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How to Value, Buy, or Sell a Property Management Company

Putting a precise figure on the value of a property management company can be challenging, given the changeable nature of the market. That’s why understanding what goes into the value calculation is crucial for both investors and business owners.

Today, we’ll be discussing how property management company value is calculated, with an assist from Jock McNeill, VP of Acquisitions at PURE Property Management. Jock has completed over 70 property management acquisitions and has tons of insight into valuation models for property management companies.

 

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How to Value a Property Management Company: Contributing Factors 

Several factors help determine the value of a property management company, including revenue, profit margins, average rents, portfolio diversity, growth potential, and more.

You can think of these as success metrics in determining “What is my company valuation?” Here are the most important factors to consider.

1. Profitability 

Before valuing a property management company, you need to determine profitability. Evaluate financial metrics like gross revenue, profit margins, cash flow or EBITDA, and debt-to-income ratios.

McNeill explains how they evaluate this at PURE: “We evaluate proforma financial statements and arrive at a percent profitability based on adjustments we can make by removing ‘seller benefits’ such as vehicle leases, personal expenses, etc.”

Two of the biggest red flags in terms of valuation, says McNeill, are “low revenue per door managed and low-profit margins. [These] can keep a business on the lower end of the valuation scale. These are often driven by low average rents and high labor costs.” 

2. Consistency

Consistency is key in valuing a property management company. A company with "lumpy" financial growth is risky. Steady growth in profitability, on the other hand,  shows reliability and may provide a reliable basis for projecting potential returns on investment. The same goes for employee turnover: a revolving door of staff suggests instability. 

Similarly, consistent and well-organized records make a company more attractive to buyers (it facilitates due diligence processes and generally reduces the headache of taking over operations). In sum, consistency across finances, personnel, and records paints a picture of a well-run, predictable business, and that translates into higher value.

3. Portfolio churn 

Portfolio churn tells a story about the company's ability to keep clients happy, which directly affects its future revenue stream and overall value. 

High churn (i.e., with rental properties frequently leaving the portfolio) suggests difficulty retaining clients. This could be due to poor service, pricing issues, or a weak rental market. Low churn, with properties staying on board for extended periods, is an indicator of strong client relationships and high satisfaction – which reduces uncertainty for potential buyers.

4. Overhead costs 

Overhead costs refer to indirect expenses required to keep the business running smoothly, but that are not directly related to managing specific properties. Examples include rent and salaries (excluding those assigned to specific properties), office supplies, marketing, and software subscriptions. 

Expressed as a percentage of revenue, these overhead costs play an important role in valuation. A lower overhead percentage of total revenue indicates a more efficient company that is able to generate profit without excessive spending. In turn, this can translate to higher potential returns for investors.

5. Debt-to-income ratio 

Debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is a key metric of a property management company's value. It shows the balance between a company's debt (loans and outstanding payments) and its ability to generate income (revenue). 

Lower DTI is better, as this indicates the company relies less on debt to operate. This suggests financial stability and a lower risk of defaulting on loans. A higher DTI, on the other hand, raises concerns about a company's ability to manage its debt burden. This can make it vulnerable to factors such as economic downturns, and cause investor hesitancy.

6. Customer concentration 

Customer concentration, or how reliant a property management business is on a single large client, can significantly impact its valuation. If a large portion of the portfolio belongs to a single owner, the company's income virtually depends on keeping that client happy – and if the owner decides to switch property managers, this could represent a severe financial blow.

Property management companies with diversified portfolios are essentially spreading this risk thin, which is a plus for potential investors.

7. Transferability  

Business transferability, or the ease with which a property management company can be sold to a new owner, is a crucial factor in its valuation. A company that has well-documented processes, a strong team, and a healthy client base is easier to transfer to new ownership than a company lacking clear documentation, or that relies heavily on a single key employee.

8. Specialization 

Companies specializing in a specific type of property (e.g., single-family homes) develop deep expertise in that market. This expertise translates to better service for clients with that portfolio profile, potentially leading to higher client retention and satisfaction. Loyal clients are a valuable asset and boost a company's worth. 

9. Contract terms 

The contract terms of properties under management are another important consideration. Management contracts with longer terms and automatic renewals create a more predictable stream of recurring revenue for the company over a period of time. Property management fees are another important consideration. Stability is attractive to investors, as it makes future income streams steadier and more predictable.

Conversely, short-term contracts with frequent renegotiations introduce uncertainty about future rental income, potentially lowering valuation.

10. Future Growth Potential

And, of course, signs of growth potential are critical to a PMC’s valuation. Many buyers are thinking about company value related to size

According to McNeill, “Growth potential can influence how we approach a deal. If we can grow organically and quickly in a market, that can be very attractive. What a seller may perceive to be a problem in their business can be the acquirer’s opportunity. Maybe the issue is as simple as better systems, we can help with that.”

Growth potential can be in the form of the real estate market in the area, but also opportunities to grow the business with existing residential properties. 

It’s also key to see a demonstrated network within those key markets. Property management is still largely driven by personal contacts and business relationships. Having strong contacts and connections in key markets is an important sign of growth potential.

How to Calculate the Value of a PM Company: Valuation Multiples     

Valuation multiples are a key tool for determining the fair market value of a property management firm because they leverage comparable market data to establish a standard for pricing. We’ll cover the basics and provide some examples.

 

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Property Management Company valuation multiples to consider

For a given company, valuation multiples compare key financial metrics such as earnings or revenue, to the market value of similar companies that have recently been sold. When using valuation multiples, the caveat is that it's important to compare companies that are truly similar in terms of size, clientele, and service offerings.

Three common types used for property management companies are SDE (seller’s discretionary earnings) multiples, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) multiples, and revenue multiples.

SDE multiples for a property management company 

The SDE (Seller's Discretionary Earnings) multiple focuses on the cash flow available to the business owner after accounting for all business expenses and taxes (excluding owner salaries and perks). 

The SDE times its multiple is one way of representing the value of a business. A higher SDE indicates a more profitable company, and the SDE multiple applied will reflect that. In the property management industry, a company with a strong track record of SDE might command a higher SDE multiple (say, 2.5-3 times SDE) compared to a less profitable company (say, 1.5-2 times SDE). 

An established company with steady profitability might be valued at 2.5 times its SDE. If its SDE is calculated at $1 million, this would result in an SDE x 2.5 = $2.5 million business valuation.

EBITDA multiples for a property management company

The EBITDA multiple is similar to the SDE multiple but excludes non-cash expenses like depreciation and amortization, and also ignores owner compensation. 

A growth-oriented company might be valued at 6 times its EBITDA. If its EBITDA is calculated at $700,000, this would result in an EBIDTA x 6 = $4.2 million valuation.


Revenue multiples for a property management company 

Revenue multiples simply take a company's total revenue and multiplies it by a factor to arrive at a valuation. For example, a rapidly growing company with a revenue of $2 million might be valued at 2 times its annual revenue, resulting in a $4 million valuation. 


What multiple should you consider when valuing a property management company 

No one multiple tells the full story. It is, after all, just an indicator, and cannot predict the future. 

That said, revenue multiples are a less common metric for property management companies compared to SDE or EBITDA multiples, given that revenue alone doesn't reflect profitability. Indeed, this multiple is often used in conjunction with other multiples for a more accurate picture.

Valuators of property management companies are more likely to use EBITDA multiples alongside SDE multiples to get a more comprehensive view.

Increasing the value of a property management company before the sale   

For owners of a PMC looking to sell, your first goal is obviously to increase the value of your business as much as possible before the sale, in order to increase the eventual purchase price. 

Keep in mind, though, that increasing your company value doesn’t need to become a barrier to selling. In fact, McNeill warns not to be too perfectionistic on that front.

“One of the biggest misconceptions is that valuation is only based on revenue, and you have to have your business in perfect condition to sell,” McNeill says. “There are many factors that influence valuation, but for PURE, revenue and profit margins are most important. We’ve also seen a lot of potential sellers stall in early discussions because they want to wait to get their shop in order, implement new initiatives, or clean up their books. It isn’t always necessary, and trust me, we’ve seen it all.”

Here are some industry tips for increasing your PMC’s value to buyers or property owner investors. 

Invest in your business infrastructure

By this, we mean that you should invest in technology and people. Reinvesting in your business will make it healthier and more valuable to potential investors. 

On the tech side, you could adopt new property management software, update your current tech infrastructure, or integrate the newest AI-enabled tools. 

On the people side, you don’t necessarily need to hire more employees. Rather, ensure that the people on your team are as equipped as possible. Invest in excellent recruiting and onboarding processes, ensure you have robust training programs, etc.

Integrate ancillary services

We’ve talked a lot on our blog about how to develop ancillary programs to drive income. Ancillary fees aren’t just a cash grab – they’re a way to add needed value for residents and investors while driving profit for your PMC.

Ancillary property management services can include things like:

  • Renter’s insurance programs
  • Credit-building 
  • Supportive services like air filter delivery
  • Resident rewards
  • And more!

One of the best value-added services is to integrate a resident benefits package into your program. 

Develop marketing strategies

You should be able to show potential investors that you have a strong marketing plan that has proven to grow your business over time. Your marketing strategy should include a content plan, distribution, social media strategies, networking events, and more. 

Pay attention to things like your reviews and online reputation as well. Marketing your property management company well will pay off in dividends when you are ready to sell.

How to sell a property management company 

Completing a thorough valuation is just the first step in selling a property management company. If you’ve done the work to value your PMC, the next steps will be much easier. 

Whether you're looking to retire or simply move on to a new business venture, selling your property management company requires careful planning and execution – with the following steps. 

Identify potential buyers

The next step after valuing your PMC is to identify potential buyers. The field of possible buyers may include other property management firms in your area, real estate investors, or even individual buyers looking to enter the industry.

 

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Determine how you want to sell

In his article on valuing your PMC, Lohmann outlines the two different transaction types in how a property management company can be purchased:

  1. A stock sale. In a stock sale, the buyer will purchase shares of your business. They take on all past liabilities of your company but also get to hold onto your brand, contracts, and vendor relationships. The depreciation of long-lived assets is not reset.
  2. Asset sale, also known as Goodwill. In this case, the buyer buys your “book of business.” They’re paying for the property management agreements or contracts your PMC holds. If any of your contracts aren’t assignable, you’ll need to get an individual agreement from those investors. 

Prepare your PMC for a sale

Next, you'll want to prepare your property management company for sale. This may include making necessary upgrades to your facilities, improving your management processes, and ensuring that all financial records are up-to-date and accurate.

According to McNeill, the question you should ask yourself is: “How can I best tell the story of my company to a potential buyer? Are my financials detailed, and can I show a buyer I have great margins (or how they can achieve them)?”

Work with a qualified broker or attorney

Finally, when it comes time to negotiate a sale, it's important to work with a qualified business broker or attorney who can help you navigate the complex legal and financial aspects of the sale. With their guidance, you can ensure that you get the best possible price for your property management company while also protecting your interests and ensuring a smooth transition of ownership for your employees and clients.

How to buy a property management company 

But what if you’re on the buying side? Buying a property management company can be a great investment opportunity, but you can’t sleep on due diligence. Before you start the process of purchasing a property management company, there are several key steps you should take to ensure that you make an informed and profitable decision.

Research thoroughly & find a PMC that fits

The first step in buying a property management company is–like with anything–to do your homework. Thorough research on PMCs involves identifying potential acquisition targets, analyzing their financial performance, and evaluating their market position. 

You'll want to look at factors such as revenue growth, profit margins, and client retention rates, as well as any potential growth opportunities that may make the company more valuable in the future. Basically, everything we covered in the sections above!

If you already run a PMC, you want to make sure the business model can integrate with your structure. But again, McNeill cautions against being too rigid on this one.

“We have yet to see a company that does everything the PURE way after over 60 acquisitions. Our partner integration team jumps in quickly and has a plan in place before we close a deal. If a seller has already implemented similar ancillary revenue models, such as a resident benefit package, etc., it means we can optimize that faster than rolling it out from scratch. Our proven platform includes the people, processes, relationships, and technology to consolidate, tech-enable, and optimize the companies we acquire carefully and thoughtfully. We have an all-star team of industry insiders, innovators, and leaders already in place, so when we bring on new teams, the integration is pretty smooth.”

Conduct due diligence and identify liabilities

Okay, so let’s say you’ve identified a potential PMC you’d like to buy. Now it’s time for due diligence. This involves reviewing financial records, contracts, and legal documents to ensure that there are no hidden liabilities or risks associated with the company. Additionally, you'll want to evaluate the quality of the company's management team, as well as its operational processes and systems.

Determine fair market value

After completing the due diligence process, you'll need to determine the fair market value of the property management company. This involves taking into account a range of factors, including its current and projected financial performance, market position, and growth potential. Once you have a clear understanding of the company's value, you can begin the negotiation process with the seller.

Work toward a smooth transition

Finally, once the sale is complete, it's important to take steps to ensure a smooth transition of ownership. This may involve working with the existing management team to establish clear roles and responsibilities, as well as communicating with clients and stakeholders to ensure that they are aware of the change in ownership.

According to McNeill: “A buyer should make sure they have the foundation in place to integrate an acquisition into their existing operation. Look for opportunities to add value for the clients and residents, and that will turn into value for you as a buyer. Anything you can do to create a simple and satisfying experience for clients and residents will help with the anxiety that can come with a sale.”

Conclusion

Ultimately, the value of a property management company will depend on a range of factors, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to valuation. But the bottom line is that by following a structured and analytical approach, you can feel confident in your valuation, which will help you make informed decisions about buying or selling the business. 

Whether you're a business owner looking to sell your property management company or an investor looking to make an acquisition, a proper valuation is essential to ensuring a successful transaction.

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Investor Experience Platform™️ IXP™️

An Investor Experience Platform™️ (IXP) in property management is a suite of products, services, and benefits offered by property management companies to property investors. Just like a resident benefits package is a way to drive value for residents, investors, and property managers, the IBP™️ is an innovative approach to property management that focuses on driving value for an investor's assets and turning that value into profit for the property management company. In this article, we’ll dig into the different features that an Investor Experience Platform™️ can include, and how those benefit not just investors, but property managers and residents, too. What Is an Investor Experience Platform™️ (IXP)? As stated above, an Investor Experience Platform™️ (IXP™️) is a comprehensive suite of services that offer property investors higher quality property management, stability, and profit. 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According to Eric Wetherington, VP of Strategic Initiatives at PURE Property Management: “As property managers, we need to think more like asset managers. This client made an investment, and we should be guiding that client through managing that investment, not just collecting rent.” To build and manage a winning IBP™️, property managers need an Investor Experience Platform that unlocks scalable product and service customization, digitized onboarding, accounting policy automation, and more. In addition, Investor Experience Platforms provide transparency and convenience for your investors. Here are some of the most valuable services that property managers can offer through an innovative Investor Experience Platform™️. Property insurance program Similar to offering a renters insurance program through an RBP in the lease agreement, property management companies can offer an insurance plan to investors to cut costs and ensure the safety of their assets. 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Eviction protection guarantee An eviction protection guarantee also goes beyond the normal scope of property management services and can be used as a secondary source of revenue. Eviction Protection is a service provided by property management companies to property investors that offers additional security and financial protection in the event of an eviction. Under this guarantee, the property management company assumes the costs associated with the eviction process, including legal fees and court expenses. It helps alleviate the financial burden on property investors and provides peace of mind by ensuring that they are safeguarded against potential losses resulting from resident evictions. The eviction guarantee helps protect property owners from the complexities and potential costs associated with evictions, ensuring a smooth and efficient resolution to tenant-related issues. Pet guarantees & other guarantees A pet guarantee is a service offered by property management companies to property investors that aims to address any potential issues related to allowing pets in rental properties. It typically involves implementing policies and procedures to ensure responsible pet ownership, such as thorough pet screening, pet agreements, and collecting additional pet deposits or fees. The pet guarantee may also include services like pet damage insurance or assistance with pet-related issues during the lease term. It provides property investors with a framework to accommodate residents with pets while minimizing risks and maintaining the condition of the property. For many residents, finding a pet-friendly apartment increases retention and profitability. They’re willing to stay longer and pay more for a pet-friendly place. And–get this–pet damage is less likely to happen than damage from kids! It’s not a huge risk to the asset, but can provide a big benefit in terms of satisfied, longer-term residents. Maintenance plan Home warranties are a four-letter word for property managers. They’re a massive headache to deal with, and yet there’s high demand for them among property investors. Because of that, most property managers charge a fee for home warranties, for each they have to file. Imagine if there was a world where home warranties weren’t needed. Here’s the thing: Professional property managers already have the vendor network and the know-how to coordinate maintenance jobs. What they don’t usually have is a product that’s priced to give the investor the experience they want. Let’s say right now an investor is paying $50 a month for a cheap home warranty. The warranty only covers 40% of issues and it creates all these extra people and friction in the middle. 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Think about any investment app, like Robinhood, Acorns, etc. You can log in to these apps any time, 24/7, and see how your stock and investments are performing. In most investment classes, you can see in real time how your assets are performing. Why shouldn’t property investors have that as well? An IBP™️ can include exactly that: a dashboard or online portal that shows investors regular reports on how their property is doing. They could get updates on the value of their home over time, the home price appreciation, rent price over time, and project rent growth, typically maintenance costs and how they’re doing against that, and more. Resident Benefits Package Another piece to include in your IBP™️ is to highlight the benefits of your resident benefits package to your investors. Explain how features like a filter delivery program protect their assets and reduce HVAC repair costs. Show how a renters insurance program can ensure coverage and protection. 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So the question becomes, where do they put that cash to get a better return instead? Another thing to think about is who would actually use this product. Investors who don’t have enough cash on hand? How does that benefit anyone in the long run? What happens when there’s a big maintenance bill later? Does this encourage better decisions and practices by the investor? To date, there’s been pretty low adoption of this program, which is another sign it may not be hugely beneficial to everyone involved. But plenty of innovations start that way, evolve, and find traction. One case where it might be a value generator is if an investor is looking to take a cash advance and put it toward a down payment for another house. That would benefit the property manager as well, promising more business, and the PM could offer a lower rate for getting more properties to make the financing more attractive than hard money loans or other alternatives. The jury is still out here, it’s an interesting one to track. How Can Investors and Property Managers Benefit From an Investor Experience Platform™️? Investors and property managers can benefit from an Investor Experience Platform™️ in several ways. They’re also great for residents in the sense they build more stability and quality into the renting process. Here are just some of the benefits of an IBP™️. Enhanced investor attraction An Investor Experience Platform™️ provides incentives and advantages that can attract more investors. Financial guarantees and protections against the risks associated with evictions or late payments can increase stability, while services like a maintenance plan can ensure premium care of their property assets without increasing their workload. By offering attractive perks, property managers can differentiate their offerings and generate greater investor interest. Increased investor retention Both IBP™️s and RBPs help build loyalty with residents and investors. By fostering a strong relationship and demonstrating ongoing value, property managers can build trust and loyalty among investors, and retain them over the long term. IBP™️s help establish the stability, transparency, and asset growth for a real estate investment that an investor hopes to achieve. Improved property performance An Investor Experience Platform™️ can also contribute to improved property performance. For example, by offering discounted property management fees or access to professional services at reduced rates, property managers can help investors optimize their returns and reduce costs. Additionally, incentives such as rent guarantees or eviction protection can mitigate risk for investors and attract more capital to the property. Streamlined communication and transparency A well-designed Investor Experience Platform™️ facilitates effective communication and promotes transparency between property managers and investors. This can involve regular reporting on financial performance, property updates, and the sharing of relevant market insights. Transparent and consistent communication builds trust and confidence among investors, fostering a positive and long-lasting relationship. Competitive advantage A comprehensive Investor Experience Platform™️ can give property managers a competitive edge in the market. When investors have access to exclusive benefits and advantages, they are more likely to choose a property managed by a company that offers a compelling package – and to recommend it to others. Say hello to increased investment inflow and a stronger market position for your PMC. Should You Make an Investor Experience Platform™️ Mandatory? The first thing most property managers ask us when we’re talking about an RBP or an IBP™️ is: Should I make this mandatory for all investors or do I make it a flexible opt-in/opt-out program? Unlike RBPs, where best practices are more proven and established, different PMs are taking different approaches with their IBP™️s. Some have a mandatory level of service set at a flat price. Others may say they’re fine offering a base level of service without these differentiated products, giving investors the choice to simply pay a baseline management fee and opt out of the IBP™️ premium service. Some may offer a baseline to all investors and then give them the chance to opt in for premium IBP™️ services. There are a lot of ways to do it. With the RBP, we’ve found that making it mandatory does not generate nearly as much pushback as people expect – and can be a strong value add overall. Final Thoughts About an Investor Experience Platform™️ The Investor Experience Platform™️ is an innovative way to generate ancillary income and create more value for investors and residents. Similar to Second Nature’s premier Resident Benefits Package, the IBP™️ can deliver high-quality service for investor experience – and help create a triple win for investors, residents, and property management companies. The IBP™️ reinforces the value of a professional property management company for investors and helps differentiate you from the crowd. Stay tuned to learn more about the latest in the IBP™️ space, or learn more about how a resident benefits package can launch a whole new level of value for your PMC.

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