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Very Basics of Business Valuation

The term “value” means different things to different individuals. I’m not sure who made that statement many years ago, but it still holds true today. The perceived value depends on the interpretations, circumstances and role of the shareholder(s). Without carefully defining the term “value”, a conclusion reached in a valuation report will have no meaning.… Continue >>>

Top Five EBITDA Adjustments

Top Five EBITDA Adjustments Oftentimes, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are used as a proxy for a firm’s operating cash flow. While EBITDA can be interpreted in different ways, this type of earnings stream can be used to produce a value for a business or business interest by the application of a… Continue >>>

Three Key Factors in Business Valuation

The three key factors are profitability, growth and risk. Profitability, or more specifically, anticipated benefits will be the most important consideration by investors (i. e., buyers). Anticipated benefits will consider such items as the nature, capital structure, and historical performance. Growth considerations are generally the expected growth in earnings, along with the anticipated outlook for… Continue >>>

How to Benchmark the Value of a Business

The question that arises most often for many small business owners and others interested in purchasing a business is “what is a reasonable price for this business?” To some degree, every business is unique and therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all formula to determine the value. Years ago, I was visiting with a dentist who was… Continue >>>

Creating a Reliable Buy-Sell Agreement

A buy-sell agreement can be an important tool in smoothing any business ownership transition, whether the aim is to maintain control, provide liquidity and a ready market for the stock, retain key employees or ensure an orderly ownership transfer in the case of death, disability or divorce. Of course, it’s important to decide how to… Continue >>>

Three Aspects Of A Valuation Professional

As a business owner, at sometime or another you may need the services of a valuation professional. Even so, this doesn’t mean that you necessarily know what a business appraiser does. As one of the country’s leading business valuation firms, Arizona-based American Business Appraisers would like to take a moment to explain and reflect upon… Continue >>>

Can A Business Valuation Help To Value Intellectual Property?

American Business Appraisers is Arizona’s business valuations leader and can value your intellectual property. Common values that are often requested from our Phoenix business appraisal firm are patents, brand names, customer lists, etc. Our certified appraisers and valuation analysts offer clients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Goodyear, Tempe, and beyond business valuations for stock valuation, partnership appraisals,… Continue >>>

We are considering acquiring a business. Can your certified business appraisers help?

Our certified Arizona business appraisers can provide business valuations when you are acquiring a business or business interest to help in determining an equitable price for both parties. Our independent appraisal services can also help with purchase price allocation to satisfy FASB’s 141R and 142 reporting requirements. Our appraisal services also include machinery and equipment… Continue >>>

Is there a Doctor or Appraiser in the House?

Over the years, we at American Business Appraisers have come to appreciate the many similarities between the practices of medicine and business appraisal: Both involve science – careful, systematic observation and gathering of facts, Application of proven theories, Both involve art – the use of informed, reasoned judgments based on experience and training, Both physicians… Continue >>>

Market Transactional Valuation Multiples are not about Averages

In October of 2003, I co-chaired a valuation roundtable session with Dr. Shannon Pratt, a highly regarded individual within the business appraisal profession. A question was asked regarding the use of market data in the market approach as it applies to the valuation of closely held companies. I thought it would be helpful to revisit… Continue >>>

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