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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



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


Even the most experienced business appraisers are often confused: do the discount or cap rates apply to valuing minority or controlling business ownership interests? One share of company stock – a classical minority ownership interest The question is worth considering: values of controlling shares of business ownership can be a lot higher than the typical… Continue Reading


If you are valuing a business, assessing the company’s earning capacity and risk should sound familiar. Risk estimation gives you the all-important discount rate to plug into your business valuation, especially with the discounted cash flow method. Business appraisers use a number of ways to calculate the discount rates. The best known of these are… Continue Reading


If you are planning on valuing a business in an international setting, consider complying with the International Valuation Standards (IVS). Just about in any jurisdiction where business assets are valued, standard compliance is key and the IVS rules the roost. One of the key requirements under the IVS is a properly conducted fact finding investigation.… Continue Reading


If you are valuing a business with a view to sharing your appraisal results with other business people or professionals, it is a good idea to make sure you comply with major standards. Perhaps the most important and best known professional standard governing all kinds of appraisals, including business valuation, is the venerable USPAP, or… Continue Reading