Act Strategically to Get Your Business Where It Needs to Be

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by

After you’ve identified the actual value of your business, determined its target value and taken steps to protect its value, the time has come to build value.

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De-Risk Your Business to Protect Its Current Value

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by

What steps can you take to de-risk your business? After all, the more risk that your business bears, the less someone will be willing to pay for it.

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Know What Your Business is Worth and How it Compares

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by

How do you identify the value of your business and compare it to other businesses in your market space?

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The Case of the Missing Post-Acquisition Income

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by

One of my favorite games as a kid was the murder-mystery classic Clue.  Do you remember trying to deduce the culprit, the murder weapon and the room in which the attack took place? “I think it was Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick.” “I think it was Mrs. Peacock in the hall with […]

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What is the Relationship Between Risk and the Required Rate of Return?

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 by

To put it simply, risk and the required rate of return are directly related by the simple fact that as risk increases, the required rate of return increases. However, it is a bit more complex than that, so let’s examine how the relationship between risk and the required rate of affects the value of a company.

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Specific Company Risk Factors to Consider When Determining a Discount Rate

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 by

Under the income approach to business valuation, the discount rate is one of the key inputs in determining a company’s value. In the book Valuing a Business, Shannon P. Pratt (one of the leading pioneers in valuation theory) defines a discount rate as follows: “In economic terms, a present value discount rate is an ’opportunity […]

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Levels of Value – All Values Are Not Created Equal

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 by

 (an excerpt from Skoda Minotti’s “How a Company is Valued” eBook) Investors in publicly-traded companies have the luxury of knowing the value of their investment at virtually any time.  An internet connection and a few clicks of a mouse are all its takes to get an up-to-date stock quote.  Of all U.S. companies, however, less […]

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Selling Your Business: The Importance of Strategic Value in Business Transactions

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by

In my last blog, I discussed the ways in which a valuation expert might able to justify the $19 billion purchase price in Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp.  While it is rather difficult to support such a price with any degree of certainty, there are scenarios where one can see significant potential value in this acquisition.  […]

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A Peek the Behind the Curtain: The Secrets to Business Valuation

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by

I have always been intrigued by magic.  It is not often that a magician reveals his secrets, but I recently watched a movie, Now You See Me, in which the magicians actually revealed the secret to their performance.  In an early scene of the movie, a volunteer from the audience at a magic show in […]

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What Cosmo Kramer Can Teach Us About Working Capital and Capital Expenditures in a Business Valuation

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by

In my opinion, Seinfeld was one of the best true-to-life sitcoms in television history because the storylines drew from actual events in the writers’ lives.  One of those recurring storylines was the spirited discussions surrounding Cosmo Kramer’s never-ending business schemes; in particular, in the episode “The Voice” – Kramer (reading the newspaper): Look at this […]

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