How to Find the Value of Your Bethesda, Maryland Business

Have you ever assessed the value of your Bethesda business? Assessing the value of your Bethesda business can be more complicated than just working out the value of its assets. The value of a business means different things to different people, but there are some core principles of business valuation that can help you get the right valuation done for your Bethesda business. This might seem complicated, but we can help. Our experts at Redwood Valuation Partners have years of experience in business valuation and are eager to help you through the process from start to finish.

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Why Do Businesses Get Valuations?

A business valuation could be conducted for several reasons, but often it is done because a business’s owner wants to know how much the company is worth. Don’t try to go into business negotiations about selling a business before you’ve gotten a valuation from a skilled accountant who’s an expert in the field.

A business valuation shows not just overall worth, but also where that value originates from. There are as many factors involved in the value of a business as there are businesses themselves. It might be surprising to learn that a business with a very high value in Bethesda is perhaps not as highly valued in a different city. In contrast, a business that seems modest and small may actually hold a lot of value for a buyer. The particulars of a business will determine the outcome.

Therefore, getting experienced accountants to do a valuation is critical. Getting your business valued requires knowledge of finance, tax law, venture capital and the audit process, as well as of your business. The advantages of doing a business valuation correctly include understanding your selling price and stock compensation. However, any advantages of doing a valuation are up to you and your business. A free consultation from Redwood may help you clarify the reasons for your valuation and the best approach for your particular business.

What Approaches Are There to Business Valuation?

When assessing the value of any business, there are three broad approaches that are considered standard. These three approaches are not the only possible ways of looking at a business’s value, however. No matter where your business is located, these methods can help you find your business’s value. The best approach for your business depends on your reason for getting a valuation and your long-term goals for your company.

Looking at Assets

Finding the value of a business based on its assets isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. In this approach, a business’s investments are added up to determine value. The business valuator tries to determine with this method what it would cost to set up anther business exactly like the one that already exists. This reveals what that original business is worth (what kinds of assets it has) and what liabilities it has. Then, the valuator can simply subtract the liabilities from the assets to figure out the worth of the business.

Of course, this approach is deceptively simple. This process gains complexity when the accountant has to decide which assets to include. Typically, one of two methods will be chosen for proceeding: either a going concern asset-based approach or a liquidation asset-based approach.

One method is to look at assets with a going concern. Simply put, the accountant can subtract the value of any liabilities from the assets that the business has. In a liquidiation focused approach to valuation, it is important to imagine the business is liquidated before determining its value. After liquidation, the accountant can see clearly the value of the business.

The specifics of your business may reveal whether this sort of approach is right for you. It is possible that a different method is more suitable for your particular business. For example, a sole proprietorship in which assets are in the name of the business’ owner are not good candidates for this approach. A corporation, however, could find value in an assessment that is asset-based, as its assets are owned by the entire company and not one person.

Market-Based Approach

It can be useful in a valuation to look at the bigger picture and see what a business is worth compared to the rest of the market. This includes looking at other businesses in Bethesda. Viewing your business side-by-side with other, similar ventures can provide crucial information for figuring out the value of a business.

This approach has the benefit of viewing overall market conditions rather than having a more narrow focus. In this approach, it is also very important to consider what a buyer in the market would currently pay for your business and what the fair market value would be.

This approach encounters difficulties in that often other businesses are not eager to share their worth with competitors. Non-competition clauses and private information can hinder this approach, making it difficult or potentially even impossible to get the information necessary for this type of valuation.

Making a Valuation Based on Income or Earnings

An income- or earning-based approach is different from the other two in that it is concerned with future potential. An income-based approach tries to use current income and earnings to predict how much a business will be worth in the future.

It is not an exact science to predict the future of a business and therefore an earning focused approach can invite an element of risk. Some of this uncertainty is offset by the ability to use concrete data to calculate this valuation. The accountant doing the valuation can even “normalize” figures to remove unusual spikes or dips that could make the assessment less precise. The market itself can produce spikes and dips that require an additional capitalization factor to be figured into the assessment.

There are, as with other methods, additional considerations here, such as the type of business you run. Sole proprietorship could mean that a business’s identity is so closely linked to its owner that selling it incurs particular risks that can not be predicted based on earnings alone.

Different Kinds of Business Valuations

Not all valuations are the same and not all valuations are confined strictly to businesses. There are other value assessments that serve difficult purposes. Others focus on things such as patents and intellectual property.

Getting a 409A Valuation

This type of valuation is concerned with the stocks connected to your business. Many businesses offer stock to their employees and contractors. When compensation comes in the form of stocks like this it is considered a special type of deferred payment that has to be reported.

This sounds complicated. It simply means those stocks have to be accounted for. For one thing, this type of valuation can help a business find its fair market value. Any employee offered stock as part of their compensation must be able to buy equity in your company at or above the fair market value determined through this valuation. Other deferred compensation that requires a 409A valuation includes salary deferral arrangements and bonus plans the company issues.

It is important to know whether or not your business is legally required to get this form of valuation. Even if you have gotten a 409A valuation in the past for your business, the law could require that you get another one each year or every time a new round of funding closes.

It is advised that you don’t try to do a 409A valuation yourself, even though you can, and instead let an accountant deal with unforeseen difficulties that you aren’t prepared to handle. They can also help you choose the best approach to this valuation for your circumstances and business needs.

Business Valuations/Looking at Business Valuations

A business valuation is a general term and can be suitable for a myriad of situations, including during negotiations, while planning a business or during entity conversations. Maybe you are wondering how much your business can sell for right now. Others desire a business valuation when researching things such as tax liability.

Whatever the reason, a skilled valuator can help you get equity and enterprise valuations. As our clients have expanded, so has Redwood, increasing the size and expertise of our team. Regardless of your specific reasons for seeking out a business valuation, we can work with you to reach your goals. Business valuation could include tax or financial reporting, assessment of fair market value or for purchase price allocations.

It takes an experienced team to understand the intricacies of business and finance, as well as IRS regulations. You know your business, but evaluating your business against all applicable laws, regulations and financial considerations takes an expert in the field of business valuation.

How to Assess IP and Patents

Patents and intellectual property also require their own valuations. Most businesses do have some sort of intangible property that want to protect and valuate, though. IP and patents are always under threat from competing trademarks and leaked trade secrets, as well as tax concerns. Litigation, mergers, acquisitions and business planning provide additional cause for an IP and patent valuation.

Make sure your patent or intellectual property is protected by understanding what it’s worth on the market. It is sometimes complicated to find the value of these intangible assets. Despite the difficulty, IP and patents are extremely valuable assets that every business should seek to protect as well as they can.

What is a Purchase Price Allocation?

You may be required to do a purchase price allocation. In the course of negotiations for a business acquisition, things such as liabilities, assets and fair market value need to be assessed objectively. Purchase price is the crucial outcome of such an evaluation of a business.

This type of business valuation looks at all the different parts of a business to determine its value. In a transaction, a lot of smaller pieces of a company can be traded and purchased and it’s important to understand the value of all of these.

Getting a Business Valuation Done Right

Come to Redwood Valuation Partners when the time comes for your business valuation. Whether you are comparing your business to others in Bethesda or looking elsewhere, a business valuation can show you the fair market value of your business and assets and keep you in compliance with any tax code regulations.

Knowing the fair market value of your business can help your future. Whether you are looking to assess your value for the sake of selling or have yearly tax considerations, a business valuation will help. Intellectual property can be assessed and protected through a business valuation. Don’t get overwhelmed by the details. Get experts on your side who know how to cut through the complicated legal language to get you the information you need. Our team has worked for years in business, finance and tax issues, allowing us to meet the needs of a wide range of businesses.

While venture capital and auditing can be complicated, we believe teamwork and expertise can help manage the process of a valuation. Our valuation associates and analysts have worked in their field for years, becoming respected experts. We know the pressures and stress of running a successful business. That’s why we won’t waste your time; we’ll handle the details while you keep running your business.

Whatever your reason for getting a business valuation, we can offer client focus, experience and expertise that can make the process as easy as possible for you. We go beyond the standard valuation to offer a free consultation, as well as audit defense and customized reports. If you aren’t sure where to start, we can guide you through the process right from the start. The customized reports we include with our valuations give you insight into the details of all of your businesses assets. See both subjective and objective elements of your valuation with an in-depth look at your business. And if an audit should come up, you can rest easy knowing our audit defense has your back at any time.

In the end, if you need a business valuation, you will likely need help with that valuation. Get Redwood’s experienced team to assist you as you work through a business valuation for any reason. A free consultation may be the perfect starting point.

Client-Focus

Our clients have direct access to Redwood’s managing partners and directors. You know your business better than anyone, and the valuation process includes subjective assessments that require your input. We guide you through this process, save your time, and allow you to focus on what matters – growing your business. Get a quality company appraisal in Bethesda, MD.

Services

The Redwood team has performed many IRC 409A Valuation Seattle engagements, and we offer a wide variety of business appraisals to Seattle. Other services include ASC 805 valuation (purchase price allocations), IP valuation, patent valuation, impairment valuation, carried interest valuation, portfolio valuations, IRC 382 valuations, and many other types of stock valuations and business valuations.

Experience

With over 50 years of combined valuation experience, we provide top-tier expertise and client service at a reasonable price. Our experience as CFOs and Controllers of venture firms and startups separates us from our competitors who lack the boots-on-the-ground experience that our clients have, which we also share.

Contact Us

If you plan to issue stock options in the next twelve months or have any questions about potential valuations, give us a call for a free consultation and we will give you candid advice about whether a valuation may be needed and how we might help. Our goal is to help our clients achieve their desired goals with minimal burden.

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