Which Valuation Figure is Most Important?
The answer to this question depends chiefly upon the purpose for the valuation engagement. If
you are negotiating the sale/purchase of a business via an asset sale, then it is the asset value
which is most relevant. If you are filing an estate/gift tax return, it is the equity value which is
most important. When evaluating middle-market companies for M&A purposes, both equity and
enterprise value will be useful. If your business is rapidly deteriorating and you are
contemplating a reorganization, then liquidation value may be of most relevance.