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If cash is king in business, then an accurate picture of business earnings is king in business valuation. That’s because business value is all about the company’s earning power and risk. It goes without saying then, that a business with a history of superior earnings is more valuable than its less profitable industry peers. Investors… Continue Reading


The debate about how to assess company risk and calculate the discount and cap rates rages on. While the CAPM and Build Up cost of capital models remain widely accepted, the devil, as usual, is in the details. None as obvious as when using the risk premia for building up the equity discount rates for… Continue Reading


Can a company value be established based on its gross receipts? In the language of business appraisal this question is addressed by the so-called market approach. Under this approach to valuation you are actually comparing your company to other similar businesses that have sold recently. You can do such comparison by reviewing the business selling… Continue Reading


Asset approach, also known as the cost approach, is one of the three major ways to value a business. Formally, this approach relies upon the economic principle of substitution: The business value equals the cost of recreating an enterprise of equal economic utility. The idea is that two businesses that generate the same economic benefits… Continue Reading


S corporations are so-called pass through entities. The company itself pays no income taxes. Instead, the shareholders pick up their share of business earnings and put them on their own tax returns. This is big savings compared to the double taxation common with the C corporations. Pre-tax or after-tax earnings for your business valuation? When… Continue Reading



If you are considering valuation of a company, private or public, the choice of valuation methods may seem bewildering at first. Business appraisers and economists recognize that there are three ways to value any company: Asset approach – which looks at the company’s assets and liabilities. Income approach – that establishes the company’s value based… Continue Reading


If you need to determine the value of goodwill of a business or professional practice, the capitalized excess earnings method is an excellent tool. This asset-based valuation method, known as the Treasury method, is especially well suited for goodwill estimation for all types of privately owned companies. Treasury method uses two rates of return One… Continue Reading


One of the central valuation methods under the income approach is the Discounted Cash Flow technique. To apply this method in your business valuation you would need to work up the following key inputs: Forecast of business cash flows Discount rate measuring the business risk Business long-term value, known as the terminal value While the… Continue Reading


Companies developing security software applications fall within the custom software industry sector. It is classified under SIC code 7371 and NAICS 541512. Information systems security concerns in companies large and small are a major reason this sector of the software industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. In 2011, over 49,000 US based firms… Continue Reading


You may come across this situation when valuing a private business: the company owns substantial real estate assets in addition to business operations. By convention, businesses are appraised as though the premises were rented rather than owned. If the company owns its premises and does not pay rent to the landowners, you need to factor… Continue Reading


When it comes to valuing a private business using market-based methods, one valuation multiple that stands out is the price to business revenues. Actually, there are two variants of this distinguished valuation tool: Price to gross revenue Price to net sales In fact, there are a number of industry sectors where the price to sales… Continue Reading


Do you need to value a retail pet store? Here are some industry statistics to consider first: Pet stores are classified under the retail industry SIC code 5999 and NAICS 453910. Pet retail establishments make up a large portion of the miscellaneous retail industry. In the US there are just under 169,000 such operations. This… Continue Reading


There is one important attribute all early stage companies have in common: limited earnings track record. Young companies are usually busy trying to figure out the best ways to coordinate their key resources – labor, capital, and entrepreneurial skill to come up with a winning business model. If you need to value a young company,… Continue Reading


Valuation multiples lie at the heart of business valuation under the market approach. Each business is different. Yet businesses in the same industry group, of similar size and ownership structure may share a number of important factors that drive their value. If there are enough data on similar business sales, you can estimate the value… Continue Reading