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Eliminating Outliers in Financial Data Without Cherry-Picking

The author discusses one method for determining outliers that is defensible from the allegation of cherry-picking—that is, bias in selecting data to either suit the client’s wishes or to generate a specific result for the client.

Letter to the Editor: The Use of the Arithmetic Mean to Average Multiples

The author takes issue with an article that concludes that the harmonic mean should be used as the appropriate measure of central tendency for a sample of market multiples.

Do Not Use the Arithmetic Mean to Average Multiples

Valuation professionals should not use the arithmetic mean of multiples. It is mathematically incorrect because it gives excessive weight to high multiples. A multiple is an inverted ratio with price in the numerator. Therefore, the harmonic mean should be used as the appropriate measure of central tendency.

The Comprehensive Guide to the Use and Application of Transaction Databases, Fourth Edition

May 2020 Hardcover, PDF

Alina Niculita

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

Edited by esteemed BV practitioner Alina Niculita, ASA, CFA, MBA and now in its 4th edition, The Comprehensive Guide to the Use and Application of Transaction Databases has become the most trusted source for details on every transaction set available to the valuation profession for use in the market approach. Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2019

May 2019 Hardcover, PDF

FactSet Mergerstat

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The FactSet Mergerstat Review–U.S. Edition is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales. 
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DealStats (formerly Pratt's Stats)

DealStats (formerly Pratt's Stats) is the new generation of private and public company transaction comparables for valuation and M&A professionals. This state of the art platform boasts the most complete financials on acquired companies in both the private and public sectors.

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Sample size debate spills over onto LinkedIn

What’s the minimum number of transactions that should be used from a database such as BIZCOMPS or Pratt’s Stats?

Debate continues on use of statistics

“I can no longer stay a silent observer,” says Gary Trugman (Trugman Valuation) about the back-and-forth over how many transactions should be used in the application of the transaction method of appraisal.

BV experts cross swords over statistics

What’s the minimum number of transactions that should be used from a database such as BIZCOMPS or Pratt’s Stats?

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2018

May 2018 Hardcover, PDF

FactSet Mergerstat

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales. 
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The BVR Private Company Value Benchmark Guide, 2017-2018 Edition

June 2017 PDF (425 pages)

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The BVR Private Company Value Benchmark Guide is a one-of-a kind tool designed specifically for the private equity library. In the guide we aggregate our most meaningful data and analysis and present private company valuations by industry and key financial metrics. Add the guide to your valuation research team today. Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2017

April 2017 Hardcover, PDF (401 pages)

FactSet Mergerstat

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales. 
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Analyzing Complex Appraisals for Business Professionals

July 2016 978-0071812931 Hardcover (656 pages)

John Lifflander, Shannon Pratt

McGraw-Hill Co.

This guide to understanding, interpreting, and evaluating residential, commercial, business, and industrial appraisals, gives any business professional straightforward, practical steps to achieve sound financial reasoning in the face of numerous valuation intricacies and problem areas. Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2011

April 2011 Hardcover (327 pages)

FactSet Mergerstat

FactSet Mergerstat

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales.  Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2012

April 2012 978-1-62150-000-1

FactSet Mergerstat

FactSet Mergerstat

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales.  Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2013

April 2013 Hardcover (335 pages)

FactSet Mergerstat

FactSet Mergerstat

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales.  Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2014

May 2014 9781621500353 Hardcover, PDF

FactSet Mergerstat

FactSet Mergerstat

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales.  Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2016

April 2016 Hardcover, PDF

FactSet Mergerstat

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales. 
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BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2015

February 2015 978-1-62150-047-6 Hardcover, PDF (262 pages)

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2015 is essential for business valuation professionals and attorneys to stay current on the most important legal issues confronting the profession. The Yearbook covers marital disputes, breach of contract actions, damages, dissenting shareholder disputes, estate and gift tax cases, federal taxation, intellectual property cases, bankruptcy litigation, and more. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2015

February 2015 978-1-62150-048-3 Hardcover, PDF

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

BVR has you covered with the latest news in the business valuation profession! Get your Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2015 now to stay up to date with the most innovative approaches and techniques, leading conferences, new court decisions and changes in regulations and standards in the profession with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders and the BVR editorial team. Learn more >>

Understanding Business Valuation: A Practical Guide to Valuing Small- to Medium-Sized Businesses, 5th edition

October 2017 Hardcover

Gary Trugman

AICPA

The new edition of Understanding Business Valuation simplifies a technical and complex area of practice with real-world experience and examples. Expert author Gary Trugman's informal, easy-to-read style, covers all the bases in the various valuation approaches, methods, and techniques. Learn more >>

The Market Approach Then and Now: What Appraisers Need to Know (PDF)

June 2013 978-1-62150-029-2 PDF (96 pages)

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

The Market Approach Then and Now: What Appraisers Need to Know,  A BVR Special Report provides practical guidance and articles from top valuation experts, new techniques to apply, and what to take into account when valuing businesses in varying economic climates. Plus, gain insight on the latest court views. This is a must-have for your business valuation library. Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat Review, 2015

April 2015 978-1-62150-049-0 Hardcover, PDF (389 pages)

FactSet Mergerstat

FactSet Mergerstat

The FactSet Mergerstat Review is the cornerstone of any mergers and acquisitions library. This must-have resource delivers comprehensive rosters, data and statistics on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions that involve U.S. companies, including privately held, publicly traded and cross–border transactions, and also lists unit divestitures, management buyouts, and certain asset sales.  Learn more >>

FactSet Mergerstat/BVR Control Premium Study

Rely on more than 20 years of detailed transaction data in the FactSet Mergerstat /BVR Control Premium Study database. This robust online resource provides empirical support for quantifying control premiums, implied minority discounts, and public company valuation multiples.  Learn more >>

BIZCOMPS - Main Street Private Company Transaction Comparables

BIZCOMPS, a comprehensive online database, is the most thorough and accurate resource for financial details on “Main Street” private companies. This must-have tool includes 15,450+ deals dating back to 2000 and removes marketplace uncertainty with access to meaningful financial information. Learn more >>
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