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Attorneys, accountants, and business owners regularly use business valuation consultants to determine the value of a company or a stake in a company. The valuation can be performed for various reasons, including equitable division in mergers, estate planning, shareholder disputes, and other reasons.  

Business owners seek an objective appraisal of the worth of their company through professional business evaluators. Every company should have an updated business valuation on hand. Similar to a business plan or an updated resume, a current business valuation may help you take advantage of possibilities, safeguard your family financially in the event of your death, and move promptly when it’s time to sell your company.  

If you are looking for a business valuation in Fort Lauderdale, FL, contact Murphy Business Brokers. They perform business appraisals through qualified, professional appraisers with extensive experience in business value and transfer elements. All appraisals are completed by the Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the Institute of Business Appraisers’ Business Appraisal Standards. The use of proven peer-reviewed valuation procedures to create defendable opinions of value is ensured by adhering to industry standards. Murphy appraisers stay updated on evolving valuation difficulties and relevant court decisions by participating in teleconferences and annual valuation conferences.  

What is a business valuation?  

A business evaluator analyses and inspects the entire business, similar to how a house appraiser inspects and analyses a residence. Asset appraisal (along with depreciation) and other criteria are frequently included in this process. A business valuation could include a review of the company’s board of directors, capital structure, management, estimates of the market worth of assets, or future earnings projections. Sectors, firms, and evaluators all use various tools for valuation. Examining discounted cash flow simulations, financial statements, and competitor comparisons are all common techniques to value a business.  

Why is it important to have an updated business valuation?  

As nothing is for certain both in life and in business, unprecedented changes can occur at any time. An up-to-date business valuation will help you be prepared to face anything.  

  • It will enable you to reap the benefits of a unique opportunity, such as a chance to sell the company or form a joint venture.  
  • A business valuation will help determine the purchase or sale price when a partner leaves or when you add a new partner or Limited company member to your business.  
  • You may be considering leaving the company. The first step in developing your exit strategy is to get a business appraisal.  
  • If you want to expand your company with a loan or new equity, you need a business valuation.  
  • In case of an accident, an updated business valuation will help with insurance claims and business recovery.  
  • Personal life upheavals, such as a divorce, can also need a business valuation to determine the division of assets.  
  • Something bad could happen to you, such as disability or death.  

How does the business valuation process work 

The foundation and criteria of the business valuation must be defined at the beginning of the collaboration. Fair market value, which determines the investment value that a specific investor may obtain via cost collaborations, and fair value, which represents the investment potential that a particular investor can acquire through cost savings, are two types of value standards.  

The two major foundations of value are ‘going concern’, which believes the company will continue to function indefinitely, and ‘liquidation’, which is the value of an entity’s tangible assets if it were to go out of business.  

The first part of the business valuation process requires the collection of necessary documents from a client, which include:  

  • Income tax returns  
  • Financial statements  
  • Vendor databases  
  • Organizational documents  
  • Schedules for depreciation  
  • List of customers  

A business valuation consultant might consider employing one of three methodologies during a valuation engagement. The Income Approach, Asset Approach, and Market Approach are the three options. Each of these methodologies provides a variety of strategies for valuing a company.  

This is by no means a comprehensive list of current business valuation methodologies. Appraisers also use many other approaches, including break-up value, asset-based valuation, replacement value, times revenue method, and many more.  

The ideal criteria to look for in a business valuation report are the measures that prospective buyers or investors would consider vital to a company’s long-term performance. Business valuation reports provide a scoring system that determines how well a business is performing and is usually all that is required to determine a business’ selling price or to aid in the formation of a buy-sell agreement between partners/shareholders. For more details contact Anton Joro or call (954) 507-5050 to speak to our experts.