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Business Valuations

To conduct a business appraisal or business valuation, an appraiser will go through an established set of procedures designed to estimate the economic value of a company. EquipNet’s valuation team is made up of certified experts: some with more than 40 years of domestic and international experience. Our business appraisers pride themselves on their honest work ethic and ability to consistently deliver exceptional customer service. Rather than rely on a one-size-fits-all approach to valuation, our experts deliver service tailored to the individual needs of each client.

Reasons for Business Appraisals

Many business owners feel that exit or sale planning are the only cases in which the services of a business valuation company are necessary, and although a valuation is crucial if a sale is planned, there are many other reasons to call upon the service of business appraisers:

  • Allocation of purchase price among tangible and intangible assets
  • Business mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Buying and selling a business
  • Charitable contributions
  • Divorce/litigation support
  • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP)
  • Estate planning for gifts or inheritance
  • Institutional financing
  • Litigation issues involving economic damage, loss of profits, or bankruptcy
  • Litigation support
  • Marital dissolution or buying out a partner or shareholder
  • Succession planning
  • Taxation issues for probate or federal estate taxes

To learn more about these reasons and many others please search our Appraisals by Need »

Types of Business Appraisal Reports

In order to determine the value of your company, business appraisers do not have to physically inspect your business; however, an onsite machinery and equipment appraisal could be part of the valuation.

A business appraiser can provide one of two types of report and will help you determine which one is best to suit your needs. These include:

  • Calculation of Value Report – This in-depth appraisal arrives at the value of a company by using the income, market, and asset approaches to valuation. The report displays an analysis of the company’s financial statements in graph and chart form, and provides an analysis of the U.S. economy and the company’s industry. This type of report is not appropriate for a company trying to secure bank or SBA financing, nor does it meet the standards of the IRS Revenue Ruling 59-60.
  • Full Certified Business Appraisal – Like the calculation of value report, this report uses the income, market, and asset approaches to valuation. It also includes an analysis of the U.S. economy and the company’s industry. They differ in that this type of report includes a full analysis and discussion of income statements and balance sheets.

Our appraisers hold credentials with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the International Society of Business Analysts (ISBA), and the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA). Business valuations provided by EquipNet adhere to the industry’s highest standards, set by USPAP, and they meet the guidelines of the Appraisal Foundation, the IRS, lending institutions, and courts of law. No matter the size of your company, knowing its value is important. Rely on the business valuation experts at EquipNet to give you the answers you need.

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