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What It's Worth: Architecture and Engineering Firm Value

What It's Worth: Architecture and Engineering Firm Value

Determining the value of an architecture or engineering (A/E) firm is a complex assignment. In this fragmented industry, the structure of firm ownership and the types of services they perform varies wildly. Adding to the puzzle is a business model that relies less on tangible assets than it does on intangibles such as client mix, key employees and more. Both business appraisers and firm owners need to understand all of the intricacies of an A/E firm business model including client mix, the sources of contracts, a firm's exposure to market sectors, and the depth of its management and design talent to truly understand what drives and creates value.

In this BVR special report, What It's Worth: Architecture and Engineering Firm Value, experts home in on these issues to help business valuators, business brokers, and A/E practice owners understand the nuances to valuing a firm, along with data analysis that reveals the latest benchmarks in A/E firm value.


Introduction
Section I: Valuing Architecture and Engineering Firms
Ch. 1. Risk Factors to Consider When Valuing an Architecture/Engineering Firm
Ch. 2. Tips For Using the Market Approach to Value an A/E Firm
Ch. 3 Financial Performance Norms Used in A/E Valuations
Ch. 4. Common Errors in Valuing Professional Practices
Ch.5. Goodwill in Professional Practices
Ch. 6 ‘Two-Legged’ Assets Drive Value in Professional Services Firms
Ch. 7. Valuing Covenants Not-to-Compete: an 11-Factor Checklist
Ch. 8 Succession Planning Builds Architecture/Engineer Firm Value
Section II: Data
Ch.9: A/E Firm Valuation Multiples From Pratt’s Stats
Ch. 10. Rules of Thumb: Architecture Services
Ch. 11 Rules of Thumb: Engineering Services
Section III: A/E Firm Value and the Courts
Case Digests
APPENDIX
Bibliography

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