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How much does a dental practice sell for?

 

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How much does a dental practice sell for?

How much is a dental practice worth?

There is no standard answer for the question “how much does a dental practice sell for?”. There are over thirty factors that need to be considered when assessing the goodwill value of a dental practice and establishing how much is a dental practice worth.

The key determining factor on how much a dental practice will sell for is the location. A dental practice located in a large city or town will be among the most desirable, with a larger pool of interested buyers, and as such will command a higher value. The simple economic rule of supply and demand applies here.

The upper and lower range of what a dental practice will sell for is set by the location then other elements come into play. These include the income type (NHS, private, plan based or mixed), dentistry type delivered (general, orthodontics, periodontics etc.) and the financial performance (gross fees, core costs, net profit and EBITDA).

The next tier of consideration when working out how much a dental practice is worth is the property tenure, stability of the team, marketing techniques and quality of the practice facilities. All these elements add up and will influence the goodwill value calculated for each practice on a bespoke basis.

Ultimately, as with many things, the question of how much is a dental practice worth can only be answered by bearing in mind that a dental practice sells for what someone is prepared to pay for it.

 At the bottom end a dental practice in the UK could sell for a multiple of the adjusted net profit (similar to EBITDA) of 1x and upwards of 9x for a highly desirable practice with a strong demand. As you can see the range is huge which is why anyone keen to understand what dental practices sell for does some specific research on the area and practice type they are interested in. Using averages or comparable data which isn’t relevant for the target area can produce information which is misleading and can result in a bad decision being made.

At present the demand for dental practices is high. As a result of this high demand, partly driven by the Covid pandemic, goodwill values are at historically high levels meaning that dental practices are commanding high prices. There is no sign of this situation changing.

Frank Taylor & Associates

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