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Valuing a business? Then doing a market comparison against similar business sales should ring the bell. Indeed, both seasoned valuation pros and business people find the market approach to business valuation easy to grasp. Do your market comps hold water? But, as often in life, the devil is in the details. In fact, the International… Continue Reading


Are you creating a business valuation report that must comply with the venerable USPAP standard? Then you have a choice to make: should your report follow the Restricted or Appraisal report format? What is going on here? Restricted Report format – for client only The USPAP Standard 10 draws a distinction between the restricted and… Continue Reading


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 commands a higher value than its less profitable industry peers.… 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