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Dental Practice Buying Options

You already know that buying a dental practice is the quickest path to the four things you need to be successful:

  • A quality patient base
  • Immediate and consistent personal income
  • A known practice financial track record
  • Immediate credibility in the community

But there’s more than one path to the prize. If you are thinking of buying a dental practice or merging practices, you have several practice buying options. Most importantly, you have a partner who can help you evaluate each one with your best interest in mind.

Your PARAGON consultant can help you choose the dental practice acquisition option that’s right for you. Next, we’ll guide you through every step of the purchase process using one of our time-tested Dental Practice Transition Programs. Welcome to dental transitioning done right.

PARAGON Dental Practice Transition Programs

The PARAGON Dental Practice Transition Programs completely take the guesswork out of buying a practice, so you can enjoy a refreshingly straightforward purchase experience. Our programs are described below and are customized as needed to provide a low-hassle transition for even the most complicated situations.

The Walkaway Program

In the Walkaway, the seller is looking to sell today, and leave the practice tomorrow. This normally means the seller is retiring or relocating. When a seller waits until retirement to sell, the practice production has usually slowed down, which tends to drop the market value of the practice. For this reason, the Walkaway can be a good value for a new buyer who is willing to put in the work necessary to ramp up production back to full capacity.

The Presale Program

Think of the Presale as a pre-retirement transition for the seller. In the Presale, a practice is sold today, but the seller remains on staff as the purchaser’s associate for a pre-determined period of time. This provides young dentists an invaluable opportunity to work alongside a built-in mentor. Although some sellers opt to Presale as much as 15 years before they retire, most retire within 5 years or less.

Practice Merger Program

Dentists who already own a practice may consider a Practice Merger for their next growth move. A Practice Merger occurs when an existing practice owner acquires the seller’s practice and merges the two practices together into one location. Merger buyers are established, experienced and often have an easier time finding financing than first-time buyers. Practice Mergers can be structured as a Walkaway or a Presale.

Practice Consolidation Program

Practice Consolidation is when two or more practice owners combine their practices in a single, multi-owner group practice. Unlike in a merger, the practice owners become equal co-owners in the larger practice. They typically see an increase in income due to overhead savings. Additionally, internal growth is possible if one doctor provides services that the other doctor has been referring out of the practice.

Co-ownership Program

The Co-ownership Program, or COAP, is when a doctor sells an equal ownership interest in the practice. The sale is immediate and the owner doctors continue to grow the practice together. Owner income is a combination of provider income based on individual production of the doctors, and profit distributions based on equal ownership. Co-owned practices must be structured as a corporation or an LLC for owner liability reasons and for long-term capital gain advantages for the seller.

Progressive Ownership Program

A Progressive Ownership Program, or a POP, is a combination of the associate/co-ownership plan. The new co-owner comes into the practice as an associate with a formal contract that leads to equal practice ownership. The buy-ins occur in stages based on the production level of the associate versus the production level of the practice owner. The POP is similar to the COAP program, but structured for a slower pace.

Ownership Redemption Program

Ownership Redemption is when one owner of a multi-owner practice desires to sell his or her ownership interest. This transaction can either be structured as a sale to the other owners of the practice or to a new owner.

Associate Program

When carefully structured, an associateship can be a low-risk stepping-stone to the next phase of your career. However, most associateships are not well planned, and history has shown that 90% of associateships fail. If you are interested in accepting an associate position, PARAGON can help you identify the right opportunity and structure your associateship in a way that eliminates ambiguity and sets both parties up for success.

Deferred Transitions

Any of the above transitions can be structured with contractual delays. Ask your PARAGON consultant for details.

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