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Businesses typically represent the culmination of years of hard work and effort, so when assessing a business, you want to be sure you get the most accurate valuation possible. Business valuations are complicated and require the expertise of a specialist to efficiently navigate the process.

A business valuation is required if you want to buy or sell a business, divide assets in a divorce, or restructure a business. Your business, as a valuable asset, requires the attention of an experienced and trustworthy valuation firm to offer you with dependable and insightful results. A thorough business valuation not only contributes to informed decision-making but also lays the framework for the next chapter of your business’s journey, whether it entails a sale, merger, or acquisition.

What Is Business Value?

Business valuations delve into the heart of a company’s worth, encompassing the economic value of the owner’s interest in the business. This value serves as the foundation for determining the selling price, a critical factor in business transactions.

Arriving at an accurate valuation requires meticulous consideration of factors such as cash flow, asset value, market value, and the company’s future potential. The valuation process, inherently complex, varies depending on the specific market and industry sector.

Business Valuation Services

At WA Business Valuations, our team of valuation experts possesses the knowledge and experience to guide you through the valuation process, providing you with clear and actionable insights.

We employ a comprehensive range of valuation methodologies, ensuring that the results we deliver are tailored to your specific business needs and aligned with industry standards. Our commitment to transparency ensures that you are fully informed throughout the valuation process.

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Whether you are an entrepreneur contemplating an exit strategy or a business owner seeking to optimize decision-making, a business valuation from WA Business Valuations provides the clarity and guidance you need to navigate the complexities of the business world with confidence.

Reasons to Get a Business Valuation

  • Family Law Court proceedings
  • Pre-purchase/Pre-sale
  • Litigation
  • Taxation
  • Loans and Financing
  • Succession planning
  • Financial planning
  • Future/Succession planning


If your business value gap analysis reveals a shortfall in business value then you will need to implement business strategies to improve your profit before you sell.

Knowing what your business value needs to reach means you can calculate your future profit, gross margin and sales targets.


Many business owners are emotionally attached to their business and the lifestyle that it affords and can put off the transition to new ownership for too long. Often we hear “if someone offers me a packet for it, we would go” but there are two questions that should be asked. Firstly how big a packet can you expect for the business and how much do you need for your retirement?


You have worked hard to make your business the very best it can be and now it is time to make sure you get rewarded for all that effort. The price that you achieve is impacted by many factors.

Make sure you put your business in the driver’s seat for the best price by securing a business succession plan now.

Calculating The Value Of A Business

Business valuers generally agree that the first step of finding a business’s worth is by determining the Seller’s Discretionary Earnings (SDE). The SDE is the income of the business before tax. This excludes any expenses that can be expected in the future. This can be calculated through the history of the company.

The SDE is then multiplied by the “SDE multiple”. This is generally around 4 or 5 – thereby predicting the income that the business will generate over this period. Finding the multiple can be a challenge, as many different factors can affect this. These include geographic trends, industry outlook, the size of the company, the company’s business assets, owner risk, and others.

While the SDE  looks at the business earnings, there are also the company’s assets to consider. Assets can include equipment, stock, intellectual property, and anything else of value. These can be tangible and intangible assets. Then there are the liabilities that need to be subtracted.

Factors That Influence The SDE Multiple

Valuing a business is a process that involves numerous steps – something that differs with each company and industry. Determining the SDE multiplier can be challenging as there are numerous aspects that can affect it. Besides the tangible and intangible assets, some of these factors can include:

  • Financing eligibility
  • Customer loyalty
  • The longevity of current employees
  • Supplier relationships

Methods Of Business Valuation

Business valuations can take several different approaches. These depend on the industry and individual circumstances. However, there are two main methods often used by analysts: the discounted free cash flow method and comparable transactions method.

Discounted Free Cash Flow Method

This business valuation method looks at the amount of cash that the business generates and determines an estimation of the kind of money the business should make in its lifespan. Prospective buyers will be interested in the potential earnings of the business and so they base the worth on this factor.

To predict the future cash flow of a business, analysts need to look at its financial history and growth patterns. Things like investment plans, expenses, and the economic structure of the company will also influence future financial projections. It is important to compare this with a full analysis of the relevant market and competition.

Basically, the discounted free cash flow method seeks to determine the kind of future income that stakeholders can expect from the business. Generally, this is considered over a 4 – 5 year period.

Comparable Transactions Method

When valuing a company, this approach is quick and simple. But, there is more room for error if conducted incorrectly. This method is usually based around the assumption of what the business will be worth under the new business owner. This is done by creating projections based on future expectations.

Other Methods

Figuring out the potential earnings based on a business’s past is the most common approach towards valuation. Yet, there are other methods that one can follow to determine a value. These can fall under an asset-based approach or a market-based approach.

An asset-based approach simply adds up the business tangible and intangible assets, then subtracts its liabilities. A market-based approach looks at the recent value of comparable businesses within the same industry and draws a valuation from that. All of these different business valuation methods have their advantages and disadvantages.

At WA Business Valuations, our specialists can assist in all types of business valuations. From simple, affordable business assessments to detailed forensic analyses, we can help business owners to see the value of their businesses.


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