Valuation

The valuation of a company is a subjective excercise that depends on numerous factors. Potential buyers will try to beat down your valuation every chance they get. This section will arm you with the tools needed to defend your valuation when it's time to sell.



Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts Getting Ready to Sell: Advice from the Experts


Valuable advice from our great Divestopedia Podcast guests.

Valuing the Growth Rate in the Sale of a Technology Company Valuing the Growth Rate in the Sale of a Technology Company Valuing the Growth Rate in the Sale of a Technology Company Valuing the Growth Rate in the Sale of a Technology Company


David Kauppi from MidMarket Capital calculates an adjustment factor for valuations between publicly traded and privately held companies,...

Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders Evolutionary Capital: Supporting Second Stage Companies and Their Leaders


Evolutionary capital fits somewhere between venture capital and private equity in the second stage of a company’s growth. Although, only...

How an Unbelievable Financial Forecast Can be Just That: Unbelievable How an Unbelievable Financial Forecast Can be Just That: Unbelievable How an Unbelievable Financial Forecast Can be Just That: Unbelievable How an Unbelievable Financial Forecast Can be Just That: Unbelievable


Preparing a financial forecast is a key step to selling a business. However, most projections don't pass the credibility test. Here are...

How Would a Private Equity Firm Value Your Company? How Would a Private Equity Firm Value Your Company? How Would a Private Equity Firm Value Your Company? How Would a Private Equity Firm Value Your Company?


Hadley Capital, a private equity firm, explains how they would value your business for sale. Learn about the methods used and what to...

Valuation vs. Value Creation Valuation vs. Value Creation Valuation vs. Value Creation Valuation vs. Value Creation


Private equity group, Evolution Capital, explains the difference between a business valuation and value creation, as well as how both...

EBIT or EBITDA? Sometimes the DA in EBITDA Really Does Matter EBIT or EBITDA? Sometimes the DA in EBITDA Really Does Matter EBIT or EBITDA? Sometimes the DA in EBITDA Really Does Matter EBIT or EBITDA? Sometimes the DA in EBITDA Really Does Matter


Cashflow metrics, like EBITDA, EBIT and FCF, are often thrown around interchangeably. But there can be big differences in each of these...

How Your Balance Sheet Impacts Business Value How Your Balance Sheet Impacts Business Value How Your Balance Sheet Impacts Business Value How Your Balance Sheet Impacts Business Value


A balance sheet is one of the most common starting places for buyers when attempting to assess the value of your company. Learn which line...

Do Advisory Boards Increase Business Value? Do Advisory Boards Increase Business Value? Do Advisory Boards Increase Business Value? Do Advisory Boards Increase Business Value?


One of the most important elements of a great investment is getting the right people involved. Learn the elements of a great advisory board...

What Would You Like Your Business Value to Be? What Would You Like Your Business Value to Be? What Would You Like Your Business Value to Be? What Would You Like Your Business Value to Be?


There are a number of different applicable valuation concepts depending on the specific situation. Learn which concept is most appropriate...

The #1 Reason Business Sellers Leave Chips on the Table The #1 Reason Business Sellers Leave Chips on the Table The #1 Reason Business Sellers Leave Chips on the Table The #1 Reason Business Sellers Leave Chips on the Table


We asked seasoned exit planning professionals how to avoid leaving wealth behind when selling a company. Their answers educated and...

Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study) Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study) Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study) Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study)


Consolidation in the entire automotive aftermarket industry will likely continue due to both financial and strategic components. Here's how...

5 All Too Common Balance Sheet Red Flags That Could Impact Salability 5 All Too Common Balance Sheet Red Flags That Could Impact Salability 5 All Too Common Balance Sheet Red Flags That Could Impact Salability 5 All Too Common Balance Sheet Red Flags That Could Impact Salability


Taking a hard look at your balance sheet will help identify potential red flags that could send a buyer running the other way.

Podcast: Activities That Create the Highest Business Value Podcast: Activities That Create the Highest Business Value Podcast: Activities That Create the Highest Business Value Podcast: Activities That Create the Highest Business Value


Business owners should be spending time on activities that can add the greatest value to their businesses. Rob Slee, renown value creation...

Avoiding the Exclusive Negotiations Trap Avoiding the Exclusive Negotiations Trap Avoiding the Exclusive Negotiations Trap Avoiding the Exclusive Negotiations Trap


Competitive tension is essential to exert control over the sale process and present an enforceable timeline to bidders.

Private Capital Markets 101 Private Capital Markets 101 Private Capital Markets 101 Private Capital Markets 101


Rules followed by the Public Capital Markets do not necessarily apply to the Private Capital Markets. Here is a summary of what you need to...

Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry


Drilling down to the nuts and bolts of financial management analysis offers significant insight on driving business value.

How to Perform a Successful Competitor Analysis (and Use it to Your Advantage) to Maximize Value How to Perform a Successful Competitor Analysis (and Use it to Your Advantage) to Maximize Value How to Perform a Successful Competitor Analysis (and Use it to Your Advantage) to Maximize Value How to Perform a Successful Competitor Analysis (and Use it to Your Advantage) to Maximize Value


The results of a competitor analysis can ultimately help your business to maximize its value through the eyes of a potential acquirer....

Podcast: How to Increase the Probability of a Successful Exit Podcast: How to Increase the Probability of a Successful Exit Podcast: How to Increase the Probability of a Successful Exit Podcast: How to Increase the Probability of a Successful Exit


Have you defined what a successful exit actually looks like? Do you have a realistic goal for when you want to sell the company and how...