Assessing Business Value in Scranton

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. The value of a business might change depending on who you ask, but luckily there are certain consistent principles applied to any business valuation that is performed. 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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Why Do Businesses Get Valuations?

If you want to know exactly how much your business may be worth if you sold it, you should seek a business valuation. Anyone hoping to sell a business will be better positioned during negotiations if they have gotten a thorough business valuation before any talks began.

A business valuation shows not just overall worth, but also where that value originates from. Teasing out all the reasons a business is valuable is complicated, though. It might be surprising to learn that a business with a very high value in Scranton is perhaps not as highly valued in a different city. 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. An accountant doing a valuation needs to know tax law, the audit process and finance, as well as information about your business. If you are interested in stock compensation, expenses or selling price, you will see a lot of benefits from a well-done business valuation. But the reasons and advantages of a valuation are different for every circumstance. 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

When assessing the value of any business, there are three broad approaches that are considered standard. 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 Scranton or not. The right approach for you depends on you, your business and what you hope to get out of a valuation.

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. 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.

Don’t be fooled by how simple this approach seems at first glance. 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.

A going concern asset-based approach is a little more straightforward. Value here is determined based on the value of the assets the accountant finds in the business contrasted with the cost of any liabilities. In a liquidiation focused approach to valuation, it is important to imagine the business is liquidated before determining its value. The net cash received from such a liquidation is the business’ value.

The specifics of your business may reveal whether this sort of approach is right for you. 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. A corporation, in which all assets are owned by the company as a whole, is a much better candidate for an asset-based approach.

Looking at the Market

Sometimes it is important to take in the whole picture, meaning the entire market, and not just your one business. The value of other businesses in Scranton 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. 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.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to get competitors with your business to reveal the sort of information needed for a market-based valuation. 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.

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.

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. Additionally, capitalization factors may indicate abnormalities in the market itself that should be considered during a valuation.

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.

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. There are other value assessments that serve difficult purposes. Others focus on things such as patents and 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. When compensation comes in the form of stocks like this it is considered a special type of deferred payment that has to be reported.

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.

While you can do a 409A valuation yourself, a skilled accountant can guide you through the process with expertise to make sure you don’t hit any bumps along the way. 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

Some of the reasons for a business valuation include things such as entity discussions and business negotiations, but they are also useful while planning a business or estate. 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.

Equity and enterprise valuations are best handled by a talented accountant. As our clients have expanded, so has Redwood, increasing the size and expertise of our team. We have experienced accountants prepared for whatever your business’ specific valuation needs entail. Perhaps you want to ensure compliance with tax reporting or, conversely, find the fair market value of your business.

The intimate details of IRS regulations, business and finance can be a complex maze to try to sort through. A valuation is an added complexity on top of keeping your business running, so allow our accountants to handle valuations for you.

Valuations for IP and Patents

Intellectual property and patents have separate valuation concerns. 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. But you might also seek an IP and patent valuation in order to plan, secure a merger or acquisition, or during litigation.

Don’t neglect to protect your valuable intellectual property or patent by getting a valuation of it. 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. During a purchase or acquisition, businesses seek to find their fair market value, including their intangible assets and liabilities, to bring to the transaction. This is particularly important for assessing purchase prices in an acquisition.

This type of business valuation looks at all the different parts of a business to determine its value. It is not always the case that a business is sold as one whole entity; it may be sold in smaller pieces.

Getting a Business Valuation Done Right

At Redwood Valuation Partners, we are experts in business valuation. Ensure that your Scranton business meets the requirements of the tax code and applicable regulations while finding the value of the assets, liabilities and intellectual property you hold.

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. Maybe you are seeking a business valuation for tax reasons or to assess the value of a patent. Assets and liabilities are complicated. 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.

One of our core values is teamwork, which we believe can help even in the complex world of venture capital and auditing. Our team consists of experts who have worked in their specialties for years. 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.

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 audit defense, we will give you a free consultation before beginning your valuation, which comes with customized report. 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. 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. Find out how to get started with a consultation.


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 Scranton, PA.


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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