Who We Are
Modus Enterprises is a privately owned investment vehicle established to help the owners of Owner Managed Businesses find a way to exit their companies with the best possible value for you as the seller and
us as the acquirer.
We are primarily interested in acquiring good, profitable companies where the owners are simply ready to leave.
You might be worn out and tired with the stresses and strains of running a private company. You may be ready or overdue for retirement and can’t find a way or someone to pass the business onto. Or you may be facing a sudden and life changing event such as illness or bereavement and you’ve confronted the urgent need to sell.
Looking for Investment and Help?
In certain circumstances, you may be the owner of a business that is underperforming or not reaching its full potential. You realise that you lack all of the skills and knowledge needed to be able to drive the business forward. It might be lack of funding, or in most cases lack of management, structure and organisation.
Modus Enterprises combines:
The expertise, adequate capital and financing, and the ability to close very quickly on the right opportunities.
We also have a team and supporting network of business improvement and growth experts with successful track records.
What We do
We are committed to generating quantum growth through acquisition and consolidation of companies. We understand in depth what it takes to own and operate successful businesses and how hard it can be. We are not "corporate executives" just crunching spreadsheets.
We operate in and understand the world of the owner managed business. We are plain speaking but with sophisticated knowledge, understanding and experience of acquiring other owner managed businesses. Above all else we are committed to ethical, 'win win' deal making that provides elegant solutions to owners of small and medium sized businesses to exit the business with value, rather than just close the doors.
Sectors of Interest
We are mainly interested in acquiring businesses operating in the following sectors:
Protective and physical security.
Cyber security and information management.
We are the principals for the deals we complete, NOT brokers. We have the experience and capability to assess and make an offer for your business swiftly – often within days of the first contact. For the right deals we can complete within week
We fully understand that a business can be the biggest asset that people own and as such selling your business should be treated with caution. It is important to us that we treat each potential acquisition as unique and we listen carefully to your wants and needs and a plan is made to ensure that you are completely happy with the outcome.
If you are aiming to retire then we understand that it may be very important to you for the good name and reputation of your business be kept – this is understandable as you will have worked long hours to build the business up!
Finance and Deal Structures
We are specialists in acquiring sound, profitable Owner Managed Businesses. We have access to finance from a wide range of 2nd tier commercial funders and we also have a small network of High Net Worth investors for the right deals.
Our normal process is to make an initial payment normally paid within 3 days of legal completion and then a portion of the agreed sale price on a deferred basis, typically between 12-36 months.
The reasons why there is a deferred portion are:
Our panel of funders and investors will not allow us to pay all of the value up front because of the risks associated with private businesses.
A deferred portion keeps vendors honest. No offence but when a vendor knows he must be honest about future value, his interests are aligned with us as a buyer.
We focus on ensuring as much of the cash you have built up in your business is returned to you at the point of completion.
We then look at the historic performance of the business as well as the prospects for a decent return on profit after tax over the next four to five years. If your business sounds like this then we should talk.
Key Benefits of Selling to Us
We believe there are number of important benefits from selling directly to us.
No valuation fees. We will give you a fair, honest and open valuation for your business.
Flexible, tailor-made solutions, with time-frames to suit you.
Offers within days, completion within weeks (subject to receiving your information promptly).
No time, uncertainty, stress or hassle wasted on selling via agents or brokers.
Legally binding contracts and written assurances built in for your protection.
No Broker or Agency fees.
We guarantee a confidential sale.
All offers will be explained in a clear and transparent way, and our final offers will be valid for 30 days.
There are NO hidden costs either.
What Might Happen to my Business?
Many business owners are understandably concerned as to the fate of their business after the sale. Indeed, we know that this can even be the cause of aborting a sale. Owners are concerned as to how valued staff might be treated after a sale or their reputation with clients perhaps.
So we have three categories of what might happen to your business after the sale.
Category 1 - Business Purchased With A Managerial Role.
Your business is acquired and we provide you, the former owner, a consultative or managerial role over a fixed term contract. This allows continuity within a business transfer, guarantees you an income stream, but releases you from the day to day hassles and responsibilities of the trading entity, allowing you to get back to do what you first loved about the business when you started it.
Category 2 - Straight Forward Business Acquisitions.
Your business is acquired and added to a portfolio of similar business types, managed and run within our Group. We will apply economies of scale where group businesses of a similar type together to optimise cost and overhead savings as well as concentrate buying power with suppliers.
Category 3 - Business Purchased & Sold On.
Your business is acquired and sold on within a specific time frame. We have a number of private equity partners that also acquire and where suitable (and there is no conflict of interest), we may sell on the business but always ethically and with due care to the staff employed.