A business valuation is an important tool for overall financial management. It is a complex report that includes industry benchmarks, a detailed financial analysis, and much more!
Most business owners and attorneys know the basics of the business valuation process. For example, you may know there are three approaches to value:
You may even know some of the methods that fall under these approaches, including the:
- Adjusted book value,
- Excess earnings,
- Guideline public company,
- Merger and acquisition,
- Capitalization of earnings, and
- Discounted cash flow methods.
It is often said valuation is an art as much as a science.
Valuation analysts piece together various types of internal and external data to get a complete picture of how much a business is worth. The process requires more than dropping numbers into a black box. Like a trained artist, valuators use their professional tools, accepted methods and business experience to finesse the data into reliable value conclusions.
Smith Schafer’s Minneapolis valuation experts work with business owners to uncover the true value of their companies’ tangible and intangible assets. The resulting valuation report provides an accurate baseline measurement that informs your strategic plan – whether your goal is to sell the business, arm yourself for litigation or build additional value for the future.
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More than two years after COVID-19 changed the world, business valuations are still challenging. At the midpoint of 2022, the idea that things have returned to ‘normal’ is certainly debatable. In many instances, historic valuation inputs, specifically past performance, cannot be taken as an indication of future performance.
The three approaches appraisers use to value a business are essentially a matter of common sense. You start with the balance sheet and adjust the book values of assets and liabilities to their market values.
The words “Business Value” or “Business Valuation” by themselves hold more than a singular definition.
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