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Category: Valuations

January 12, 2024

When Two Becomes One: Valuations in Mergers & Acquisitions

In the dynamic landscape of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the role of business valuation cannot be overstated. The process of determining the worth of a company plays a pivotal role in shaping the success of an M&A deal. This blog explores the intricacies of business valuation in the M&A landscape, shedding light on negotiation tactics, due diligence, and the profound impact on shareholder value. Understanding the Importance of Business Valuation in M&A At the heart of any M&A transaction lies… Read more ›

October 31, 2023

The Significance of Earning Capacity in Business Valuations

This article provides an introduction to Business Valuation preparation, if you wish to delve deeper into this topic, please feel free to reach out to one of CBM’s many CVA’s through our business valuation page. The value of a business is not merely determined by its assets and liabilities instead it considers all the possible factors that may impact a company’s economic value. One of these factors is the business’ earning capacity. Earning capacity refers to the potential of a… Read more ›

July 12, 2023

Goodwill in Business Valuations

If you’re new to the concept of business valuations or looking to learn more about the topic, you may quickly find that determining the real value of a business isn’t an easy task. Your company’s assets and liabilities can help you determine a baseline value, but there’s so much more that goes into a business than the physical assets. Goodwill accounts for all the intangible value of a business. Knowing what it is and how to calculate can assist business… Read more ›

June 6, 2023

Divorce Valuations: Active Versus Passive Appreciation

It’s common in divorce cases that involve an interest in a closely held business for that investment to be the marital estate’s most valuable asset. In many states, when the owner-spouse brings this asset to the marriage, a specialist may be called upon to distinguish between active appreciation in the business’s value (which is generally subject to division) and passive appreciation (which generally isn’t). Appreciating the Difference Typically, when a spouse owns an interest in a closely held business before marriage, that interest is considered… Read more ›

January 23, 2023

Structured Settlements: A Creative Way to Finance Business Sales

Structured settlements are commonly associated with the payment of personal injury damages because of their advantageous tax-free treatment. But some business purchases and buyouts can also benefit from structured settlements using annuity payments from an insurance company. While payments from these non-personal injury cases aren’t tax-exempt, the recipient (the seller of the business) only owes taxes on the amount of money received each year. Financing Alternatives To illustrate when structured settlements might work, suppose a buyer of a private business… Read more ›

January 23, 2023

Is a Joint Appraiser Right for Your Divorce?

When a business owner is getting a divorce, determining the value of the business interest to include in the marital estate can be one of the most contentious and time-consuming issues. Rather than hire separate experts to duke it out in court, some spouses opt to hire one joint business valuation professional. Benefits for Both Spouses Here are some of the key advantages of hiring a joint expert: Cost. Both parties jointly pay the retainer and any incremental fees out… Read more ›

August 10, 2022

CBM Partner Dan Keefer Graduates from Upstream Academy’s Emerging Leaders Program

PDF: Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell Partner Dan Keefer Graduates from Upstream Academy’s Emerging Leaders Program Dan Keefer, CPA, CVA, a partner at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, has graduated from the Upstream Academy’s Emerging Leaders Program. The program, which develops future leaders in the accounting profession through a rigorous, year-long period of instructor-led trainings, dialogue and the hands-on application of new knowledge, engages participants on the most pressing issues facing the industry. “The Emerging Leaders program broadened my understanding of what… Read more ›

June 24, 2022

Business Valuations: Take Advantage of the Current Proactive Environment for Estate Planning

The Build Back Better Act, as initially proposed, made significant changes that affected estate planning for high net-worth individuals. The Act proposed a significant reduction in the basic exclusion amount from $11.7 million to approximately $6 million. It also proposed to eliminate the grantor trust rules that estate planners have been using to reduce taxable estates for decades. If this Act had passed in its original form, it would have significantly reduced opportunities to reduce transfer taxes. However, the Build… Read more ›

October 30, 2020

Forecasting Cash Flow in the COVID-19 Era

Business valuation is a prophecy of the future. That is, investors typically value a business based on its ability to generate future cash flow. However, with so many uncertainties in the current marketplace, forecasting expected cash flow can be challenging. Income Approach Under the income approach, the value of a business interest is a function of two variables: 1.  Expected economic benefits. 2.  A discount rate based on the risk of the business. Economic benefits can take many forms, such as earnings… Read more ›

August 19, 2020

Using a Valuation Expert to Help with Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many businesses to temporarily shut down or scale back operations. Slowly, states are allowing businesses to reopen to the public. But it may be too late for some businesses to bounce back. When the economy went into lockdown mode, some small businesses — including certain brick-and-mortar boutiques, niche manufacturers and family-owned restaurants — were already struggling and lacked financial resources to weather the downturn. And federal relief efforts weren’t enough to cover their… Read more ›