In part one of New Year, New Ownership Plan, I reviewed, at a high level, the benefits associated with transitioning your business to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. As I mentioned in the previous blog article, this is not the only option you have as a business owner. Another option could be selling to a private equity firm. I would like to highlight the advantages and disadvantages associated with this option.
An Employee Stock Ownership Plan can be a perfect option for transitioning your business, but it is not the only option. The next series of articles will focus on the different ways a business owner can transition their business. This decision can and should involve a lengthy research process to ensure the best fit for you, the business owner!
Providing proactive education and building awareness is important to help employee owners understand their importance and impact on the ESOP on a daily basis and to maximize their expectations and return through the entire lifecycle of the Plan. The ESOP Trust has saved the company a lot in taxes and has provided each employee owner with a financial stake in the company’s value today and into the future.
It is official: Pew Research reports until 2029, America’s baby boom generation is turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day.
When a business is sold to a third party, the buyer generally prefers to purchase a company’s assets rather than its stock, whereas the seller would rather sell the stock. As a result, the decision of asset sale or stock sale is often subject to the negotiation process. A very powerful benefit of selling to an ESOP is that an ESOP transaction is always a stock sale.
Today’s blog article focuses on what information should be shared to ensure you keep employee owners’ attention. My previous blog article, The Secret Ingredient in Employee Ownership, highlighted how to engage employees through creating a sense of value among your employee owners through the following four key emotions: enthusiasm, inspiration, empowerment, and confidence.
We have been exploring the many benefits of selling to an ESOP, including how selling to an ESOP can increase after-tax proceeds by over 40%, and selling to an ESOP enables a business owner to sell in 90-120 days.
The IRS has announced the 2018 pension plan limits, including the following:
- 401(k) Deferral Limit - $18,500
- Annual Additions Limit - $55,000
- Maximum Compensation Limit - $275,000
- Catch-Up Contribution Limit - $6,000
- Highly Compensated Employee - $120,000
- ESOP 5-Year Distribution Threshold - $1,105,000
- ESOP Additional Year Threshold - $220,000