Benchmarking to gauge risk in business valuation

Benchmarking — or comparing a company’s financials to those of industry peers and its own historical performance — can provide insight into future cash flows and operating risks. Business valuation professionals use the following types of benchmarks to assess company-specific risk and, in turn, a subject company’s expected return. Profitability Profitability metrics evaluate how much… Read more »

Two important tax deadlines are coming up — and they don’t involve filing your 2022 tax return

April 18 is the deadline for filing your 2022 tax return. But a couple of other tax deadlines are coming up in April and they’re important for certain taxpayers: Saturday, April 1 is the last day to begin receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs, 401(k)s and similar workplace plans for taxpayers who turned 72… Read more »

Measuring fair value for financial reporting purposes

Fair market value is the appropriate standard of value in most business valuation assignments. But when valuing an asset for financial reporting purposes, fair value is generally used. Here’s an overview of what fair value is and how it differs from fair market value. Eyes on GAAP The terms “fair value” and “fair market value”… Read more »

Valuing a startup business

Many startup ventures have never generated positive cash flow — or even revenue. How can a valuation analyst value a startup business when it has no track record? Without historical performance to rely on, valuators often turn to the entrepreneurs’ forecasts. However, no one can see into the future. So, prospective financial statements can be… Read more »

Looking to the future when valuing a business

Historical financial results are only relevant in a valuation to the extent that the business expects to achieve similar results in the coming years. When projecting future economic benefits, it’s important to consider expected changes to a subject company’s internal and external conditions. Challenging the status quo The last three to five years of financial… Read more »

CTBK Advisory Services, LLC and PCBS II, LLC merge to form CTBK Technology and Security Solutions, LLC.

January 24th, 2023 – Today, CTBK Advisory Services, LLC and PCBS II, LLC announced a merger to form CTBK Technology and Security Solutions, LLC, providing outsourced IT solutions for small to mid-market companies.  Founded in 2019, PCBS II, LLC, led by Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Hickson, has helped small to medium-sized businesses by…

Tax-saving ways to help pay for college — once your child starts attending

If you have a child or grandchild in college — congratulations! To help pay for the expenses, many parents and grandparents saved for years in tax-favored accounts, such as 529 plans. But there are also a number of tax breaks that you may be able to claim once your child begins attending college or post-secondary… Read more »