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Totaspan Southland - Steel Buildings

This business is Totalspan franchise established some 32 years ago and currently has 27 franchisee locations throughout New Zealand. The Southland Franchise has been in operation over 15 years and the current owner has been involved for 11+ years. The business offers a wide range of roll formed steel buildings all manufactured in a central

The business model is simple and well supported by the franchisor with excellent systems and processes in place. Brand recognition is very high with catchy national advertising that is well recognised. The working owner is supported by a project manager and contractors as required. This ensures fixed wages overheads are kept to a minimum. The historic performance not only includes consistent and increasing market share but also many internal awards the most recent last year.

With sales in excess of $2M and 8-10% falling to the bottom line as owner income . The business operates with a forward work book of between 12-26 week

The buyer will have a genuine interest in sales and marketing and some experience within, or knowledge of the building industry would be an advantage. Would suit a tradesman who wants to get “off the tools” but enjoys sales or a H&W team who may have a trades background. The business services customers from the lifestyle, rural, residential and commercial sectors.

Sale Price $395,000
Net Surplus $193,872
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Import/Distribution; Good Market Share - Exclusive Brands

This business is based in Christchurch and has grown in recent years both organically and by acquisition. The following attributes make this business a stunning opportunity for a high net worth individual; group of investors or private equity:
• Established & profitable
• Consistent sales and profit growth
• Stock circa $2.5m + GST
• Consistent margins
• Attractive products & brands
• Massive (and several) market sectors
• Easy access location with plenty of parking
• Ecommerce B2B enabled website
• Well known and credible supplier but huge growth potential
• Over 1500 resellers
• Sells New Zealand wide from its Christchurch base
• Capable & settled staff; current GM-in waiting
• Established multi supplier relationships
• Wide (but related) product range
• Most products/brands sourced from offshore
• $500k in indent orders already secured for 2019

In addition to the purchase price (which includes $2.5m stock and $200k P&E) the new owner will require perhaps $500-750k in working capital – depending on the time of year. The current owner/GM is getting less and less busy due to excellent staff.

Sale Price: $4,250,000 (includes $2.7m of stock & plant)
Net Surplus: $922,700 EBIT
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Environmental Consultancy - Ongoing Nationwide Growth Opportunities

The new Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 officially come into effect during 2018. This Consulting Firm was established in 2017 to meet the growing demands of the new regulation, and has shown consistent growth since. They are experts in facilitating the measurement and quantification of airborne asbestos fibres.

With all the systems and processes in place, they are able to give expert advice and solutions, whether it be for a building site or an existing building.

Business Highlights

• Fully managed, current owner has very little input into the business
• Key employee/manager wishing to stay on with a new owner
• Opportunity to provide service nationwide
• Could easily be run from anywhere in New Zealand
• Diverse and growing client base
• Opportunity to offer other contamination services, such as land and water testing
• Half of schools in Canterbury are yet to be tested and implement a Management Plan

The business would be a perfect fit for another environmental consulting business, looking to either obtain a foothold in the South Island, or use Christchurch as a base and expand nationally. Alternatively, as the business is fully managed, it would also suit an individual with an interest in this area and a willingness to focus on new business development, while the 3 existing employees continue to provide the consultancy work.

Price $395,000
Tabak Ltd licensed under REAA 2008


Automotive Workshop - Usual Repairs & Servicing; Loyal Client Base;

Consistently generating around $600k + GST in sales per annum, this business has successfully operated in its current Christchurch location for nearly 20 years. The business has a reputation for providing excellent service and workmanship in all facets of vehicle repairs and maintenance. There is a mix of consumer and commercial clients and the business has the capacity to increase its output if additional staff were employed (currently 2 mechanics plus the owner).


• Consistent & profitable trading
• Reputable brands & suppliers
• Great local reputation
• Nice mix of key commercial clients and consumer work
• Competent & capable staff
• Good cashflow; low overheads
• Huge array of assets & plant/tools
• Onsite accommodation if required


At $600k annual sales the business is working comfortably and does have spare capacity (i.e. 5 hoists). An option is to open the workshop on Saturdays, and/or invest money in advertising & promotion.

A competent & capable auto mechanic will ensure the business continues to thrive, as the current owner is on the tools for about 15-20 billable hours per week. It would suit a capable mechanic currently working for wages; in particular a younger but enthusiastic worker wanting to take on business ownership, and all the opportunity that this entails, as our vendor did many years ago.
Sale Price $225,000
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Import & Distribution - B2B via Reseller & Direct (Commercial)

Sales have averaged $700k + GST in last five years. Whilst Chch-based this is NOT about the rebuild, with major commercial projects in Wellington, Hamilton & Auckland contributing to recent success.
The following attributes make this business a stunning opportunity for the right buyer:
• Gross margins 40-50%
• Very low overheads
• Admin & logistics outsourced (easily brought back in-house)
• No lease; no staff
• Exclusive distribution rights into NZ
• Owners role is sales & business development
• Good stocks (~$380k) purchased at a favourable exchange rate
• Established brand; reasonable market share
• Business split roughly 60/40 commercial/residential

This business simply needs an energetic and motivated salesperson to focus on resellers, commercial builders, architects & specifiers. A broad understanding of the construction sector and/or flooring markets would be useful.

Sale Price: $595,000 (incl $380k stock)
Net Surplus: $183,452 EBPITD
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Niche Contractor - High End Market; Diverse Clients; Solid Asset Base; Substantial Forward Orders

Sales averaging $1.2m + GST per annum are generated by three productive staff and a working owner who is partly “on the tools”. The business is very well known in its field and is seen as the go to for unique, high end concrete finishes.

Business Highlights
• Excellent showroom and lease in place
• Most plant & equipment less than two years and makes up a large part of purchase price
• Geographically local clients
• Repeat business from large construction companies
• Outstanding systems, policies and procedures, all documented including videos
• Staff well trained to cover all aspects of the business

The Buyer

The ideal buyer could be:

• An existing contracting or construction business wishing to add $450-$500k gross margin (after purchases & wages) to their business and capture “sticky” clients
• An experienced contractor on wages wanting to own and operate their own business
• A manager who understands the sector and will work “on” the business to generate growth

The current owners have plans to move the family overseas mid-next year, and are therefore willing to provide a more than adequate handover to a new owner.

Price: $265,000
FME Surplus: $144,000 EBPITD
Tabak Ltd licensed under REAA 2008


Software Reseller - Software Integration; Technology Training; New Zealand & Australia

The key strengths of this business include (but are not limited to):
• Established & profitable
• 100+ existing clients generating passive, “help desk” and additional work revenue
• Passive/trail income is $11k per month and growing
• Formal distribution agreements with software suppliers
• Modest overheads
• B2B Sales
• No/limited competition
• Generating income in both New Zealand and Australia
• Increasing “on line” learning market
• A leader in an emerging industry and a new category
• Part time hours from current owner
• Clearly identified opportunities for growth
• Consistent lead generation from suppliers and professional advisors
• Exceptional systems & processes
The Staff
There is a mix of very robust business systems and very capable consultants either employed by the business, or contracted to it. The team have excellent experience in what they do and enjoy their roles, and given they are Canterbury-based, it is likely that the business would remain in Christchurch.

The vendor has a number of differing projects that occupy his time, and freely acknowledges that he is the current bottleneck to growth. This frustrates him as he can see a clear and increasingly profitable future, but simply has insufficient time to execute it….albeit he will be available for a comprehensive handover.
Sale Price: $395,000

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Franchise Cafe - Market Leader - Ideal Location - Stunning Cashflow

The following attributes make this franchised cafe a very attractive opportunity for the right buyer:
• Very established & profitable
• Consistent sales growth (YTD 6% up on 2018FY)
• Turnover approximately $41k incl. GST per week
• Multiple award-winning Franchisee
• Stock circa 10k; P&E over $200k
• Industry standard margins; and modest overheads
• Incredibly high profile, easy access location; plenty of parking (non-mall)
• Strong local and national market share
• Unbeatable franchise systems & Intranet
• Established supplier relationships
• Highly positive cashflow
• Identified opportunities for future growth
• Ideal mix of local and traveller clients; regulars & one-offs
• Low-no seasonality
• Circa 10-11,000 transactions per month
• Very established food preparation staff

The current owner is looking to exit the industry, but will be available for a good handover to the new owner. The new owner will:

• Enjoy positive interaction with customers
• Have a dynamic and authentic “customer service” ethic
• Enjoy the Canterbury lifestyle
• No prior experience necessary; the staff are very capable
• Need to fund over $600k of intangible asset value

Sale Price: $875,000
Tabak Ltd licensed under REAA 2008


Cube Cabins - ‘Tiny Home’ Market; Huge Income Potential

Franchises Available Nationwide -
Involved in the construction, sale and rental of these niche and appealing products, the demand for Cube’s cabins and tiny homes ( is constantly increasing nationwide. The owner feels the best way to manage this demand is to partner with experienced and enthusiastic people around NZ as Franchisees. There are some excellent initiatives in place that will generate enquiry for these new Franchisees.
Business Strengths:

• Well-known brand
• ‘On Trend’, growing & exciting market
• Scalable, with substantial income potential
• Excellent systems and support in place
• Excellent supply chain
• Sell, rent or rent to own

This business would suit a hands-on operator with experience in the building industry, or an experienced sales person with the ability to surround themselves with a top class construction team.

The Franchisee will be committed to exceptional customer service, top quality and a commitment to business growth and profitability. The Franchisor is seeking dedicated business owners who share his passion for success and excellence, and recognises that this comes about through commitment and hard work.

EBPITD $225k + (Year 1 Forecast), $450k + (Year 2 Forecast)
Price $195k plus Working Capital plus Plant (if any)
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Sales & Installation - Canterbury Distributorship; Popular Product

This is a unique, well established and quality business model, offering a product to the renovation market. Leads are generated by the product manufacturer via their website and 0800 number, then allocated to the distributor for that region. The distributer then makes contact to organise a site visit and quote. Once accepted a deposit is paid, the product is ordered from the manufacturer and the builders organised to carry out the install.

Business Strengths:
• Strong growth and profitability
• No prior experience necessary
• Simple and effective business model
• Marketing run nationally by head office

The new distributor could be
• An individual happy to carry out the sales and quoting work, using the existing contractors to install
• A ‘team’ (i.e. couple, siblings etc) where perhaps one is a builder and the other works on sales/quoting
• An existing building/landscaping company purchasing the distributorship as a ‘tack on’ to their business

The current owner is no longer in a position to commit the time this business needs, as he is looking to semi-retire

The Vendor would provide necessary support to ensure a smooth transition.

Sale Price $175,000

Net surplus $140,000 EBPITD (Forecast 2019FY)
Tabak Ltd licensed under REAA 2008


Francesca’s Italian Kitchen Investment Opportunity - Fully Managed

With both sites (Wanaka and Christchurch) experiencing year on year revenue growth and being fully booked throughout the year, FIK is ready to be taken to the next stage via national expansion or franchising. The owners wish to remain in the business but due to the running of several other successful hospitality sites throughout the South Island, they simply do not have the capacity to make this happen. A lot of time and effort has been placed on establishing systems and processes with nationwide growth in mind.

• ‘Francesca’s’ Cookbook to be released on 1 November 2018 (Published by Penguin)
• Unbeatable systems and procedures
• High profile brand recognition
• Excellent locations, fit-outs and lease terms
• Run by a strong team with limited input from ownership
• Ability to grow the brand by either Franchising or opening more outlets
• Quality and very affordable food offering
• Strong cash flow
• Highly rated by both Facebook and Trip Advisor

The current owners have worked exceptionally hard over the years to establish the restaurants and the brand but do not have the capacity to expand the operations further, as they are very tied up with other non-competing sites & projects they have started. They are very open to be involved in whatever capacity the new ownership structure deemed appropriate.

Price Expressions of Interest Invited
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Painting & Decorating - Profitable; Good Forward Orders; Strong Market Demand

This business has successfully provided services to Canterbury builders, shop-fitters and investors for the past 25 years, and enjoys a reputation for providing high quality work to an appreciative market. Sales are around $600k + GST pa; GP is generally above industry standard and the return to a working owner averages $165k per annum (last 3 years). There is a strong representation of commercial work and this is NOT a “post-EQ” rebuild story.
The owner is only selling due to health considerations, and has averaged 20-30 hours per week in the last 18 months or so, approximately half of these “on the tools”.
The team of six afford the owner the luxury of a 20-30 hour working week. The business has provided him with a comfortable lifestyle for many years, but a new owner may choose to take advantage of the strong forward orders and scale the operation up. A new owner may be qualified as a painter/decorator or plasterer, but this is not essential.

There is a good mix of staff and subcontractors, and all staff all have Employment Agreements

The owner works 50% of the time “on the tools” and the balance of the time doing quotes and managing the business.

This business is an ideal bolt on for an existing player; or a first purchase for a tradesman wanting to work on his own account.
Price $195,000
Profit $181,663 EBPITD 2018FY

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UVTEC Franchise territories for sale nationwide. (Window liquid coating that blocks 99 % of UV radiation…the primary cause of furniture fading).
This is a unique well established quality business model, which provides a crystal clear liquid coating to glass that blocks 99% of damaging UV radiation.
The Franchisor is seeking suitable franchisees for a number of exclusive territories throughout New Zealand including Auckland (3), Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Nelson /Marlborough, and Otago/Southland.
• Established product for 20 years
• Full on-going support and training provided
• No prior experience necessary
• Excellent potential income in excess of $90,000
• Unique liquid product that has a 10 year warranty
• Over 8000 applications completed nationwide
• Strong brand marketing
• No ongoing franchise fee “clipping the ticket”; simply a one-off joi

Individual Franchise territories available for sale from $50,000-$100,000 +gst with the initial capital investment dependent on the individual territory.

Additional information is available about the product/service at

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Christchurch Business Opportunities Upbeat

Press Release: nzbizbuysell Wednesday 2 November 2016

Nzbizbuysell works with leading business brokers who have their finger directly on the business-trading pulse, such as Damien Fahey from Tabak Business Sales. Damien says they are still experiencing a strong demand for good businesses, especially from locals, that are not directly aligned with deconstruction or rebuild work. This includes the wider areas of Selwyn and Waimakariri.
“The sentiment around town is that it’s an exciting place to be part of. We have come through the turmoil, and are now making up the new rules. He says for example the vibrant cafe scene provides a great place to meet clients and do business.”
“Every year since February 2011 has been better than the one before - and I don’t see that changing. Owning your own business is not difficult; all that’s required is a good understanding of the systems, the clients’ needs, along with sound sales and management skills and some tenacity.

. It is often the best way to get ahead financially especially if it has a good cash flow and customer base. The sectors we deal in that are doing particularly well are import and distribution, import and direct sales, trades services, niche retail, manufacturing, engineering and fabrication.” He says buying an existing business cuts down lengthy set-up time and therefore provides immediate cash-flow.


7 Core Strategies to increase the value of your business

At Tabak we like to share great ideas and information – and if you own your own business, or one day plan to – then you need to read this by e3 Accountants by clicking here.

E3 have produced a practical, simple, easy to read guide for business owners who wish to improve and add value to their businesses. They acknowledge business owners are all busy people and have accommodated this with some easy to follow suggestions that will help optimise your value when it comes time to sell your business.
Best Regards etc.

Damien Fahey
Tabak Business Sales

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Tabak SI is on track to confirm the sale of businesses worth nearly $11m in the last twelve months – this on top of a strong finish to the 2015FY which saw over $8m of businesses sold.

If you are not on our buyer database, our best advice to you is to get in touch and register. We sell over 80% of our businesses to existing database buyers. Beyond registering, make yourself known to us! The more we know about your background & skills, the better placed we are to identify the right opportunities for you. In fact in the last 18 months several sales were made directly to a buyer we identified as being the right fit – this ensured complete confidentiality through the process.

Our South Island team of Damien, Russell and Diane are looking forward to another busy and successful year in 2016, finding you the right opportunity to purchase.

Damien Fahey
Tabak Business Sales

(Tabak Limited licensed under REAA 2008)


Hi everyone,
The above pie chart shows the variety and split of businesses sold by Tabak nationwide in the last 9yrs. The SI has contributed around 28% of the sales, a statistic that we are proud of.

The bar chart shows the difference between Tabak’s marketing price and actual sale price. In 6 of the last 9 years Tabak’s total sales for that year are within 5% of where we valued those businesses. We value businesses realistically and we are usually very close to the actual result; perhaps this helps Tabak stand out from its competitors?

Rent rolls - we have a number of active buyers for rent rolls, ranging from “room by room” right up to executive houses. If you know any property managers who wish to realise their asset, Tabak can deliver them a buyer for their rent roll at good value.

If you know people seeking a good business to buy, they should contact Tabak and register as a preferred buyer; and also we welcome enquiry from prospective vendors of good businesses.

Take Care
Damien & the SI team

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Resources For Sale & Purchase of a Business

Tabak’s corporate website is now complemented by SI specific content on this BillboardMe Tabak website;

This site includes information on local businesses for sale here and historical sales data, and content from previous newsletters emailed to accountants & business bankers as shown here.

As a registered buyer on the Tabak database, occasionally you will receive emails from our Christchurch team via this website and should complement the "new listing" flyers that are emailed to you.

Topics of interest could be:
* What's Hot & What's Not - in business sales
* Specific Opportunities
* Comment on recent sales and/or the local market.

If you think this may have value for your friends & family, please forward this email to them, so they can subscribe to our BillboardMe site themselves.

Enjoy the new resource.

Best Regards
Damien, Diane, Russell & Liz (Tabak Christchurch Team)

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