How to value football clubs

In 1985 after 95 years of success, and when nobody was asking for it Coca-Cola  decided to change the formula for Coke.  The new drink was imaginatively called "New Coke".  But reaction to it was overwhelmingly negative and it was withdrawn in just 79 days. 

Surely the worMoney-ball.jpgld record for the shortest time for announcement to withdrawal of a high profile commercial venture.  Until now.  The recent attempt by 20 of the top football clubs to create a European Super League went from initial fanfare to abandonment in just 3 days.

It highlights the huge value of football and of the clubs.  The top 10 clubs are collectively worth c£26Bn and enjoy more than c£4.4Bn of revenues. The UK contingent in the top 10 in declining order by value are Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham.  Together they're worth c£16Bn.

 So how do you value a football club?

Conventional valuation methods don't work terribly well when compared to the prices paid for clubs. The market method which seeks to compare with publicly traded entities is hard to use effectively given the small number of public listed football clubs. The discounted cash flow method relies on a clear quality forecast of profitability which is never going to happen in this sector.  And using revenue multiples is a bit simplistic and takes no account of things such as the clubs stadium, assets and cost base.

So how do you value a football club?

Well it turns out that there is a model to do so. Dr Tom Markham is a graduate of Liverpool University's MBA in Football Industries.  His dissertation on valuation, in which he came up with the model, won the Premier League Best Dissertation award.  And is it seems to be quite widely used.

The Markham model is basically an enhanced revenue multiple valuation.  But it factors in the state of the balance sheet, profitability, stadium utilisation and the wages ratio.  These are all KPIs that are tracked for clubs.

Value = (Revenue + Net Assets) * ((Net profit + revenue))/revenue) * (%stadium filled/% wage ratio)

Put simply the bigger the turnover, the greater the asset value, profitability ratio, and how close to stadium capacity attendances are the higher the valuation. And a higher the wage 1200px-Cambridge_United_FC.svg ratio (wages/revenue) lowers the valuation. 

Interestingly for the 6 UK clubs their revenue multiples are remarkably consistent with the top five ranging between 6.2x and 6.6x with only Tottenham at 4.7x much adrift from the average of 6.2x. 

It would be interesting to see statistics for the lower leagues which of course will have smaller stadia, and revenues but lower wage bills.   There’s not enough information in the public domain to do the same calculation with Cambridge United – but I’d hazard a guess that the revenue multiple could be a low as half the above.

 


Valuing the Star Wars Franchise

Asman Damodaran of the New York University Business School had a go at valuing the Star Wars franchise.  Disney paid $4Bn for it – so did that turn out to be a good deal?

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Damodaran reviews the franchise to see where the revenues have come from.  Interestingly the original film is still the biggest grosser to date at nearly $4Bn.  But the other revenue streams are even more important; VHS/DVD/Rentals, Toys, Gaming, Books, and TV series.  These other revenues dilute Movie income to 20% of the whole alongside 23% for rentals, 15% for gaming and books, and a whopping 36% for toys and merchandise. Disney star wars

So how do you value it?  Like any other business, one needs to take a stab at future earnings potential.  In the absence of Disney’s,  no doubt closely guarded, forecasts Damodaran makes educated guesses.  Starting with Disney’s intent to make another two films he then assumes they’ll each gross something similar to “the Force Awakens”.  I’d have assumed some slight decline each time around (as the history suggests) but you have to start somewhere.  He judges that add-on revenues will continue be more important - streaming replaces rentals and he assumes $1.20/dollar v $1.14/dollar thus far, Toys continue to generate $1.80 for every dollar of movie income, Books drop 25% to $0.20/dollar, Gaming stays at $0.5/dollar, and he assumes that with the distribution power of Disney and Netflix (rumoured to be planning 3 live action series) TV rights will increase to $0.5/dollar. 

One needs to keep making assumptions, when the films will be released, inflation, and of course the margin levels on the income streams – he uses sector averages here, for example toys/merchandise at 15%.  Put it all together and you get an overall net income projection which he discounts at 7.61% being the average cost of capital for the entertainment sector.   Net result a valuation of $10M.   So Disney did a good deal.   If you want the full calculation Google “Galactic Finance: Valuing the Star Wars Franchise” which will take you to his blog.

It shows you can build up a cogent case to value almost anything, although I’d  have factored in some kind of discount just because of the existence of Jar Jar Binks. 

May the force be with you.


Succession Buyouts as a route to succession in Family Companies

Planning for exit and succession can be difficult in any business, but in family businesses there are additional factors to consider.   One of the problems with family succession planning is that the two key objectives – liquidity and preservation of the business legacy appear to be in conflict – how can you get cash without selling up?   A sale to a trade buyer may be unattractive if the plan is to keep things in the family, and this is where the idea of a sale to family comes in.  Family Business Cubes

This is a form of management buyout – the family members buying the business are very often the team running the company.    Often it goes beyond that to key managers – hence the occasionally used abbreviation the FAMBO. This is meant to mean Family and Management Buyout, or Family Buyout, although just to confuse things I’ve recently seen it used in East Anglia to refer to a Franchisee and Management Buyout.   It can also be called a VIMBO or Vendor Initiated Management Buyout – because the its usually (though not always) the older generation which initiates the sale to the younger family members.  At PEM we prefer to refer to such deals as Succession Buyouts – because that neatly encapsulates the overarching strategic intent of the deal.

Because family relationships are involved things can go wrong so as to delay the transaction or even kill it completely.  So here are some key thoughts on how to preserve family harmony whilst successfully completing a buyout.

Plan ahead and don’t rush each other. It is really important that harmony and trust is maintained. Nothing breeds suspicion more than the idea that one family member wants to take advantage of another, either by being pushy or appearing to scheme behind the scenes. This is true whether a family member is a buying or selling. An aggressive buyer almost ensures that the seller will react negatively; an aggressive seller communicates desperation and may undermine his or her own negotiating position.   Actually this is also true of Succession Buyouts amongst long standing colleagues who are not related.

Take account of peoples personalities Families ought to know one another pretty well. They know about personality traits or past circumstances giving rise to unusual levels of loyalty, or even resentment, or jealousy.   This might all come out in the run up to a transaction, sometimes they are deep-seated psychological feelings, and can be almost childlike—“Dad always preferred you.”   Being alert to such attitudes and steering the transaction in a sensitive way that respects feelings will help ensure success. Often the most important thing is to make sure everyone is listened to.

Get the business professionally valued If your shareholder agreement doesn’t prescribe a valuation methodology, it will be helpful to everyone involved in negotiating a transaction that there should be an independent assessment of valuation. Fairness is the key to completing the transaction and maintaining positive family relationships, and possibly sanity.  Neither buyer nor seller wants to looking back on the transaction with regret or suspicion.

Find some trusted advisors. Truly independent advisors who have the best interests of the family in mind can be hugely helpful in communications and facilitating agreement amongst the family. Each family member can get some independent advice, but its much better to select an adviser with a track record of brokering/facilitating such deals amongst close knit family or business groups to work for the company/family as a whole with the objective of reaching an agreement that works for all.  A skilled adviser will listen to all the agenda’s and try to manage any emotional pressures that arise during negotiations.

Tax and estate planning My tax colleagues would point out that it’s really important to consider the tax and financial affairs of the whole family, up and down the generations. And a deal like this is an opportunity to consider these things holistically.   Has the family provided for everyone as they intend and have they done inheritance tax planning?  Again these are things that need to be done early. One of the consequences of some buyout structures is that IHT planning becomes more important – don’t leave it to the last.

Family businesses are important to us all – according to INSEAD they account for 57% of US GDP.   There’s a general perception that many don’t make it beyond one or two generations. I’m not sure that’s true, INSEAD reckon there are 5,500 bicentenary family businesses around the world, and we’ve certainly worked with some family businesses which are now at fourth or fifth generation stage.  Visit our website to read about some of the family buyouts we've worked on.


Business Valuation Bloopers - just a few of the ways it can go wrong

Bloopers are the mistakes made by cast or crew on a film that end on the DVD extras. Sometimes they can Clapperboard be better then the film.   Business Valuation bloopers on the other hand are no laughing matter.   You might need a business valuation for divorce purposes, a shareholder exit, or as part of some kind of tax planning. Whatever the reason, whether you’re valuing an early stage technology company in Cambridge, or a mature SME in London there are some common business valuation bloopers to avoid.

As valuation experts we are often get to look at and comment upon other advisers valuation reports.  Often basic flaws in valuation methods, logic, or lack of decent data lead to challengeable advice being given. 

Here are some valuation out-takes, make sure you avoid them.

"I believe you"

Believing everything you’re told isn’t a good idea.  But I see lots of report where advisers have based all of their calculations on profit figures supplied by directors without having challenged them, or having reviewed the business.   Sometimes its pretty clear that most of the text is templated and applied to any and every business.

Lies, d*mn lies and statistics

You can find statistics to prove anything – just ask any politician. When valuing a business there a range of indices available from which to source an earnings multiple.   The lazy adviser might just reach to for one of these without either questioning it, or corroborating it with other data.   This is a problem because these indices by their very nature are averages – and so they say nothing in particular about any one sector or company.  It doesn’t matter whether they use, the BDO Private Company Price Index, FT All Share PE ratio, the Leading Edge Alliance’s PERDA, the Argos Soditic Mid Market Index, or the UK200 Group SME Valuation Index, a generic multiple will rarely give you the right answer in a business valuation.

Out of code information

As in any field business valuers need to keep up to date, and to use current data.  I recently saw a valuation based solely on the Private Companies Price Index.  Just relying on that would be bad enough, but the valuer then applied it to the wrong profit figure in the companies accounts.  My guess is he has been using PCPI for years and has never noticed that it changed a few years ago from an EBIT multiple to an EBITDA multiple.  

Apples and Pears

ApplesandpearsDon't mix apples and pears or you'll get a curious byproduct.  Likewise there are a range of profit measures, EBITDA, EBIT, PBT, PAT, Operating Profit.  And a range of multiples  including EV:EBITDA and the price earnings ratio or  PE ratio.   If you apply a price earnings ratio to EBITDA you will significantly overstate the result.

Rules of Thumb

As a business valuer I wouldn’t disregard rules of thumb in a particular industry, so transactions involving shops, cleaning companies, and professional service firms are amongst those where one comes across them. But I’d only ever use them as corroboration of more rigorous methods.   So shops are often sold for a number of weeks turnover plus the value of the stock – ultimately this must also equate to an earnings multiple, but where data might be patchy it’s probably a useful ready reckoner of valuation. The trouble is one often see’s quite inappropriate, and unquestioning, extension of these rules to other sectors. So for example I recently saw a service firm valued by a valuer who I suspect must specialise in valuing corner shops for after arriving at a (not entirely supportable) earnings valuation he then added the balance sheet value.  

I could go on. There are lots of ways to go wrong, indeed a quick Google produces an academic paper entitled “110 Common Errors in Company Valuations”

The answer, and you’d expect me to say this, is to find a business valuation expert who knows what they’re doing, and produces a well reasoned valuation that would stand up in court if you ever found yourself there.

Have a look at our http://www.pem.co.uk/corporate-finance/business-valuation


Six things you must know before selling your business

 There is lots of detailed material available on the internet on how to groom your company for sale.   But often its the basics of the negotiation that get forgotten. 

Here's a short video, less than 2 minutes long,  with six things I believe you should think about.

If you're selling your business, or beginning the process of grooming it for sale you might want to read more on our Company Sales page

 


Raising equity finance. First mitigate dilution through good housekeeping

Many entrepreneurs are wary of selling equity to outside investors.   Whether its at the early stage where the main source of funding is likely to be Angel investors or later when VCT and Private Equity investors may be the sources.   

The concern is of course about control, and how it will change the business.  Will the new investors meddle?   Of course get the right investor and what to some feels like meddling will in fact be a truly positive value added contribution to the business.  The right investor, or their appointed non-executive director, can bring additional experience, knowledge and contacts to the company.

But before you get to raising equity its worth challenging whether or not you really need it.    And sometimes you just need some good housekeeping to reduce your cash needs.  How about these simple thoughts:-

Supplier investment

Your supplier base may be able to part fund your growth.   Maybe not through direct investment, but they may be able to go for extended credit, or perhaps the will be prepared to support you through marketing costs.

Change your working capital profile

Could you do business in a different way?  How about charging for some or all of your work up front?  Could you introduce deposits or progress fees?  Better still could you get your customers to pay up front and move to a subscription basis? 

Narrow your aiming point

Sometimes the big cash requirement is because businesses aim to make a big step forward, or to tackle a lot of new things at once.  Could you scale that down to the true priorities, grow the business and then if you need to raise equity later it will be at a time when you’re profitable and so you’ll be able to raise capital at a higher valuation?

 

 


Management Buyout at Hospitality Software Business

I'm pleased to report that we helped the management team at Alacer Software to acquire the company from its parent company Lifecrown Investments.  

Alacer is a developer of hospitality software that allows all manner of businesses in that sector to run their businesses more efficiently.     Instead of having a patchwork of various different systems Alacer brings together all elements of their business (bar, conference, spa, front of house, reservations and so on) into one system.   This makes life much easier as it then involves one supplier, one system and is properly "joined up".

Alacer was the only software business in its parent group, which itself was focussed on a very different market sector - so the logic of the buyout was compelling.

We were able to help Rob Day, MD of Alacer, to negotiate and structure the deal.  I'm glad to say that we continue to help them with the business in an advisory role post transaction.

 

A big thanks to Rob for agreeing to appear in our first PEM Corporate Finance video, and to the spielbergian skills of Peggy McGregor of PEMCF and Connor Nudd of PEM for pulling the video together.   Alas too late for this years Oscars.

Have a look also at coverage of the deal in Business Weekly and on our website.

 

 

 

 

 


Will you be prepared for your moment in the sun?

As a business owner, you too need to be prepared when opportunity strikes. The two most common reasons owners sell their business are getting approached with an unsolicited offer and having a health scare. Either way you’re not in control of the timing, but you can be in control of how prepared you’ll be when opportunity knocks or necessity strikes.  Here’s 7 things to do right now to get your business ready to sell

Seven1. Make sure your customer contracts include a “survivor clause,” stipulating that the obligations of the contract “survive” the change of ownership of your company. That way, your customers can’t use the sale of your company to wiggle out of their commitments to your business.

2. Cultivate a group of a dozen “reference-able” customers that an acquirer could interview. When you sell, the buyer will want to speak with your customers; so you need a group of people – customers who are also friends – that would be willing to say good things about your company. In particular, the acquirer will be looking for assurance that the customer will keep buying after you leave, so make sure your reference-able customers are loyal not just to you but also to your business.

3. Keep in mind your elevator pitch to a potential acquirer. Writing your elevator pitch now will crystallize the important attributes of your company and ensure you focus on the right metrics in the coming years. It should the Who, What, Where When and Why of your business:

  • Who: describe why your management team is a winner. 
  • What: describe what you sell and why customers choose you.
  • Where: where are you located and what is the potential to expand geographically? 
  • When: how long have you been in business? 
  • Why: What are the strategic reasons someone would want to buy your company? Do you have a niche? Is your product a world-beater? Make decisions for your business now through the lens of how the results of your decisions would be perceived by a potential acquirer down the road

4. Identify 10 companies with a strategic reason to buy your business. Once you have a short list of potential buyers, study their M&A activity. What do they buy? What do they list as the strategic reasons for their acquisition in their media releases? Who are their lead corporate development executives?

5. Do business with your short list. Once you have a short list of potential acquirers, try to do business with as many of them as you can. Companies buy companies they know; so if you can find a way to work with a potential acquirer (either as a partner, supplier or customer) it’s a chance for them to become familiar with your company.

6. Professionalise your financial management – there’s nothing that freaks a buyer out more quickly than disorganised accounts.

7. Stop doing the selling. If you’re the rainmaker, nobody will buy your business without a soul-crushing earn out. Keep in mind that sales people take time to train and to hit their stride. Depending on your industry, it may take them a year or even two to start cranking out deals, so now is the time to hire and train them – not six months before you want out.


Process makes perfect

Last year I met with the owners of an engineering business because they had had an approach from a possible buyer for their company. It was a good business, and the owners liked the people who had approached them. At the same time they were wary of business brokers (having previously signed up a big company which had charged up front fees yet achieved nothing) and of the perceived disruption of a sale process. They also felt that their business had an intrinsic value that the buyer was bound to appreciate and to pay.

I can understand their reservations – but the idea that a buyer would blithely cough up the “business value” – even if it could be known – is dangerous. This ignores the huge amount of the exit value which is down to a good exit process.

How a business is sold has as much to do with the eventual value obtained as the characteristics of the business itself. If you are selling a house you can get a good idea of what it’ll go for based on the other houses on the street, you can even do this yourself using Zoopla. That makes selling a house much more about finding the buyer rather than extracting the value. And yet some business owners believe their business has given value and once the right buyer comes along, a deal will get done at their price. Alas nothing could be further from the truth, for a number of reasons:-

  1. Business value is much more subjective than property and other assets. You can’t go and get Short-sale-processdefinitive comparables for businesses. The packaging and process play much more critical roles when selling a business.
  2. The “best” buyer for your business might not be “on your doorstep” nor a close trading partner or competitor. If you have a decent sized business the best buyers might be scattered all over the world. Appreciation of business value is pretty subjective and so you will need to court multiple motivated buyers. This takes a lot of specialised knowledge, skill and perspiration.
  3. The devil is in the detail in most M&A deals. Many companies for sale will have amongst their circumstances a few potential deal killers. A skilled advisor is essential for avoiding these “unexploded bombs” and getting the deal done.
  4. Selling a business is a sales process. Without good comparable sales data (i.e. competing offers), it becomes a negotiated process.
  5. Most business buyers know what they’re doing and are intent on buying low and out-negotiating their adversary on the deal terms. You need to at least match their knowledge of the art of the deal to can maximise value for the seller.

Alas some folk, like the owners of the business I spoke to last year, try to do it themselves or delegate it to their lawyers or to the local accountants. Even if the seller thinks he’s done well, money has probably been “left on the table”. Selling a business is complex. There are a lot of moving parts and many business owners and, and especially accountants, don’t quite realize it. They think that because they’ve been tangentially involved in a few deals they can run a process and manage it effectively.

Selling a business for maximum value is the realm of the specialist. Company owners fail to hire one at their own risk.

Business sale value upon exit is made up as follows:

What you get for your business = Enterprise Value + Packaging + Process + Deal-Maker Skill

Enterprise value is the intrinsic value of the business. In theory this might be obtained by the DIY business owner/seller or the novice business broker (if they can sell it at all).

Packaging is putting together the Information Memorandum. Skilled packaging can in itself make the difference between a sale and no sale.

Process includes both process design and execution, and it’s about locating the highest and best buyers and working them all at the same time.

Deal-maker skill is the secret recipe. It’s the skill, knowledge and experience of the individual (or team) running the process through to closing.

In short, there is real benefit to be had from working with a specialist M&A adviser, a specialist in company sales. Look for someone with demonstrable experience, plenty of credentials to be found on the internet, and someone who will help you get the deal across the line. Ask your peers for references, talk to your existing lawyer or accountant, search the Internet.

If y ou are thinking of selling, which you will surely have invested lots of personal and financial capital into, then its worth getting the right people working alongside you to make it happen.


Passing on the family business in a tax efficient way

EXIT STRATEGIES FOR FAMILY FIRMS

We’re often asked how to achieve succession within family businesses.  For this type of business Start Up FamilyBusiness Exit Strategies mean how to pass it on and not how to achieve a trade sale of the company.  Very often this will be done in the form of a Vendor Initiated management buyout, particularly if those who are to succeed are not just family members.   The VIMBO or succession buyout structure can also work well in a family deal, if Mum and Dad want full value rather than gifting the business, and if they need some sort of carried interest or ongoing income.

SIMPLEST CAN BE BEST

That said simple is often best.   And particularly in small deals variations on the share buyback theme can be useful. 

SHARE BUYBACK

We recently helped a family business in Suffolk achieve succession using this type of structure.   It wasn’t a huge business, but was sustainedly profitable, and had grown to have branches in Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.   Mum and Dad had been running their business as a company for many years, but had involved their two sons in the business as full time directors.  As the sons took more responsibility in the business they felt that it was time for them to take control.  The aim was to achieve the transfer and for the parents to have the profits which had accumulated in the company to be paid out to them tax efficiently.    If the arithmetic stacks up this can be done using a buyback of shares.  

The tax legislation which gives favourable tax treatment to an individual when a company purchases some of its own shares provided certain hoops are jumped through.   In outline the steps are:

  • The sons get given some shares (a 32% minority holding) in the company a few years before Mum and Dad were ready to fully hand over the reins.  Result = no tax charge for parents or children due to the availability of tax reliefs - it qualified as a trading company.
  • More recently, when Mum and Dad decided to retire, the company bought back their shares.  This was done     correctly and so the proceeds will be taxed as capital receipts for the sale of their shares (and not subject to income tax).  Entrepreneurs’ Relief should be available as both the individuals and the company meet the conditions and so the tax charge is only 10%.
  • The company then cancelled the shares so that the shares held by the next generation are the only shares in issue and they all of the company.

THE GROUND RULES

Family-business-339395lIn all deals there are some company law rules to be observed, or the danger is that the purchase of shares is an invalid purchase with unfortunate consequences.  As ever there are also tax rules to follow – and they’re often not quite so clear cut.   In this case the two keys matters that had to be established were that the company was a trading company for the purposes of Entrepreneurs’ Relief and that the purchase of shares is for ‘bona fide commercial reasons’.  The ability to “clear” this with the revenue in advance is helpful.   Of course there is usually a financing issue too.  In this case the company had the cash to payout. But what if the company doesn’t have enough cash?    There are ways round this – and indeed this might be a cue to consider a Newco buyout structure.


Business Valuation Basics: Four Key Questions

Business valuation can be complex but the underpinning of any good valuation assessment is the answers to four simple questions:

What is being valued?FourQuestions

The first step is to clearly define what is being valued. If it’s a going concern – i.e. an ongoing trading business - then it is the income stream of the business that is being valued.

A business is nothing more than a group of assets – people, ideas, processes, products, intellectual property (especially in technology companies), and equipment that together produce an income stream.  If there are any assets not used in the generation of profits, they get excluded from the valuation (and added back separately if you’re valuing the shares of a company for example).  A good example might be a surplus investment property held in a company.  Conversely if there are assets not owned by the business but used in generating profits, they must be contributed to the business by the owner or the cost of acquiring the assets needs to be taken off the valuation.

You also need to clarify if you’re valuating the assets or the equity of the business. An assets valuation assumes the seller retains all non-working/non-interest bearing liabilities of the business and, in a hypothetical sale, pay them off with cash received from the purchaser of the business. If the equity of the business is being valued, it is assumed the hypothetical buyer would get all assets of the business and assume all liabilities as well.

Value to Whom?

The answer can be an individual, investment group or another company. Once this question is answered, all the factors adding to or detracting from the valuation need to be factored in.   So a strategic buyer who sees potential in the business will value it at more than a similar buyer without any special reason to be interested in it.   I’ve seen some Cambridge technology businesses valued for well above their asset value, or any reasonable assessment of an income multiple – simply because their technology had true strategic value to the purchaser.   For example we advised on the sale of a pre-revenue business where the North American purchaser had decided to invest in a particular area, and purchasing my client meant that they would save around 2 years “time to market” over developing the technology in-house.   They thus had a pretty well developed idea of what they were prepared to pay for it.

What Definition of Value?

An alternate value definition is fair market value. Selling a business for maximum value can be a frustrating task. First, what is the maximum value of a business? Actually nobody knows – and any broker, corporate finance house, or M&A adviser who offers you a guaranteed price needs to be challenged.  How will the seller know if a particular offer he receives is the best he can get?  And would he get more if he waited?

This can be a difficult judgement for business owners who are thinking of selling – and it really helps to have an experienced M&A adviser giving input to what would be a realistic price given the nature of buyer, seller and the market.  Add the possibility that the maximum value might include some vendor financing, in some form of earnout perhaps, then the seller needs to consider, assuming the buyer’s ability to pay will in part come from future profits of the business, whether the buyer will do a good job of running the business once he takes over.  Faced with the “what is maximum value” dilemma, in practice sellers need to make a reasoned assessment of fair market value before embarking on a sales process.  We always invest time and resource in helping business owners to reach a thoughtful assessment of what would be a realistic “price expectation” ahead of a sale process.

Fair Market Value

What is “Fair Market Value”?  It’s the price at which an asset would change hands between a willing buyer and willing seller, both of whom are suitably knowledgeable of the facts and neither are forced to do the deal.  It’s a simple definition, but of course the technical process for estimating fair market value can be pretty complex – it’s an art AND a science.  

Value as of What Date?

The fourth question to be answered before a business can be valued is “value as of what date?” And it’s not always “valuation as of today” that’s relevant.  In litigation or tax driven valuations we’re often asked to produce a valuation opinion as at a particular date in the past. Conversely, in finance it’s often a requirement to predict what the value will be at some date in the future, perhaps as part of a strategic planning exercise.

If you'd like to know more about business valuations have a look at PEM Corporate Finance Business Valuations - valuing businesses in Cambridge, East Anglia, London and beyond.