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Business Valuation Checklist

 

Business owners should always operate from a position of strength. That’s why having at least a baseline business valuation is important. The simple truth is that things happen even when we don’t plan for them — an unexpected buyout offer or an illness, for example. Deciding to have a business valuation is a proactive step that can prove quite useful as you plan for the future of your business.

Once you’ve decided to have your business valued, you need to prepare for the process. The following checklist provides a guideline for the information you will need. Remember that the goals of the valuation are to evaluate the company’s past performance as well as its projected future performance.

Financial Information

You will need to compile financial information for the following:

  • Profit and loss statements for the last three to five years
  • Balance sheets for the last three to five years
  • List of all liabilities, including outstanding loans and payoff information, creditors and contingent liabilities (e.g., pending lawsuits, environmental liabilities).
  • Profit and cash flow projections
  • Balances in all company bank accounts, including trust accounts
  • Leases (e.g., property, equipment)
  • Tax issues

Company Information

In addition, you will need the following company information:

  • Ownership information, including date company was formed, type of entity, number of shares owned by each owner and who has a controlling interest
  • Information about family members working for the company, including role, compensation and fringe benefits
  • Information about company management, including confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, key man insurance and employment contracts
  • Average number of employees for the past three to five years along with their roles (e.g., sales, service, clerical)
  • Tangible assets (e.g., inventory, real estate owned, equipment owned)
  • Intangible assets, including legal rights, licensing agreements, nondisclosure agreements and other contractual obligations
  • Locations

Market information

You will also need to gather essential market information:

  • Company’s current market share
  • List of competitors and their estimated market share
  • Product differentiators
  • Size of market
  • Pricing strategy
  • Barriers to market expansion

Information analysis

For information analysis, you will need the following:

  • Profit margins
  • Business stability

This checklist provides an outline of the information you’ll need to obtain a clear picture of your business. Working with a business valuation specialist, you may find that additional information is needed to flesh out more details. At the very least, you’ll have a road map for what needs to happen in order to increase the value of your business.

If you need assistance or have any questions on the information in this article, please call your CironeFriedberg professional.  You can reach us by phone at (203) 798-2721 (Bethel), (203) 366-5876 (Shelton), or (203) 359-1100 (Stamford), or email us at info@cironefriedberg.com.
 

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