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How Often Should I Have a Business Valuation Done?

The number of business owners who either do not know or who have the wrong idea about the worth of their businesses is surprising. For the most part, this is because these owners do not place much stock in having business valuations done on their companies. After all, why should they dedicate significant time and resources to a business valuation when they are not ready to sell their businesses? Others may not be interested in knowing the true value of their businesses so long as their firms report profits year after year. However, as a business owner, you need to understand what a business valuation is and why it is important for your business to have one done. Additionally, knowing when to have a formal valuation done on your enterprise could influence the trajectory of your business. Below we will discuss some of the reasons to have a professional value your company and how often to do it.

What is Goodwill in Business?

In certain market situations, particularly in mergers and acquisitions, the term “goodwill” is often used. Goodwill in business is a crucial component of the business valuation process because it lets the acquiring company or simply the acquirer know what they are in for in purchasing the target enterprise. To understand goodwill in business, you need to understand its effect on the operation and acquisition processes. When was the last time you walked into Macy’s or Starbucks? How did you feel about the steep prices you paid for the goods? Did you feel that they worth their price? The answers to these questions should help you better understand goodwill.

My business is worth WHAT?!?!

At the time of retiring the average business owner in Australia does not have a funded pension beyond what they have set aside in their own and their spouse’s Superannuation; most will have a personal residence that has only recently had the mortgage paid off and less will have a significant investment portfolio. Remember, these are averages so your circumstances may be better or worse off. In many situations the family business will be the most significant financial asset available to provide for the owner’s retirement years. You should be asking yourself several questions, but are you ...

Why should I ask if my Business Valuer is licensed?

Most people require the services of a business valuation company at one point or another. If you are a corporate head who wants to retire by selling off your company, you would need a valuation to increase your asking price. A professional valuation would also come in handy for the homeowner who wants to sell off his property or the shareholder who wants to cash in his interest. Valuations are therefore a crucial part of any business. However, sometimes you may feel as if a professional valuation may not justify the cost. Why hire a professional when any appraiser can do the job? Why should you choose a Certified Professional Valuer’s estimation over your own or an unlicensed company’s when you want to sell your stake interest? These are the questions we will be looking at in this post.

Why is a Business Valuation needed when conducting a business merger or sale?

There comes a time when business people have to make a choice about the future of their enterprises. Some of them consider selling their businesses while others would make merging with another company one of the options on the table. During such a time, a business valuation becomes crucial to the company and its shareholders. Determining what a business is worth is however not only crucial to the company about to be sold or merged with. On the contrary, having a business valued offers considerable interest to the parties considering merging or buying out the business. In this article, we will look at a few reasons why this is true.