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Appellate court KOs discount for trapped-in capital gains taxes

In a Louisiana case, a dissenting shareholder was withdrawing her shares in a company and the valuation of her interest was in dispute, so a trial was held.

In re Platinum Corral, LLC

The Bankruptcy Court turned down a plan and amended plan of reorganization primarily because only the debtor would benefit from the plan and creditors would be left with little or no return. The court ordered a new plan be delivered to the court as soon as possible because time was of the essence.

Plan of Reorganization Cannot Be Approved Because Essentially Only the Debtor Would Benefit

The Bankruptcy Court turned down a plan and amended plan of reorganization primarily because only the debtor would benefit from the plan and creditors would be left with little or no return. The court ordered a new plan be delivered to the court as soon as possible because time was of the essence.

ShopRite, Inc. v. Gardiner

In determining the fair value of a minority interest in stock sold back to the companies in a shareholder oppression assertion, the Louisiana Court of Appeals rejected a discount for trapped-in capital gains tax since the companies had no intention of selling the properties owned. The appeals court also disallowed a reduction in fair value related to the value of affiliated accounts receivable, noting that there was no evidence that the receivables were uncollectible.

Louisiana Court of Appeals Disallows a Discount for Trapped-In Capital Gains Taxes and a Reduction in Receivables for Collectability

In determining the fair value of a minority interest in stock sold back to the companies in a shareholder oppression assertion, the Louisiana Court of Appeals rejected a discount for trapped-in capital gains tax since the companies had no intention of selling the properties owned. The appeals court also disallowed a reduction in fair value related to the value of affiliated accounts receivable, noting that there was no evidence that the receivables were uncollectible.

Valuation experts spar over fraudulent transfer matter

In the bankruptcy court, two valuation experts squared off in a case where the trustee argued that a cash transfer by the debtor was a constructively fraudulent transfer under the bankruptcy code.

Yaquinto v. Thompson St. Capital Partners (In re Stone Panels, Inc.)

Trustee argued that a cash transfer by debtor was a constructively fraudulent transfer under the bankruptcy code. The Trustee was able to show that the transaction was an interest in property for which debtor did not receive reasonably equivalent value. The Trustee was not able to show that the debtor was insolvent at the date of the transfer or became insolvent as a result of the transfer. The debtor was engaged in a business for which the property remaining was sufficiently capitalized. It appeared that the debtor would have sufficient access to cash to service its obligations and operate its business in a sustainable way. The Trustee failed in its burden of proof.

Property Transfer Was Not Fraudulent Because Debtor Was Not Insolvent

Trustee argued that a cash transfer by debtor was a constructively fraudulent transfer under the bankruptcy code. The Trustee was able to show that the transaction was an interest in property for which debtor did not receive reasonably equivalent value. The Trustee was not able to show that the debtor was insolvent at the date of the transfer or became insolvent as a result of the transfer. The debtor was engaged in a business for which the property remaining was sufficiently capitalized. It appeared that the debtor would have sufficient access to cash to service its obligations and operate its business in a sustainable way. The Trustee failed in its burden of proof.

Valuing Small and Micro Businesses Using the Income Method

Focus in on valuing micro and small businesses using the income methods of business valuation. Learn to distinguish differing risk factors between large companies and micro and very small companies. Join Gregory Caruso for a deep dive into problematic areas of actual small-business valuation cases to review theory and tie it into the actual application of methods using best practices and professional judgment. Audience questions and succinct opinions welcomed in this hands-on event.

Reliable Valuations for Small and Medium Enterprise: M&A Methods Win

If you have been involved in an M&A transaction and seen how different the M&A model is from the buildup method with public data, have you ever wondered why the M&A model isn’t a key valuation approach or wondered how M&A data differ in character from public market data? In this seminar, Jim Lisi explains why the M&A model with private data is the more reliable approach. The difference between deal data for whole companies ...

BVU News and Trends January 2021

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

EBITDA/sales ratio added to 2020-21 RMA eStatement Studies

Many valuation experts use the annual RMA Statement Studies for industry-specific financial benchmarks.

Solvency opinion based on management projections faces Daubert challenge

In a bankruptcy-cum-Daubert case that turned on solvency, a court recently rejected both parties’ claims that the opposing financial expert testimony was inadmissible.

Experts Need Not Be ‘Blue-Ribbon Practitioners’ to Meet Rule 702 Qualification Requirement

In bankruptcy dispute, court rejects parties’ Daubert challenge to opposing expert testimony; defense expert did not blindly rely on management projections for capital adequacy and balance sheet tests, and plaintiff’s expert did not use hindsight to find debtor was insolvent on fund transfer dates.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. Calpers Corp. Partners, LLC

In bankruptcy dispute, court rejects parties’ Daubert challenge to opposing expert testimony; defense expert did not blindly rely on management projections for capital adequacy and balance sheet tests, and plaintiff’s expert did not use hindsight to find debtor was insolvent on fund transfer dates.

The Balance Sheet and its Correlation to Company Specific Risk

The pandemic is teaching us that businesses, small and large, and their balance sheets are important not just from handling a pandemic, but also from sustaining operations. Understanding assets, and which matter, will help analysts determine the specific company risks. Expert Josh Shilts discusses which categories are important in understanding risk and what ratios and other analyses can be used to measure risk. Identifying and linking balance sheet financials to company-specific risk is a critical ...

Structure, Valuation & Tax Insights for Logistics & Trucking Companies

Join Jaclyn Burket Frank and Ricky Castillo for an engaging trip into the world of logistics and trucking businesses. Discover the different types of entity structure along with the advantages and disadvantages of each structure. Learn how the 2018 tax law impacted each entity structure and common deductible/nondeductible expenses for the logistics and trucking industry. The industry-specific adjustments to consider along with specific questions to ask business owners to determine whether economic, governmental, and location ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Restructuring, Insolvency & Impairment

The world of valuation has changed along with everything else. In this panel on the Impact of COVID-19 on Restructuring, Insolvency & Impairment, three experts will discuss the changing environment for valuation assignments. Craig Jacobson, Richard Peil, and Dan Korcyk each bring a unique perspective and will discuss three specific areas where valuation activity might increase due to the virtual shutdown of the U.S. economy. Finally, we will discuss topics related to performing valuations in ...

Namerow v. PediatriCare Associates, LLC

In pediatrician buyout suit, court says practice’s operating agreement requires net worth calculation; court agrees with defense expert’s definition of “net worth” as the value of assets minus liabilities, as stated in the balance sheets, and rejects proposed inclusion of intangible assets.

Court Says Expert’s Inclusion of Intangible Assets Violates Buyout Agreement

In pediatrician buyout suit, court says practice’s operating agreement requires net worth calculation; court agrees with defense expert’s definition of “net worth” as the value of assets minus liabilities, as stated in the balance sheets, and rejects proposed inclusion of intangible assets.

Lack of Facts and Data Render Expert’s Fair Value Balance Sheet Not Helpful

Bankruptcy Court excludes as unreliable and irrelevant expert’s solvency opinion and balance sheet; court says expert lacked the facts and data necessary to enact his chosen method and “failed in numerous ways” to reliably apply the facts and data in accordance with the selected method.

Weinman v. Crowley (In re Blair)

Bankruptcy Court excludes as unreliable and irrelevant expert’s solvency opinion and balance sheet; court says expert lacked the facts and data necessary to enact his chosen method and “failed in numerous ways” to reliably apply the facts and data in accordance with the selected method.

Trustee’s Attack on Merger Projections Fails to Resonate With Court

Court says trustee fails to show debtor was insolvent under any applicable financial condition tests; contemporaneous industry analysis and valuations by financing banks belie claim that management projections in support of merger were unreasonable.

Solvency Determination Turns on Income Recognition Analysis

Court credits trustee expert’s analysis of debtor’s balance sheet, finding the expert showed debtor’s practice of immediate recognition of initial franchise fees as revenue violated GAAP and debtor was continuously insolvent; transfers are avoidable.

Solvency Determination Turns on Income Recognition Analysis

Court credits trustee expert’s analysis of debtor’s balance sheet, finding the expert showed debtor’s practice of immediate recognition of initial franchise fees as revenue violated GAAP and debtor was continuously insolvent; transfers are avoidable.

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