How do I evaluate my warehouse?

The question of whether the value of inventory should be taken into account in a company valuation is a frequently discussed topic. The warehouse is an important part of the business and significantly influences the operational processes and financial health of a company.

How can a warehouse be valued? Three schools of thought:

1. The warehouse is not valued separately

The company is valued based on sales or profits. Since the inventory is necessary to generate this turnover or profit, it is not valued separately.

2. Separate valuation of inventory in case of surpluses

If the value of the inventory fluctuates seasonally or for other reasons, this must be taken into account in the valuation. This school of thought states that the portion of inventory that exceeds the normalized net value should be paid for in addition to the value of the company.

3. The warehouse is a relevant asset

Here, the inventory is considered one of the key assets when selling a company and is valued separately.

    What is the buyers’ perspective in practice?

    Buyers tend to have a more conservative attitude when it comes to valuing inventory. They prefer the first or second school of thought, especially if the inventory is not considered a key asset of the company. Buyers want to minimize the risk of paying for assets that may not deliver the expected value. However, for companies where inventory represents a significant portion of the total value, the third school of thought can be applied to ensure that all assets are appropriately valued.

    Recommendations on the value of the inventory

    Quick review for a first impression

    If the value of your inventory is more or less constant and you want to get a first impression of the value of your company, you can ignore your inventory. (we use this method for our online evaluation ).

    Comparison of inventory value and goodwill

    If the value of the inventory exceeds the goodwill calculated using earnings, sales or the market method, you should choose an alternative valuation method , such as the net asset value method.

    Fluctuating value of inventory

    You should check whether the value of the inventory at the time of the company valuation is significantly higher or lower than the average. Unusual deviations should be taken into account when evaluating the company.

      These recommendations are intended to help business owners and buyers make an informed decision about the treatment of inventory value in business valuation.