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Business Valuations

  • How much is my business worth?
  • Can I buy my partner out?
  • Is it time to sell up and retire?
  • Is my partner offering a fair deal?
  • Does it make sense to merge our businesses?

You need specialists who are thoroughly experienced with the theory and practice of these transactions.

Get the right valuation for your needs – there are many methods from cheap on-line quick fits to detailed professional valuations – ensure you understand what you need and what you will get.

How can I value my company?

To answer this, three questions need addressing:

  • Which valuation method should I use?
  • What internal and external data is required?
  • Which actual valuation results are relevant?

Differing assumptions, methods and data lead to widely different valuations, so it’s essential to match the optimum approach with your particular situation.

The Challenge of Valuations

Most valuers know how to mechanically use the different valuations methods to come up with a valuation.

Some will even quote a six figure valuation accurate – supposedly – to the nearest pound.  This denies the inherent subjectivity in ALL valuations.

Confidence from completing many hundreds of valuations and involvement in negotiations and disputes means we know how best to handle this subjectivity and secure the best valuation for your needs.

Valuation Methods

Which method is most appropriate for my valuation?

Valuation data

Which internal and external data do I need?

Valuation Results

Which valuations should I use?

Valuation Methods

There are various established business valuation methods available, and the main ones focus on:

Future cashflows (discounted back to a single value)

Multiples of sales or profits (and comparable with those seen in external markets)

Rates of return (on the estimated value or proposed investment)

Value of dividends

Value of the balance sheet

Selecting the appropriate method will be influenced by the industry sector, the life cycle of the company, the purpose of the valuation and, as ever, the available budget.

Valuation Data

Using the most appropriate data within the selected valuation methodology will naturally and heavily influence valuation results. 

It will involve carefully selecting a combination of past, current and estimated future performance data and making adjustments where necessary to eliminate any distortions caused by factors such as owners receiving dividends rather than salaries, or conversely, businesses adopting costs which might not be necessary under a strict arms-length basis or a new owner.

The final data input is to obtain observable and comparable market data which can demonstrate how earnings in particular sectors are valued or how these should be discounted for smaller, private company transactions.

Valuations Results

Although a single valuation amount may well eventually be required for contractual purposes, it rarely makes sense when you are first trying to understand how to value a business in a very uncertain world.

Selecting a series of different valuations under differing assumptions concerning future performance allows for a far richer picture of the business to be established, which is crucial to managing negotiations and achieving an optimal valuation.

Explore with us how to focus on optimising your target valuation prior to negotiations.


SME discount versus UK stock market (valuation/profit) 2022


Business Valuations completed by Alpha Financials staff up to 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly accepted valuation techniques are limited in number and not difficult to describe.  The key issue is recognising the inherent difficulty and subjectivity of choosing which inputs to feed into these models which in turn massively affects the resultant valuation.

Valuations require a special skill set rarely used by accountants.

Accountants tend to offer very simplistic, earnings-based valuations that are easy to compute but often undervalue the business. Even as a potential buyer, this will generally not be helpful as it can often render your bid uncompetitive.

Sadly, we often see poor bookkeeping which can result in a complete absence of useful information to help how the business is performing or to help in the decision making process.  It will also drive up the cost of producing the annual accounts.

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