Established in Auckland in 1996, LINK is Australasia’s largest business brokerage and has grown rapidly to become one of the largest dedicated business brokerages in the world.
We currently have 2,703 businesses for sale in NZ and Australia with a combined value of $1.71 billion, and have sold over 664 businesses in the last 12 months with a combined value in excess of $300 million. We are also currently operating in the United States (7 franchises, including the largest business brokerage in California) and the Philippines.
There is a global “succession wave” occurring as the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age. The large number of baby boomers who own businesses are looking to sell and, conversely, there are buyers from younger generations hungry to become business owners and operators.
In LINK’s current markets alone, analysts are predicting that billions of dollars’ worth of businesses will be sold over the coming ten years. As a market leader, we are well positioned to capitalise on this unprecedented opportunity.
LINK is successfully applying a model that combines a franchise network with company- owned offices, and this has underpinned its rapid growth to date. This same dual- revenue model has been proven at scale internationally in commercial real estate, but is unique in the business-broking industry. LINK currently owns profitable broking offices in New Zealand (Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Christchurch) and the United States (70% ownership in the LINK Long Beach, California office).
To drive additional growth, LINK plans to leverage its industry experience and knowledge of the offices within its franchise network to continue making strategic acquisitions of successful brokerage offices both domestically and internationally, and to expand the number of offices we wholly-own.
In August 2017, LINK raised $3.15m from its own managers, franchise heads and brokers, and third-party wholesale investors to implement an expansion plan that focused on making strategic acquisitions of broking offices in key markets and expanding our franchise network globally.
We have done what we set out to do with the capital raised. As a result, we exceeded our revenue forecast for FY18, increasing our profitability and establishing ourselves to deliver on our target of generating $5m EBITDA by FY21.
LINK was recently accepted as a NZTE Focus 700 customer, giving us priority access to NZTE’s services including market research, sales execution, operational excellence, investment management, design thinking, in-market immersion, and the international growth fund. We anticipate taking full advantage of this support to help fuel our continued international growth.
Now that we have proven we can execute and deliver successful results, LINK is raising a further $3.25m to continue implementing the expansion plan, which focuses on the following three key areas:
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