Two AICPA fair value guides being revised

BVWireIssue #243-3
December 21, 2022

fair value for financial reporting
fair value, fair value measurements, accounting, american institute of certified public accountants (AICPA)

At last week’s ASA Fair Value Virtual Conference, several sessions focused on some revised versions of guidance from the AICPA. A working draft of the accounting and valuation guide, Business Combinations, is still open for public comments, which are due Jan. 15, 2023. The document (available if you click here) explains how to submit comments. In their session, Gary Roland (Kroll) and Mark Edwards (Grant Thornton) noted that the final guide is expected to be published in the fall of 2023.

The other revised guidance in the works is an update to the AICPA guide, Valuation of Privately Held Equity Securities Issued as Compensation (aka the Cheap Stock Guide), that was released in 2013. That guide was an update from the original version from 2004. So why update it again? One of the co-chairs of the task force working on the revision, Amanda Miller (EY), noted that the main motivator for the update was that there was a substantial increase in secondary transactions since the last version of the guide. This created a concern that companies may not be placing adequate weight on these external common stock transactions, which may lead to valuations being significantly lower than the price of transactions actually taking place. Another reason for the update, she remarked, was to clarify concepts that were included in the 2019 guide, Valuation of Portfolio Company Investments of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds and Other Investment Companies (PE/VC Guide), that Miller also worked on.

Please let us know if you have any comments about this article or enhancements you would like to see.