Posts Categorized: Valuation

Difficult Issues Often Attached to Valuing a Business

There is little doubt that valuing a business is often a very complex process.  In part, this complexity is due to the fact that business evaluation is somewhat subjective. The simple fact is that the value of a business is often left to the mercy of the person conducting the evaluation.  Adding yet another level… Read more »

Your Company’s Undocumented Worth

The valuation is a major factor that influences the overall selling price of the property. Business appraisals are based upon a multitude of criteria and indisputable records such as comparables, projections, discount rates, EBITDA multiples, and more. While the appraiser may have all the information he or she needs, the business elements might be overlooked…. Read more »

Strong Selling Points: Let Your Strengths Work for You

“Independent business owner” is a phrase with two meanings. Of course, it means being the owner of an independent business. But another way to look at “independent business owner” is to let this phrase define the very personality of the person at the helm. Independent. Confident. Self-assured. Strong-willed. These are vital entrepreneurial attributes, but, ironically,… Read more »

What Are Your Company’s Weaknesses?

Every company has weaknesses; the trick is to fix them. There is a saying that the test of a good company president or CEO is what happens to the company when he or she leaves. Some companies–on paper–may look the same, but one company may be much more valuable due to weaknesses in the other… Read more »

Work “On, Not In” Your Business

For the better part of 40 years, Michael Gerber has been encouraging business owners to work “on, not in” their business. In this interview of Built to Sell Radio, you’ll hear some of Gerber’s sage advice and get a summary of his new book, Beyond The E-Myth, including: – Why every company should be built as a… Read more »

Inside the Mind of a Private Equity Investor

Frank Cottle led an investor group to buy Hi-Mark Software for 10 times EBITDA.  Cottle then sold a chunk for 15 times and ultimately sold his last tranche of equity for more than 16 times EBITDA to Lufthansa.  In this interview, you’ll get deep inside the mind of a private equity buyer and learn: – three… Read more »

How One Pivot Doubled The Value of This Business

James Garvey and his partner grew Objective Loyalty from a standing start in 2005 to $2.5 million in EBITDA before they decided to sell their email marketing platform.  Garvey’s investment banker spent six months shopping the deal without a single offer. Then Garvey decided to switch tactics and approach the strategic partners who already knew… Read more »

About Multiples of Revenue

People talk about multiples of revenue. Sure, one can take any price and divide it by the annual revenue of a business and obtain a revenue multiple. A $1 million sale price divided by $750,000 in annual revenue equals a 1.33 revenue multiple. Right? Nothing inherently right or wrong in talking about multiples of revenue…. Read more »