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"WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS WORTH? THE ANSWER DEPENDS ON THE METHOD OF VALUATION AND THE PURPOSE OF THE VALUATION. NOT ALL VALUE IS THE SAME."

Buying or Selling a Business

There are different types of value, referred to as standards of value. Most people are familiar or have heard of fair market value. For the purchase or sale of a business or business interest, investment value may be the most appropriate. However, value does not necessarily equal price.

Price is a negotiated amount at which a transaction takes place. For this reason, many buyers and sellers choose not to engage a professional to value the business interest for a transaction. Under most circumstances, incurring the cost and spending the time for a valuation engagement is unnecessary for a transaction.

A valuation professional may be able to provide assistance to either party in a transaction. Areas where the valuation professional’s expertise can help the buyer or seller negotiate the price are:

  • Market research
  • Financial analysis
  • Industry insight
  • Reviewing agreements for economic considerations
  • Evaluating the economic impact of the deal

While the actual price is important, it is also important to make sure that you can afford the deal.  Will you have sufficient cash flow to meet your needs when the deal closes?  Buyers have to consider the working capital needs of the business as well as how they will fund the cost of buying the business.  Sellers need to make sure that they can replace the cash flow that was coming from the business with the proceeds while preserving their capital.

We can assist you in evaluating whether the deal you are considering meets your investment criteria.

If you are involved in a transaction, call Yip Associates at 561-325-6959 or email mbour@yipcpa.com for more information as to the services available.