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December 20, 2022

Ask The Analyst: The Importance of Gross Profit Margin

Have you ever wondered why your Gross Profit Margin has such importance when analyzing the strength and performance of your funeral or cemetery business? It is a question that we receive quite often when working with our clients. Our Financial Analyst, Taylor Weber provides informative insights on this important element of your business analysis. Question: Why is Gross Profit Margin important when Foresight performs their Strategic Performance Analysis for my business? Taylor Weber: The Gross Profit Margin is one of the most significant measures for determining your business’s profitability and financial performance. Gross Profit Margin is defined as “a metric that analysts utilize to measure financial health by calculating the amount of money left over from total sales (or revenue) after subtracting the cost of goods sold (COGS) that is sometimes expressed as a percentage of total sales/revenue.”  The general […]
November 21, 2022

Ask the Analyst: Property and Real Estate Value vs. Business Value

Have you ever wondered what to do if your property/real estate value is worth more than the actual value of your business? This is actually a common occurrence and a question we are often asked to provide guidance on. Our Senior M&A Analyst, Jared Tanke is back to provide informative insights and various scenarios. Question: What should I do if my property/real estate is worth more than the value of my business? Jared Tanke: I have heard this question much more frequently over the past few years as property values have appreciated at an exponential rate, and it’s a fair question. In last month’s Ask the Analyst, Jarod Bernat answered the question about the difference between valuing real estate as “highest and best use” and “Special-use” which goes hand in hand with this month’s question. There are a few different […]
October 24, 2022

Ask the Analyst: Understanding Property Value

Understanding the value of your business is vital. Not only is it needed if you were considering selling your funeral home or cemetery, but it is also important to know to operate strategically and efficiently. One of the major components in your valuation is the property value. We asked Senior M&A Analyst, Jarod Bernat to further elaborate on this significant element of your business valuation. Question: Why do you value my property at “X” amount in your valuation when surrounding commercial real estate is worth X+100? Jarod Bernat: Real estate values seem like a straightforward topic since it is public record to see the exact sales price of recently sold comparable properties in your market. Thus, it would make sense to think your property would be comparable to those in value. However, this real estate value is decided by the […]
September 28, 2022

Ask the Analyst: Setting Targets for the New Year

At this point, funeral home owners and cemetery operators should have their 2023 strategic business plan near completion. One of the important elements in your plan is your targets and expectations for the coming year. We understand that this can be complicated due to the lingering impact that the pandemic has had on our businesses. We asked Senior M&A Analyst, Jarod Bernat to further elaborate on whether these areas need major adjustments. Question: How do I adjust my targets and expectations coming out of the pandemic? Jarod Bernat: This question has many different variables affecting how one may have seen the pandemic affect their business, and how they can expect the business to change again coming out of the pandemic. What we have seen with our clients at Foresight is that due to gathering restrictions during the height of the […]
August 25, 2022

Ask the Analyst: Client Struggles

With just a few months left in the year, it is vital as funeral home owners and cemetery operators to have a strategic plan in place for the upcoming year. We understand that this can be complex and needs a high level of detail. Many often are challenged with understanding the true value of their business. We asked Senior Business Analyst, Jared Tanke to further elaborate on the importance of knowing your business value.  Question: What is something your clients struggle with? Jared Tanke: Understanding value is one of the things that some of our clients struggle with as business owners. There are a lot of moving pieces that go into the value of a business operation. Often we hear from a client that a competing funeral home sold for some very high price, and they believe that their business […]
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