What is Goodwill?

Imagine the value of a business goes beyond its physical assets like furniture or equipment. That intangible value – its reputation, customer base, established processes – is known as goodwill.

What is Practice Purchase Loans?


These loans finance the purchase of an existing medical, dental, or veterinary practice. The loan amount can cover:

  • Purchase price of the practice: This includes the tangible assets (equipment, furniture) and the intangible value (goodwill).

Benefits of Goodwill/Practice Purchase Loans:

  • Finance the full purchase: With strong financials, you can potentially borrow up to 100% of the purchase price (subject to lender approval).

  • Security options: Goodwill and equipment can act as loan security, minimizing the need to use personal assets like your home.

  • Acquisition flexibility: Purchase a share of an existing practice or finance a full partnership buyout.

Important factors to consider:

  • Loan eligibility: Criteria may vary based on the practice's industry, financial performance, and your qualifications as a borrower.

  • Valuation: Accurately valuing goodwill is crucial for loan approval. Hiring a professional valuer might be necessary.

  • Exit strategy: Plan how you'll eventually exit the practice (selling, retirement) and factor in loan repayment into your long-term plan.

How a Finance Broker Can Help?

Navigating the complexities of goodwill/practice purchase loans is where a broker becomes your partner:

  • Loan Expertise: Brokers understand the intricacies of financing practice acquisitions, including goodwill valuation considerations.

  • Lender Network: They have access to a wider range of lenders offering competitive loan products tailored to your specific needs.

  • Streamlined Application: Brokers simplify the application process and guide you through the often-complex paperwork.

  • Negotiation: Their expertise allows them to negotiate favourable interest rates and loan terms on your behalf.

  • Industry Knowledge (Optional): Brokers with specialized knowledge in medical, dental, or veterinary professions can provide valuable industry-specific insights.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Required documents: The specific documents needed may vary, but generally include financial statements for both the practice and yourself, business plan, and tax returns. A broker can provide a detailed list.

  • Loan approval time: The timeframe can vary depending on the complexity of the deal and lender processes, but typically takes 4-8 weeks.

  • Ongoing loan costs: Expect interest repayments on the loan amount, along with potential fees like loan establishment fees and ongoing valuation fees (if applicable).

Remember: Consulting with a qualified finance broker and lawyer is crucial before making any business ownership decisions.

Disclaimer: The information provided is general in nature and does not constitute financial or legal advice. Please consult with our finance broker and lawyer specializing in business acquisitions for personalised guidance.

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