(Special) -- Owning and running a small business is a risky venture that is not for the faint of heart.
There are about 1.1 million small, owner-employed businesses in Canada. The odds of a new business surviving over the long run are relatively low in this country. Industry Canada statistics show that only about half of small and medium-sized businesses make it to five years and the odds of survival fall each year after that.
However, in spite of those odds there are many examples of very successful entrepreneurs who have invented great products and technologies and built very successful businesses.
A recent BMO report on entrepreneurs found that the main issues which keep small business owners up at night involve whether they will be able to retire from their businesses, managing cash flow in good and bad times, paying themselves from the business, and taxes.
Other significant issues concern the operation of the business if a key employee quits or leaves, who will take care of the family if the owner dies or becomes disabled, who will take over the business, how will it be transitioned to a successor, should the owner take the profits and diversify into other investments or reinvest in the existing business, could debt and credit be used more effectively and is the owner protected if they provide a personal guarantee, injure someone or act irresponsibly or illegally?
The report outlines several wealth management considerations for entrepreneurs business issues and personal concerns.
There are a number of income options. Being paid by salary, dividends or a bonus has different implications for the entrepreneur and the business. Depend on the province, there may be tax advantages in being paid a salary but that may result in the loss of tax-deferral opportunities. Large payments to the entrepreneur also may deplete the assets of the business and affect lending covenants.
There also are a number of tax considerations. Entrepreneurs generally benefit the most when personal and business taxes are considered in combination. Leaving funds in an incorporated business can help to minimize taxes, especially if the small business deduction applies, resulting in very beneficial tax-deferral opportunities.
This strategy may limit the growth of personal investment assets but it may have advantages for the business, including reducing the reliance on seasonal lines of credit, the report says. It is important to balance personal and business needs for the entrepreneurs greatest benefit.
Then there is insurance. Specialized knowledge of risk and insurance-based strategies is required to find the best way to protect the entrepreneur, the family and the business.
Entrepreneurs try and minimize the risks they cant avoid. The use of ownership structures such as holding companies, family trusts or more complex share ownership structures can help limit risks.
Income splitting is another strategy that can be used to reduce the overall tax bill for the entrepreneurs family. This can include allocating assets or income to a spouse or to other family members. The appropriate use of trusts and other ownership structures, set up in consultation with tax and legal advisers, can be beneficial.
The report found that 59 per cent of entrepreneurs do not have a formal written financial plan and an overwhelming 69 per cent do not have a formal written succession plan. However, 89 per cent of those with a succession plan said they feel much more financially prepared in the event of a health issue than those without one, and 80 per cent felt their businesses were more prepared to deal with health issues than those without one.
A succession plan lays out the orderly transfer of management and ownership of the business to the next generation of managers and owners. It prepares the companys employees, owner and the owners family for the day when the owner no longer participates in the business. The survey indicated that more than half (54 per cent) of entrepreneurs planned to sell their business to a non-family member when they decide to exit the business.
Coordinated planning and advice from a financial professional is essential for those who own a business, says Chris Buttigieg, senior manager, wealth planning strategy with BMO Financial Group. When an entrepreneur seeks advice, its important that both their business and personal needs are addressed in a holistic approach. This way they can plan for a financially stronger future.
Talbot Boggs is a Toronto-based business communications professional who has worked with national news organizations, magazines and corporations in the finance, retail, manufacturing and other industrial sectors.
Copyright 2014 Talbot Boggs
Honolulu-based community bank Pacific Rim Bank announced that it will merge with First Foundation Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Irvine, California-based First Foundation Inc., the companies announced in a release.
FFI (NASDAQ:FFWM) is a financial services company that provides investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust and banking services primarily to high-net-worth individuals and businesses. Founded in 1990, it has offices in California and Las Vegas, Nevada. It also has wealth management and bank clients in Hawaii and hopes to increase its client base here.
We are thrilled at the opportunity to now have a local presence in Honolulu from which to deliver our comprehensive platform of bank, trust, and wealth management solutions, Scott Kavanaugh, chairman and CEO of First Foundation, said in a statement. Hawaii has been an important region for us and we are committed to serving the unique financial needs of its thriving business community as well as expanding programs available to local nonprofits.
Founded in 2006, Pacific Rim Bank offers full-service banking to businesses and individuals in Hawaii. Its office and lone branch is located at Two Waterfront Plaza, formerly known as Restaurant Row, in Honolulu.
We are pleased to announce this strategic partnership with an organization that will expand resources to the people and businesses in Hawaii by a local team, offering First Foundations integrated wealth management, trust, and insurance services, Austin Imamura, CEO of Pacific Rim Bank, said in a statement. The merger will also expand bank deposit and lending capabilities, allowing us to be more competitive in our market.
IRVINE, Calif. HONOLULU First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company that provides investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust, and banking services primarily to high-net-worth individuals and businesses (#x201C;FFI#x201D;), and Pacific Rim Bank, a full-service community bank located in Honolulu, Hawaii, today jointly announced the execution of a definitive agreement and plan of merger whereby Pacific Rim Bank will merge with and into First Foundation Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of FFI.
#x201C;This strategic partnership provides First Foundation with an excellent opportunity to build on our existing client base in Hawaii,#x201D; said Scott Kavanaugh, Chairman and CEO of First Foundation. #x201C;We are thrilled at the opportunity to now have a local presence in Honolulu from which to deliver our comprehensive platform of bank, trust, and wealth management solutions. Hawaii has been an important region for us and we are committed to serving the unique financial needs of its thriving business community as well as expanding programs available to local non-profits.#x201D;
Austin Imamura, CEO of Pacific Rim Bank, added, #x201C;We are pleased to announce this strategic partnership with an organization that will expand resources to the people and businesses in Hawaii by a local team, offering First Foundation#x2019;s integrated wealth management, trust, and insurance services. The merger will also expand bank deposit and lending capabilities, allowing us to be more competitive in our market. Because of its financial strength and profitable history with much of its growth still before it, First Foundation makes for an ideal financial partner. The merger will also enhance the legacy of our vision which allows us to accomplish our business objectives for Hawaii, and to preserve our community development projects, church, and other humanitarian involvement that our bank was originally founded on.#x201D;
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Pacific Rim Bank shareholders will become shareholders of FFI and each outstanding share of Pacific Rim Bank common stock will be converted into 0.3950 of a share of FFI common stock. In total, Pacific Rim Bank shareholders will own approximately 7.8% of the outstanding shares of FFI#x2019;s common stock immediately following the consummation of the merger. Based on FFI#x2019;s closing stock price of $18.18 on November 24, the merger consideration is valued at approximately $7.18 per share of Pacific Rim Bank common stock or $11.8 million in aggregate. The value of the merger consideration will change based on fluctuations in First Foundation#x2019;s stock price.
The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-year 2015 subject to approval by Pacific Rim Bank#x2019;s shareholders, the receipt of required regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each company.
First Foundation was advised in this transaction by Stradling Yocca Carlson amp; Rauth as legal counsel. Pacific Rim Bank was advised by Sandler O#x2019;Neill + Partners, LP, as financial advisor, and Manatt, Phelps amp; Phillips, LLP, as legal counsel.
About First Foundation
First Foundation, a financial institution founded in 1990, provides integrated investment management, wealth planning, consulting, trust, and banking services. As of September 30, 2014, First Foundation Advisors has $3.2 billion assets under management; First Foundation Bank has $1.3 billion total assets. The company is headquartered in Irvine, with offices in Newport Beach, Pasadena, West Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Desert, and the Imperial Valley in California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about First Foundation, please visit our website at www.ff-inc.com.
About Pacific Rim Bank
Pacific Rim Bank, founded February 27, 2006, offers full-service banking to businesses and individuals in Hawaii. As a community bank, its emphasis is on serving the needs of the local community as well as small- to medium-sized businesses.
This press release includes forward-looking statements about First Foundation Inc., First Foundation Bank, and Pacific Rim Bank and the proposed transaction. All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. In particular, statements regarding our expectations or beliefs about our future financial performance or the realization of the expected benefits of the merger transaction contained in the this press release are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and, as a result, FFI#x2019;s future financial results could differ materially from those expected at the current time due to such risk factors, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control and the control of Pacific Rim Bank. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that we will not succeed in obtaining the regulatory or shareholder approvals needed for our acquisition of Pacific Rim Bank; the possibility that cost savings and other benefits expected to be realized from the acquisition may not be realized within expected time frames or at all; and the possibility that integrating Pacific Rim Bank#x2019;s banking business into First Foundation Bank#x2019;s banking business could cost more, take longer, or be less successful than expected. In addition, FFI#x2019;s business is subject to other risks and uncertainties that could adversely affect its financial results in the future. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of incurring loan losses, which is an inherent risk of the banking business; the risk that the economic recovery in the United States will stall or will be adversely affected by domestic or international economic conditions and the risk that the Federal Reserve Board will continue to keep interest rates low, any of which could adversely affect our interest income and interest rate margins and, therefore, our future operating results; and the risk that the performance of our investment management business or of the equity and bond markets could lead clients to move their funds from or close their investment accounts with us, which would reduce our assets under management and adversely affect our operating results. Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties to which our business and future financial performance are subject is contained in Item 1A, entitled #x201C;Risk Factors#x201D; in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, that we filed with the SEC on March 25, 2014, and readers of this news release are urged to review that additional information contained in that Annual Report.
Due to these and other possible uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as of todays date, or to make predictions based solely on historical financial performance. We also disclaim any obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in the above-referenced 2013 Annual Report, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.
Additional information and where to find it
This press release does not constitute a solicitation of a proxy from any shareholder of Pacific Rim Bank. In connection with the proposed transaction between FFI and Pacific Rim Bank, FFI and Pacific Rim Bank will be preparing a proxy statement that also will constitute a FFI offering circular. That proxy statement/offering circular will be sent to the shareholders of Pacific Rim Bank, who are urged to carefully read the proxy statement/offering circular and any other relevant documents when they become available because they will contain important information about FFI, Pacific Rim Bank, and the proposed transaction. It also will be possible to obtain copies of the proxy statement/offering circular and other documents relating to the proposed transaction (when they become available), free of charge, from First Foundation upon written request to First Foundation Inc., Von Karman Ave., Suite 700, Irvine, CA 92612; Attention: John Michel, or by calling John Michel at 949-202-4160; or from Pacific Rim Bank upon written request addressed to Pacific Rim Bank at 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813; Attention: Randall Kawano, or by calling Randall Kawano at 808-457-3902.
BMO today announced the launch of a new blog designed to engage and educate Canadians on a variety of topics related to how they manage their wealth.
The blog, titled The Wealth Exchange, features expertise on the latest news and topics around building, planning and transitioning one's money and assets throughout all life stages.
"Canadians today are managing more money than ever before," said Betsey Chung, Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking and Global Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group. "According to Statistics Canada, we have seen the average net worth of households rise nearly 80 per cent since 1999 to $243,800. It's critical that people seek advice when dealing with their finances. Our blog will provide a new resource for everyone to learn what they need to do in order to achieve their financial goals."
Ms. Chung noted that The Wealth Exchange gives readers access to thought leadership from a variety of BMO's top experts, including Douglas Porter (Chief Economist, BMO Financial Group), Dr. Amy D'Aprix (BMO Financial Group's Life Transition Expert) and Chris Buttigieg (Wealth Planning Strategy, BMO Financial Group).
To view The Wealth Exchange, please visit: http://www.bmowealthexchange.com/.
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About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America. The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO Financial Group had more than $586 billion in total assets and approximately 47,000 employees at July 31, 2014.