An inaccurate view of the value of your business will adversely impact the success of the sales effort.
A properly determined and executed business valuation is essential when the owner is ready to consider selling the business. You don’t want to leave money on the table with a selling price that undervalues the business, while overvaluing the business may result in little buyer activity and a listing that languishes on the market.
Most business owners use tax returns or financial statements prepared for tax purposes as the basis for the financial presentation of their business. As a result, the true market value of the assets is not reflected because of an understated cash flow that does not include depreciation, interest payments, personal expenses or other owner benefits that are written off for tax purposes.
While this may be good for saving you taxes, it can result in a sale price that does not reflect your years of hard work to build a successful and profitable business. A business intermediary will prepare a “Recasted Schedule of Seller’s Discretionary Cash Flow” that adds back the financial benefits that a buyer will receive that are not presented on the tax return.
As the business intermediary, I have reviewed literally hundreds of tax returns and financial statements, which allow me to instantly spot expense levels that are outside of the aftermarket norms. I have the knowledge, dedication and experience to provide a broker’s opinion on the “Most Likely Selling Price” that is based upon well over one hundred facilitated transactions and years of following sales of aftermarket businesses on a nationwide basis.