Highlights from the NYSSCPA BV conference

BVWireIssue #236-4
May 25, 2022

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business valuation, control premium, NYSSCPA, securities and exchange commission (SEC), valuation practice management, discounted cash flow (DCF), debt, cash-out merger, earnout, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)

BVWire attended the New York State Society of CPAs’ Business Valuation and Litigation Services Conference, and—as always—it was an excellent event. Here are a few highlights:

  • Today, there are “unbelievable opportunities” for money laundering—valuers and other advisors need to consider themselves gatekeepers;
  • A New York case is expected to trigger more LLC cash-out mergers, which means a big new opportunity for appraisers;
  • Earnouts as a percentage of deal price are typically 10% or less but that figure can vary greatly (could even be up to 100%);
  • Tax cases can go either to Tax Court or federal court—the Tax Court judges lean toward the IRS, but the federal court judges lean toward the taxpayer;
  • The SEC has gotten very interested in SPAC-related enforcement, but not much has been written about valuations in this area;
  • A large valuation practice uses the oLogit model to estimate a synthetic credit rating when valuing debt;
  • A DCF analysis can be done to quantify a control premium—just compare the DCF using company-provided projections with one that reflects potential changes a hypothetical controlling owner could make; and
  • Three-quarters of business owners will head for the exit over the next 10 years—business valuations will be needed to prepare for all these transitions.

There will be a detailed recap of the conference in the July 2022 issue of Business Valuation Update.

Extra: Is your state CPA society holding a BV conference this year? We’d love to know about it—send a note to info@bvresources.com.

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