For many privately held business owners, their business
is the largest investment they own. However, the value
of such a business is often unknown since there is no
active stock market where shares of stock in the company
are regularly traded.
helps business owners answer this critical question –
"What is my business worth?"
John P. ("Jack") Ellsworth,
who heads this practice, is a certified public accountant
and certified valuation analyst.
We utilize a variety of accepted valuation methodologies
and follow established professional standards to complete
a thorough business valuation analysis to meet our clients
needs in a number of areas:
- Maximize growth opportunities
- Equitable distribution of
- Estate and gift tax planning and preparation
Growth Opportunities – Cottrill Arbutina
works to give clients critical, reliable information
when growth opportunities arise for their business,
such as a purchase, sale, merger, or bank financing.
A properly prepared business valuation analysis can
also identify areas for potential improvement and
contribute to long-range strategic business plans
designed to increase the value of a company.
Distribution of Assets – Providing
a thorough financial analysis and valuation of a business
and its intangible assets, our firm helps clients
determine an equitable distribution of assets in circumstances
such as marital divorce involving a business owner
or disputes among shareholders or partners in a business.
and Gift Taxes – We help clients determine
the value of their business and the impact of this
value on their overall estate tax situation. We can
also use the results of our business valuation analysis
to help clients identify and pursue appropriate estate
planning and gifting strategies to minimize estate
and gift taxes.
Support – When the value of a business
becomes an issue of litigation, our business valuation
services can help clients defend their legal position.
These litigation issues may include contractual interference,
loss of income, economic damages, fraud and many others.