There are several reasons one would want to know the value of a small business. Usually, we want to have accurate information at hand for planning exit strategies or identifying the potential selling price of a company. Of course, this process of conducting a selling price evaluation should be left to experienced professionals, like those at Atlantic Business Brokerage, Inc. We provide a free, confidential, obligation-free first consultation and assessment of your business’s worth to review what options are available to you.
While you definitely should let a professional broker calculate the selling price value of a small business, here is a brief rundown of different ways to conduct a business evaluation.
Discounted Cash Flow
Determining a small business’s value through discounted cash flow is relatively straight-forward. This method primarily looks at how much revenue a company can bring in. Current cash flow amounts are considered, then by following its pattern, we can project how much more cash flow can be expected in the future. This future projection is calculated at a discounted or lower rate, to account for the risk of purchasing the small business.
Discounted Future Earnings
This method of determining business value is similar to the discounted cash flow method, except the calculations for future worth are further broken down and projected with more than one discount variable or time frame. For example, making projections into one year from now to five years from now would yield different results if the discount rates were 10% or 15%.
With asset-based valuation, the liability value is subtracted from the tangible and intangible assets to calculate the net value of the business. Business liabilities, in this case, means any outstanding amounts you owe from your company, like loans, debts, unpaid expenses. Tangible assets would be the worth of the property, equipment, inventory, and cash on hand. Intangible assets need to be assigned an estimated value, but these items are still highly valuable in the price evaluation of a business. These items include intellectual property, reputation, brand-identity, and current customer base.
With market-based valuation, the business value is determined by comparing it to other similar operations in the industry. This value could vary region to region and from time to time, as the price is dependent on the ever-changing market. The number of current businesses for sale or the number of buyers can influence the pricing evaluation too.
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