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Global BVU News and Trends March 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

Recent Cases from the Delaware Chancery: What Appraisers Need to Know Now

Join Bill Kennedy for a summary of key valuation issues ruled on by the Delaware Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court. Get coverage of recent cases and discover trends seen in the courts. Learn how the courts have treated the different valuation methods in recent cases, as well as factors to consider when applying the methods. No matter where you practice, the takeaways from this session will help valuation professionals deliver a quality, litigation-ready report.

Landmark Jones case featured in upcoming workshop

“Read the Jones case,” an IRS official said when asked about the position the IRS is taking on tax affecting pass-through entities.

Synergy deduction purely academic in new Delaware appraisal ruling

In a statutory appraisal case that involved the sale of a publicly traded company to a privately held entity, the Delaware Court of Chancery recently decided the deal price was a reliable indicator of fair value and a downward adjustment for synergies was justified.

New paper offers improvement to the Gordon growth model

“Capitalization 2.0—Terminal Value Under Changing Capital Structure” is a new paper by Mike Adhikari (Business ValueXpress Software), a valuation and M&A advisor.

Delaware Court of Chancery says no to expert’s novel approach to beta calculation

In an appraisal proceeding in which the Delaware Court of Chancery favored the discounted cash flow analysis as the means with which to determine fair value, the court had sharp words for the company expert’s decision to introduce a new way for calculating equity beta.

Untested beta calculation KOs expert’s credibility and fair value conclusion

In a statutory appraisal case with several twists, the Delaware Court of Chancery recently agreed with the parties’ experts that a discounted cash flow analysis was the only way to determine fair value while rejecting, unequivocally, the company expert’s novel approach to calculating beta.

Brush up on your Excel skills for BV

There is a live online valuation class coming up that includes a good dose of Excel training for valuers of all skill levels.

What corporation tax rate should you use in your business valuations now?

The Finance Act 2016 set corporation tax for 2020-21 at 17%, but the Conservative party intends to increase the rate to 19% (and maintain that rate for the rest of the new Parliament).

In re Panera Bread Company

In appraisal action involving sale of public company, court says sale process had “objective indicia of reliability,” justifying use of deal price for fair value determination; synergy deduction is appropriate to account for value from anticipated cost and tax-related savings due to merger.

Court Considers Deal Price Persuasive Indicator of Fair Value and Approves Synergy Deduction

In appraisal action involving sale of public company, court says sale process had “objective indicia of reliability,” justifying use of deal price for fair value determination; synergy deduction is appropriate to account for value from anticipated cost and tax-related savings due to merger.

Manichaean Capital, LLC v. SourceHOV Holdings, Inc.

In appraisal proceeding, Court of Chancery adopts petitioner expert’s DCF-based model for calculating fair value, making slight adjustment to expert’s size premium; on beta calculation, court finds respondent expert’s novel approach “does not survive judicial scrutiny” and raises Daubert issues.

Novel Beta Method Occasions Rebuke From Court of Chancery in Appraisal Case

In appraisal proceeding, Court of Chancery adopts petitioner expert’s DCF-based model for calculating fair value, making slight adjustment to expert’s size premium; on beta calculation, court finds respondent expert’s novel approach “does not survive judicial scrutiny” and raises Daubert issues.

Business Valuation OIV Journal Fall 2019

Business Valuation OIV Journal has been created by Organismo Italiano di Valutazione (OIV), the Italian Valuation Standard Setter, to provide a forum for discussion and to foster cultural progress in the field of business valuation. In this issue, articles include "Roundtable: 10 Big Issues in Business Valuation"; "The Limits of Accounting Rates of Return and the Calibration Trap in Applying Accounting-Based Models in Modern Business Valuation Practice"; and "Connecting Economic Value to Company Strategy: Critical Issues and New Perspectives."

Bankruptcy Court highlights comparables selection in assessing experts’ valuations

A meaningful comparable company analysis requires careful selection of comparable companies, the Bankruptcy Court recently emphasized in a case in which it ruled on the debtor’s proposed reorganization plan.

Discover the magical functions of Excel for BV

Spreadsheets can be a valuation analyst’s best friend, or a worst enemy, according to Shawn Hyde (Canyon Valuations), a valuation practitioner and Excel enthusiast.

Smarter Spreadsheets: Improving the Efficiency and Accuracy of a Valuation in Excel

This Isn’t Your Father’s Microsoft Excel. Spreadsheets are a very useful tool for completing any analysis, not just for business appraisal, but for all kinds of projects. Unfortunately, many users never realize just how powerful Microsoft Excel actually is. Valuation expert and Excel enthusiast Shawn Hyde is here to share all of the functions and tools that have been added over the years that have really make an impact on valuation’s most utilized software. Experience ...

BVU News and Trends December 2019

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

Bankruptcy Court Calls Choice of Comparables ‘Key Value Driver’ in Expert Valuations

Ruling on plan confirmation, Bankruptcy Court finds debtor expert’s determination of total enterprise value of reorganized debtor more credible than committee for unsecured creditors’ expert; in adopting debtor expert’s comparable company analysis, court calls choice of comparables set a “key value driver.”

In re Emerge Energy Services LP

Ruling on plan confirmation, Bankruptcy Court finds debtor expert’s determination of total enterprise value of reorganized debtor more credible than unsecured creditors’ expert; in adopting debtor expert’s comparable company analysis, court calls choice of comparables set a “key value driver.”

BVU News and Trends November 2019

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

Highlights of 2019 Delaware Valuation Decisions

This year to date has been another active period for valuation cases in the Delaware courts. Six cases are reviewed and the predominant theme is that, in arm’s-length transactions, appraisal value continues to be based primarily on the transaction price rather than on discounted cash flow.

Back to the Future? Exploding the Income Approach

Seeing the future? Compensating for excessive compensation? The feared levering and unlevering! What to do? Well don’t discount the advice of this expert panel as they work their way through the income approach from top to bottom. Join Bethany Hearn, Brenda Clarke, Kevin Yeanoplos, and Bob Dohmeyer in this entertaining and engaging web workshop. Half this event will focus on the numerator with a curated selection of hot issues such as forecasting, free cash flow ...

Details of the CUT method used in the Amazon case

Last week’s BVWire covered the 9th Circuit decision in the Amazon case that affirmed the U.S. Tax Court’s 2017 decision in favor of the company in a transfer pricing case.

Tax Court adopts tax-affected valuation of PTE without overturning Gross

For years, the appraisal community has wondered when the U.S. Tax Court will recognize the need for tax affecting when valuing pass-through entities (PTE) and how the court will square its decision with precedent, i.e., the Gross case in which the Tax Court rejected the taxpayer’s tax-affected valuation.

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