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Business valuation

Find out more about valuing a business and use our selection of guides, links, books and articles to identify best practice, techniques and tools.

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Featured eBook

2016 International valuation handbook: Guide to cost of capital
(Wiley, 2015)
The handbook provides data and guidance that will enable you to assess risk and to develop cost of capital estimates on a global scale.

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Featured article

The valuation of businesses – be careful what you ask for
ICAEW Forensic and Expert Witness Group article on the importance of properly instructing forensic accountants when engaging them to value businesses.


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Accounting and business valuation methods: how to interpret IFRS accounts

A detailed guide to the different methods of ascertaining the value of a business.

Accounting for goodwill and other intangible assets

This title looks at the treatment of goodwill and other intangibles under IFRS and US GAAP and explains common practice in valuing these assets.

Accounting for value

Accounting for Value aims to teach investors and analysts how to handle accounting in evaluating equity investments.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Valuation disputes in corporate bankruptcy

A detailed examination of US bankruptcy court judgments involving valuation expert witnesses.

EBITDA challenges: understand valuation methods to avoid manipulation

The article focuses on management approaches for Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA). Topics discussed include assistance of EBITDA in evaluation of corporations value while acquisition approaches through cash flow determination; absence of several values from EBITDA such as capital expenditures (CAPEX) along with tenant improvement conditions; and consideration of working capital along with EBITDA multiple for valuation process.

Predictions for a mature market

Article discusses the trends in the asset-based lending (ABL) industry in 2016 and forecasts the industry landscape in 2017. Topics include the influence of competition on ABL, the concerns over the increases in company valuations and the impact it will have on private equity and leveraged buyout, and the expected increases in the interest rate in 2017.

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Useful links


Valuation Community
Homepage of ICAEW's Valuation Community. Find out how to join the Group and access its extensive collections of professional guidance and valuation resources.

Knowledge Guide to Share Prices
In-depth guide to sources for current, historic and international share prices.

The valuation of businesses: be careful what you ask for
Article from ICAEW's Forensic and Expert Witness Group on the International Valuation Standard (IVS) Framework. Published November 2013.

Other links

International Valuation Standards Council
The IVSC is a not-for-profit private sector organisation that seeks to strengthen the worldwide valuation profession.

Private Company Price Index (PCPI)
Quarterly newsletter from BDO which includes an analysis of the price/earnings ratio for private company sales in the UK.

Price Earnings Ratio Database (PERDa)
Tracks European P/E ratios based on data from completed private company deals. Data for the UK is published in the twice-yearly newsletters.

Property Market Report 1982
Archived report from the Valuation Office Agency prepared as a source of historic property values for land, commercial and residential units.

Shares of negligible value (HM Revenue & Customs)
Official listing of shares or securities formerly quoted on the London Stock Exchange which have been officially declared of negligible value for the purposes of a claim under s.24(2) Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992.

Society of Share and Business Valuers
A membership organisation for valuation specialists which provides members with opportunities for learning and business networking. The website includes the option to Find a Valuer.

Small and Medium Enterprises Valuation Index (UK 200 Group)
SME company valuation index launched by the UK 200 Group in November 2009 drawing on data from UK200Group Corporate Finance members.

Valuing a business for sale
Short introduction to selling a business from smallbusiness.co.uk. Published in 2006.

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