Limited Supply for Advice M&A Market
Demand for advice businesses greatly outweighs supply according to experts in the advice M&A space, with relatively few advice businesses looking to leave the industry.
With a net loss of over 10,000 advisers since the start of 2019, Forte Asset Solutions director Steve Prendeville says surging demand is counter-intuitive to what many were expecting in 2022.
“Supply is still low on a historical basis,” Prendeville says. “[Potential sellers] must have thought there was going to be a heavy supply and that must have had a relatively devastating impact of valuations.”
The reality is the vast majority of industry departures didn’t have a business worth selling or one to sell at all, so there has not been a “flood of businesses” looking to sell.
They were salaried bank advisers, accountants operating under exemptions, businesses under $400,000 [in revenue] or exposed to grandfathered revenue,” Prendeville says.
The FASEA regime has been a contributing factor according to research from Growth Focus, which found 15 to 20 per cent of businesses cited the education standards as a reason to sell.
“It’s certainly not a tsunami,” Growth Focus managing director Steve Fine says. “It’s not the mass exodus many have predicted.”