Is anyone buying a dental practice?
Not surprisingly during the ‘lockdown’ period, the dental practice sales market slowed down. However, over the last few months, there has been an encouraging surge in activity and at Frank Taylor & Associates (FTA), there are now over 5,000 registered dentists looking to buy a dental practice.
Having some time to think and evaluate over the earlier part of 2020 has arguably led to some principals wanting to take stock of their business, however, at FTA, we’ve seen the biggest activity recently come from associates looking to buy a dental practice.
The main reason for this is the lack of control many associates, particularly in private practices, are feeling about their careers. This was illustrated really by two factors; firstly, the lack of government support for anyone earning over £50k pa, and secondly that when practices returned to work, many associates saw their pay rates, and therefore annual income, reduced. The obvious way for them to address this, and therefore take control of their own destiny, would be to own a dental practice.
Given this, it’s clear that the challenge is now very much for an associate to find the right practice and beat the competition.
Traditionally, when a practice owner wanted to sell their practice they would look to their associates as potential buyers and more often than not, an incumbent associate makes for a good purchaser as they already know the team, patients and the culture in the practice.
However, any practice owner selling still needs to explore all opportunities and not just sell to someone they know. There are a lot of buyers out there and it’s important to explore all the options to be certain of getting the best price. Just because you know someone or they’ve approached you directly, doesn’t mean you’re getting the best deal!
The first stop for any practice owner looking to sell a dental practice should be to use a reputable dental broker to place an independent value on the practice. That way they will know the real worth of their goodwill and what figure they’re likely to achieve if the practice were to be put on the open market, a route for selling that continues to be the unrivalled way to achieve the best price.
Remember, there are many types of buyers out there, all with different terms, and all prepared to pay different values for a practice, so it’s vital to explore every avenue.
For further advice on buying or selling a dental practice please call 0330 088 1156.