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Small Business Appraisals

Reliable market value business appraisals since 2002.

  • Selling a Business
  • Buying a Business
  • Partnership Buy-out
  • Partnership Buy-in
  • Equity Investment
  • Buy-Sell Agreement
  • Sale Preparation
  • Retirement Planning
  • Succession/Exit Plan
  • General Planning

Pricing

Good
Opinion of Value

Revenue Min/Max: $250,000 / $2,000,000

$

900 - 

$

1,500

*

* enterprise value

Best for...

  • Preliminary exit/retirement planning
  • Preliminary sale preparation
  • General inquiry
  • Owner curiosity

Features:

  • Market Modeling Method™ 
  • Market value as a going concern
  • Range value (ex. $320,000-$480,000)
  • Analyze Tax Returns (3 years)
  • General industry match
  • Aggregated multiples
  • Growth trend analysis/adjustment
  • 5 page signed report
  • Delivered in PDF format
  • 2 to 4 business days
Most Popular
Better
standard appraisal

Revenue Min/Max: $500,000 / $10,000,000

$

2,400 - 

$

3,800

*

* enterprise value

Best for...

  • Selling a business
  • Buying a business
  • General exit/retirement planning
  • Succession planning

Features:

  • Market Modeling Method™ 
  • Market value as a going concern
  • Point value (ex. $1,250,000)
  • Analyze Tax Returns (3 years)
  • Specific industry match
  • Comparable sales data - summary
  • Growth trend analysis/adjustment
  • 40+ page signed report
  • Delivered in PDF format
  • 7 to 12 business days

Plus:

  • Detailed normalizing adjustments
  • Historical to normalized (3 column)
  • Expense adjustments analysis
  • Revenue & earnings summary
  • Assets & liabilities summary

Options:

  • Equity value (+$500)
Best
certified appraisal

Revenue Min/Max: $1,000,000 / $50,000,000

$

5,400 - 

$

7,800

* enterprise value

Best for...

  • Partnership buy-outs / buy-ins
  • Selling/buying a mid-sized business
  • Detailed exit/retirement planning
  • Financing

Features:

  • Market Modeling Method™ 
  • Market value as a going concern
  • Point value (ex. $3,500,000)
  • Analyze Tax Returns+ Financials (3y)
  • Specific industry match
  • Comparable sales data - detailed
  • Growth trend analysis/adjustment
  • 100+ page signed report
  • PDF and bound report by FedEx
  • 20 to 30 business days

Plus:

  • Detailed normalizing adjustments
  • Historical to normalized (3 column)
  • Expense adjustments analysis
  • Revenue & earnings summary
  • Assets & liabilities summary

Plus:

  • Customer concentration analysis
  • Supplier dependency analysis
  • Other extraordinary risks analysis
  • Extraordinary opportunities analysis
  • Detailed terms & conditions analysis
  • Year-to-yr variance "red flag" analysis
  • Tax to financials variance analysis
  • Detailed scope of work
  • All source data included in report
  • USPAP compliant

Options:

  • Equity value (+$1,000)
  • Partial year (+$2,000)

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FAQs

I need an appraisal for ________ purpose. Do you do that?

If it is a market-related purpose, such as selling/buying a business or exit planning, then yes. If it is for compliance purposes, such as gift/estate taxes or litigation, then no. See our full list below.

What types of businesses do you appraise?

We appraise most types of businesses.  Generally, the types of business we don't are (1) businesses inextricably tied to real estate, such as hotels, marinas, etc., and (2) businesses inextricably tied to the work of the owner, such as entertainers, authors, and sole specialty practitioners. See our full list below. And if you are still unsure, please contact us to find out.

How much does an appraisal cost?

It depends on three things: (1) the type of appraisal you want (i.e. Opinion of Value, Standard Appraisal, or Certified Appraisal), (2) the size of the business, and (3) options such as equity value or partial-year. See our pricing here.

How long does it take to complete the appraisal?

Opinion of Value: 2 - 4 business days

Standard Appraisal: 7 - 12 business days

Certified Appraisal: 20 - 30 business days

What information will I need to provide?

Opinion of Value:

     - 3 years of U.S. tax returns

Standard Appraisal:

     - 3 years of U.S. tax returns

Certified Appraisal:

     - 3 years of U.S. tax returns

     - 3 years of Income Statements & Balance Sheets (or equivalent)

Certified Appraisal w/ Partial Year Option

     - 3 years of U.S. tax returns

     - 3 years of Income Statements & Balance Sheets (or equivalent)

     - Partial Year Income Statement & Balance Sheet (ex. Jan 1 - Sep 30 I/S; Sep 30 B/S)

     - Partial Year Income Statement & Balance Sheet for the same period of the PRIOR YEAR


What type of appraisal should I get?

I really depends on the purpose of the appraisal and your budget/personal preference.  You may find the following guidelines helpful:


Opinion of Value:

     - businesses with revenue from $250,000 to $2,000,000

     - preliminary sale planning

     - preliminary retirement or exit planning

     - general planning / owner curiosity


Standard Appraisal:

     - businesses with revenue from $500,000 to $10,000,000

     - selling a business

     - buying a business

     - general exit, retirement, or succession planning


Certified Appraisal:

     - businesses with revenue from $1,000,000 to $50,000,000

     - selling or buying a larger business or mid-market company

     - partnership buy-out / buy-in

     - detailed exit planning (as part of a full exit plan)

     - detailed retirement or succession planning

     - financing


Many of our clients have found it helpful to discuss this over the phone in order to explain the particulars of their situation.



Purpose of Appraisal

Yes

  • Selling a Business
  • Buying a Business
  • Partnership Buy-Out
  • Partnership Buy-In
  • Equity Investment
  • Buy-Sell Agreement
  • Sale Preparation
  • Retirement Planning
  • Exit Planning

No

  • Gift Taxes
  • Estate Taxes
  • IRS Settlement
  • Other Tax Issue
  • Divorce
  • Partner Litigation
  • Shareholder Dispute
  • Economic Loss
  • Other Litigation

Types of Businesses We Appraise

  • Retail Businesses
  • Medical Practices
  • Transportation
  • SaaS/Web Services
  • Health & Fitness
  • Legal & Accounting
  • Management Services
  • Creative Agencies
  • Business Services
  • Online Businesses
  • Publishing & Media
  • Repair & Maintenance
  • Professional Firms
  • Technical Services
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Sales & Brokerage
  • Design/Development
  • Education & Training
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale/Distribution
  • Construction/Contractor
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • Automotive Repair
  • Travel & Recreation
  • Consulting
  • IT Services
  • Personal Services

...and many more.

Businesses we don't appraise....sorry.

  • Non-U.S. Businesses
  • Mines/Oil Fields
  • Artists/Authors
  • Casinos
  • Retirement Homes
  • ALFs/Nursing Homes
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Landfills
  • Musicians/Entertainers
  • Junk Yards
  • Sports Teams/Clubs
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Farms/Ranches
  • Nurseries/Orchards
  • Solo Skilled Specialists
  • Marinas/Boat Slips
  • Utilities/Power Plants
  • Event Venues

If you are not sure, please contact us, and we'll give you a definitive answer.


Testimonials

"Thank you for your outstanding job in doing this valuation and appreciate all your hard work."

Frank Feiler, CBBI

Director of Operations and Training, V.R. Business Brokers Mergers & Acquisitions

"Thank you for all you did.  It was a pleasure working with you, and Greg is fortunate to have had your representation."

Gregory A. Heafner, Attorney at Law

Gregory Alan Heafner, PA

"10 out of 10 – Very professional to work with."

Robert Zagrodny, CPA

Robert A Zagrodny, CPA, Inc.

"The business value estimate was very accurate, and helped us negotiate our practice acquisition."

Seth Fibraio, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, CMTPT, CCTT

Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Physical Therapy, Inc.

"As always thanks for what you do.  I really LOVE working with you & learning from you."

Cathleen Zippay, R. EEG/EP T., R.NCS.T., CNIM

Founder & President, Neurometrics, Inc.


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About

Robert Malt has been providing professional business appraisal services since 2002, having completed over 400 business appraisals.  In 2012, he developed the Market Modeling Method™ for appraising small to mid-sized privately-held companies. This method provides for a more consistent and reliable way to value companies based on market practices.

Mr. Malt holds the CM&AA (Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor) certification from AM&AA (Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors).  He graduated from the University of Maryland, Smith Graduate School of Business with a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in 1995, with a double major in finance and marketing, and a minor in literature.

Mr. Malt is the founder and president of Malt & Company, Inc. (founded 2002), which provides business appraisal, business sale, merger & acquisition advisory, and exit planning services. More information about Malt & Company can be found at www.maltandcompany.com.


Every good business needs a great business appraisal.