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What DLOM methods are now used the most?

Is there a consensus yet on the method to use for estimating a discount for lack of marketability (DLOM)? Find out by taking a short survey.

Fast-growing urgent care centers face challenges

As health systems continue to pursue urgent care strategies through acquisition and development, the question remains as to where urgent care centers fit within alternative payment model methodologies.

Trademark values of global underwear brands

Average royalty rates for underwear trademarks are about 3% on revenues, considerably lower than typical royalty rates signed in license agreements.

Exclusive survey reveals industry research sources of choice

IBISWorld and RMA are the two sources valuation experts cite most for industry research, according to a BVR exclusive survey.

IRS inundated with comments on proposed IRC 2704 regs

Over the past week, over 100 new comments have been submitted to the IRS about the controversial proposed Section 2704 regs designed to rein in estate tax valuations. That brings the total comments to almost 200, but it's hoped that many more will come in before the due date of November 2.

Whataburger grills Wonder Woman over logo

If next year's Wonder Woman pic is boffo, it will raise the stakes in the "friendly" talks going on between Whataburger and DC Comics over the superheroine's "stacked W" logo.

Healthcare M&A in year-end rush

Urgent care is a particularly hot sector amid the race to finalize healthcare M&A transactions before the end of the year.

Mock trial highlights ASA’s Advanced BV Conference

All six valuation disciplines were put on the "stand" and cross-examined by an attorney. It demonstrated that even the best valuation report can get skewered in court.

Appraisers see spike in engagements due to proposed Section 2704 regs

At the ASA Advanced Business Valuation Conference last week in Boca Raton, Fla., valuation practitioners told us that they are seeing an increase in valuation engagements triggered by the proposed Section 2704 regulations. They expect the increased business to gain steam as the regs continue to sink in with attorneys, wealth planners, and clients.

Act now to avert tough IRS crackdown on estate valuations

Well-crafted comments can change the course of the controversial proposed IRC Section 2704 regs designed to curb estate valuation discounts. There's a concern that, if these regs are finalized as proposed, the federal government will go after valuation discounts in other contexts. Comments are due by November 2, and there's a public hearing in Washington on December 1.

Fledgling BVers to compete in Fifth Annual Business Valuation Challenge

College students from across the country will compete in the upcoming Business Valuation Challenge hosted by Georgia State University. There are 24 first-come-first-serve slots, and registrations are due September 15. BV firms can sponsor students, and it's a great place for you to scope out new talent.

Dreaded IRS estate valuation discount regs released

The Treasury has released long-awaited proposed IRC Section 2704 regulations designed to curb estate valuation discounts. It appears that the proposed regulations eliminate almost all minority discounts for closely held entity interests, including operating businesses owned by a family. The proposed regs have triggered a strong response from the valuation community, legal profession, and others.

Proposed method to deal with confusion over discounts

A number of leading valuation experts have called for the profession to speak with one voice and eliminate the confusion over the use of discounts. One valuation expert offers up some nomenclature and—more importantly—a framework that he hopes will help with this thorny issue.

Brexit's impact on cost of capital

The Brexit vote reinforces the need for internal consistency between the elements of cost of capital and the current economic environment, according to leading global valuation experts and finance professors. Also, there may be a “new normal” in terms of interest rates, risk premiums, and growth.

FVQI exposure drafts comment period extended to August 24

You now have until August 24 to comment on two important exposure drafts that relate to the ongoing fair value quality initiative (FVQI) designed to improve financial reporting valuations for U.S. publicly traded companies.

How to value a small piece of a famous rock song

If the jury had sided with the plaintiff in the Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven" case, it would have had to carve out the value of the riff that only forms part of the song. BVWire asked Michael Pellegrino (Pellegrino & Associates), a valuation expert (and musician) who specializes in intellectual property, for some insights into some of the thoughts behind how this would have been determined

S Corp model now in Tax Court

At the recent NYSSCPA business valuation conference in New York City, Daniel Van Vleet (Stout Risius Ross) told the audience that the Van Vleet model (S corporation economic adjustment model) is being used for the first time in a pending U.S. Tax Court case. What’s more, both the IRS and the taxpayer are using it in this case, says Van Vleet.

NACVA's star-studded silver anniversary conference

Shannon Pratt, Roger Grabowski, Jim Hitchner, Nancy Fannon, and the Honorable Judge David Laro of the Tax Court are just a few of valuation thought leaders dubbed by NACVA as “industry titans” who gave presentations at the organization’s 25th anniversary conference in San Diego

Survey participants needed in new research on fair value estimation

Last year, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued for public comment a staff consultation paper on potential standard-setting activities related to the auditor using the work of specialists, including valuation professionals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is conducting a survey on the role of specialists in developing and evaluating the fair value estimates used in audited financial statements. This research may help in the PCAOB’s standard setting in this regard.

How does your BV firm stack up?

Join your peers in responding to BVR’s Firm Economics Study, to see how growth and change is accelerating in the business valuation profession.

Some key takeaways from the ASA/USC fair value conference

There was record attendance at the ASA/USC 11th Annual Fair Value Conference in Los Angeles. BVWire was there and here are a few takeaways from some of the sessions, all of which were excellent.

A few nuggets from the NYSSCPA BV conference

BVWire provides a few key takeaways from the recent annual business valuation conference of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) in New York City.

Comments due June 24 on exposure drafts for fair value quality initiative

The ASA, AICPA, and RICS have issued two exposure drafts for public comment that relate to the ongoing initiative to improve the quality of financial reporting valuations for U.S. publicly traded companies. Comments are due June 24.

Low-cost way to help clients enhance a damages claim

Compensation forfeiture is an option that damages plaintiffs can seek that is not difficult or expensive to prove--plus it can be “stacked” onto other remedies.

Free download of sample 2016 Mergerstat data

A number of M&A records were broken in 2015, including net M&A announcements (12,012), $100 million-plus deals (1,197), cash payments (78%), average P/E offered (29.6), and more, according to the 2016 Mergerstat Review.

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