Assessing Business Value in Ontario

Do you know how much your Ontario business is worth? Finding that number can be a difficult process involving a whole slew of factors, from where you’re located to what “value” means to you. 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 Ontario 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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Top Reasons to Seek a Business Valuation

If you want to know exactly how much your business may be worth if you sold it, you should seek a business valuation. 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 Ontario may have a high value for that particular community, but not for a potential buyer. Likewise, a business that seems like a tiny startup could have a ton of hidden value for the right 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. But the benefits of a business valuation come in many forms, from stock compensation to expenses to selling prices. 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.

Different Ways of Approaching Business Valuation

There are three main approaches to business valuation that an accountant or business valuator will use. There could be other approaches to business valuation, but the three described here encompass the most common methods. These approaches to business valuation are applicable whether your business is located in Ontario or not. 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. The overall goal is to add together all the investments in the business. 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. Assets and liabilities are much easier to see through this theoretical new business. Then, the valuator can simply subtract the liabilities from the assets to figure out the worth of the business.

It sounds straightforward, but there are hidden complexities. The difficulty lies in the details, where figuring out the worth of a business and sorting through assets and liabilities becomes more complicated. Additionally, there are two different ways of going about this process: a going concern asset-based approach and a liquidation asset-based approach.

The first option is a going concern asset-based approach. The accountant looks at the company’s net balance sheet to find the value of its assets and then deducts the value of its 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.

The type of asset-based approach you choose depends on your business. There are other approaches if focusing on assets is not right for your situation and goals. As one example, a business that is owned in the name of a single person �” a sole proprietorship �” should be advised not to take this approach. By contrast, corporations spread out the ownership of assets throughout the company and could benefit more greatly from a valuation based on assets.

Determining Value Based on 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. The value of other businesses in Ontario could provide insight on your own. The goal is to see what your business would be worth by comparing it to other similar businesses.

The advantage to this approach is that it looks more comprehensively at the overall business climate for your particular field. 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.

Income- or Earning-Based Approach

This approach to business valuation looks at potential and future value in order to draw conclusions. An income-based approach tries to use current income and earnings to predict how much a business will be worth in the future.

Obviously, this invites an element of risk in that the accountant or valuator is attempting to determine value based on a predication. 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. Sometimes, these predictions are divided by capitalization factors that fluctuate based on the market.

How a business is run and who owns it is an important consideration here, as with other approaches to valuation. 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.

Types of Valuations

A valuation has benefits beyond just figuring out what a business is worth and there is therefore a lot of variety in types of valuations. There are other value assessments that serve difficult purposes. Someone with a patent, for example, may also seek a valuation of their property.

Getting a 409A Valuation

A 409A valuation looks at stock as it relates to the value of your business. Stocks are frequently given to employees and contractors as part of their earnings from working. Such businesses need a 409A valuation because that stock is considered a form of income offered in one year but paid out in a different year.

It’s not as confusing as it seems. Ultimately, it is a matter of reporting stock earnings. A benefit of this form of business valuation is that it can determine a company’s 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. In addition to stock, a 409A valuation is required if your company issues bonus plans, salary deferral arrangements and other agreements involving deferred compensation for employees.

It is important to know whether or not your business is legally required to get this form of valuation. 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. A Redwood valuator will know the ins and outs of this type of valuation, as well as the best approach for you and your business as you undergo this process.

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. Perhaps you are interested in finding the likely selling price of your business on the market. Figuring out your tax liability is another common reason for seeking out a business valuation.

Whatever the reason, a skilled valuator can help you get equity and enterprise valuations. Redwood’s expert team has grown to keep pace with our increasing client needs. We years of experience and a comprehensive team, we are prepared to take on a host of business valuations needs. 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.

Valuations for IP and Patents

Intellectual property and patents have separate valuation concerns. Patent and IP valuations come from many different industries in the business world. Some of our clients have concerns about trademarks and trade secrets, while others want to make sure they stay in compliance with taxes. But you might also seek an IP and patent valuation in order to plan, secure a merger or acquisition, or during litigation.

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. Despite the difficulty, IP and patents are extremely valuable assets that every business should seek to protect as well as they can.

Assessing Purchase Price Allocations for Business

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. This is particularly important for assessing purchase prices in an acquisition.

A purchase price allocation ultimately comes down to determining what various parts of a purchased business are worth, including assets and liabilities. 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 your business is in Ontario 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.

Knowing the fair market value of your business can help your future. Business valuations help in situations where you want to sell, sort out your taxes or simply determine the value of your various assets. Intellectual property can be assessed and protected through a business valuation. 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. We know how to assist you with a business valuation whether it is for tax issues, value assessment or any other reason.

While venture capital and auditing can be complicated, we believe teamwork and expertise can help manage the process of a valuation. At Redwood, we have built a team grounded in years of expertise and business knowledge. We understand that many of our clients come from high-pressure startups and growth-focused companies with tight deadlines. That’s why we won’t waste your time; we’ll handle the details while you keep running your business.

Whether you want a valuation for selling, taxes or any other reason, we can promise client focus and years of experience when working alongside you. We go beyond the standard valuation to offer a free consultation, as well as audit defense and customized reports. We can assist you from the very beginning if you don’t know where to start. Take a deeper look at your business with the customized report we provide as part of our valuations. Get a deeper look at your business that includes objective factors as well as subjective ones during the assessment. Plus, you can take one less burden off your plate with audit defense that guarantees audit defense at any time without high additional costs.

In the end, if you need a business valuation, you will likely need help with that valuation. Don’t try to tackle this task alone when Redwood is ready and able to help you with the process. Find out how to get started with a consultation.

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 Ontario, WI.

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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