Business Valuation For Dummies by Lisa Holton, Jim Bates

Business Valuation For Dummies by Lisa Holton, Jim Bates
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Business Valuation For Dummies

by Lisa Holton, Jim Bates

June 2009

Business Valuation For Dummies is filled with expert guidance that business owners, managers at all levels, investors, and students can use when determining the value of a business. It contains a solid framework for valuation, including advice on analyzing historical performance, evaluating assets and income value, understanding a company's financial statements, estimating the cost of capital, business valuation models, and how to apply those models to different types of businesses.


Lisa Holton is a former business editor and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Today, she heads The Lisa Company, a writing, editing, and research firm. She's a writer for corporations, colleges, and nonprofits nationwide, and has written more than 13 books.

Jim Bates is Vice President, Transaction Support, for the Christman Group, a middle-market investment banking firm based in Palatine, IL.


Introduction. Part I: What Business Valuation Means.

Chapter 1: The Value of Understanding Business Valuation.

Chapter 2: What Triggers a Business Valuation?

Chapter 3: Understanding the Tangibles and Intangibles of Business Valuation.

Chapter 4: Approaches and Methods ¡ª Basic Theories of the Valuation Process.

Chapter 5: The Challenge of Valuation in a Knowledge Economy.

Part II: Getting Familiar with Valuation Tools, Principles, and Resources.

Chapter 6: Getting Familiar with a Typical Valuation Report.

Chapter 7: Meeting the Supporting Players in the Valuation Process.

Chapter 8: Understanding Financial Statements.

Chapter 9: Using Rule-of-Thumb Valuations for Mom-and-Pop Businesses.

Part III: If You¡¯re Selling a Business . . . .

Chapter 10: Making Sure You¡¯re Ready to Sell.

Chapter 11: Deciding What to Do about the Family Company.

Chapter 12: Due Diligence on the Sell Side.

Chapter 13: Case Study: Valuation on the Sell Side.

Part IV: If You¡¯re Buying a Business . . . .

Chapter 14: How Do You Know Whether You¡¯re Ready to Buy?

Chapter 15: Moving from Valuation to Negotiation.

Chapter 16: Due Diligence on the Buy Side.

Chapter 17: Forensic Accounting and the Due Diligence Process.

Chapter 18: Case Study: Valuation on the Buy Side.

Part V: Don¡¯t Try This at Home! Turning Things Over to the Valuation Experts.

Chapter 19: Divorce.

Chapter 20: Estate Planning and Gifting.

Chapter 21: Attracting Outside Investors to Your Startup.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Reasons to Consider a Prenup.

Chapter 23: Ten Questions to Answer Before Considering a Partnership Agreement.

Chapter 24: Ten Things to Consider Before Transforming Your Company Into an ESOP.