What is a business worth? Biz owners and buyers can now find out with free, instant report

Online marketplace for buying or selling a business introduces first free tool to determine the value of a business

San Francisco, CA – August 24, 2007 – BizBuySell – the Internet’s largest marketplace for buying or selling a small business – announced today that for the first time business owners and buyers can find out the value of a business at no cost by using its unique “Valuation Report.”

The new feature allows users looking to sell an existing business, or hoping to buy the business of their dreams, quickly and accurately determine a fair asking price based on factors such as business type and location. It is exclusive to BizBuySell and has not previously been available for free.

“The value of a particular business is something almost all business owners and buyers are curious about, but have not had this level of access to in the past,” Mike Handelsman, General Manager of BizBuySell, said. “By using the free Valuation Report, all business sellers and buyers now have a place to start, which greatly simplifies the process of selling or buying a business.”

How the Valuation Report works

BizBuySell’s free Valuation Report analyzes actual comparables of the site’s 48,000+ current businesses for sale and over 30,000 recently sold businesses, providing business owners and buyers insight into a chosen business industry.

The report is customizable, so users can choose factors such as geographic area, gross income and cash flow ranges to analyze the worth of a business. Business owners and buyers can even include specific businesses for sale or sold on the site out of over 50 industries.

As an example, if a convenience store owner in North Carolina looking to sell his or her business wanted to find out the average asking price for similar establishments, the owner could run a report based on comparable businesses for sale on the site. The report breaks up information into a Gross Income Analysis and Cash Flow Analysis, as well as a listing of the specific businesses used as comparables in the report. The report generates a suggested asking price for the business using both gross income and cash flow multipliers.

Users can refine reports as many times as they wish by changing the scope of the location, gross income, cash flow and asking prices of the businesses analyzed.

Buyers and sellers more informed than ever before

Once business sellers and buyers have used the free Valuation Report to determine the average pricing information for comparable establishments, they can use the information to pursue buying or selling a business with more confidence and better information. Sellers can price their businesses for sale competitively so they are likely to sell faster, while business buyers can search and negotiate with a better understanding of what a fair price might be.

Also, for the first time, curious business owners who do not plan to sell immediately or at all can use BizBuySell as a source to find out the value of their business.

“Before, users had to be relatively committed to buying or selling before spending money to value a business,” Handelsman said. “Now, for the first time, people in all stages of the buying or selling process –from casually interested to actively looking – have access to this valuable and hard-to-find information.”

About BizBuySell:

BizBuySell is the Internet’s largest and most heavily trafficked business for sale marketplace, with more business for sale listings, more unique users, and more search activity than any other service. BizBuySell currently has an inventory of over 48,000 businesses for sale, and more than 275,000 unique visitors each month. BizBuySell also has one of the largest databases of sale comparables for recently sold businesses and one of the industry’s leading franchise directories.

BizBuySell was founded in 1996 and acquired by LoopNet, Inc. in 2004. LoopNet operates the largest commercial real estate listing service online, with more than 2.2 million registered members and 920,000 unique visitors monthly. The LoopNet online marketplace contains more than $440 billion of property available for sale and 3.4 billion square feet of property available for lease.

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