At Transworld, we have business valuation experts on staff to help you value your business. We can meet with you and discuss the value of your business, or we can be engaged to produce a formal valuation.
There are several reasons you may want to know the value of your company. Call us at
(209) 622-0605 to meet with with one of our business valuation experts.
How Much Is A Business Worth?
Valuation is the number one question of all of our sellers when contemplating a sale, and of course, the concern of most buyers when purchasing a company. Unfortunately, there is not an easy answer, and, more confusing, there are probably several answers. Why? Because business valuation is an art not a science. Valuations are subject to the appraiser’s judgment, skill and quality of methodology. There are several standards of value for businesses, i.e., different values.
Fair Market Value
For our purposes, let’s talk about fair market value. Essentially what a buyer would pay for your company in an open market.
Now, remember, this is a simplification of some very intricate valuation practices. There are valuation experts that specialize in providing very complicated reports as part of their business valuation services. Those reports are often used for IRS inquiries, legal proceedings, intricate financing and other reasons. A full valuation of a company could cost $10,000-$30,000. For small business sales, a valuation is usually not needed, and for the most part, our simplified valuation methods are sufficient enough to determine your listing and approximate your eventual sale price.
There are three generally accepted approaches to valuing a company:
Asset Approach values the assets of your business minus the liabilities. Some of the methods in this approach are book value, excess earnings method, asset accumulation method to name a few. However these values usually mean very little to the market value of most operating businesses. For the most part the asset approach does not properly represent the value of an ongoing business that has positive earnings.
Simply defined, it is much like a real estate comparable method. Like businesses in size and industry sell for similar valuations. There is the guideline publicly traded company method or the merger and acquired company method (private sale databases). There are many databases we can research to find multiples of gross sales and earnings to compare to your business. This method can be very reliable in most cases and is a strong indicator of value.
Your business is worth the present value of the income stream it will bring to an investor. There are several complicated methods including the discounted future earnings method as well as several capitalization methods. This approach is also a strong indicator of what a business with positive income is worth. These methods rely on future projections and growth rates to decide what the business may be worth. If that is true then why do most people multiply or capitalize historical earnings to arrive at a value? Because the assumption is the buyer will maintain the current income levels and they are a reasonable indication of future earnings.