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SECBA gets sneak preview of the D&P Cost of Capital Navigator

The hardcover version of the Duff & Phelps Valuation Handbook – U.S. Guide to Cost of Capital will no longer be published—it is being replaced by the Duff & Phelps Cost of Capital Navigator, an interactive online application.

IACVA rebrands itself as IACVS

IACVA will become IACVS, the International Association of Certified Valuation Specialists, to better represent the efforts and goals of the organization.

Award recipients at the AICPA FVS conference in Las Vegas

Top volunteers and young professionals were honored at the AICPA’s 2017 FVS Conference November 13-15 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

New edition of Understanding Business Valuation now available

In addition to revisions to existing material and examples, there’s new material on valuing stock options, preferred stock, debt, and startup ventures.

ASA BVers convene in Houston for the Advanced BV Conference

The conference sessions were an excellent mix of theory and practice—ideas that you can use in your practice right away.

Revenue mix is key to valuing HVAC companies

There is a big swing in prices for HVAC firms—from under 10% of revenue to over 100% of revenue—depending on the mix of business.

Most business valuation firms require upfront payments

Four out of five business valuation firms surveyed say they ask for 50% down before starting work on a new engagement.

Act now to KO controversial Section 2704 regs

Comments are due by Aug. 7, 2017 on an IRS notice that puts the proposed Section 2704 regs on the chopping block.

Bonding is a key valuation nuance for electrical contractors

The bonding process is very important for electrical contractors, especially in large metropolitan areas where they can’t work on certain jobs without being bonded.

AICPA unveils new CVFI credential for financial instruments

Comments are due Sept. 26, 2017, on an exposure draft of a “disclosure framework” that establishes parameters of documentation requirements for the Certified in Valuation of Financial Instruments (CVFI) credential.

Global trademark values for wineries

The brand is the single most important intangible asset in wine businesses, accounting for 17.5% of enterprise value on average, according to latest data.

Valuation benchmarks for ambulatory surgery centers revealed in updated survey

HealthCare Appraisers Inc. has just released valuation multiples of single-specialty and multispecialty ASCs based on data representing over 700 entities.

New analysis reveals different BV standards do not conflict

A casual observer may look at the various business valuation standards different organizations issue and get the idea that they are at odds with each other. But that is not the case.

Help needed with academic research on Big Data

Please take a short, five-minute survey on the use of Big Data in forensic accounting in preventing and detecting fraud. The University of Memphis is conducting research.

New fair value rules and performance standards highlight ASA event

New fair value regulations and the Mandatory Performance Framework (MPF) apply to everyone, not just holders of the new CEIV credential.

Appraiser ducks penalty for undervaluation

A recent Tax Court case rejects an appraiser's valuation of an estate asset, and the undervaluation is enough to normally trigger penalties under IRC Section 6695A.

AICPA issues its first wave of CEIV credentials

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has doled out its first batch of certifications for the new Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuation™ (CEIV™) credential for individuals doing fair value measurements.

Latest AHLA guide discusses fairness opinions, M&A, and goodwill

The AHLA Transactions Resource Guide is a free collection of articles from leading healthcare experts that discuss significant transaction issues in the healthcare industry. Some of the authors are with Duff & Phelps, VMG Health, Wipfli, and others.

How the expert in the Amazon trademark case determined a royalty rate

In the recent Amazon Tax Court case, the IRS challenged the valuation of trademarks the company transferred to its overseas subsidiary. But Amazon prevailed, and here's an explanation of the comparable uncontrolled transaction (CUT) method its expert used to sift through thousands of transactions.

Private firms' cost of equity estimates may surprise you

Results of the “2017 Private Capital Markets Report" from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. BVR is a research sponsor in Pepperdine’s efforts in developing a private cost of capital method as a legitimate alternative to looking to the public markets.

Questions to ask when valuing intellectual property

Only after a thorough due diligence is done can an analysis be made of what intellectual property is worth.

How the valuation approaches stack up for solar energy firms

Appraisers have to consider each of the valuation approaches, but the income approach is the only way to value a solar company, says a valuation expert in the industry.

Questions a judge will ask of a valuation expert witness

A new book not only gives judges and attorneys a reference guide of fundamental business valuation concepts, but it's also a refresher course for valuation experts, and it will help them prepare for court.

Comments wanted on simplified MUM for personal goodwill

What do you think of this method a valuation expert and forensic accountant uses for allocating goodwill between its enterprise and personal components?

Damodaran puts high value on narrative

"In a good valuation, the numbers are bound together by a coherent narrative, and storytelling is kept grounded with numbers," says Dr. Aswath Damodaran (Stern School of Business, New York University).

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