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‘The “Normalized” Risk-Free Rate: Fiction or Science Fiction?’

That’s the title of a new paper from Pablo Fernandez, a professor in the department of financial management at the University of Navarra—IESE Business School in Spain.

Article says the size effect didn’t vanish—it never existed

The hits keep coming to the existence of the size effect.

Latest paper in the size-effect debate

Some appraisers believe that the size effect has diminished or disappeared since it was first documented in 1981.

Global BV News: New module added to Duff & Phelps Cost of Capital Navigator

A new international industry benchmarking module will be available in late October for the Duff & Phelps Cost of Capital Navigator.

D&P offers infographic on cost of capital amid COVID-19

Which financial market and economic indicators did Duff & Phelps take into consideration when it arrives at its recommended U.S. equity risk premium and accompanying normalized risk-free rate?

The Market Price of Risk: Quantifying a COVID-19 Equity Risk Premium Using High-Yield Bond Pricing

The authors demonstrate how a high-yield option-adjusted spread is used when doing appraisals of private companies while considering the market volatility and economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

D&P lowers U.S. normalized risk-free rate to 2.5%

Duff & Phelps has decreased its recommended U.S. normalized risk-free rate from 3.0% to 2.5% for use as of June 30, 2020, according to a client alert.

Using a size premium could trigger Daubert trouble, says new article

Adding a size premium to the cost of equity could make an expert’s testimony subject to a Daubert challenge, says Clifford Ang (Compass Lexicon) in a recent article.

More concern about the validity of the size premium factor

Most business valuers consider a size premium when calculating cost of capital for financial reporting purposes.

New business valuation resource from Professor Fernandez captures low market returns

Pablo Fernandez continues to release research that may assist UK business valuers working on reports with valuation dates in Q1 2020.

SOS: Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project needs funding

Some appraisers feel that using public market data when estimating the cost of capital for a private company requires too many assumptions and adjustments to convert data from actively traded stocks into proxies for private-company valuation.

EU risk-free rate declines, and the market risk premium increases to 9.0%

A special edition (fifth) of the “European Capital Market Study” from ValueTrust was released last week.

Duff & Phelps raises US ERP from 5.0% to 6.0% for 1Q valuation dates

D&P has increased its recommended U.S. equity risk premium (ERP) from 5.0% to 6.0% for use as of 25 March 2020.

D&P increases recommended U.S. ERP to 6.0%

Duff & Phelps has increased its recommended U.S. equity risk premium (ERP) from 5.0% to 6.0% for use as of March 25, 2020, according to a client alert.

Two new resources for 2020 UK ERP, risk-free rate, and other indicators

Pablo Fernandez, professor of finance at the IESE Business School, is surveying business valuation professionals in the UK to determine what cost of equity assumptions they are using for 2020.

Current BUM and CAPM cost of capital rates now available from BVR’s Cost of Capital Pro

Year-end 2019 data are now available in BVR’s Cost of Capital Professional.

YE2019 data are now in the Cost of Capital Professional

Year-end 2019 data, including risk-free rates, industry risk premia, equity risk premia, and size premia, are now available in BVR’s Cost of Capital Professional platform.

Implied ERP at 5.2% per Damodaran’s data update

Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) has done his annual posting of data updates on his website that include risk-free rates, equity risk premiums, corporate default spreads, corporate tax rates, country risk premiums, and other data.

The most common error in DCF analyses? Following the recipe.

Pablo Fernandez, the professor of finance at IESE Business School, remains one of the most thoughtful observers of business valuation practices.

Will the ‘Boris Bounce’ increase the value of small and medium-sized enterprises?

In theory, clarification and stabilisation make markets happy, so the current road map to exit should encourage investors.

Pablo Fernandez on common errors using WACC

A new paper presents a real valuation a well-known investment bank performed using two usual methods that are supposed to provide the same value.

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2020 Edition

January 2020 Hardcover, PDF

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Business Valuation Resources, LLC

BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2020. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in business valuation, and more. This critical desktop reference keeps you ahead of your peers with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s editorial team. Learn more >>

New Meta-Analysis Study Reveals Diminished Size Premium

There have been many studies on the size premium but with conflicting results. Now, the first “meta-analysis” of the size premium provides an estimate that is smaller than what many people believe, according to a new paper.

Musings on the Cost of Capital

A veteran appraiser presents an interesting retrospective on the cost of capital and offers some observations on current practice.

KPMG Germany offers updated cost of capital study—and database of IFRS impairment test WACC results

KPMG Germany collected WACC results from 312 companies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for its 14th edition of the ‘Cost of Capital Study,’ concluding that the average WACC across industries remains at 6.9%.

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