Similar Companies Can Have Huge Value Differences

Can two companies in the same industry have very different valuations? In short, the answer is a resounding, yes. Let’s take an example of two companies that both have an EBITDA of $6 million but with two very different values. In fact, Business One is valued at five times EBITDA, which prices it at $30 million whereas Business Two is valued at seven times EBITDA, meaning it has a value of $42 million.

Value Difference Checklist

  1. Revenue Size
  2. Profitability
  3. The Market
  4. Growth Rate
  5. Regional/Global Distribution
  6. Management & Employees
  7. Capital Equipment Requirements
  8. Systems/Controls
  9. Uniqueness/Proprietary
  10. Intangibles (Intellectual property/patents/brand, etc.)

There are quite a few variables on the above checklist that stand out, with the top one being that of growth rate. Growth rate is a major value driver when buyers are considering value.

Business Two, for example, with its seven times EBITDA has a growth rate of 50%, whereas Business One, with its five times EBITDA has a growth rate of just 12%.

Discovering the real growth rate story means answering some pretty important questions.

  1. Are the company’s projections achievable and believable?
  2. Where is the company’s growth coming from?
  3. Are there long-term contracts currently in place?
  4. Where is the growth originating? In other words, what services or products are driving growth? Will those services or products continue to drive growth in the future?
  5. How is the business obtaining its customers for the projected growth?
  6. How reliable are the contracts/orders?

Ultimately, finding the difference in value between two businesses, that otherwise appear similar, usually resides in growth rate. This is a factor that should not be overlooked. It is essential to know a company’s growth rate as well as the key questions to ask regarding its growth. If you are going to obtain an accurate valuation as well as understanding the valuation between different companies, this part of the process cannot be overlooked.

Copyright: Business Brokerage Press, Inc.


Businesses For Sale

Sell Your Business

Sell Your Business

When selling your business, you need to have an expert Business Broker. Trusting the sale of your business to anyone else could end up permanently damaging the value of your business. Confidentiality is of absolute importance in selling your business. Selling a business without anyone finding out your business is for sale requires a specialized skill; it is one that Jim Tharp Realty has perfected over decades. Since 1969, we have successfully sold over 1,000 businesses and that number grows every day.

Read More

Buy a Business

Buy a Business

Working with Jim Tharp Realty means you will have the elite in Business Brokering at your side, ensuring you the highest chance of successfully acquiring your dream business. We are dedicated to working with you every step of the way. With Jim Tharp Realty, you’ll have a guide to help you navigate the precarious process of buying a business. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned Buyer or this is your first business, we can help.

Read More

Join our email list to learn about our latest opportunities

We Respect your Email Privacy