Valuation multiples for SaaS companies are at an all-time high, which is largely based on public company valuations and M&A transactions. When it comes to estimating private SaaS valuations, tools like profit and revenue-multiples can be useful.
Most companies follow a standard life cycle that takes them from introduction to the market at the company’s inception, through a growth period before they reach maturity. This point typically signals the start of a decline. For most businesses, their average growth rate tops out at around 15 percent. If a market is going through a growth period, perhaps this will accelerate. But it times of decline, businesses must look to take market share from a competitor to retain anything like this level of growth. For businesses looking to stave off their decline phase or maximize their period of growth, acquisition is an essential tool.
You’re ready to sell your business and use the proceeds to help finance your retirement or your next venture. There are a number of ways to determine the market value of your business.
The difficulty is that good ideas can be few and far between, and it can be challenging at first to distinguish a good idea from a bad one. Moreover, it’s easy to accumulate sunk costs from pursuing a bad idea for too long. That’s why, when developing an idea as a startup or product team, we need to test, test and test some more.