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ASA, supporting Vinoskey ESOP appeal, aims to correct BV ‘misstatements’

The ASA recently filed an amicus brief in support of the Vinoskey appeal, in which it claims the district court, in ruling against the ESOP trustee and the owner and selling shareholder, Adam Vinoskey, made numerous valuation-related misstatements that required correction.

Defendant in Vinoskey ESOP case files appeal with 4th Circuit

In the contentious Vinoskey ESOP case, one of the defendants, the owner and selling shareholder, Adam Vinoskey, recently appealed the district court’s finding that he was liable for knowingly participating in the trustee defendant’s ERISA violations and was a co-fiduciary for the trustee’s breaches of fiduciary duties.

Key Issues in Valuing Owner Operated Small Businesses

Owner-operated business must be considered in a different framework than many other types of business. Everything from hypothetical transaction (asset sale versus equity interest) to financial objectives (minimize taxable income versus maximize shareholder value) must be considered from a different perspective. Join David Coffman as he discusses rate of return and personal goodwill through this unique lens.

Biton v. Kreinis

In dispute over fair value of plaintiff’s shares, court agrees with parties’ experts on use of capitalization of earnings method to value company; court rejects defense expert’s use of QuickBooks data and post-valuation-date revenue as representative annual revenue; applies key-person discount.

In Fair Value Determination, Court Says SSVS Discourages Use of Post-Valuation-Date Data

In dispute over fair value of plaintiff’s shares, court agrees with parties’ experts on use of capitalization of earnings method to value company; court rejects defense expert’s use of QuickBooks data and post-valuation-date revenue as representative annual revenue; applies key-person discount.

Attack on DOL’s ability to seek monetary damages in Vinoskey ESOP case fails

In the contentious Vinoskey ESOP case, the trustee recently asked for a new trial, arguing the Secretary of Labor, representing the plaintiff, lacked the statutory authority to seek monetary damages on behalf of the ESOP and the court lacked the authority to hear this claim.

Connecticut court says ‘no’ to tax affecting but limits the reach of its ruling

In a buyout dispute involving a Connecticut family business, an appellate court recently upheld the trial court’s decision not to tax affect the earnings of the company in valuing the departing shareholder’s interest, even though experts for both sides tax affected.

R.D. Clark & Sons, Inc. v. Clark

Trial court’s fair value determination in buyout dispute involving family business withstands appeal, including decision not to tax affect or apply majority and minority discounts; appellate court finds there is no controlling state law on the issues and upholds trial court’s findings on facts.

Courts Reject Tax Affecting and Use of Discounts in Connecticut Buyout Dispute

Trial court’s fair value determination in buyout dispute involving family business withstands appeal, including decision not to tax affect or apply majority and minority discounts; appellate court finds there is no controlling state law on the issues and upholds trial court’s findings on facts.

BVU News and Trends October 2019

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

Court whittles down damages in Vinoskey ESOP case

The trial court recently unequivocally sided with the Department of Labor in its liability findings against the defendants in the Vinoskey ESOP case, but the court made adjustments to the DOL’s damages calculation that reduced the liability to the defendants considerably.

Expert comments on Vinoskey ESOP ruling

ESOP appraisers are questioning the technical aspects of the Vinoskey and Brundle rulings and asking what the recent rulings may mean for the future of employee ownership plans.

Strong win for DOL in Vinoskey ESOP trial

Difficult times for the ESOP community.

Pizzella v. Vinoskey

Trial court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay for company stock; trustee failed to adequately respond to red flags in ESOP appraisal and did not act solely in the interest of ESOP, court says; owner is liable for accepting price he knew to be above stock’s fair market value.

DOL Prevails on All Claims Against ESOP Trustee and Owner/Seller

Trial court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay for company stock; trustee failed to adequately respond to red flags in ESOP appraisal and did not act solely in the interest of ESOP, court says; owner is liable for accepting price he knew to be above stock’s fair market value.

Simplified MUM approach weathers attacks in Illinois divorce case

One of the key questions in an Illinois divorce case was how to allocate goodwill between enterprise and personal goodwill.

Failure to explain inputs gets expert excluded under Daubert

If more proof is necessary to show that courts across all legal fields dive deep into the details of valuation testimony, a recent damages case that arose in the context of a condemnation proceeding should do the trick.

Court Favors MUM Method for Goodwill Allocation in Illinois Divorce Case

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

In re Marriage of Preston

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

In re EM Lodgings, LLC

In granting creditor’s stay relief motion, court averages competing expert valuations and finds debtor has no equity in contested hotel; court says value gap is result of experts’ legitimate disagreements over hotel’s future performance as reflected in inputs for DCF-based analyses.

Court Accords Equal Weight to Competing DCF-Based Hotel Valuations

In granting creditor’s stay relief motion, court averages competing expert valuations and finds debtor has no equity in contested hotel; court says value gap is result of experts’ legitimate disagreements over hotel’s future performance as reflected in inputs for DCF-based analyses.

Wright v. Phillips

In fair value determination analogous to statutory appraisal valuation, Chancery says companies’ S corp status “has discrete value applicable here,” as captured in expert’s use of 14.5% tax rate (as opposed to 31%); court approves marketability discount.

S Corp Status Adds ‘Discrete’ Value to Business, Chancery Says

In fair value determination analogous to statutory appraisal valuation, Chancery says companies’ S corp status “has discrete value applicable here,” as captured in expert’s use of 14.5% tax rate (as opposed to 31%); court approves marketability discount.

Trial Court’s Physician Practice Valuation Lacks Factual Basis

Goodwill, excess earnings method, market-based approach, capitalization rate, multiple, expert testimony, professional corporation, professional practice, valuation methods ...

Abedi v. Abedi

Court of Appeal says trial court’s valuation of husband’s endodontic practice was arbitrary where trial court adopted valuation methods husband’s experts proposed but substituted key elements of their analyses with court’s own unsubstantiated figures.

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