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Business Valuation When Settling an Estate

Posted by Business Valuation Specialists LLC on Nov 6, 2023 7:30:00 AM

Estate Settlement for Small Business Valuation work with Appraiser

When there’s a need to settle someone’s estate, there are a lot of things to consider, and given the emotional component of this difficult and hectic time, it can become overwhelming. If the individual wholly owned or was a partner in a business, you will need to consider placing a value on these estate assets, to properly and fairly include them in the settlement. It’s important to work with an experienced independent appraiser who understands the best methodologies to consider and has no “skin in the game” that might create a biased opinion.

When reviewing the ongoing businesses under the estate, it is also a good idea to look ahead at how you believe the future of the company may be affected by the prior owner or partner no longer being involved. Is there an opportunity to sell the company before the effects of their absence take effect? Are there factors to consider in taking the company forward under new direction or management?

While you’re taking care of the short-term demands involved in settling the estate, discuss these more proactive topics with an appraisal professional who can provide options where the valuation might consider these additional perspectives. It’s often feasible for an appraisal consultant to assist not only with valuing the business as of the effective date under the estate settlement but also look ahead at a more current date for the purposes of a future sale or change in the structure of the company.

Before you decide which consultants to engage with during this trying time, inquire as to their ability to work with you on multiple fronts so you can accomplish more than the immediate objective and determine if they can assist with all or most of the concerns you may be thinking about today.

It’s difficult enough to handle all the tasks involved with settling an estate, especially if the individual owns a large number of assets. The more support you have to accomplish all these, the better your ability to manage everything in a timely and effective fashion.

If you are in the middle of an estate settlement, consider reaching out to professional consultants such as certified and accredited appraisers, who will be there the moment you need the assistance.

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How Valuing a Manufacturing Company Reveals Hidden Value

Posted by Business Valuation Specialists LLC on Jul 20, 2016 11:30:00 AM


When you run a manufacturing company, there are many areas where you can make improvements or tap into additional value. Some of these involve taking risks in entering new markets, doing extensive mapping of your strategy or planning your actions in the market when you're not sure what the future may hold. But one of the most under utilized tools used for finding hidden value in your business is the business appraisal. Business appraisals look at a wide range of factors to determine a business' true value. It also makes it easier to find where your business has potential for significant growth. Here's how having a business appraisal performed helps you find that hidden value.

How valuing a manufacturing company reveals hidden value

The first area you'll find value is where your business is not performing up to standards. How is that adding value? Because it helps you ensure your company is as strong as possible. This allows you to improve your business, building its value. Are your assets overvalued because they receive more wear and tear than your competitors? Is your overhead too high because you haven't replaced the old, power-hungry light fixtures in your plant? Is there disruption happening in your industry that may lead to a downturn for more traditionally-modeled businesses? By knowing where your business is weak, you know where to improve it to ensure it will do better in the future.

But how do you compare to your competition? Because business valuation specialists spend their days working with a number of businesses in your industry or related industries. This gives them the insight to what a healthy manufacturing business looks like. They can compare your business to others that are similar or to similar businesses in other industries that are going through the same type of conditions and issues your business is facing. Is it a good time to diversify your production line? Should you look at digitizing your operation to reduce overhead? Having a business appraisal means you can learn from other business' mistakes and successes.

When you're considering expanding your business by merging with another company, do you know the condition that company is already in compared to your own? A company valuation of that business provides the same level of insight. If that company is strong where yours is weak and vice versa, they may be able to compensate across the board and make the merger a success. If, on the other hand, you're looking at a business that has similar weak points, you could simply be taking on unnecessary risk that could cost you your existing manufacturing company. By having a business appraiser take a solid look at both companies, you know what you're getting into from the start or can avoid making a bad investment all together. 

As you can see, there are many areas where your manufacturing company has real value that may be hidden. By taking advantage of the information provided in business valuations, you can improve your business' position in the market and take smart opportunities. If you need help getting the valuation of a company, it's important that you work with a business appraiser who has the necessary training and experience to give you the information you need.

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