Just a few of the thousands of clients we have provided valuation services for over the years:
Why Business Valuation Center?
BVC’s valuation opinions influence the advice the lawyer gives, the financing agreed to with the bank or investors, investment choices made; ultimately the judgment about whether or not to buy, sell or finance.
BVC is a national business valuation firm dedicated to solving the valuation challenges facing companies which compete in the Innovation Economy. At the heart of every financial decision – whether about new investments, raising debt or equity capital, acquisitions, restructurings or equity sales – always lies one critical component: valuation.
BVC – Valuation Experts for the Innovation Economy
What drives economic growth in today’s knowledge-based economy is not capital accumulation, but innovation. The major changes in the U.S. economy of the last 15 years have occurred not because the economy accumulated more capital to invest in even bigger steel mills or car factories; rather they have occurred because of innovation. The U.S. economy developed an array of new technologies, particularly information technologies, and used them widely.
The focus on “innovation economics” is the study of how companies create new forms of production, products and business models to expand wealth and quality of life. BVC’s growth as a valuation firm has paralleled the rise of the Innovation Economy and our significant experience with technology companies reflects this major trend.
The major changes in the U.S. economy of the last 15 years have occurred not because the economy accumulated more capital to invest in even bigger steel mills or car factories; rather they have occurred because of innovation.
BVC’s primary mission is to provide focused valuation expertise to the companies and industries driving the Innovation Economy, from startups seeking new investors to mature, private companies contemplating an exit strategy.
Our valuations have been confidently relied upon for merger, acquisition, financial and tax reporting purposes, as well as for dispute resolution, litigation support and fairness opinions.
- BVC has served than 5,000 information technology and high-growth venture-financed companies
- BVC was appointed for 5 years as the primary valuation advisor to the Small Business Administration in managing a $24 billion private equity portfolio involving over 400 private equity funds.
- We valued more than 1,500 companies for the SBA and were selected to conduct an independent review and author a report on the SBA's Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) valuation guidelines.
- Nearly all of BVC's recommendations were adopted by the SBA, recognizing BVC as an unparalleled business valuation authority in the U.S. on private equity valuation, having literally re-written and modernized the valuation standards used by the federal government itself.
Valuation conclusions are key strategic assets. Selecting the right valuation expert to make that critical determination of value is a crucial management decision.
Having served more than 5,000 information technology and high-growth venture-financed companies, BVC’s principals have mastered both the art and the science of valuation in the Innovation Economy, as defined by the industry’s investment, financial and legal communities.
BVC was entrusted as the primary valuation advisor to the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program — the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) $24-billion family of private equity and venture capital funds — for more than five years.
The SBIC Program provides funding to over 400 equity and debt funds. These funds have portfolios reflecting more than 4,500 investments, most of which are in companies driving the Innovation Economy. This honor and opportunity to serve the SBA gave BVC considerable insight into the valuation needs and concerns of the private equity market.
Founded over a decade ago by Ron Everett, a valuation expert with more than 25 years of experience, and Bob Wiedemer, a nationally-renowned economist and best-selling author, BVC's executive committee has now grown to include two other key players in the valuation industry who are guiding the direction of the firm:
- Ray Ghelardi, a founder and former owner of one of the largest valuation firms in the country, with over 30 years of experience dealing with complex corporate valuation issues in many industries, and
- Jeff Hooke, a former Wall Street investment banker who “wrote the book” on valuation that is now required reading in the most prestigious Ivy League business schools.
As an example of BVC’s recognized expertise, BVC was appointed for 5 years as the primary valuation advisor to the Small Business Administration in managing a $24 billion private equity portfolio involving over 400 private equity funds. In addition to valuing over 1,500 companies for the SBA, BVC was also selected to conduct an independent review and author a report on the SBA’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) valuation guidelines. Nearly all of BVC’s recommendations were adopted by the SBA, recognizing BVC as an unparalleled business valuation authority in the U.S. on private equity valuation—having literally re-written and modernized the valuation standards used by the federal government itself.
Working with startups during the earliest days of the dot-com boom, BVC was the first valuation firm to derive an industry acceptable methodology to value early stage Internet companies for IPO purposes. Having now performed business valuations on over 5,000 companies, including some of the most recognizable technology brands in the world, BVC has become the preferred provider of specialized, complex valuation services for companies operating in the Innovation Economy.
What Do We Do?
BVC performs in-depth research and analyses of companies, securities and business assets to form expert opinions regarding their fair value. Using appropriately recognized valuation methods, they formulate an estimated opinion of the market value of a company, security or business asset. BVC then creates detailed reports demonstrating the applicable methods, data and other documentation used to arrive at and support their conclusions. Their reports are used in a number of ways, including:
- Determining an accurate sales or purchase price of a company
- Financial reporting to the IRS or other government regulatory bodies
- Legal support and expert testimony in court
- Objective assessment of the actual solvency of a company or the fairness of major corporate financial transactions
- Complex or high-profile business valuations related to IRS tax code requirements
- Computing the true value of stock or equity in a company paid as compensation
- Fulfilling the complex valuation requirements of private equity funds—both for the fund itself as well as the companies in its portfolio
- Valuing companies in relation to the creation or maintenance of Employee Stock Ownership Plans
- Reporting, valuations and expert testimony regarding companies in bankruptcy or other insolvency situations
- Determining the value of intangible assets such as copyrights, patents, brand value, customer contracts and supplier relationships
- Appraising the value of companies in order to raise financing for operations or expansion—either through loans or investors
- “Exit planning” to help business owners increase the eventual selling price of their company
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