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How an Equipment Appraisal Can Help with Allocation of Assets

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 02:07 PM

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When a business is sold, the price you negotiate is based on a wide range of factors, including real estate, anticipated income, goodwill and assets. But how do you determine the equipment values of what you're selling or purchasing? The best method is by allocation of assets, which puts a price tag on everything that is changing ownership, allowing you to document the data and for each items to be depreciated and accounted for it in the business' records. But how is the total price determined and allocated across the business? This is where asset allocation using equipment appraisals can help.

How an Equipment Appraisal Can Help with Allocation of Assets

Whether you're determining the value of your assets or need to break down the price you're paying for a business across its assets, an equipment appraisal can make all the difference. It will look at each individual piece of equipment or groups and document the equipment value for a wide range of purposes. Beyond allocating for tax purposes here are a few additional thoughts:

  • Purchase of a business: When you need to set up accounting for a business you've purchased, knowing which portion of the purchase price went into equipment helps you determine the initial values and makes it easier for you to depreciate the value of each piece of equipment based on its expected useful life span.
  • Donations to charitable organizations: If you didn't initially set up separate equipment values when you purchased equipment, you may not know what it's worth if you donate it to a charity. Without the needed documentation, it can be difficult to prove value to a tax agency for the price paid versus the value when donated.
  • Insurance claims: When you have a loss due to fire, theft, vandalism or other disaster, you need to quickly settle your insurance claim so that you can get back to business as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, without proof of the machinery's value that will stand up to scrutiny, this process can be much longer and more drawn out. Having a valuation report from a certified appraiser makes the process go much more quickly.
  • Loan collateral: Whether you're expanding or upgrading your business, or are simply using machinery as collateral for a particular project, being able to document what that collateral is worth makes the process go more smoothly and makes it more likely that you'll be approved for financing.

By getting a quality machinery valuation performed by a certified equipment appraiser, you can document the allocation of assets across a business, ensuring assets can be properly tracked. But don't just go to a local dealership and hope they give you the right numbers, because that can prevent you from fully realizing what your equipment is worth. They may be providing biased numbers to get a trade-in.  A certified equipment appraiser has gone through training in the appropriate methodologies to provide you with an equipment appraisal that will hold up to scrutiny.

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What is Allocation of Purchase Price?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 10:30 AM


When you buy a business, it's important to get a business valuation to know what you've purchased. One part of that is to help you develop an allocation of purchase price. But what exactly is a purchase price allocation and how does it affect your new business? Here are the basics of purchase price allocation and what it means for your company.

What is Allocation of Purchase Price?

When a business is purchased, the buyer typically pays a negotiated price that consists of both tangible and intangible assets. The intangible assets include things like goodwill, brand recognition, the current market in that sector and the projected future income of the business. Tangible assets are often considered easier to value, but in fact can have a wide range of values. Purchase price allocation involves assigning a certain amount of the business' sale price to the tangible assets. But why is this a common practice?

When a business is sold, new accounts are set up to cover the business loan and other liabilities, accounts receivable, accounts payable and assets. As the backbone of the business' capital, assets play a very important part in determining whether a business is solvent or operating in the red. Because machinery can be a large part of those assets, knowing what it's worth is vital to setting up the accounts properly, with each machine's valuation being recorded so that depreciation can be counted against the machinery as time passes under the new ownership. Even if a machine has been completely depreciated under the former owner, its value is part of what determines the final price of the business, so knowing the actual value of a machine that has been completely depreciated on a standardized depreciation table is vital to having an accurate picture of the transaction.

Because equipment acquisitions and replacement can have a major impact on your business' overhead and overall profitability, it's important to make sure the equipment value is properly calculated. If it's based on the former owner's completely depreciated value but is still used as a vital part of the daily operations at the business, there will be a lower level of assets in the business, making it hard to take advantage of possible business opportunities that come your way, because you may not be able to get enough credit with undervalued machinery. On the opposite side, if you overestimate your machinery's value, you could be overstating your company's assets and putting your business in a risky situation where you're making an investment that you may not have the assets and capital to cover it if it falls through.

One benefit of machine appraisal that is often left unconsidered is the estimated remaining usable life of a machine. When you're acquiring a new business, you don't necessarily know exactly how long a piece of machinery will last. When an equipment appraiser goes over a machine, he or she can estimate its remaining life so that you can depreciate it over the proper period of time and plan ahead for replacement machinery.

Now that you know the importance of allocation of purchase price in determining equipment values for your business, it's time to look at having a machinery valuation performed on your business' assets.

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