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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.

A quiet revolution is going on in DCF techniques in UK cases

This article examines the acceptance of discounted cash flow (DCF) techniques as a valuation method in the UK. It discusses Saltri III v. MD Mezzanine (the Stabilus Case), post-acquisition disputes, disputes between shareholders, and the future direction of business valuation cases.

Alternate valuation methods in the era of COVID-19

This detailed article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on capital markets and considers a range of alternate valuation methods. It covers market-based valuation methods alongside alternative M&A and GPC methods, income-based valuation methods, cost of capital analysis, and liquidity and solvency analyses.

A View From the UK on the Cost Approach Amid the Current Crisis

During the current coronavirus COVID-19 health emergency, it is likely that the values of some businesses will start to dwindle. This article explains the cost approach of business valuation and the liquidation value basis, with examples, from a UK perspective.

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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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