How Much Is Your Business Really Worth?

Proper Valuation of Your Business

Setting Your Price and Terms

The most frequently asked questions in the Business Sales and Merger and Acquisitions Industry are; how sellable is my business, given my circumstances? How can I achieve the maximum selling price? What is the true and accurate value of my business? What terms will I have to consider and how do they affect my asking price?

I want to address the subject of valuation so you can be better prepared as your time to sell draws near. Although there are multiple methods to determine worth, there are three popular methods used to determine a selling price. Let’s look at the three individually and remember that the final asking price will weigh all three of these and factors from several other methods.

Multiple
of Earnings
Market
Based Comparison
Asset Valuation
Here a multiple of the
cash flow of the business is used to calculate value.  Generally
using your EBITDA as a measure of profitability, you’ll take that
annual figure of profit and add back any discretionary
expenditures.  For instance factor your salary as the owner or a
payment on a vehicle that you are driving back into the businesses
profit.  Your broker will then use this total discretionary cash
flow as a tool to gauge a selling price based on a multiplier for your
industry.
Utilizing data from
recent sales of a similar business that has sold, and adjusting for
obvious differences. Businesses are as unique as their owners and
often times your business model, location, or reputation will be
difficult to match. The comparable market method will help provide a
reality check as you take into account all data from the various
valuation methods.
Assets of the business
factor in to the determination of 
a
final selling price.  Tangible assets such as property, fixtures,
equipment, inventory, etc. along with intangible assets
like good will, brand, and position in the market and tenure
in the market all combine to help build that final sales figure.

These three methods along with nuances of Capitalized Earnings, Cost to Create, Debt Assumption and various other tools will all be used by me to set a value that you can be pleased with and sell within your time frame.

Please feel free to call or email to discuss the valuation of your business and what it might bring in today’s market.

 

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