How Do You Calculate the Valuation of a Small Business?

The valuation of a small business refers to the process of determining the fair market value of the business, which is the price that a willing buyer would pay for it. This figure is determined by a number of factors. Even if you don’t intend on selling your business, as a small business owner, you’ll need a valuation for tax and estate planning purposes.

Common Calculation Methods

The Earnings Multiplier Method

This method is the most commonly used and takes into account the business’s earnings, growth potential, and risk.

To calculate the valuation using the earnings multiplier method, you’ll need to determine the business’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT). This figure can be found on the business’s financial statements.

You’ll then need to multiply this by a factor that takes into account the growth potential and risk of the business. This factor is determined by looking at similar businesses that have been recently sold. The growth potential of the business is taken into account by looking at the historical growth rate of the business and the industry. The risk is determined by looking at the stability of the industry and the business’s financial position.

Once you have determined the factor, you’ll need to multiply it by the EBIT to get the valuation of the business.

The Market Approach

This method looks at the prices that similar businesses have recently sold to determine the valuation of the business.

To calculate the valuation using the market approach, you’ll need to find comparable businesses that have been recently sold. This information can be found in business broker databases or online business-for-sale listings. Once you’ve found appropriate comparisons, you’ll need to adjust the prices to account for any differences in size, location, or industry.

You’ll then need to take the average of these prices to get the valuation of the business.

The Asset Approach

This method looks at the value of the business’ assets to determine its valuation.

To calculate the valuation using the asset approach, you’ll need to find the value of the business’s assets, which can be found on the business’s balance sheet. You’ll then need to subtract the value of the liabilities to get the valuation of the business.

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Nilesh Vasoya

Nilesh Vasoya is a CPA and experienced business advisor with 15+ years’ experience in accounting and tax, and certifications from NTAA, ICAI (India). He is also a Registered Tax and ASIC Agent. Nilesh specialises in financial reports, cash flow, taxation advice, internal audit, account reconciliation, and advice for small businesses on maximising XERO, MYOB, and QUICKBOOKS. He is experienced in developing strategies for growth within small-medium scale companies.

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