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Once in a while you run across business valuation projects that must defer to special requirements which appear in conflict with major business valuation standards. An example is a local court calling for just a market based business valuation even though the USPAP or International Valuation Standards (IVS) expect you to use all three approaches:… Continue Reading






You may wonder: is it possible to use the established business valuation methods and still come up with erroneous results? You bet. Moreover, it happens all the time, even in professional business appraisals. The culprit is, as usual, between the chair and the computer screen, as the saying goes. Put seriously, your assumptions, depth of… Continue Reading


If you are considering doing a business valuation, prepare to face the inevitable: you will need to equip yourself with a business valuation software to do the job. Business valuation on a Mac and PC is the new normal Most business people and professionals are armed with an array of computing devices these days. Think… Continue Reading


The 2020 – 2021 update to the venerable USPAP standards is out and there are some changes you should know about. Perhaps the most noteworthy is the change to the format of the Restricted Appraisal report. It is now allowed to include additional parties as the intended audience besides the client. This works as long… Continue Reading


It should come as no surprise that cyber crooks are always after your money. If you do business valuations, then you are a  most desirable target for the criminals. Think about it – business valuation is about money, lots of it. In fact, businesses are usually the most valuable possessions people hold. Yes, business values… Continue Reading


If you are looking to figure out what a private business is worth, a natural tendency is to check the market for guidance. Think about it – whenever you need a product or service, a key question is how much to shell out. The question of a reasonable price for an asset is usually seen… Continue Reading


When it comes to business valuation, the market approach reigns supreme. Think about it – where else can you glean the values of businesses better than from the active, observable market place where companies change hands every day? Unsurprisingly, the International Valuation Standards or IVS for short, accord a special place to the market-based valuation… Continue Reading


Valuing a business? You would do well to heed the requirements of the USPAP standards. USPAP is a short form for the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. These renowned standards govern valuation of all types of assets, including real and personal property, collectibles, and businesses. Business valuation is covered in USPAP standard 9, while… Continue Reading


Half the battle in business valuation is to clearly state what is being valued. Your business appraisal would be misleading unless you define what equity or debt capital is included in your value calculations. Equity is just another term for owners’ interest in the business. If you are valuing a corporation this ownership interest is… Continue Reading


No surprises there – business valuation delves into some pretty sensitive information. Think about it – generally no public record of a private company financial performance, let alone its value exists. Business owners are not usually ecstatic telling the world how much they are worth. If a private business is put up for sale, business… Continue Reading


Ever wonder why business appraisers take their time to come up with an accurate, defensible opinion of value? If you thought the devil is in the details, you are on the right track. What is included in your business valuation? To keep things interesting, business valuation can measure business value to just about any definition.… Continue Reading