Valuing the Family Business

Valuing the Family BusinessNortheastern University

Family Business Quarterly
by Chris M. Mellen, ASA

Paul Phoenix, successful owner of Phoenix Electronics, Inc., sees the potential for growth in his company, but needs additional funds to finance that growth. He currently holds a 75% interest in Phoenix, with his brother owning the remaining 25%. Paul has given consideration to gifting some shares to his children, as well as to establishing an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). However, he has been approached by several interested investors to buy equity in Phoenix Electronics. Banks have also expressed a willingness to loan him additional capital. As a result, his advisers have suggested that a formal appraisal of the business would be needed to address all these situations. More…