The BVR Private Company Value Benchmark Guide, 2017-2018 Edition

June 2017 PDF (425 pages)

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

Valuation resources abound – except for data and analysis on privately held businesses. BVR is the premier source for intelligence on non-public companies. For over 20 years BVR has worked directly with business intermediaries on their deals – and captured complete financials for every company we include.  

The BVR Private Company Value Benchmark Guide is a one-of-a kind tool designed specifically for the private equity library. In the guide we aggregate our most meaningful data and analysis and present private company valuations by industry and key financial metrics. Add the guide to your valuation research team today.

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  • Truly unique data not available anywhere else – BVR private company data reveals critical financial details on sold businesses

  • Handy “Transaction Rosters” you will keep within easy reach – the rosters  include the following data related to individual company sales:
    • Company description and geographic location
    • Net sales
    • Gross profit
    • Net income
    • Sale date
    • Selling price
    • Selling price/sales
    • Selling price/EBITDA
    • Selling price/gross profit

  • Benchmark your target against industry peers by selling price multiples - the guide captures close to 30 financial data points in aggregate on over 14,500  businesses that:
    • Sold 2006-2016
    • Are located in the United States
    • Had revenues between $1 and $100 million
    • Were purchased by a private buyer

  • Reader-friendly layout:  Easy-to-read charts, graphs, and summaries present a visual snapshot of most metrics
  • Table of Contents


    Chapter 1.  How to Benchmark the Value of a Business
    Chapter 2. How Private-Company Transaction Databases Are Used to Value Businesses


    Transaction Data Overview
    What’s Your Company Worth
    Benchmarking Data by NAICS Code

    • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (NAICS 11)
    • Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (NAICS 21)
    • Utilities (NAICS 22)
    • Construction (NAICS 23)
    • Manufacturing (NAICS 31-33)
    • Wholesale Trade (NAICS 42)
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45)
    • Transportation and Warehousing (NAICS 48-49)
    • Information (NAICS 51)
    • Finance and Insurance NAICS 52)
    • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing (NAICS 53)
    • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (NAICS 54)
    • Management of Companies and Enterprises (NAICS 55)
    • Admin./Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services (NAICS 56)
    • Educational Services (NAICS 61)
    • Healthcare and Social Assistance (NAICS 62)
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (NAICS 71)
    • Accommodation and Food Services (NAICS 72)
    • Other Services (Except Public Administration) (NAICS 81)