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How Does Marine Transport Valuation of Businesses Work?

Posted by Business Valuation Specialists LLC on Sep 2, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

Marine Transportation Business Appraisal

When your business is moving goods or people over the water from point A to point B, you may know the value of those goods and the services you provide, but do you know the value of your water transportation business? Though it can be difficult to understand the processes behind it, marine transport valuation is a great option to help you get an estimate on your company's value. Here's a look at how to process works.

 

How Does Marine Transport Valuation of Businesses Work?

A marine transport company may move a variety of things to various points, whether it's a barge moving sand to a concrete company on a river, a ferry moving people, goods and vehicles across a channel or a cruise ship moving thousands of people from port to port across international waters. Because of this wide range of services, the value of marine transport companies can vary greatly. A simple, one-boat ferry company that moves vehicles and people to a neighboring island will certainly have a different value than a cruise business that has dozens of ships, each carrying thousands of passengers through a range of ports around the world every day.

But exactly how does the valuation of these businesses work? For a simple barge service, the business valuation specialist may look at the value of the company's services, the expected remaining useful lifespan of its barges and other assets and project those figures into the future to determine the company's future income, providing them with solid figures to calculate value. It's the company's utility and the rate of replacement of its marine assets that help determine its value on the open market, provided that it doesn't end up with a terrible reputation that causes it to lose business.

For businesses that interact with the general public, such as a sail and snorkel tour operation off the Florida coast, the company's reputation and public reviews may need to be taken into account. Why? Some companies are able to build a significant portion of their income off of intangible assets, such as public goodwill or its reputation on online review sites to continue earning income well into the future. If the company recieves a large number of average or poor reviews, fewer people will want to use its services, which leads to a direct reduction in its income and the company's overall value on the open market.

A business valuation specialist will take a solid look at the company's finances, assets, reputation and the current state of the market in which it operates to determine the business' value. If our sail and snorkel operation, for example, is operating in times when market conditions are causing a decrease in tourism that is expected to continue far into the future, those condition will have a direct impact on the company's future income and its value on the open market.

By using marine transport valuation to determine the value of your company, you can ensure that you have a solid grasp of its estimated value for a wide range of uses. But don't settle for a general estimate that could be inaccurate or be influenced by the interests of the other party. Using an experienced accredited business valuation specialist provides you with peace of mind that the estimated value was calculated by an independent third party.

Topics: Marine Transportation Business Appraisal