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Farming Out Business Valuation to Specialty Firms

A 2014 Grant Thornton International Business Report indicates that 29% of privately-held businesses worldwide expect to transfer ownership within the next ten years. Additionally, the Pepperdine University’s Private Capital Markets Project report also shows that about two-thirds of the business owners surveyed anticipate the same to happen. Results like this point to the importance of accurate business valuations that reflect the true financial worth of businesses. In fact, according to Pepperdine, one of the top three reasons why broker and investment banking deals did not close last year was because of differences in valuation. Whether or not a business anticipates a change of hands or is trying to get a better understanding of the marketplace, proper business valuation is crucial.

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