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How much tax will you pay when you sell your pharmacy?

Following the Covid – 19 lockdown the Chancellor has admitted that the UK is grappling with something that is unprecedented. With the UK having to borrow hundreds of billions the Chancellor will need to find ways of raising revenue.

We know that Rishi Sunak has commissioned a review on capital gains tax. This is an obvious target as capital gains tax is charged at lower rates than income tax.

How could this affect you if you are selling your business?

Most pharmacy owners should qualify for Entrepreneurs’ Relief now known as Business Asset Disposal Relief (BADR). This means that you should only pay 10% tax on the first £1m gain when you sell your business. The limit used to be £10m until the last Budget!

It is possible that the government will introduce further changes to the relief or that they may abolish it completely. To put this in perspective, under current legislation if you made a gain of £1m on the sale of your pharmacy and you qualified for BADR you would only expect to pay tax of £100K (10%). However, if this relief is scrapped your tax bill could soar.

If you are thinking of selling your business and would like to talk in confidence, please contact Anne Hutchings on Direct Dial 01494 422848 or Email, [email protected]

Posted in Blog on 20th August 2020

A New 5 Year Funding Package For Community Pharmacy

Our Director, Scott Hayton wonders how the recent announcement by PSNC has affected your view of the pharmacy market and where you envisage you will be in 5 years’ time.

Are you glad to see this out of the way and an extended period of certainty around funding going forwards? Or do you feel that PSNC should have held out for a better deal going forwards rather than committing to a long term 5 year funding arrangement? Do you see opportunities or more administration when it comes to the developments around clinical services?

If this news has led you to consider your options around selling the business or even investing in additional pharmacy units then he’d love to hear from you.

To discuss your options going forwards and how Hutchings can help you, please contact Scott directly on 01494 422849 or email [email protected]

More information on the 5 year deal for community pharmacy can be found on PSNC’s website but we recommend the following links;

PSNC have also released a webinar, available through their website (you’ll find this advertised on the main webpage).

Posted in Blog on 6th August 2019

Pharmacy Show 2018

This year at the Pharmacy Show in Birmingham, our team were delighted to welcome so many pharmacy owners and buyers to our stand.  We enjoyed chatting about the current market and key factors currently concerning pharmacy owners at this time and discussing everything pharmacy!  That was our 10th year at the pharmacy show and we look forward to continuing on building new relationships from this year and many more years to come.

Posted in Blog on 17th October 2018

Hutchings Consultants Formally Instructed to Handle East of England Co-op Pharmacy Sale

Hutchings Consultants Ltd are delighted to announce that we have been formally instructed by the East of England Co-operative Society to bring to market their six Suffolk based pharmacies, three located in Ipswich and three further shops in Felixstowe, Stowmarket and Saxmundham. The pharmacies are being marketed ideally as a single group sale, however splitting the group may also be considered.

Nick Denny, Joint Chief Executive of the East of England Co-op said:

“We’ve appointed Hutchings Consultants Ltd to handle the sales process for us because they deal solely with pharmacies and have many years’ experience in the market. We are confident that they will find a buyer who will run these businesses for the benefit of our staff and communities.”

Luke Williams from Hutchings Consultants comments – “This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced operator to gain a stronghold across Suffolk. All six pharmacies are well placed within the local communities offering potential for business development and operational streamlining. Despite the well documented remuneration cuts in England the pharmacy market is extremely buoyant and still regarded as a sellers’ market. This is due to insufficient pharmacies available to meet the high demand from purchasers.”

All enquiries about the East of England Co-operative Society pharmacies are to be directed to Luke Williams at Hutchings Consultants Ltd.

Contact details – [email protected] or 01494 722 224.

Posted in Blog on 17th May 2018

Key Tips – Buying or Selling a Pharmacy

Whether you are buying your first pharmacy or about to sell up and retire, here are a few key tips which will help manage the sale process and minimise everyone’s stress levels.

If you are buying:

  • Understand your financial position, how much you can borrow, who will lend you the money and how much you can afford to repay.
  • Don’t overlook the costs of buying – such as legal fees, accountant’s fees, bank funding and valuation fees etc.
  • Visit the pharmacy you are hoping to acquire so that you can see the location, proximity of competitors and doctors’ surgeries. Check out if anything is happening in the locality which could affect the business in future.

If you are selling:

  • You cannot sell your pharmacy for the best price unless you know what it is worth. Having an up to date valuation will help you to understand the value of your business and whether or not the decision to sell is the right one for you.
  • Make sure all your financial information is up to date, including your accounts. Lack of information will result in poor offers for your pharmacy.
  • If premises are leased the lease needs to be renewable and transferable. You will also usually need a minimum 10 year term left on your lease.

Most importantly appoint good specialist pharmacy advisers to help you through the process.

Posted in Blog on 9th August 2017

Is it time to sell your pharmacy?

In 2016, we achieved pharmacy goodwill values of between 5.9 and 17.3 times EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation). With such large variations in pharmacy prices it illustrates how important it is to market the pharmacy properly to achieve the maximum price.

An interesting thing is that by selling your pharmacy you can realise a substantial lump sum which would take you many years to earn as a pharmacist.

Take the example of a pharmacy we sold recently in the South East. This pharmacy had a turnover of £1.1m and EBITDA of £259,000. We obtained a goodwill value of £1.8m which was 7 times EBITDA. In terms of pence in the £1 this was £1.63.

The owner was entitled to entrepreneurs’ relief and therefore will only pay tax at 10% on the sale leaving them with £1,620,000 in their pocket.

If that pharmacy owner had continued trading instead of selling assuming that they were able to maintain the profit level at £259,000 per annum their net position after tax (using current tax rates) would be:

Annual profit                    £259,000
Corporation tax               (51,800)
Tax on dividends             (62,200)
Net income after tax       £145,000

To earn £1,620,000 it would take them just over 11 years (£145,000 x 11.17).

We sold one pharmacy last year where the vendor would have had to work for another 20 years to make the same amount as he did from the proceeds of his pharmacy sale!

If you are thinking now may be the time to move on or release a lump sum for retirement, contact Anne or Scott for an informal discussion and a free valuation.

Posted in Blog on 17th January 2017

Implications of the funding cuts

Scott Hayton, Director at Hutchings Consultants gives his view on the implications of the funding cuts.

“The decision by the Government announced by PSNC on Thursday 20th October has dashed the hopes of pharmacists, patients and other stakeholders across England, that the new pharmacy minister Mr Mowat would listen to the opinions, independent data and various petitions that have presented and gathered huge momentum across England over the last 10 months.

Having studied the figures released by PSNC on Thursday, the announcement appears to have confirmed the longstanding expectation within the market that the average pharmacy’s bottom line profit will be hit by around £15,000 following the cuts. In addition it has also confirmed that there will be further cuts in next year’s budget for 2017 – 2018.

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Posted in Blog on 1st December 2016

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