5 tips for business buyers [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 24-Feb-2021 02:00:00

The following video features 5 tips that will help you take a planned and measured approach to what may well be one of the biggest financial investments of your life.

They're each important in their own way, but I must admit Tip 2 – 'Have passion for the opportunity' – is a key one for me.

Owning a business can be difficult at times, but it's easier to withstand those challenges if you have a 'fire in your belly' for what you do.

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Topics: Buying a business, Business Planning, Video, Business valuation, valuing a business, 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, valuing a business, business value drivers

How to calculate your Business Maintainable Earnings [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-Jul-2020 02:00:00

Business Maintainable Earnings (also known as 'Future Maintainable Earnings') reflect the ability of a business to generate earnings into the future.

BME is one of the most important concepts the market will consider when assessing business value – it is particularly critical for determining a business' going-concern value, including the value of goodwill.

The following infographic shows how to take account of abnormal fluctuations in your business’ performance (i.e. normalise) when calculating your BME.

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Topics: Business Value, BME, infographic, Business valuation, Business maintainable earnings, valuing a business

Business valuation or market appraisal – what is the difference? [video]

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

Business market appraisals and valuations are both robust assessments of a business’ worth and are appropriate for use in different circumstances.

In this video I explain the difference between a business market appraisal and a business valuation, and when each should be used.

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Topics: Business Value, Valuations, Video, Business valuation, market appraisal, valuing a business, business appraisal

What is ‘discounted cash flow’ when valuing a business?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 08-May-2019 02:00:00

When advising clients looking to buy businesses, as well as running businesses, we use a number of different methodologies to assess value.

A business is a dynamic entity – a ‘going concern’ – so you can’t just value it at a point in time. You need to assess the level of cash flow it is generating today, and what you can expect it to generate into the future. You then need to assign a ‘present day value’ to those potential future cash flows. 

One way we do this is by using the discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation method.

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Topics: Business Value, Business valuation, valuing a business, discounted cash flow, business value drivers

What should my business be returning for my investment?

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

The business buyers and owners we work with in the SME market tend to target a return on investment in a range from 10 to 40%.

This range is influenced by factors such as:

  • industry prospects
  • competitive dynamics
  • points of difference
  • use of technology
  • delivery capability

...and a myriad of factors relating to the business model and specific enterprise.

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Topics: valuing a business, return on investment

Business valuation or market appraisal – what's the difference? [video]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 27-Feb-2019 02:00:00

Business market appraisals and valuations are both robust assessments of a business’ worth and are appropriate for use in different circumstances.

In this video I explain the difference between a business market appraisal and a business valuation, and when each should be used.

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Topics: Business Value, Valuations, Video, Business valuation, market appraisal, valuing a business

How to put a price on ‘strategic value’ when buying

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 23-Jan-2019 02:00:00

One way of quantifying a business’ strategic value, at least to some degree, is to consider the ‘buy versus build’ scenario.

Ask yourself: ‘If I was to buy this business, what additional value over and above the fair market value would I get and could I achieve that same value simply by growing my own business?’

Often as business valuers we will determine a fair market value for a client’s business and then, under a separate and subsequent engagement, be involved in selling that business.

In general we find that for every 10 people – businesses or investors – who are interested in purchasing the business, about three of those 10 are already operating in the same market.

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Topics: Business Value, Buying a business, Starting a business, strategic value, valuing a business

When should I have my business valued?

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

People typically request a valuation of their business in reaction to an event, for example:

  • they’ve decided they want to sell or exit, so they want to know how much the business is worth;
  • they want to restructure the legal entities in the business and need a valuation for tax and/or statutory purposes;
  • there is a relationship breakdown between joint shareholders or spouses and they need to transfer or split the business so one can sell to the other, so they need to know its value;
  • they’re seeking finance and the finance company or bank has requested a valuation of the business.

Those are event-orientated valuation requirements and we certainly offer that service on a regular basis.

However, we also advocate using valuation as a proactive management and investment tool and we’ve been very excited to provide this service to more and more business owners over the past 12 months.

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Topics: Business valuation, business management, budgeting, valuing a business

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 Value, Business valuation, valuing a business

 
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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