Using Pratt’s Stats To Sell More Businesses

One obstacle to selling a business is an unrealistic asking price. GABB members can obtain access to Pratt’s Stats which can help sell more businesses by helping to price a business accurately. While Pratt’s no longer offers GABB members complimentary access, if a broker submits the details of a sale, they can obtain access to the database for a period of time at no cost.

The following is from GABB President Matt Slappey’s presentation at the July 2013 GABB meeting.

Pratt’s Stats can help you:

  • Set REALISTIC owner expectations.
  • Feel confident that you can support your asking price for your listings.
  • Become knowledgeable about many industry values.

Brokers should use this tool in conjunction with Business Reference Guide and other sources.  Pratt’s Stats allows you to validate information from each source!

What is the difference between BIZCOMPS® and Pratt’s Stats®?

BIZCOMPS® mainly covers main street businesses. As of February 2013, the median selling price of all the transactions in BIZCOMPS® was $168,000. BIZCOMPS® data includes up to 21 data fields per transaction.

Pratt’s Stats® covers both main street businesses, middle market transactions, and larger M&A transactions. As of February 2013, 60% of the deals in the Pratt’s Stats® database are businesses that sold for $1,000,000 or less, and 38% of the deals are businesses that sold for between $1,000,001 and $500,000,000. As of February 2013, the median selling price in Pratt’s Stats® was $440,000. Pratt’s Stats® data includes up to 89 data fields per transaction.

Does BIZCOMPS® overlap Pratt’s Stats®?

There is little overlap of information from BIZCOMPS® and Pratt’s Stats®, although there may be a few transactions that are in each database.

Do BIZCOMPS® and Pratt’s Stats® calculate transaction multiples the same?

No. There is one key difference between the two databases. BIZCOMPS® sales are all asset sales and the selling price does not include the cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and inventory. Pratt’s Stats® sales can be either an asset sale or stock sale. For an asset sale, the Pratt’s Stats® selling price generally includes inventory and generally excludes cash, accounts receivable and accounts payable.

What is Pratt’s Stats?

  • A Database of 19,500+ Private Company Sales
  • Two Decades of Accumulated Transactions
  • Additional Articles and Quarterly Reports
  • Run by Business Valuation Resources, LLC and located at www.BVMarketData.com
  • It’s FREE for GABB Members
  • Board Members may issue a password

See a detailed primer describing how to use Pratt’s Stats Transaction Data for Private Company Valuations.