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Why You Need to Be Using Business Value as a Benchmark of Growth

What if you had a quick way to measure how your company is performing from year to year?

An often-used phrase in business is that you can only “expect what you inspect.” If you aren’t regularly checking to see how well your company is doing, you are missing out on valuable information and quite possibly setting yourself up for trouble.

By using your business value as a benchmark, you can quickly check the pulse of your company and tell if it is generally healthy and improving year by year or has problems that need to be addressed.

Ed Usalis

Southard Financial Welcomes Ed Usalis to Our Team of Experts

Southard Financial is excited to announce an addition to our lineup of valuation experts that will give our clients yet another powerful partner when it comes to establishing accurate and professional valuations nationwide. Please welcome Ed Usalis to the Southard team!

“We know that our clients expect the most reliable valuations from us. And over the past 30 years we have set out to provide the absolute best experience for our clients,” says Mark Orndorff. “So when we met Ed, we knew he would be a perfect compliment to our team.”

Bank Stocks Improving

Bank Stocks Are Finally Improving After a Tough 2020

2020 dealt a significant blow to nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, and bank stocks were possibly the hardest hit. While the overall stock market began to improve in the second half of the year, the banking sector continued to suffer.

Concerns over low interest rates and loan losses from struggling businesses created a lot of uncertainty. The result was that bank stock prices did not climb along with the rest of the market.

Why Goodwill Impairment Really Matters and The Best Way to Measure It

2020 was a pretty wild ride for all kinds of businesses.

While we’re all glad to see it in the rearview mirror, there are some after-effects regarding valuations that you might want to consider.

Many businesses report “goodwill” on their balance sheets. Goodwill is an intangible asset on a company’s books that reflects the amount of the purchase price paid for a company’s net assets above the fair value of acquired tangible and other intangible assets in a sale transaction. Unlike some other assets, goodwill does not necessarily amortize over time, but it can be worth less than its original value. (More on that in a minute.)

Selling Your Business Deal Breakers

How to Avoid These Common Business Selling Deal Breakers

When it comes to the process of selling your business, there are several things that can ruin an otherwise good deal.

Over the years, we have seen plenty of deals go off the rails. It’s always an unfortunate event. Like we mentioned in our previous post, it can happen when owners and buyers can’t see eye-to-eye on the value of the business. When owners are unwilling to budge in spite of all the evidence pointing to a lower value, many buyers will simply walk away.

There are plenty of other factors that have the potential to wreak havoc on a transaction, including but not limited to:

Recent Activities

  • Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own Cooper Glass Company

    Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own Cooper Glass Company
  • David A. Harris and Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the 2019 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association

    David A. Harris and Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the 2019 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association held in Orlando, Florida on October 16-17. They gave a presentation titled “Can Employees Really Impact Company Value?”

  • Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own TOPS Bar-B-Q chain

    Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own TOPS Bar-B-Q chain
  • David A. Harris and Matthew L. Jakes spoke at the 2019 Spring Workshop of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association

    David A. Harris and Matthew L. Jakes spoke at the 2019 Spring Workshop of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association held in Atlanta, Georgia in February, 2019 on the topic of “Valuation Appraisal Checklist – 10 Things Your ESOP Appraiser Should be Doing”

  • David A. Harris spoke at The Fall ESOP Forum of the NCEO

    David A. Harris spoke at The Fall ESOP Forum of the NCEO (National Center for Employee Ownership) held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October, 2018 on the topic, “Communicating Valuation: Tools, Tips, and Examples”.

  • Southard Financial negotiated the sale of and was the exclusive financial advisor to Southern Systems, Inc.

    Southard Financial negotiated the sale of and was the exclusive financial advisor to Southern Systems, Inc.
  • David A. Harris spoke at the 2018 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association

    David A. Harris spoke at the 2018 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association held in Birmingham, Alabama in September, 2018. He led a workshop called “The People’s Roundtable Interactive Workshop – A series of ‘Build to Last’ activities that focus on developing successful communication and team building programs for employee owners of all generations.” Speakers included Dolores Lawrence, Blue Ridge ESOP Associates; Lindsay Baublitz, SCandH Capital; David Harris, Southard Financial LLC

  • Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the ESOP Nuts & Bolts Seminar of the NCEO

    Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the ESOP Nuts and Bolts Seminar of the NCEO (National Center for Employee Ownership) held in Indianapolis, Indiana in August, 2018 on the topic of “What’s Your Company Worth? – ESOP Valuation.”

  • Southard Financial helps Transnetyx expand with growth capital

    Southard Financial helps Transnetyx expand with growth capital
  • Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute

    Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute 2018 held in Memphis, TN in January, 2018 on the topic of Succession Planning titled “What is Your ‘End Goal’?”

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