How is the value of existing inventory determined?
I'm currently contemplating the purchase of a manufacturing company that has been in operation for many years. Part of the agreement would be that the current inventory levels would be maintained and included in the sale. How does one go about determining the value of this inventory?
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It really depends on the industry and the type of stock. For example a clothing store that has last season's stock will generally have to write that down massively, but a hardware store with electrical fittings will be able to charge full cost in most cases.
Check the age of all inventory and work out what value it has based on the older it is the less it is worth. Now, if you find they have several years of future supply, then much of that can be written down.
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