How to use valuation as a management tool [case study]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 25-Aug-2021 02:00:00

Most business owners only seek a business valuation after being prompted to do so by a significant ‘event’, for example family break-up, retirement, need for business restructuring, bank lending requirement, purchase offer and so on.

My experience indicates the opposite course would be better: valuation should be considered a management tool and be done before, and separate from, such business and emotive life events.

The following case study shows how an independent valuation, carried out early, would have made life a whole lot easier for one of my clients.

Instead this client found themselves in a credit squeeze with little understanding of the true value of their business to potential financiers and the drivers that really matter to external parties.

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Topics: Business Value, Valuations, Case study, Business valuation, Business advisor, business broker, business valuer, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, client case studies, Central West NSW

Why do I need a ‘brand identity’ and how do I develop one?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 11-Aug-2021 02:00:00

This blog comes from one of our most popular eBooks: Brand and Corporate Identity for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses.

The eBook was written with business branding experts Richard Amos and Mike Wilkinson.

What’s in a brand?

Comments by Richard Amos and Mike Wilkinson

We often talk about brand as a relationship, or a connection, between an organisation and its customers – it is the connection your business has with your customers’ minds.

A brand is the sum of all you say and do in relation to your products and services, plus consumers’ personal experiences with these.

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Topics: Business Planning, Brand and marketing, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, James Price, brand identity, JPAbusiness, brand strategy, Parramatta, marketing, Central West NSW, branding, brand plan

What is 'strategic' value when buying or selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-May-2021 02:00:00

Strategic value is the value a purchaser is willing to pay for a business, over and above what an impartial business valuer might determine is ‘fair market value’.

As we have discussed in our eBooks, one common method of determining a business’ fair market value is to use a multiple of earnings.

Multiple of Earnings is the term for how many years or months a purchaser is prepared to wait before they recoup the value they paid the outgoing business owner, based on an assessment of business maintainable earnings (or sustainable earnings).

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Selling your business, Template, strategic value, Checklist, business advice, Business advisor, business valuer, JPAbusiness, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business value drivers

How to value your own business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 17-Feb-2021 02:00:00

I had a chat with a prospective client the other day – a young guy in his mid-20s, with a business partner – who has embarked on starting a technology and communications business from scratch after graduating from university.

We were talking about a meeting I had had the previous day with a business owner who had started their business 30-plus years ago, and who is now aged in their 60s.

I recalled how I met up with this business owner to talk about sale, succession and business value, and, unfortunately, my assessment was that their wholesale industrial products distribution business was going to be very hard to ‘sell for value’ because of various factors.

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Topics: Business Value, Business valuation, business management, business valuer, James Price, small business, JPAbusiness, valuing a business, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business sale transaction advisor, business value drivers

What are some 'rules of thumb' for valuing a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Jul-2020 02:00:00

When it comes to valuing businesses – listed or private – you will often hear people refer to ‘rules of thumb’. Some will say the value of a business is:

  • ‘x times its revenue’ or
  • ‘x multiples of its earnings’ or
  • ‘a function of its after-tax profit’ or
  • ‘a function of its gross profit’ and so on.

These ‘rules of thumb’ tend to be industry based i.e. “a business in Industry A is worth ‘x’ times multiple of earnings” while “a business in Industry B is worth ‘x’ times revenue”. (I won’t repeat the actual ‘rules’ I’ve heard – I don’t want to encourage anyone to use them!) 

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Topics: Business Value, business advice, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

Parramatta new home base for JPAbusiness

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 18-Mar-2020 02:00:00

Last year we told you about our move to Parramatta in Western Sydney. Well, it’s been just over 12 months and we’re loving it!

It’s now time for us to consolidate our physical footprint within one office, which will be the Parramatta office. As a result, we have closed our Orange office, but our corporate address and roots remain firmly in the central west, at Blayney, NSW.

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Topics: business advice, selling a business, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, running a business, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta

How to build value by starting succession planning early [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Feb-2020 02:00:00

The following cheat sheet contains 6 succession strategies you can start employing in your business today.

Adopting these strategies will help future-proof your business for when and if you decide to take up an exit opportunity, or relinquish operational involvement in your business.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your succession plan and developing the skills of your team and business capability.

If you future-proof your business in this way, the business should thrive even if you’re not there, and the market should reward you.

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Topics: infographic, cheat sheet, Template, Succession planning, staff management, business advice, business management, business ownership, business valuer, running a business, small business

Why you need a valuation before starting the business sale process

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 04-Dec-2019 02:00:00

When selling a business, it’s important to think carefullybefore taking it to market – about your reasons and objectives for selling.

Once you’ve established your objective, write it down and/or discuss it explicitly with your business partner, spouse and/or advisor.

You then need to obtain a professional valuation to determine whether a sale could meet that objective.

For example, sometimes we see business owners wanting a certain amount for their business and that amount is not necessarily determined by what the market would likely pay for the business, but rather it’s determined by the amount of outstanding loans the business owner has with the bank.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, business advice, selling a business, Business valuation, Business advisor, business valuer, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW, business transaction advisor

How to think like a buyer when selling your business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 06-Nov-2019 02:00:00

When business owners come to see us, wanting to sell their business, we often get involved in providing ‘vendor due diligence’.

This basically involves us 'pretending' we're a buyer and has two main components:

1. Understanding what the business is really worth i.e. conducting an independent valuation or market appraisal

2. Understanding how the business appears to a potential purchaser.

That second component is the core part of vendor due diligence and involves looking at the business from a purchaser’s point of view:

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Topics: Selling your business, infographic, Template, eBook, selling a business, Business valuation, business broker, vendor due diligence, business valuer, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

How often should I have my business valued? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Oct-2019 02:00:00

Valuations are extremely useful management tools for business owners looking to maximise their current business performance and long-term value.

A valuation can help you identify what you are currently doing that is:

a) adding to your business value, and

b) detracting from that value.

My advice is that, if your business is greater than five years old, you should have it valued on a reasonably regular basis, say every 2–3 years depending on your growth track and the external environment the business is experiencing.

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Topics: Business Value, Advice, Valuations, Video, business advice, Business advisor, business management, market appraisal, business valuer, James Price, JPAbusiness, Parramatta, Central West NSW

 
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 
 
 

 

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