We offer market valuations to Clients who are interested in learning the fair market value of their business. While there are a number of methodologies and techniques used within the business valuation industry, they can typically be categorized into two core approaches:
- Asset based,
- Income based,
When we conduct business valuations, a blended model is used based upon the appraiser’s judgment, assets in question, past and future cash flow capacities, as well as the depth and breadth of available financial, operational, and industry relevant data. All applicable methods used are then presented within the valuation package.
Asset Based approaches
The asset, or cost, approach considers the value of a business to be equivalent to the sum of its parts; or the replacement costs for this business. This is an objective view of a business. It can be effective in quantifying the fair market value of an entity’s tangible assets, as it adjusts for the replacement costs of existing, potentially deteriorating, assets.
Income Based approaches
The income approach identifies the fair market value of a business by measuring the current value of projected future cash flows generated by the business in question. It is derived by multiplying cash flow of the company times an appropriate discount rate. In contrast the asset based approaches, which are very objective, the income based approaches require the valuator to make subjective decisions about discount rates or capitalization. Many considerations and variables are measured to account for the specific contribution of primary value drivers in a business that result in influencing cash flow: revenue drivers, expense drivers, capital investment, etc. This method, which comes in several approaches, is useful as it identifies fundamental factors driving the value of a business.