Pre-money Business Valuation
Business valuation conducted before the injection of capital from outsite equity investors.
What It Means
Equity investors, such as angels and venture capitalists, provide investment capital in exchange for a share of business ownership. A key question addressed by the pre-money business valuation is this:
For example, assume that you determine that your business is worth $1,000,000 before the investment round. Let’s say that the investors offer $500,000. Based on your $1,000,000 pre-money business valuation, you will give up a third of the ownership interest in your business to raise this $500,000.
The company value after the investment has been made is called the post-money valuation. The pre-money valuation is the difference between the post-money value and the investment.
In the above example the post-money valuation is $1,500,000 which is the sum of the company’s pre-money value of $1,000,000 and the investment of $500,000.
Business owners are well advised to determine what the business is worth before accepting the terms of outside investment. A key consideration is whether you retain the controlling ownership interest after the investment round.