KEY TAKEAWAYS: When it’s time to sell your business, your numbers must tell the right story.
Calculating SDE is a way to standardize or “normalize” a company’s earnings so it can be more accurately compared to the earnings of other companies and the industry as a whole.
If you own a small to mid-size business, it’s important to have a good understanding of Seller’s Discretionary Earnings or “SDE” and how its calculated.
By doing so, you’ll gain a better understanding of your business’ true earnings, an accurate picture of its value, and insight on things you can do to enhance its value as you move forward.
In this blog, I’ll more fully explain what SDE is, how it’s calculated, and finish by showing a real world example of how you can recast your financials to calculate your SDE.