Written By: Brandy Miller | October 15, 2017 | No Comments

Definition of Goodwill

Berks County Business Attorney and Goodwill Expert Larry Miller, Jr.

Goodwill is an intangible asset of your business. It refers to the standing of your company in the marketplace, and the perception others have of your business. Whether you are buying or selling a business, it is vital to consider Goodwill. Goodwill is the amount included in the asking price you can’t assign to either the business’s physical goods or cash.

Why is Evaluating Goodwill Important

While Goodwill doesn’t have a strict cash value, it’s essential to evaluate the cost and value of this significant asset.

Goodwill When Selling a Business

If you are selling your business, for example, you have taken considerable amounts of time to build up Goodwill in your community and to build a strong brand. You want a reasonable selling price to reward you for that time and effort.

Goodwill When Buying a Business

If you are purchasing a company and you will need to work hard to build up Goodwill because the previous owners did not do so, you’ll want to see this reflected in the negotiated price. You must also verify that Goodwill included in the seller’s asking price is reasonable.

Considerations When Evaluating Goodwill

Pennsylvania Patent and Trademarks Attorney Larry Miller, Sr.You evaluate Goodwill by subtracting the value of cash and physical assets from the asking price for the business. For example, if the asking price $800,000 and the value of cash and tangible assets is $500,000, the seller is suggesting the Goodwill of the business is worth $300,000.

Goodwill includes:

  • Lists of Clients and Suppliers;
  • Brand Recognition;
  • Reputation from
    • Professional Groups;
    • Professional Associations;
    • Clients; and
    • Customers;
  • Domain Name and Company Websites;
  • Innovation;
  • Employee Talent;
  • Trade Secrets;
  • Intellectual Property including
    • Patents;
    • Trademarks; and
    • Copyrights
  • Training Systems and Processes;
  • Proprietary Systems and Processes; and
  • Lastly, Permits and Licenses.

Consider all of these value-adding components to determine Goodwill.

Evaluating Goodwill Is Not a Hard Science

Most people do not have the experience necessary to place an accurate and reasonable value on Goodwill.

You Won’t Find Better Business Attorneys in Reading, Berks County, and Pennsylvania to Help You Value Goodwill

Our Business Attorneys have 40 years’ experience helping clients in Berks County around Reading, PA buy and sell businesses. We know how to evaluate the business’s tangible assets. That’s crucial because only then can you determine the value the seller has placed on Goodwill, an intangible asset.

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