What Is Included In A Letter of Intent? As it pertains to the buying and selling of an early education company (childcare centers or schools), a Letter of Intent ("LOI") is a written statement expressing the intention of the participating parties to enter into a formal agreement. A LOI is not a formal agreement or a binding contract. The LOI serves the very important purpose of defining the agreed upon terms of a transaction so there are no misunderstandings between the parties, but it does not provide the detail found in a Purchase Sale Agreement.
If your most qualified prospect submits a Letter Of Intent that includes a lower price and more generous terms than you had wanted or a less qualified buyer has submitted a more attractive LOI, then now is the time to negotiate with the stronger prospect. It's almost impossible to improve the deal once you have accepted (by signing) the Letter Of Intent. However, the buyer may find reasons to re_negotiate a lower price during the due diligence phase.