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BVResearch Pro Tackles Tricky Search for Guidance on a 50% Interest

During a webinar, an appraiser challenges BVR’s BVResearchPro platform to find court cases, articles, or any other material that discusses a marketability discount for a 50% ownership interest in a private company.

BVU News and Trends July 2020

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

New version of ‘Stout Restricted Stock Study Companion Guide’ now available

The most widely used restricted stock transaction database for providing empirical support for a discount for lack of marketability (DLOM) is the Stout Restricted Stock Study (formerly FMV Opinions).

‘Particular facts’ justify discounts in mandatory buyback of minority interest, says Missouri high court

Context is “crucial,” the Supreme Court of Missouri recently said in upholding the use of discounts in the court-ordered buyout of a minority owner’s shares in a family business.

How much less is a minority share worth now?

HMRC changes have increased the difficulty of providing support for rates of return for illiquid and difficult-to-market minority shares.

Valuing Residential and Commercial Construction Companies

Cash flow seasonality, bid requirements, license particulars, economic forces, and ubiquitous litigation are all hallmarks of the residential and commercial construction industries and all unique factors when appraising a construction company. Join What it’s Worth guide author and expert Pasquale Rafanelli for a full inspection of residential and commercial construction company valuation issues from accounting methods to value drivers. Avoid the common valuation mistakes that appraisers make and learn to answer the one question on ...

2020 Johnson/Park DLOM study is now available

The Johnson/Park empirical method to estimate a discount for lack of marketability (DLOM) is the third most popular method business appraisers use for this purpose, according to a BVR survey.

Mercer using a 1% COVID-19 risk premium—for now

Veteran business valuer Chris Mercer (Mercer Capital) was a keynote speaker at the New York State Society of CPAs Business Valuation/Litigation Services Conference, which was held online on May 18.

South Carolina Supreme Court weighs in on use of discounts in divorce valuations

In a crucial decision on the use of discounts when valuing a spouse’s minority interest in a closely held business, a majority of the South Carolina Supreme Court rejected a bright-line rule, noting it would limit the flexibility family courts must have in apportioning marital assets.

Discounts inappropriate in valuing minority interest in mandatory buyback, appeals court rules

When a minority shareholder in an Indiana company was terminated as a director and officer, a dispute arose over whether, under a buyback agreement, the use of discounts for lack of control and marketability was permissible in valuing his shares.

Clark v. Clark

On use of marketability and minority discount in valuing wife’s minority interest in husband’s company, state Supreme Court rejects bright-line rule, noting importance of case-by-case analysis and giving trial court flexibility in apportioning assets; fair market value standard drives valuation.

South Carolina Supreme Court Rejects Categorical Approach to Discounts in Divorce Valuations

On use of marketability and minority discount in valuing wife’s minority interest in husband’s company, state Supreme Court rejects bright-line rule, noting importance of case-by-case analysis and giving trial court flexibility in apportioning assets; fair market value standard drives valuation.

Robinson v. Langenbach

State high court upholds trial court’s use of DLOM and minority discount in buyout of minority interest resulting from shareholder oppression; court says there is no “fixed set of factors” trial court must consider for fair value calculation; “context is crucial” and here justified discounts.

High Court Says Context Supports Use of Discounts in Buyout From Shareholder Oppression

State high court upholds trial court’s use of DLOM and minority discount in buyout of minority interest resulting from shareholder oppression; court says there is no “fixed set of factors” trial court must consider for fair value calculation; “context is crucial” and here justified discounts.

Valuation and Covid-19 Update: BVR Townhall and Q&A

In part two of this town hall-style event, Michelle Gallagher, Gary Trugman, Stacy Collins, and Harold Martin talk through key impacts of COVID-19 on valuation issues. From cost of capital to family law to guideline companies, the impact on the inputs, approaches, and the business we value is profoundly felt. Experts who have weathered financial crises before are doing a yeoman’s job of keeping current with the ever-changing information. Send early questions and comments to ...

Hartman v. BigInch Fabricators & Construction Holding Co., Inc.

In dispute about valuation of terminated shareholder’s minority interest, appeals court finds the trial court erred when it allowed discounts for lack of control and marketability; under controlling case law, discounts are inappropriate where the buyback is mandatory and to the controlling party.

In Mandatory Buyback, Indiana Appeals Court Disallows Use of Discounts

In dispute about valuation of terminated shareholder’s minority interest, appeals court finds the trial court erred when it allowed discounts for lack of control and marketability; under controlling case law, discounts are inappropriate where the buyback is mandatory and to the controlling party.

Global BVU News and Trends April 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

Market Volatility and Its Impact on the Valuation Advisors Pre-IPO Database

The recent stock market volatility has ripple effects on pre-IPO studies, which are used to estimate a discount for lack of marketability (DLOM).

Extreme Uncertainty: How Valuation Experts Should Respond to Today’s Volatility and Risk

In this town hall-style event, Michelle Gallagher, Gary Trugman, Stacy Collins, and Harold Martin talk through key impacts of COVID-19 on valuation issues. From cost of capital to family law to guideline companies, the impact on the inputs, approaches, and the business we value is profoundly felt. Experts who have weathered financial crises before are doing a yeoman’s job of keeping current with the ever-changing information. Send early questions and comments to questions@bvresources.com. Invite your ...

SRO Crowd Sees Latest Update to Leading Pre-IPO Study

The largest audience for a BVR webinar in recent memory watched as Brian Pearson put the Valuation Advisors Lack of Marketability Discount Study through its paces. Pearson, the creator of the study, discussed new data added in 2019, misconceptions and criticisms of pre-IPO data, and uses for the data that extend beyond estimating a DLOM.

Introducing the Rudich/Jaroudi BIZCOMPS DLOM Study

The authors do an analysis of the BIZOMPS database of sales of small private companies to uncover an imbedded discount for lack of marketability (DLOM) in a specific industry. The authors would like feedback on this study and methodology.

Tales From the Trenches: How Recent Challenges with the IRS Impact Your Valuation

With a special focus on the recent Aaron U. Jones (USTC TCM 2019-101) case regarding tax affecting an S corp and a partnership, this workshop is the best way to get IRS insights short of going into litigation. Get real insights on how to avoid and what to do if working with the IRS on business valuation issues at all levels. Join Mike Gregory as he dives into conflict resolution (with assistance from the Collaboration ...

5th Circuit Upholds Tax Court’s Characterization of Interest and Discount Rulings

5th Circuit affirms Tax Court’s ruling that decedent’s transferred interest is limited partner, not an assignee, interest; appeals court says estate’s related challenge to Tax Court’s valuation reflects disagreement with characterization of interest, not value computation; valuation holds up.

Estate of Streightoff v. Commissioner (II)

5th Circuit affirms Tax Court’s ruling that decedent’s transferred interest is limited partner, not an assignee, interest; appeals court says estate’s related challenge to Tax Court’s valuation reflects disagreement with characterization of interest, not value computation; valuation holds up.

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