Business Valuation 101: Approaches for Valuing Private Businesses

Performing a valuation of a publicly-traded company is fairly straightforward. When a company’s stock is actively traded on an exchange, the market sets the price and the transaction can be completed in a matter of seconds. A privately-held company, on the other hand, is a different story. An evaluation of a privately-held company requires financial models, investment and return expectations, and ownership constraints to establish an opinion as to what the market may pay.

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Top Business Valuation Myths

All business owners speculate about the value of their companies. But like most compelling questions, the easy answers are typically not the worthwhile ones. The many myths in the world of business valuation can misguide business owners. Following are the top myths that lead many business owners astray.

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Business Valuation 101: Why Do I Need to Know the Value of My Business?

You are not considering selling your business soon. Fortunately, you are not going through a divorce, and no one has died. So why would you need to pay to find out the value of your business? Some of the many reasons business owners choose to investigate the true value of their business extend far beyond the reasons listed above.

 

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Business Valuation 101: What is a Business Valuation?

How much is my company worth? It seems like a simple question. You might be asking it because you are working on your estate plan. Or you may be creating a buy/sell agreement. Or you may be completing your annual business financing applications and personal financial statements and question the appropriate inclusion for your balance sheet. Regardless of the reason you’re asking the question, the answer is the same: you need a business valuation.

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