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BV News and Trends October 2021

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

BV News and Trends September 2021

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

Input Needed to Develop New Guidance on Company-Specific Risk

This is an update on new guidance being developed by The Appraisal Foundation’s Business Valuation Resources Panel’s Work Group on Company-Specific Risk Premia (CSRP). It needs input from practitioners on this topic.

BV News and Trends August 2021

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

New paper on CEO tenure and firm value

If you’re valuing a business with a CEO who has been in that job for 20 years, is that a positive or a negative?

CSRP working group needs input

The Appraisal Foundation’s Business Valuation Resources Panel’s Work Group on Company-Specific Risk Premia (CSRP) is seeking input via survey to understand how valuation practitioners address such premia within their valuations.

Reminder: Please take a survey about company-specific risk

BVWire is pleased to present a survey by The Appraisal Foundation’s Business Valuation Resources Panel’s Work Group on Company-Specific Risk Premia to understand how valuation practitioners address such premia within their valuations.

Reminder: Please take a survey about company-specific risk

BVWire is pleased to present a survey by The Appraisal Foundation’s Business Valuation Resources Panel’s Work Group on Company-Specific Risk Premia to understand how valuation practitioners address such premia within their valuations.

Please take a survey about company-specific risk

BVWire is pleased to present a survey by The Appraisal Foundation’s Business Valuation Resources Panel’s Work Group on Company-Specific Risk Premia to understand how valuation practitioners address such premia within their valuations.

Age- and gender-specific risk? A new paper says it exists

We’d like to be a fly on the wall the first time a valuation expert testifies that his or her company-specific risk factor was adjusted for the age and gender of the subject firm’s top managers.

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 ...

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.

BVR Briefing – Cybersecurity in Business Valuation: Addressing the Impact of Data Breaches on Value

March 2020 PDF (37 pages)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

This BVR Briefing presents some emerging ideas and techniques that are helping to pave the way to better understand and measure the impact of data security and cyber liability risks on the value of a business. Renowned cybersecurity pros Charles Hoff and Michael Blake share their deep knowledge and proven strategies. Learn more >>

Emerging Issues in Cannabis and Hemp/CBD: Buckle Up as it is Just Getting Interesting!

Talk about a growing industry. As legalization spreads across the country, more valuation professionals are focusing on emerging and evolving issues in cannabis and hemp. If you are a practitioner or an advisor who is involved in the appraisal and analysis of business interests in both the legal, regulated cannabis sector and in agricultural hemp and cannabinoids, then don’t pass on this webinar. Recent developments in state and federal legislation will be covered as will ...

Valuation underpinning contested stock sale reflects fair value, Court of Chancery says

In a breach of fiduciary duty action arising out of a controversial stock sale, the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed the plaintiff’s attacks on the underlying valuation, noting the appraiser was “exceptionally knowledgeable about the industry” and held “informed beliefs” as to the company’s specific structure.

Assessing Cybersecurity Risk When Doing a Business Valuation

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just large firms face material risks related to data security and privacy concerns. Here’s a checklist for the guidance of valuation professionals to help assess these risks when performing a business valuation.

Coster v. UIP Companies, Inc.

In breach of fiduciary duty action, court says stock sale passes enhanced fairness review; appraiser valuing real estate investment services company before sale is eminently qualified and knowledgeable about industry; capitalized cash flow method “generated a reliable indicator” of company’s value.

Valuation Underlying Controversial Stock Sale Satisfies Highest Scrutiny

In breach of fiduciary duty action, court says stock sale passes enhanced fairness review; appraiser valuing real estate investment services company before sale is eminently qualified and knowledgeable about industry; capitalized cash flow method “generated a reliable indicator” of company’s value.

Don’t Make Me Call Security!: How to Consider Data Security in a Business Appraisal

Cyber liability is of increasing concern for business owners and executives. With the average total cost of a single data breach of $8.19 million in the U.S., shareholder value can be wiped out with the click of a mouse. Cyber risk is a relatively new risk yet is a particularly lethal one. According to Inc. Magazine, 60% of successful cyberattacks force the target business to close. Appraisals that fail to explicitly address this risk are ...

Expert’s Failure to Explain Basis for Compensation Analysis Renders Testimony Inadmissible

In condemnation case requiring fair market value analysis to determine compensation due to landowners, court excludes defense expert testimony, citing failure to follow mandated methodology and standard of value; court calls aspects of loss calculation based on income approach “disturbing.”

Rover Pipeline LLC v. 10.55 Acres

In condemnation case requiring fair market value analysis to determine compensation due to landowners, court excludes defense expert testimony, citing failure to follow mandated methodology and standard of value; court calls aspects of loss calculation based on income approach “disturbing.”

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.

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.

ESOP trustee’s failure to vet valuation causes significant overpayment

Inadequate trustee performance was at the center of a recent case, featuring a nontraditional ESOP structure. The court found that, if the trustee had engaged with the underlying valuation, it would have discovered numerous weaknesses and prevented the ESOP from overpaying for the company stock.

Defense expert testimony supports ESOP valuation and fairness opinions

A recent ESOP decision involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and engaging in a prohibited transaction turned on whether the ESOP trustee’s financial advisor had performed proper due diligence and issued defensible fairness and valuation analyses.

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