How are Sausalito, CA Businesses Valued?

Do you know how much your Sausalito 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 Sausalito business. This seems like it could be overwhelming, but it shouldn’t be. 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

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. 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 can also help show you where your business’ value comes from. Teasing out all the reasons a business is valuable is complicated, though. A business that is important for a particular city, such as Sausalito, may have high value there, but not elsewhere. Likewise, a business that seems like a tiny startup could have a ton of hidden value for the right buyer. It comes down to the details.

That’s why expertise is crucial in a business valuation. 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. But the reasons and advantages of a valuation are different for every circumstance. If you need help determining if a business valuation is right for your circumstances, get a free consultation from Redwood.

What Approaches Are There to Business Valuation?

An accounting doing a business valuation will likely take one of three main approaches to assessing the value of a business. While there may be other approaches, these three encompass the main methods of assessing a business’ value. These approaches to business valuation are applicable whether your business is located in Sausalito or not. Each business has its own particulars that will ultimately determine the approach that is the most appropriate for it.

Looking at Assets

While it may sound obvious, there are actually a few approaches to looking at a business’s assets The aim of an asset-based approach is to total the investments of a business. 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 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.

Don’t be fooled by how simple this approach seems at first glance. In practice, determining which assets and liabilities to include, and how, is a tricky process. A going concern asset-based approach or a liquidation asset-based approach will help you move forward with this appraisal.

One method is to look at assets with a going concern. 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. In the other approach, a liquidation asset-based approach, the accountant first imagines that all the assets and liabilities were paid off, as though the business was liquidated. 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. Asset-based approaches are not appropriate for all business. There are certainly some businesses, such as those that are in a sole proprietorship, that would be well-advised to take a different approach. By contrast, corporations spread out the ownership of assets throughout the company and could benefit more greatly from a valuation based on assets.

Looking at the Market

A market-based approach looks at the market as a whole and not solely at your business. For example, you could compare your business to others located in Sausalito. The goal is to see what your business would be worth by comparing it to other similar businesses.

An approach that is concerned with the market as a whole takes a much more detailed view of factors outside of just the details of your business’s finances. Some important considerations for this approach include the current fair market value of similar businesses and what price buyers are paying right now for businesses like yours.

This approach encounters difficulties in that often other businesses are not eager to share their worth with competitors. Some of the difficulty with a market focused approach arises when you encounter non-competition clauses and other information a business has decided to make private.

Income- or Earning-Based Approach

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.

Of course, assessing value this way comes along with the risk of assumptions and predictions that invite uncertainty. There is, however, reliable data to back up the value assessment made through this method. Often, a valuator will “normalize” current earnings, removing abnormal costs and windfalls, to try to get a reliable set of figures to work with. The market itself can produce spikes and dips that require an additional capitalization factor to be figured into the assessment.

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.

What Kinds of Valuations Exist?

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. A business valuation is not the only type of assessment that is possible. A different reason for a valuation could include something such as intellectual property.

Getting a 409A Valuation

A 409A valuation looks at stock as it relates to the value of your business. Many businesses offer stock to their employees and contractors. 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. What it comes down to is stock options. 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.

An accountant such as the ones at Redwood can be a crucial ally in trying to sort through the 409A valuation process any time you find you need to do one. They can also help you choose the best approach to this valuation for your circumstances and business needs.

Valuations for Businesses

Whether you’re negotiating a transaction, planning your business or estate, or involved in entity conversations, business valuations cover a wide range of situations and companies. You may be hoping to see how much you could make by selling your company. Others desire a business valuation when researching things such as tax liability.

A practiced accountant can help navigate enterprise and equity valuations for businesses. As our clients have expanded, so has Redwood, increasing the size and expertise of our team. We years of experience and a comprehensive team, we are prepared to take on a host of business valuations needs. Whether you want to find your fair market value or do tax or financial reporting on your business, we are prepared to help you through the process.

IRS regulations, business needs and finance are complex fields that call for knowledge and specialization. While you’re concerned with your business running smoothly, let experts tackle the ins and outs of a getting a valuation done.

How to Assess IP and Patents

Finding the value of intellectual property and patents is a specialized field. Most businesses do have some sort of intangible property that want to protect and valuate, though. Some of our clients have concerns about trademarks and trade secrets, while others want to make sure they stay in compliance with taxes. 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. It is sometimes complicated to find the value of these intangible assets. But the value of IP and patents cannot be understated, especially in recent times when so much of a business’s value comes from these assets in particular.

Purchase Price Allocations (ASC 805)

Another requirement businesses encounter is ASC 805. During a purchase or acquisition, businesses seek to find their fair market value, including their intangible assets and liabilities, to bring to the transaction. Of course, the overall goal is to figure out the purchase price for an acquisition.

This type of business valuation looks at all the different parts of a business to determine its value. 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.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Come to Redwood Valuation Partners when the time comes for your business valuation. Ensure that your Sausalito business meets the requirements of the tax code and applicable regulations while finding the value of the assets, liabilities and intellectual property you hold.

Often, you will need to know the fair market value of your business. This may be because you intend to sell your company or because you want to stay in compliance with 409A. You also could seek a business valuation in order to protect a patent. The intricacies can seem overwhelming. A helping hand through the process of business valuation can make the process easier. Our team has worked for years in business, finance and tax issues, allowing us to meet the needs of a wide range of businesses.

We understand the ins and outs of venture capital and auditing and take a teamwork-focused approach. At Redwood, we have built a team grounded in years of expertise and business knowledge. Many of the people we work with come from high-pressure environments with tough 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. Along with the obvious, our valuations include customized reports, audit defense and free consultations. We will even help you get started if you aren’t sure. And our customized reports will include all the detail you need to make business decisions based on your valuation. The comprehensive valuation report will include subjective and objective factors relevant to your particular business. Plus, you can take one less burden off your plate with audit defense that guarantees audit defense at any time without high additional costs.

The bottom line is that a business valuation, for any reason, is best approached with help. 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.

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 Sausalito, CA.

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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