Positioning Your Business for Longevity

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by

Business longevity is creating a business that can survive a change in ownership and/or management and thrive for many years. Preparing your company for longevity maximizes the likelihood of a successful exit in terms of price and overall outcome.

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How to Deter Employee Fraud and Protect Your Company

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 by

The first step in discouraging employee theft is establishing a proper “tone at the top” in regard to ethical behavior. Next, consider implementing the following proactive steps to deter employee theft at your company before it becomes a problem.

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Recommendations to Maximize the Value of Your Privately Held Company (Part 3 of 3)

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by

Owners are often laser-focused on the day-to-day operation of their businesses, and unintentionally pay less attention to big picture items that can help trigger material increases in the value of the company. If your long-term objective is to enhance the value of your business, it may be helpful to consult a valuation analyst to shed light on what it takes to accomplish that goal.

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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.

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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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