American School of Training

Business Valuation

Assessing the value of your business is important for many reasons including
Evaluating assets in settlement and bequests
Determining taxes
Before buying or selling your business
During divorce
During litigation
During bankruptcy

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What You'll Learn

In this course , you will learn the following business valuation concepts

  • The definition of Business Valuation
  • Valuation Process
  • The history of Business Valuation
  • How are business valuation used?

How are business valuations done?


How the Course is Taught

This course is taught both online and face to face.

Valuation case studies/project will also be carried out at the end of the course

How You Will Benefit

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental steps to valuing a business, from beginning to end
  • Identify an appropriate valuation method within the valuation approaches based on the specific purpose and standard of value for a given valuation assignment
  • Determine the most appropriate financial analysis of a subject company as it relates to a specific valuation engagement
  • Identify the foundations of the business valuation analysis process as well as the value drivers that support a subject company’s value
  • Recognize the differences in the various standards of value for businesses and the nuances of their application in a business valuation engagement

The basic steps in valuing a business are :

  1. Determining the purpose of the business valuation
  2. Analyzing the company’s financial statements
  3. Analyzing comparative and statistical information
  4. Analyzing external and internal qualitative factors
  5. Using business valuation methods to calculate the value
  6. Determining appropriate discounts and premiums

The nature and history of the business

The economic outlook

The financial condition of the business

The earnings capacity of the business

The dividend paying capacity of the business

Whether or not the enterprise has a goodwill or other intangible value

Prior sales of stock

The market price of stocks of corporations engaged in the same or similar lines of business


Business Reasons

  1. Keeping Score- Are You Making Progress?
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Financing the Business
  4. The Value of Buy/ Sell Agreements
  5. Bringing on New Owners
  6. Mergers and Acquisitions
  7. Insurance Issues
  8. Taking a Company Public- Issue stocks/shares
  9. Business Valuations for Divorce
  10. Other Business Reasons
  • Litigation (breach of contract, Personal injury,condemnation etc)
  • Bankruptcy

  1. Value Beyond the Numbers
  2. Standard of Economic Value
  3. Fair Market Value
  4. Fair Value
  5. Investment Value
  6. Intrinsic Value
  7. Premises of Value
  8. Other Types of Economic Value
  9. What if You Choose the Wrong Standard of Value?

Four Approaches to Value

  1. The Income Approach
  2. The Market Approach
  3. The Underlying Asset Approach
  4. The Hybrid Approach

  1. Primary Purposes
  2. Purchase and Sale Transactions
  3. Partner or Shareholder Agreements
  4. Financing Purposes
  5. Tax – Related Purposes
  6. Litigation Purposes

  1. Adjusted Net Asset Method
  2. Capitalization of Earnings Method
  3. Excess Earnings Method
  4. Discounted Cash Flow Method
  5. The Rule of the Thumb Methods

  1. Analyzing the Balance Sheet
  2. Analyzing the Other Financial Statements
  3. Normalizing the Financial Statements
  4. Financial Analysis
  5. Comparative analysis
  6. Qualitative Analysis

Business Valuation

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There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Applications must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.

Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.

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