Clark Schaefer Hackett’s Business Valuation professionals offer a practical solution to the question, “How much is my business worth?” We are dedicated to serving your needs with regard to estate and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, valuation of intangible assets and litigation support.
Like a snapshot, a valuation is a measure of a business’s worth at a particular time. Improvement in the economy should be helpful to the outlook for your business and its bottom line, two factors which can positively impact that measure of its value. Healthy profitability, as well as solid cash flow to owners, lead to higher values for privately held businesses. Have your business valued now, while the economic outlook is positive, and you’ll be happy with the way it positions you to future buyers.
In addition, economic improvement has helped spur more mergers and acquisition activity in the U.S. There are more sales of middle market businesses ($5 million to $500 million in revenue) in the U.S. than of large businesses. Middle market businesses can be attractive to other middle market businesses looking to grow, as well as large businesses looking to gain additional market share on their quest for total domination. As a potential seller, you could have multiple buyers pushing up the value of your business. A business valuation helps prepare you for the event of an offer from an interested buyer.
We often work with other CPA firms who cannot serve as valuators due to conflicts of interest or independence. Our business valuations team is made up of members credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), and have received the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designations. Each valuation assignment is unique, and each engagement requires in-depth analysis and a thorough understanding of the business being valued. However, the findings can be reported in different ways, depending on the circumstances of the engagement. As a result, we prepare a report based on the needs of the client and the purpose of the valuation.