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How does the Value my Business calculator work?

The Value my business calculator takes the information you input and performs a series of calculations in the background, to give you a likely range of values within which you might expect to successfully sell the business. These calculations use actual sold data we hold and applies this data to the information you provide.

Valuation is as much an art as it is a science and so caution should be used when using any valuation calculator online or otherwise.

There are many useful articles in our blogs and guides section that outline in detail the valuation process and what in fact drives the value of a business. We have outlined the core valuation methods used by professionals and brokers below.

How do I value my business?

There are many ways to gain a business valuation. However, to make sure you get the best possible price when selling your business you should seek expert advise from a business broker such as Hilton Smythe. Here’s some ways you can establish the initial price…

Multiple of profits

This method involves you adjusting the profits of the business to add back any benefits the current owners receive, such as running personal vehicles through the business to pension contributions. You also add back any one-off expenses that are not likely to recur for the new owner.

The starting point is to work out the EBITDA (Earnings Before Profit Tax Depreciation and Amortisation) figure and add the elements above to arrive at the adjusted profits figure

What multiple do I apply to my adjusted profit?

This is the element of valuing a business than can give wildly varying results and one that is not always simple to answer. There are many factors that affect the multiple used when valuing a business, from turnover and profit levels to the industry the business operates within. The UK average has historically been 4. For small, owner managed businesses such as cafes and fish and chip shops, a multiple between 1 and 3 is common. Manufacturing and mid-sized businesses tend to see multiples of 3 – 5 for instance. Professional help should be sought, allowing someone’s personal experience to guide you.

Asset Value

When a business has a lot of assets or is not particularly profitable, an asset valuation is favoured. This value will represent something slightly different depending on how the business is set up, for example, a Limited Company would need to use its balance sheet to assess its net current position. This in essence would be the asset value.

In a sole trader set up however, the assets and liabilities are the individuals and so taking account of the liabilities is not usually necessary, you would simply be taking the actual asset value.

DCF (Discounted Cash Flow)

Not a very practical valuation method for businesses operating in the SME market. This method tends to be used for larger businesses and, is usually a more accurate way to value a business. The method uses the businesses future cash flows discounted to today’s money.

If all this seems too much, don’t worry, you’re not alone. You can either visit some of our blogs for more information or, get in touch and have one of our team help put a value on the business without obligation.

Good luck!

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