March madness canceled. Ice hockey thawed. No baseball. Schools closed. Restaurants offering curbside pickup. Breweries doing delivery. Supply chain disruption. Hoarding. Entire companies working remotely. No toilet paper on the shelves! Trump. Congress. COVID-19 vaccine. Social distancing. Stay at home. Olympics delayed. N95 masks. SXSW scratched. Distance learning. Concerts delayed. Disney locked. Group meetings? Fuhgeddaboutit! The headlines sound like new lyrics to REM’s famous title “It’s the End of the World as We Know It.”
What does it mean for a Company’s business valuation? Coronavirus, or COVID-19, muddies business valuations for an indeterminable period. Many businesses will be adversely affected by reduced sales, uncollectible receivables, staff absences for a variety of reasons, increased costs of operating remotely, increased sanitation costs when out of the office work is not feasible, etc.