This text may have been titled “The Execs and Cons of a 50/50 Fairness Partnership”, however the cons far outweigh the professionals. When partnerships are shaped, the plain issues are addressed. How do every associate’s skills-set and expertise complement one another? How a lot will every associate contribute to get the enterprise going? How lengthy will they develop the enterprise till they entertain promoting it? Is that it? … hardly.
As soon as the enterprise will get going little doubt financial and trade variables change which have an effect on the enterprise. Every associate’s notion of the path the enterprise ought to go adjustments as nicely. There are fixed selections with reference to the combination of product and repair choices … the choice to get into one other line of enterprise or get out of 1. Ought to the main target be on a better quantity, decrease revenue margin enterprise mannequin or vice versa? What a few shift to a extra capital intensive mannequin. If the enterprise turns into successful, many instances potential buyers creep in, whether or not an angel investor or enterprise capitalist. Each companions have to agree on the funding proposal.
What if one of many companions acquires an asset for the enterprise whether or not it is land, a constructing, a small knowledge middle, a thousand servers, or to complicate issues additional contributes an mental asset of some kind. When the corporate goes to be bought, what’s the worth of the associate’s contributed asset? Who is meant to worth it? This may grow to be an insurmountable hurdle. Most patrons know to not worth anybody piece close to what it is price by itself.
When it is time to promote the corporate, the monetary scenario of every associate has little doubt modified because the firm was based. The consideration for the corporate may very well be all money, all inventory or a mixture of money and inventory. The tax implications of every of the three eventualities are totally different for every associate. I’ve seen the method of divesting an organization go up in smoke too many instances as a result of the companions did not agree on the proposed deal. They spent years rising the enterprise then completely disagree about when to promote, who to promote to, and/or how a lot to promote it for.
Enterprise is about return on fairness, not “all for one and one for all”. My suggestion … one ship, one captain.