What are some 'rules of thumb' for valuing businesses?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Dec-2018 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 valuation, business valuer, Business Value, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness

JPAbusiness seeking skilled individuals to grow our team

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 07-Nov-2018 02:00:00

JPAbusiness is on the lookout for outstanding individuals to help us grow our valuation, business broking and business advisory services.

We are looking to fill three vacancies with motivated, inquisitive and genuinely client-focused team members.

The positions are:

  • Business analyst – Management consulting and valuation professional
  • Transaction advisor/business broker
  • Business analyst – Graduate position

The positions will all be based in our corporate office in the beautiful and vibrant regional city of Orange, NSW. 

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Topics: positions vacant, staff recruitment, Business advisor, business broker, business valuer, graduate position

Do I need a valuation or a market appraisal? [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 31-Oct-2018 02:00:00

We are often asked by clients whether they need a valuation or a market appraisal.

The answer has a lot to do with the ultimate purpose of the valuation or market appraisal. For example:

  • Does the valuation/appraisal need to stand up in a court of law?
  • Will the valuation/appraisal form part of a transaction/settlement process?
  • Is the client seeking an indicative view of a business' fair market value and the likely factors that add to and detract from that value?

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Topics: Business valuation, business valuer, market appraisal, business management, infographic

Why business sellers should do vendor due diligence

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 22-Aug-2018 02:00:00

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

Vendor due diligence has two main components:

1. Understanding what my business is really worth

This is something we have covered previously in eBooks and blogs about business valuation and market appraisals.
It involves getting independent advice on what your business is really worth in the market, on a realistic, fair value market basis.

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Topics: vendor due diligence, selling a business, Business valuation, business valuer, Selling your business

What is 'strategic' value when selling a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 01-Aug-2018 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’.

So how much more than its fair market value will a purchaser pay for a business with strategic value?

The answer is largely determined by the potential purchasers’ individual circumstances, which impact their appetite for the opportunity, but it can also be influenced by the vendor’s management decisions long before sale time.

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Topics: strategic value, Selling your business, Business advisor, selling a business, business valuer

How to choose a business valuer

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-May-2018 02:00:00

Business owners often come to us and say things like: “I want to sell my business/I’m interested in taking on a new shareholder/I want to get some finance for my business … and I have been advised that my business is worth X.”

My common response is: “We’re happy to help, but on what basis is your business worth X?”

The answer is usually along the lines of: “Oh well, that’s what I was told by my business advisor/financial planner/tax advisor/etc.”

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Topics: business valuer, Business valuation, market appraisal, business advice

 
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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