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Friday, January 21st, 2022 | by Timothy G. Giroux

Determining the Listing Price of a Dental Practice


DSOs are expected to represent nearly 30 percent of all dental practices by the end of 2021The single-most important factor in determining the practice sales price is the collection total of the previous calendar year. Lenders and buyers like to see stability without large variances from year to year. It should be obvious that steady, slight increases in revenues are always better than even the slightest of decreases. Poor performance of one of three years should not affect pricing, unless it is the last calendar year that shows a significant drop. Therefore, try to maintain a stable practice, make sure you finish strong and make all your December deposits for that last year you will be filing! Practices are priced based heavily on gross receipts. All these items can make for a strong valuation.

Understand timing when it comes to investing in your practice.

Let’s work through some scenarios and options. If you plan to practice 2-3 more years before you sell your practice, it is not worth investing extra money in the practice. In this case, I would just advise finishing strong, especially to reflect your last tax return which will be filed.

If you plan to practice approximately 5 years, spending large amounts of money for new technology may not necessarily return the investment unless it helps to increase your production. However, this being said, purchasing new equipment may increase your enjoyment of practicing dentistry and therefore be a worthwhile investment. Two businessmen shaking hands after a dental practice valuation

With 8–10 years remaining to practice, modernizing the practice with the latest and greatest is generally a great idea. Leasehold improvements typically last 5-8 years, so making the investment at this time to spruce up the office with tangible assets will enhance the desirability of the sale. It may also give you greater satisfaction of working in a first-rate environment for the entire duration of the leasehold improvements. Most importantly, since many valuation methods are based on gross receipts, keep up the good work!

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The Best Reasons to Own

Today, if you are a dentist and do not own all or part of a practice, the question is not Why?, but Why not? Naturally, there are some compelling reasons why individuals choose not to own their own practice. However, the current environment makes the benefits of ownership so overwhelming, it is difficult to understand […]

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Perils for Practice Transition: Double Taxation of Goodwill

For most dental practices, goodwill constitutes the largest component of the practice’s value. A mistake in handling goodwill could cost you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes when you sell your practice. Giving Uncle Sam your hard-earned money in the form of unnecessary taxes is a costly mistake at any […]

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