Assessing Business Value in Lebanon

Have you ever wondered how much your business is actually worth? There are a number of intricate details that you have to evaluate in order to find your business’ fair market value. While the precise “value” of a business is a somewhat nebulous concept, there are consistent methods of assessment that can set you on the right track if you’re trying to find the value of your business. If this sounds technical, don’t worry. The accountants and valuators at Redwood Valuation have the expertise and knowledge necessary to make a business valuation a smooth and seamless process for you.

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Why Do Businesses Get Valuations?

There are a myriad of reasons to get your business valued, but perhaps the most obvious one is in order to see how much it will sell for. If you are considering selling your business, it’s critical to get a valuation first so that you can go into negotiations with potential buyers armed with knowledge and data.

A business valuation shows not just overall worth, but also where that value originates from. The value of any one business could come from entirely different sources than a different business. A local business that is important to the community in Lebanon may have a high value for that particular community, but not for a potential buyer. By the same token, hidden value may lurk in a business that doesn’t seem as impressive at first glance. The particulars of a business will determine the outcome.

Therefore, getting experienced accountants to do a valuation is critical. In addition to understanding your business, an accountant doing a valuation should know the ins and outs of finance, venture capital, tax law and other fields. But the benefits of a business valuation come in many forms, from stock compensation to expenses to selling prices. Ultimately, the reason for a business valuation depends on your particular circumstances. If you need help determining if a business valuation is right for your circumstances, get a free consultation from Redwood.

Approaches to Business Valuation

There are three main approaches to business valuation that an accountant or business valuator will use. These three approaches are not the only possible ways of looking at a business’s value, however. These methods apply to an array of businesses, whether they’re in Lebanon or elsewhere. Each business has its own particulars that will ultimately determine the approach that is the most appropriate for it.

Looking at Assets

There are several asset-based approaches possible for business valuation. In this approach, a business’s investments are added up to determine value. One way to go about looking at a business’s assets is by figuring out how much it would cost to set up a brand new business that mimics the existing one. This exercise can reveal a lot of information about a business, including its liabilities and assets. The next step involves balancing the assets and liabilities in order to calculate how much value the business holds.

It sounds straightforward, but there are hidden complexities. This process gains complexity when the accountant has to decide which assets to include. Additionally, there are two different ways of going about this process: a going concern asset-based approach and a liquidation asset-based approach.

One method is to look at assets with a going concern. Value here is determined based on the value of the assets the accountant finds in the business contrasted with the cost of any liabilities. A liquidation approach to determining worth is concerned with paying off liabilities before figuring out the value of a business. After a real liquidation, the business would receive cash; this now becomes the business’s value in a valuation.

Choosing an asset focused method of business valuation maybe right for your business. There are other approaches if focusing on assets is not right for your situation and goals. There are certainly some businesses, such as those that are in a sole proprietorship, that would be well-advised to take a different 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.

Looking at the Market

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. For example, you could compare your business to others located in Lebanon. 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. An accountant using this approach will try to determine the fair market value of your business and what a buyer is likely to pay for it in the current climate.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to get competitors with your business to reveal the sort of information needed for a market-based valuation. Private and protected information such as non-competition clauses can prove a barrier to obtaining some of the information needed to make a 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. However, this method starts in the present, looking at the earnings of the business today to try to predict its future earnings.

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. However, they can use hard data to back up this prediction. Often, a valuator will “normalize” current earnings, removing abnormal costs and windfalls, to try to get a reliable set of figures to work with. Additionally, capitalization factors may indicate abnormalities in the market itself that should be considered during a valuation.

Again, sole proprietorship and the exact style of business can impact the ultimate valuation here. If a business is strongly linked with its owner and that owner sells or leaves the business, an evaluation based on past performance could lose its validity depending on how customers react to the change.

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. A different reason for a valuation could include something such as intellectual property.

409A Valuations

A 409A valuation looks at stock as it relates to the value of your business. It is common for employees in many fields to receive stocks as compensation. Stocks given to employees are regarded by the IRS as deferred income �” income given to someone in one year but actually paid in a different year.

This sounds complicated. What it comes down to is stock options. Businesses who need this form of valuation need it in order to determine the fair market value of their business. The fair market value determined by this valuation is a benchmark at or above which employees given stock must be able to sell. Other deferred compensation that requires a 409A valuation includes salary deferral arrangements and bonus plans the company issues.

Sometimes it is a matter of compliance with the law to get a 409A valuation for your business. Additional 409A valuations could be required at the end of a new round of funding or once a year, even if you have gotten this type of valuation in the past already.

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.

Valuations for Businesses

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. You may be hoping to see how much you could make by selling your company. Or you might be hoping to assess your tax liability by looking at your business’ value.

Whatever the reason, a skilled valuator can help you get equity and enterprise valuations. At Redwood, we’ve seen our clients’ needs expand as our own business has expanded. We have experienced accountants prepared for whatever your business’ specific valuation needs entail. Business valuation could include tax or financial reporting, assessment of fair market value or for purchase price allocations.

The intimate details of IRS regulations, business and finance can be a complex maze to try to sort through. 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. However, this type of valuation can impact a wide range of businesses. Taxes are complex when it comes to IP and patents, but it is also important to make sure trade secrets and trademarks can be protected. Other reasons for IP and patent valuations include business planning, mergers and acquisitions and litigation support.

Once you have a patent or intellectual property that has value, you need to make sure it is protected. Defining assets that are not necessarily tangible can be complex, though. Yet for many businesses, understanding those assets and their precise worth can add value and keep the company in compliance with all applicable laws.

What is a Purchase Price Allocation?

You may be required to do a purchase price allocation. This requirement relates to the acquisition of businesses and includes determining the fair market value of the transaction consideration, intangible assets, liabilities and certain tangible assets as of the date of acquisition. Purchase price is the crucial outcome of such an evaluation of a business.

A purchase price allocation ultimately comes down to determining what various parts of a purchased business are worth, including assets and liabilities. Sometimes a business is sold in pieces and in such cases it’s important to find the value of those pieces before any transaction takes place.

Getting a Business Valuation Done Right

At Redwood Valuation Partners, we are experts in business valuation. Whether your business is in Lebanon or somewhere else entirely, we can help you find the value of your business or intellectual property and stay in compliance with the tax code and other laws and regulations.

Fair market value is a crucial piece of information you should have about your business. Whether you are looking to assess your value for the sake of selling or have yearly tax considerations, a business valuation will help. You also could seek a business valuation in order to protect a patent. The intricacies can seem overwhelming. Get experts on your side who know how to cut through the complicated legal language to get you the information you need. Whether it’s finance, tax issues or business, our accountants are prepared to navigate the technicalities with you.

One of our core values is teamwork, which we believe can help even in the complex world of venture capital and auditing. 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. We let you get to the important work of running your business while we take care of the intricacies of business valuation.

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. Along with the obvious, our valuations include customized reports, audit defense and free consultations. If you aren’t sure where to start, we can guide you through the process right from the start. And our customized reports will include all the detail you need to make business decisions based on your valuation. Get a deeper look at your business that includes objective factors as well as subjective ones during the assessment. And if an audit should come up, you can rest easy knowing our audit defense has your back at any time.

If you do want to find the value of your business or assets, having skilled assistance can be a boon. Don’t try to tackle this task alone when Redwood is ready and able to help you with the process. A free consultation may be the perfect starting point.


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 Lebanon, MO.


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.


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.

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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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