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.
The LOI as it is now used is a misunderstood application of poorly informed brokers and traders. A more proper application based on established custom and practice in International trade, going back even to the old medieval "Law Merchant" (Lex Mercantilis) isɅ. Buyer requests a quotation _ in modern usage this is an RFQ/Request For Quotation _ NOT an LOIǎ. Seller may then reply with a Quote. Buyer confirms receipt of quoted prices, and requests an OfferǏ. Seller replies with an offer (the firm or full offer is the so_called "FCO" in Internet Broker_speak).