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Global BVU News and Trends April 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

D&P increases recommended U.S. ERP to 6.0%

Duff & Phelps has increased its recommended U.S. equity risk premium (ERP) from 5.0% to 6.0% for use as of March 25, 2020, according to a client alert.

BVU News and Trends March 2020

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

Millennials and auto trends in D&P ‘Valuation Insights’ 1Q20

Surprisingly, millennials place a material value on car ownership, and a high percentage expect to make another car purchase in the next five years, according to a recent survey from Duff & Phelps.

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.

Two new resources for 2020 UK ERP, risk-free rate, and other indicators

Pablo Fernandez, professor of finance at the IESE Business School, is surveying business valuation professionals in the UK to determine what cost of equity assumptions they are using for 2020.

Global BV News: Damodaran updates country risk data

Free spreadsheets on country equity risk premiums, sovereign credit default swap (CDS) spreads, government bond rates, and risk-free rates by currency and synthetic risk-free rates (with inflation rates by currency) are available from Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) in his latest data update for 2020.

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.

Journal of Business Valuation 2019 Edition

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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.

Current BUM and CAPM cost of capital rates now available from BVR’s Cost of Capital Pro

Year-end 2019 data are now available in BVR’s Cost of Capital Professional.

YE2019 data are now in the Cost of Capital Professional

Year-end 2019 data, including risk-free rates, industry risk premia, equity risk premia, and size premia, are now available in BVR’s Cost of Capital Professional platform.

BVU News and Trends January 2020

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

Business Valuation Year in Review 2019

A look back at some of the developments in the BV profession in 2019, including important court rulings on tax affecting pass-through entities, a possible upending to the goodwill model, a new cost of capital platform gaining traction, and advances in fair value for financial reporting.

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.

Implied ERP at 5.2% per Damodaran’s data update

Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) has done his annual posting of data updates on his website that include risk-free rates, equity risk premiums, corporate default spreads, corporate tax rates, country risk premiums, and other data.

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."

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.

The most common error in DCF analyses? Following the recipe.

Pablo Fernandez, the professor of finance at IESE Business School, remains one of the most thoughtful observers of business valuation practices.

Will the ‘Boris Bounce’ increase the value of small and medium-sized enterprises?

In theory, clarification and stabilisation make markets happy, so the current road map to exit should encourage investors.

Pablo Fernandez on common errors using WACC

A new paper presents a real valuation a well-known investment bank performed using two usual methods that are supposed to provide the same value.

BV 2020: What to watch for in the new year

Our last issue covered some highlights of the year 2019 in business valuation, so now let’s look ahead to 2020.

New Meta-Analysis Study Reveals Diminished Size Premium

There have been many studies on the size premium but with conflicting results. Now, the first “meta-analysis” of the size premium provides an estimate that is smaller than what many people believe, according to a new paper.

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