Know About the Need for Valuation of Goodwill

Goodwill is a firm’s worth or reputation that has developed over time. The valuation of goodwill in a partnership is fundamental. As the word describes goodwill is something good if everything falls in a place.  In the following piece, we will look at the definition of goodwill and the need for valuation of goodwill.

Meaning of Goodwill

Goodwill is an intangible possession acquired when one company buys another. In particular, goodwill is recorded when the purchase price exceeds the sum of the fair values of all evident solid resources and intangible property purchased in the acquisition, as well as the liabilities considered in the process. Some examples of goodwill include the value of a company’s brand name, an established clientele, excellent relations with clients, positive interactions between employees, and any intellectual property or proprietary technology.


What is a valuation of goodwill?

The valuation of goodwill is based on the valuer’s assumptions. In contrast to new companies, a successful business establishes a reputation in the industry, builds trust with its customers, and has a greater number of business connections. All of these factors are considered when evaluating the business, and the financial value that a customer is eager to give is referred to as goodwill. Customers who purchase a company based on its goodwill expect to make huge profits. As a result, goodwill only applies to firms that make super-profits, not to those that accumulate regular losses or profits.


Why Valuation of goodwill is necessary?

Listed below are a few reasons why the valuation of goodwill is necessary

  • The disparity in profit-sharing ratios (PSR) among existing partners
  • Acceptance of a new partner
  • A partner has retired.
  • Partner’s death
  • Dissolution of a business involving the sale of the company as a trading concern
  • Partnership mergers and acquisitions

Ways for Valuation of Goodwill

Goodwill can be valued in a variety of ways. However, valuation methods are based on an individual company’s situation and various trade practices. The top three processes for valuing goodwill are listed below.


Name of Valuation Types Description
Average Profits Method – This method has two sub-divisions. Simple Average In this process, goodwill is evaluated by multiplying the average profit by the number of years purchased. The formula can be used to calculate it. Goodwill = Average Profit multiplied by the number of years since purchase.
Weighted Average A particular quantity of weights is used to calculate last year’s profit. It is used to determine the average weight profit by calculating the value of goods and dividing it by the total number of weights. This technique is used when there is a change in profits and a high emphasis is placed on the current year’s profit. The formula is used to evaluate it. Goodwill = Weighted Average Profit x Number of Years Purchased Weighted Average Profit = Profits multiplied by weights/ Profits multiplied by weights
The Super Profits Method

This entails accumulating a surplus of anticipated future maintainable profits over typical profits. These are the two methods of these methods.

The Purchase Method Based on the Number of Years – Goodwill is calculated by multiplying super-profits by a specific number of the purchase year. It can be calculated using the formula below. Actual or Average Profit – Normal Profit = Super Profit
Annuity Method  In this method, the average super profit is calculated as an annuity value over a set number of years. A discounted sum of super profit determines the current price of an annuity at a given interest rate. The formula to be used in this case is.

Super Profit x Discounting Factor = Goodwill

Capitalisation Method- Goodwill can be examined in two ways using the capitalisation method. Average Profits Method  In this method, goodwill is calculated by deducting the original capital from the capitalised amount of average profits based on the average return rate. The formula employed is detailed below.

Average Profits x (100/average return rate) = Capitalised Average Profits

Super Profits Method  The Super Profits Method is used to capitalise the super profit and calculate the goodwill. The formula used is.  Super Profits x (100/ Normal Rate of Return) = Goodwill


What is the need for valuation of goodwill?

Upon discussion, we came across a few facts about goodwill. Here are a few circumstances to discuss regarding the need for valuation of goodwill.


A Change in Profit-Sharing Ratio

Because of a change in capital contribution or change in active participation, it is sometimes necessary to change the existing profit-sharing ratio among the partners. As a result of such changes, some partners (sacrificing partners) must give up some of their shares in order for other partners (gaining partners) to gain them. This can be done by the above methods mentioned in the table. 

Acceptance of a New Partner

Acceptance of a new partner results in the reconstitution of a partnership firm. This alters the existing profit-sharing ratio among the partners. When a new partner joins the firm, the existing partners usually have to give up some of their shares in order to make way for the new partner. Aside from that, the new partner already has a market reputation.

Retirement of a partner

When an old partner retires from a firm, his or her share of the goodwill is passed on to the remaining partners. In this case, the retiring partner is the one who gives up the shares to take advantage of the continuing partners, who are also the gaining partners. As a result, the continuing partners must pay the retiring partner compensation in proportion to the value of the firm’s goodwill. As a result, valuing goodwill becomes necessary in the event of an old partner’s retirement. 


Death of a Partner

As with the retirement of a partner, the partnership firm is reconstituted when a partner dies unexpectedly. The continuing partners (gaining partners) will take over the ownership interests of the deceased partner (sacrificing partner) and will compensate the nominee of the deceased partner based on a proportionate amount of goodwill. Under such circumstances, a goodwill valuation is required to calculate the amount to be paid to the deceased partner by the remaining partners. 


Firm Sale or Merger

The valuation of goodwill is performed when a business firm is sold in order to accurately determine the purchase consideration of the firm.


Amalgamation is the process by which two or more businesses merge to form a new entity. Because the transferor firm’s assets and liabilities are assumed by the transferee firm, goodwill valuation is required to precisely determine the amount of concern to be deposited by the transferee company.   



This article sums up with basic concepts of the need for valuation of goodwill. One must have foundation-level knowledge about this to establish an organisation and move forward.

October 11, 2023


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