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Business Valuations
How Much is Your Business Worth?

There are seven methods to value a business as approved by the IRS. With the advent of the Internet other methods have also been developed to assist with these special types of business. If you business is exclusively and Internet Business click here. For standard of mixed business type use these guidelines.

First Chicago Method

The First Chicago Method is used to value venture type businesses by Venture Capital firms. High risk ventures are usually valued using the First Chicago Method that evaluates probabilities of success (IPO), the sideways scenario, and the failure scenario (liquidation). This method uses a high risk adjusted discount rates and embodies many assumptions.

We specialize in the First Chicago Method as a means of determining the pre and post investment values for entrepreneurial (pre-IPO) business investments.

Valuation Services

  • Venture Planning provides valuations for any of the above listed IRS scenarios. For a valuation of your existing or startup business contact us.
  • Venture Planning Associates also provides valuations of sole proprietorships, partnerships, or corporations with one class of stock, and provides comparisons with industry standards.
  • For a Sample Valuation Report showing all methods and a sample valuation spreadsheet, Click Here

Reasons to Value a Business

  • When Buying or Selling
  • When Raising Venture Capital
  • Payment of Estate taxes
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Stock Re-capitalization
  • Payment of Gift Taxes
  • Shareholder Disputes

Information required (maximum number of years possible

  • Balance Sheets
  • Income Statements
  • Cash Flow Statements
  • Earnings Projections
  • Business Comparable's if available

Seven Valuation Types

  • Adjusted Net Assets
  • Capitalization of Earnings
  • Dividend Paying Capacity
  • Excess Earnings: Return on Assets
  • Excess Earnings: Return on Sales
  • Discounted Cash Flow
  • Discounted Future Earnings
  • Combination Method Weighted Average of All Types

Is Your Private Business for Sale?

Call us for information (888.404.1212) or eMail us on how you can make the sale of your founders stock at exit a tax free or tax deferred event. This simple technique would have saved us over 25% in taxes at the sale of one of our companies had we known in advance. We can also provide some money making tips for those of you just completing and IPO.

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Venture Planning Associates,

"Out of the hundreds of sites offering business plan products and services, your VenturePlan site is among the best, if not the best. "
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"When we received first round funding ($5 million) the VC firm asked us to show them how our financial models were created. They wanted to use OUR TEMPLATE (which we developed from the 7 Venture Capital Reports) to help them evaluate alternative scenarios for their portfolio companies!" Michael .Lay, CFO, e-Commerce Internet Company

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