How to Find the Value of Your Seward, Alaska Business

Do you know how much your Seward business is 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. If this sounds technical, don’t worry. At Redwood Valuation, we built our foundation on years of experience that we leverage to assist our customers seeking business valuations.

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Why Get Your Seward Business Valued?

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. 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 can also help show you where your business’ value comes from. The value of any one business could come from entirely different sources than a different business. A business that is important for a particular city, such as Seward, may have high value there, but not elsewhere. By the same token, hidden value may lurk in a business that doesn’t seem as impressive at first glance. It all depends on your perspective.

It’s imperative, then, that your business valuation is handled by professionals. 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. A free consultation from Redwood may help you clarify the reasons for your valuation and the best approach for your particular business.

Approaches to Business Valuation

An accounting doing a business valuation will likely take one of three main approaches to assessing the value of a business. 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 Seward or elsewhere. The best approach for your business depends on your reason for getting a valuation and your long-term goals for your company.

Determining Value Based on 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. The difference between the assets and the liabilities of the company is the business’ value.

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. 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 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. 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.

Market-Based Approach

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 Seward. Viewing your business side-by-side with other, similar ventures can provide crucial information for figuring out the value of a business.

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.

It would be great if the sort of information necessary for this approach was easy to obtain, but it is not always the case that competing businesses will divulge the necessary figures. 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

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. However, they can use hard data to back up this prediction. The accountant doing the valuation can even “normalize” figures to remove unusual spikes or dips that could make the assessment less precise. Sometimes, these predictions are divided by capitalization factors that fluctuate based on the market.

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. Someone with a patent, for example, may also seek a valuation of their property.

Getting a 409A Valuation

A 409A valuation is conducted for the purpose of evaluating the stocks associated with the company. 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. 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.

Often, you will know you need this type of valuation because it will be legally required of your business. And if you’ve already gotten a 409A valuation, ensure you are getting re-evaluated once a year and/or any time your company closes a new funding round, in accordance with the law.

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. Experience and expertise are key benefits that only an accountant can offer if you have to work through a 409A valuation.

Valuations for Businesses

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. Maybe you are wondering how much your business can sell for right now. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

Make sure your patent or intellectual property is protected by understanding what it’s worth on the market. These assets can be difficult to appraise as they are often intangible and difficult to define. 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

Another requirement businesses encounter is ASC 805. 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. 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. 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. Whether your business is in Seward 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. 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. 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. Whether it’s finance, tax issues or business, our accountants are prepared to navigate the technicalities with you.

While venture capital and auditing can be complicated, we believe teamwork and expertise can help manage the process of a valuation. Our team consists of experts who have worked in their specialties for years. Many of the people we work with come from high-pressure environments with tough deadlines. We value your time; let us minimize the burden of complicated valuation details while you focus on what you know best �” 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 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. See both subjective and objective elements of your valuation with an in-depth look at your 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.

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 Seward, AK.

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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