What a month!
September was a bit rough as we concluded the peak of our busy season that runs from May through October. Everyone (including myself) is looking forward to the seasonal slowdown that naturally happens this time of year as we head into the holidays. This holiday season is going to be bittersweet; it is the first holiday season that we won’t have my mother-in-law but it’s also our daughter’s first Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I was hoping to be able to share that the sale of my business closed in September but due to delays related to legal issues, it was pushed into October. I’m typing this report on the 13th of October and we are down to one final issue that we hope to resolve in order to close by the 15th. We are so close to the finish line, but I think there is a strong chance it all slips into the next week. The good news is that I was able to get an increase in the valuation due to the delay in closing. The business has continued to grow triple digits and is currently on pace for 135% YoY growth on both the top and bottom lines.
With the business sale, the peak of our busy season, an active almost-three-year-old, and an infant, I’m running on fumes. So, this update will be a bit shorter than the normal monthly, but I will be back next month with lots of details to share.
With all that said, let’s dive into the financial update, and go through the details of this month’s update.
I remember when I first created this financial dashboard back in 2015 and how that first update I shared had us at less than 2% of the way to our $10M goal. Here we are, six and a half years later, 66.9% of the way there. The most astonishing thing to me is the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) we have been able to maintain since 2012. Our income has grown at a robust 26.0% CAGR. Even more mind-blowing is that our net worth has been compounding at a 78.3% CAGR during that same time period.
TTM Gross Income
The income figure I like to track most is our Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) gross income. After falling off a cliff in February 2021 we still climbed past our previous peak of January 2021, tracking to not only exceed our 2020 annual income but also to surpass our all-time high set earlier this year.
I’m now officially projecting our TTM to end the year somewhere between $2,800,000 and $3,000,000 as we receive a big chunk of cash at close related to selling a large percentage of my business (in addition to the healthy cashflow Mrs. GYFG and I have been able to generate from our businesses). The deal is not structured as an earn-out but I have requested that the payment be split into three payments over the next 12 months in order to help with tax planning (one payment equal to 50% this year and two payments for the remaining 50% next year).
Current Net Worth: $6,688,328 (up $4,308,887 or +181.1% for 2021)
Previous month: $6,594,162
The majority of our net worth that isn’t cash or stocks only gets re-valued periodically and I currently think our net worth is understated, which means we will periodically have large and lumpy changes to it. Net worth is up much less than it could have been (I cut about $90,000 from this month’s increase to accrue for taxes) as I have had to change my tax strategy for the sale of my business and won’t be doing a monetized installment plan. So I’m bleeding in the impact of the taxes over the remaining months of the year for the 2021 payout, and will do the same for the payouts next year as well.
I’m still expecting our net worth to end the year somewhere between $7,000,000 and $8,500,000 – we should get to the lower end of the range mostly through regular savings. The upper end of the range is based on the drivers I shared last month.
Net Worth Break Down:
Real Estate (23%) – This is a mixture of private placement deals, equity, debt, and crowdfunding.
Primary Residence (5%) – I decided to split this out on its own because it is something I do want to manage separately from our overall holdings in Real Estate. Our primary residence currently makes up 5% of our total net worth (down from 23% in September 2020). I expect the concentration to continue its downward trend until we move into our new house in the next three
to six months – move in date is a moving target.
Net Cash (12%) – We currently have $782,796 in cash vs. $648,784 last month. This will grow substantially in next month’s update and probably through January of next year.
Alternatives/Other (57%) – This is a catch-all category that captures our investments in the following: life settlements, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), a private investment in the Robinhood trading platform, Bitcoin, and the newest addition of Bowery Farming – a vertical farming company that recently closed a $300M in a Series C funding round that I was lucky enough to participate in. This now also includes the value of the equity I own in my business. A large part of this will shift from this bucket to the cash bucket when the transaction I’m involved in closes
at the end of August September in October.
Stocks (3%) – Our 401K accounts are maxed out and we don’t have any new investment planned here for the year. The only thing that could tick this up is when we get the shares from a SPAC that we participated in that currently sits in the alternatives bucket above.
Total Capital Deployed in 2021:
We deployed $40,000 in new investments during the month of September and you’ll notice that I’ve already booked an investment that I committed to funding in October. The October investment is in an opportunity zone and will help defer some of the capital gains taxes on the sale of my business. I recently committed to invest $250,000 into a newly formed fund dedicated to investing in all things cannabis (a space I continue to see lots of opportunity in).
I feel like I’m phoning it in for this month’s update but I’m going to give myself a pass.
See you all next month!
– Gen Y Finance Guy
DUDE…you’re crushing it. bravo! I remember we chatted about the monetized installment sale a while back as I was looking art that too. Sadly made the same decision on advice of my aggressive tax attorney who was like “too risky now”. We just received our first offer for our e-com biz and have a couple others analyzing if they want to also offer. I def want to dig into some of your investing ideas soon when I have cash to be put to work. Cheers and congrats!
Congratulations on you own deal process. Would love to connect when you’re ready.
Do you have plans post the sale to start something new?
Do you think youll miss the business you created and the large cashflows from it especially once the proceeds are invested?
Thanks for the comment. I am still retaining 20% ownership and have a 5 year employment agreement to continue running and growing the company.
At the end of the 5 years I have a put option I can exercise to sell my remaining shares at a pre-defined formula that I expect to lead to a substantially larger exit than this one – a second bite of the apple as they call it.
On top of this I have a very nice comp package to supplement my continuing 20% share of the growing profits.
Disclaimer: not a business owner (just a wage serf lol).
Sounds like a smart exit structure. You lock in some profit now, which you can re-deploy / diversify. Incentives aligned with you’re partners through the comp. package and you participate in any upside of the business (through comp. and the 20% stake also).
I think you need to raise your BHAG sir, $10MM is looking too easy :-P
I may be biased but I think it’s a pretty good structure myself (as I pat myself on the back – LOL).
I’m only 35 and not ready to be done just yet, plus they would have never done the deal if I wasn’t included – their words not mine. The comp package is a minimum $700K per year with salary + profit share of 20%. With the growth trajectory we are on the profit share should easily turn it into a seven figure plus per year package. That doesn’t even include the incentive bonus program I negotiated 🤪😂😜.
Joe, who commented earlier, was right to call me out as a sandbagger a few years ago – at least in hindsight.
That said, the purpose of the $10M goal was to set a goal post that was enough for me to stop grinding and honestly I’m so happy it won’t take until I’m 48 because the pace is a grind…especially with a growing family.
I won’t change the goal post, but I can say with a high degree of confidence that we will not only hit $10M in the next couple years but we will likely have multiples of that in 5 years and definitely by the original goal at 48 years old.
Congrats man! I can’t imagine what having $3M in income feels like.
Here’s to your continued success.