Takeaways from the ASA’s first ESOP conference

BVWireIssue #238-1
July 13, 2022

ESOP valuations
ASA, conference, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)

The American Society of Appraisers hosted the inaugural ESOP Virtual Conference on June 21, and here are some notable bits of information we learned:

  • There is proposed legislation designed (among other things) to hold the DOL “to the fire” and finalize proposed regulations the valuation community has been waiting for—since 1988(!);
  • The landmark Bowers case could represent a turning point for ESOP valuations (see the last issue for more details);
  • While DOL litigation may have leveled off (although some do not have that perception), class action litigation by private plaintiffs has increased;
  • The No. 1 issue raised in ESOP litigation is the concern over projections;
  • Many ESOP transaction trustees now avoid valuations with control premium adjustments, but they also want to see some representative discount/haircut in the valuation to recognize the lack of full and unfettered control; and
  • An ESOP stock purchase transaction typically requires five to six months to execute (less time if third-party debt is not needed).

A full recap with more details is in the August issue of Business Valuation Update.

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