Business Purchase Letter of Intent Template

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Updated November 18, 2022

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A business purchase letter of intent outlines a proposed purchase arrangement between a buyer and seller. At the decision of the buyer and seller, the letter may be considered binding, although, usually the letter sets up the framework of a formal agreement that will be drafted at a later time.

Business Purchase Agreement (BPA) – To create a binding agreement for the purchase and sale of a business.

What is a Business Purchase LOI?

A business purchase letter of intent is a document that allows a buyer and seller of an entity to come to an agreement over its purchase. The document should allow the buyer an inspection period in order to prove its revenue and any other due diligence as part of the buyer’s overview during any contingency period.

If the letter is binding, the sale is required to be completed by the end date or the buyer could lose their earnest money deposit.

Sample

BUSINESS PURCHASE LETTER OF INTENT

 

Effective Date: May 1, 2018

RE: Purchase of a Business Entity 

This business purchase letter of intent (the “Letter of Intent”) represents basic terms agreed upon by the Buyer and Seller. After this Letter of Intent has been made a formal agreement may be constructed to the benefit of the Parties involved.

I. The Buyer: John Appleseed (the “Buyer”)

II. The Seller: Bob Peterman (the “Seller”).

III. The Business: ABC Warehouse LLC (the “Business”).

IV. Purchase Price: The Buyer will enter into an agreement with the Seller for four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000.00) for 100% ownership interest in the Business.

V. Real Estate: This Letter of Intent includes real estate located at 135 Main Street, San Francisco, California 94105.

Legal Description: Block 3717 Lot: 012

Purchase Price: Two-Million Dollars ($2,000,000)

VI. Payment: The Purchase Price for the real estate and the Business will be paid with at the closing.

VII. Financing: The Buyer has made it known that this Letter of Intent is not conditional on their ability to obtain financing.

VIII. Binding Effect: This Letter of intent that shall be considered binding. Therefore, the parties acknowledge that remedies at law will be inadequate for any breach of this Agreement and consequently agree that this Agreement shall be enforceable by specific performance. The remedy of specific performance shall be cumulative of all of the rights at law or in equity of the parties under this Agreement. 

IX. Bank Accounts: In order to keep necessary bank accounts in operation, the Seller agrees to leave Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) collectively across their financial accounts.

X. Formal Agreement: There shall be no formal agreement (the “Formal Agreement”) created as this Letter of Intent is binding.

XI. Seller’s Conduct: The Seller agrees that during the purchase process to hold a fiduciary duty in the best interests of the Business. The Seller shall in no way conduct any action that would disrupt the on-going status of the Business’s day-to-day operations. This obligation shall continue until the closing date.

XII. Closing: The closing (the “Closing”) is the act of closing the transaction where the Seller exchanges the Business for the Purchase Price. The Closing shall be agreed upon between the Buyer and Seller following a formal agreement, later to be signed, or after the terms are met in this Letter of Intent.

XIII. Closing Costs: All costs associated with the Closing shall be the responsibility of the Buyer.

XIV. Termination: This Letter of Intent will terminate if there has not been a formal agreement signed or a closing within 180 days from the Effective Date.

XV. Access to Information: After the execution of this Letter of Intent the Buyer, and its advisors, shall have full access to any and all information about the Business. The Buyer shall maintain a fiduciary duty to keep the information that it obtains confidential and agrees to not share with any third (3rd) party unless the Seller gives their written consent.

XVI. Return of Materials: Any information that is obtained by the Buyer through the Seller shall be returned if a Formal Agreement or Closing cannot be completed.

XVII. Conditions: It shall be the obligation of the Buyer to review all materials provided and, subject to the satisfaction of the Buyer, enter into a formal agreement within the specified time-period as outlined in Section XI.

The conditions of this Letter of Intent include:

  • The review and approval of all materials in the possession and control of the Seller;
  • The Buyer and its advisors having had a reasonable opportunity to perform any searches and due diligence to their satisfaction; and
  • The Buyer being able to communicate with necessary clients, employees, customers, vendors, tenants, or other third (3rd) party necessary.

XVIII. Confidentiality: All negotiations regarding the Business between the Buyer and Seller shall be confidential and not to be disclosed with anyone other than respective advisors and internal staff of the parties and necessary third (3rd) parties. No press or other public releases will be issued to the general public concerning the Business without the mutual consent or as required by law, and then only upon prior written notice to the other party unless otherwise not allowed.

XIX. Good Faith Negotiations: The Buyer and the Seller agree to act honestly and diligently to enter into “good faith” negotiations to execute a formal agreement and/or enter into a Closing.

XX. Exclusive Opportunity: Following the execution of this Letter of Intent, the parties agree to not negotiate or enter into discussions with any other party unless there are any existing agreements in place (e.g. option to purchase, first right of refusal, etc.).

XXI. Standstill Agreement: Following the execution of this Letter of Intent, and until the Closing, the Seller, agrees not to sell any portion of the Business.

XXII. Currency: All mentions of money or the usage of the “$” icon shall be known as referring to the US Dollar.

XXIII. Governing Law: This Letter of Intent shall be governed under the laws by the State of California.

XXIV. Severability: In case any provision or wording in this Letter of Intent shall be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality, and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.

XXV. Counterparts and Electronic Means: This Letter of Intent may be executed in several counterparts, each of which will be deemed to be an original and all of which will together constitute one and the same instrument. Delivery to us of an executed copy of this Letter of Intent by electronic facsimile transmission or other means of electronic communication capable of producing a printed copy will be deemed to be execution and delivery to us of this Letter of Intent as of the date of successful transmission to us.

SELLER

Seller’s Signature ______________________ Date ______________________

Print Name ______________________

BUYER

Buyer’s Signature ______________________ Date ______________________

Print Name ______________________