Business Valuation Answers

Business Advisors|Business Valuation

By Stephen Thimons

On December 2, 2009, Schneider Downs Business Advisors held an Executive Roundtable: “Valuing Your Company in These Uncertain Time”. The roundtable was moderated by Joel Rosenthal, Thomas Claassen and me, and was attended by key business leaders and executives.
Understanding the value of their company is a topic of critical importance to business owners and executives. However, today’s constantly changing economic climate has made determining and understanding the value of a business more difficult than ever. The roundtable allowed a free exchange of ideas amongst the participants, rather than a traditional lecture or presentation. This enabled the participants to guide the conversation to the topics that were most important to them.  A few of the issues discussed were:
·         The effects of the current liquidity crisis on value;
·         How to account for rapidly changing economic conditions when valuing a company;
·         Standards of value;
·         Valuation methodologies;
·         Valuing early-stage or high-growth companies;
·         Developing discount rates; and
·         Applying market multiples.
When our session was over, I remarked how quickly two hours can pass during an engaging conversation. While we weren’t able to cover all of the issues associated with valuation during our roundtable discussion, we were able to address the most relevant ones. Not only did this benefit the participants, but it will allow me to make sure that Schneider Downs takes extra care to address these critical issues when performing valuations in the future.
For information on the seminar, valuation or any other Business Advisory Services, please contact Joel Rosenthal at 412.697.5387 or jrosenthal@schneiderdowns.com or Tom Claassen at 412.697-5330 or tclaassen@schneiderdowns.com.
Schneider Downsprovides accounting, tax and business advisory services through innovative thought leaders who deliver the expertise to meet the individual needs of each client. Our offices are located in Pittsburgh, PA, and Columbus, OH.
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