Succession war stories: the good, the bad and the average

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Dec-2018 02:00:00

Succession stories from the corporate world

The following business succession examples come from the international corporate world and have been well reported in business advice and human resources articles and blogs.

They provide some valuable lessons on how to – and how not to – plan for succession.

HP – The bad

Over the course of 15 years HP (Hewlett Packard) had seven different CEOs – each horridly replaced with the next.

At its core, the problem was that the incoming CEOs were not adequately educated on the innermost workings that made HP successful. They came in with sweeping changes that contradicted the soul of HP.

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Topics: Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, business management

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

 
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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