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Adjusting the Income Approach Highlights AICPA FVS Conference Panel

A panel at the AICPA FVS Conference fielded a barrage of audience questions about how to help make sure the income approach captures the impacts of the current environment. The panel, moderated by Jim Hitchner (Financial Valuation Advisors), included Lisa Cribben (Wipfli LLP), Harold Martin (Keiter), and Mark Zyla (Zyla Valuation Advisors LLC).

Book review: The Art of Business Valuation: Accurately Valuing a Small Business

The current issue of NACVA’s QuickRead includes a favorable review of a recently published book, The Art of Business Valuation: Accurately Valuing a Small Business.

New guidance issued on the Payroll Protection Plan

During a recent BVR webinar, speakers report that many business owners will claim their Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans will be 100% forgiven.

Providing a Framework for Testing the Reasonableness of Terminal Period Cash Flow Investments

Whether using the traditional Gordon Growth formula or the value driver formula, it is common for a valuer to neglect testing the reasonableness of the capitalized free cash flow used in determining the terminal value and, therefore, derive a terminal value that is incorrect. This is troubling considering how important the terminal value is when concluding an equity value; the terminal value most often accounts for a majority of the concluded enterprise value when applying ...

The Size Effect: Should We Care?

I read the entire edition of Business Valuation Review (Volume 37, Issue 3, Fall 2018) focused on ‘‘the size effect.’’ I have the following ‘‘big picture’’ comments after considering all four articles together and title my letter: The Size Effect: Should We Care?

Total Beta—Where Does It Fit in Valuation Theory

The valuation of any company by the discounted cash flow method is divided into two different tasks: forecasting cash flows and discounting these same cash flows using the appropriate discount rate. The latter requires a good understanding of the risks faced by the subject company's cash flows to be able to determine the appropriate risk premia to compensate a typical willing buyer and satisfy a typical willing seller. There is a high level of ambiguity ...

Intellectual Property Valuation Case Law Compendium, Fourth Edition

January 2021 Hardcover, PDF (580 pages)

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

Intellectual property (IP) valuation and litigation continue to make headlines – especially when damages are involved.  Every financial expert and attorney practicing in this area needs to keep up with legal precedent – and stay ahead of new and evolving methodologies. This 4th edition of BVR’s IP Valuation Case Law Compendium puts all vital thought leadership and case law at your fingertips. Learn more >>

Little-Known Resource Can Help Bolster Support for Projections

Projections used in business valuation have always been subject to scrutiny—and now more than ever. During the recent ASA International Conference, it was pointed out that many valuation analysts may not know of a resource that can be used to help support their assessment of projections.

Can You Do Two Valuations With the Same Date? Yes, Says Hitchner

A valuation done pre-COVID-19 may be obsolete, so can you update it using the same valuation date and factor in the impacts of the pandemic? Yes, says James Hitchner (Valuation Products and Services), and he believes doing so is not in conflict with the valuation standards.

Interesting poll results in latest Hitchner pub

The latest issue of Hardball With Hitchner includes the results of some recent polls that reveal what valuation practitioners are doing to reflect the impact of COVID-19 in valuations.

Assume every valuation will be challenged

“As appraisers, our reputation is our single most valuable asset ...

DealStats 3Q20 small private-company EBITDA multiples rise

After stalled M&A, lockdowns, and a pandemic, it’s easy to forget that small enterprise value was declining through most of 2019.

Company or Damage Valuation in a Mediation Context

The number of online mediations has soared due to the pandemic. This article outlines the standard phases of a valuator-assisted mediation and the concept of the best alternative to a negotiated agreement (BATNA) and includes some real-world case studies.

Prospects grow for valuing promissory notes, says Mercer

There is an increasing number of opportunities for analysts in valuing promissory notes, says Chris Mercer (Mercer Capital) during the recent AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference.

Hitchner debuts monthly Hardball publication

James Hitchner (Valuation Products and Services) has released the first issue of Hardball With Hitchner.

The Valuation of Convertible Notes Using a Binomial Model

The authors’ research reveals that there are numerous articles, chapters, and models with bad math, bad equations, notational errors, or undisclosed rounding in some equations. They present a version of the Goldman Sachs binomial model and suggest that valuators provide fully functional binomial models when requested so that reviewers can “look under the valuator’s hood.”

Mercer and Harms release new edition of their Integrated Theory book

BVR is pleased to announce that the new third edition of Business Valuation: An Integrated Theory is now available in its bookstore.

Business Valuation: An Integrated Theory, 3rd Edition

October 2020 Hardcover

Chris Mercer, Travis Harms

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The revised and updated third edition of Business Valuation: An Integrated Theory explores the core concepts of the integrated theory of business valuation and adapts the theory to reflect how the market for private business actually works. In their book, the authors—two experts on the topic of business valuation—help readers translate valuation theory into everyday valuation practice. 

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Some further thoughts on ‘most likely outcome’ forecasts for business valuation

Every financial analyst is struggling with forecasting methodologies now.

Amid Market Data Volatility, the Best Option Is a More Rigorous DCF

A panel of global valuation experts who conducted a recent webinar co-sponsored by RICS, and also NACVA, the ASA, GACVA, and CBVI gives their comments.

Reopen or Not? A Method for Analyzing a COVID-19-Shuttered Firm

A case study of using external yardstick data to help a client decide whether to hang in there and reopen his business or stay closed for good. This is not a full-blown valuation engagement, but rather a very high-level analysis designed to provide management with an objective basis to help make critical decisions in today’s unpredictable environment.

New edition of McKinsey valuation book now in BVR’s bookstore

The fully updated 7th edition of Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies from McKinsey & Co. is now in BVR’s bookstore.

How Should You Deal With COVID-19? 10 Tips From the NACVA Conference

The first major multiday, multitrack conference of the year, the NACVA and the CTI’s 2020 Business Valuation and Financial Litigation Super Conference, was held online over five full days in June. Business Valuation Update attended, and we found excellent speakers and interesting sessions, and the technical details all went smoothly. COVID-19 was a hot topic of discussion in a number of the sessions, so, here we present 10 takeaways on dealing with the pandemic’s impact on business valuation.

What do KPMG and BDO have to say about current valuation and forecasting approaches?

COVID-19 dominates a lot of the discussion in the latest edition of KPMG’s 3Q2020 International Valuation Newsletter (IVN), though, as editors Johannes Post and Rolf Langenegger note, it ‘is not the only issue.’ BVWire—UK readers looking for a good summary of the effects the pandemic has had on UK and global markets should turn here, even though the effects on private companies, the LSE, and other markets are now familiar to everyone.

What factors contribute to inconsistent business valuation multiples?

Three professors at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management reviewed 1,149 recent private equity cross-border transactions to determine the consistency of the business valuation metrics.

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