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BV News and Trends January 2021

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

Valuing Marketable Securities Portfolios

Given the expected reduction in the estate tax exemption, the use of privately-held marketable equity securities (MES) portfolios as a wealth transfer vehicle is likely to increase. Join Gary Gerlach to learn the ins and outs of valuing these investment vehicles. We will cover the use of multiple (free) sources of closed-end mutual fund (CEF) data and discounts and analyze and select guideline CEFs, focusing on metrics such as asset type, concentration and allocation issues ...

Letter sent to Congress regarding valuation discounts

The American Society of Appraisers and over 100 other business groups and organizations sent a letter to Rep. Neal (D-Mass.) and Rep. Wyden (D-Ore.) urging exclusion of any tax proposals that would impact family businesses and farms, such as eliminating discounts for lack of control or marketability.

A Current View of the Restricted Stock Studies and Restricted Stock Discounts

Although there is relevant evidence in some restricted stock studies that can be helpful for marketability discount determinations, comparisons with average discount observations from these studies do not provide a meaningful methodology to estimate marketability discounts. We conclude this despite the fact that too many valuation analysts continue to rely on simplistic comparisons with averages of restricted stock discounts from dated studies in their marketability discount determinations.

Comprehensive Guide for the Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships and LLCs, 6th Edition: Best Practices, Best Data Sources, Best Appraisal Reports

October 2021 Hardcover (300 pages)

Bruce A. Johnson, James R. Park, Spencer Jefferies

Partnership Profiles, Inc.

The Comprehensive Guide for the Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships, published by Partnership Profiles, includes all new updates since the 5th edition released in 2017. The book includes all of PPI's annual Partnership Re-Sale Discount Studies published from 2016-2020. This is a comprehensive update and many of the changes are based on the authors' experience handling IRS audits regarding discounts for lack of control and marketability. Learn more >>

2021 Johnson/Park DLOM study is now available

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

BVR Briefing - Control Premiums: A Deep Dive into the New Data on Invested Capital Premiums

June 2021 PDF

BVR (editor)

Business Valuation Resources, LLC

This briefing, based on a recent webinar with valuation experts Timothy J. Meinhart and Nate Novak (Willamette Management Associates) puts current and best thinking into one reference. It is all you need to ensure alignment with Control Premium thought leadership. The Briefing also covers the recently improved FactSet Mergerstat/BVR Control Premium Study, historically the most reliable, comprehensive transactional database, which now provides an invested capital premium as well as the corresponding implied minority discount. Learn more >>

The Strategic Premium: An Inside Look at M&A Prices

Synergistic/strategic value should not be combined into one level in the typical chart that shows levels of value. Some buyers pay a “strategic premium” that propels strategic value to the top of the value chart and well in excess of the expected synergistic value. The author uses real-world examples to illustrate this concept.

Valuing Shareholder Cash Flows

The integrated theory of business valuation provides a conceptual framework for disciplined analysis of valuation questions. Too often, valuation analysts are tempted to view individual components of a valuation assignment on a piecemeal basis. Adhering to the integrated theory helps valuation analysts develop base valuation conclusions, discounts, and premiums that are rooted in a shared perspective of the subject company and the subject ownership interest. In the first webinar of the three-part series, Chris Mercer ...

Evaluating and Applying Control Premiums

In recent years, a greater amount of scrutiny has been placed on valuation analysts’ selection and use of control premiums. As a result, there has been a renewed interest in distinguishing acquisition premiums from control premiums and equity premiums from invested capital premiums. Join Timothy Meinhart for a comprehensive discussion of the proper quantification and application of acquisition premiums and control premiums and also learn about the benefits of using market-based invested capital premiums rather ...

LLC buyout at fair value poses ‘conundrum’ for the court

In allowing LLC members to buy out a departing member to avoid the dissolution of the company, a court had to determine the fair value of the departing member’s interest in a holding company.

Conceptual Overview of the Integrated Theory

The integrated theory of business valuation provides a conceptual framework for disciplined analysis of valuation questions. Too often, valuation analysts are tempted to view individual components of a valuation assignment on a piecemeal basis. Adhering to the integrated theory helps valuation analysts develop base valuation conclusions, discounts, and premiums that are rooted in a shared perspective of the subject company and the subject ownership interest. This first webinar in the three-part series sets the stage ...

Finkel v. Palm Park, Inc.

In LLC member dispute, court faces “conundrum” where fair value buyout seeks to avoid LLC’s dissolution and court leans on expert’s FMV valuation using net asset value approach premised on “orderly liquidation”; court notes FMV is based on hypothetical actors and transaction, not specific parties.

Court’s Fair Value Determination Leans Heavily on Expert’s Fair Market Valuation Premised on Liquidation

In LLC member dispute, court faces “conundrum” where fair value buyout seeks to avoid LLC’s dissolution and court leans on expert’s FMV valuation using net asset value approach premised on “orderly liquidation”; court notes FMV is based on hypothetical actors and transaction, not specific parties.

Take Control of Your Premiums

Join BVR for a first look at the new Control Premium Study platform. In the session we will cover the basics of the control premium study, discuss the enhancements to the platform, and provide a walkthrough of how to best utilize the new platform to retrieve control premiums, minority discounts, and multiples.

Family Matters: Standard of Value, DLOM/DLOC Discounts and Drama in BV

A buried body, sex surrogates, and family-owned business create a dramatic background for a recent court case impacting valuation. With complex minority discounts, this case kicks off a compelling discussion of key issues in family law. Experts Stacey Udell, Neil Beaton, and Ron Seigneur tackle these thorny issues with clarity and comedy. Get treated to the tricks and tips you’ll want when your next family-owned business engagement rings your doorbell.

Control Discounts and Premiums - What is Old and What is New

Where do they come from? Do they even exist? Should I fear using them? No, this October event doesn’t delve into the supernatural but rather attempts to demystify the methods and resources available to quantify control discounts and/or premiums. Join Jim Ewart and Jim Alerding to learn what is new, what is old, and what matters. Learn the sources, context, and usefulness of control premiums and discounts, and the best practices for determining what they ...

Best Practices – Thought Leadership in Valuation, Damages, and Transfer Price Analysis

March 2020 Hardcover

Robert F. Reilly, Robert P. Schweihs

Best Practicesincludes more than 1,200 pages of thought leadership on a wide range of topics, including the valuation of private company securities and intangible assets, valuation for property tax purposes, valuation for ESOPs, fair value measurement for financial accounting purposes, transfer price analysis, and economic damages measurement. Learn more >>

Pre-IPO Revival: Up your DLOM Game in 2020

Pre-IPO data are very useful for valuators. Join Brian Pearson, creator of the Valuation Advisors Lack of Marketability Discount Study, to learn how to calculate discounts using different types of data (stock, options, and convertible preferred stock) and learn why the abundance of pre-IPO data is useful versus smaller samples of discount data. Brian will lead a discussion of prior criticisms of some sources of data and address those criticisms as they pertain to Valuation ...

BV and litigation seminar in New Haven, Conn., September 26

There’s a unique opportunity to hear from a veteran valuation expert with many years of experience in court, and BVWire will be there! Appraiser Jim Alerding (Alerding Consulting LLC), who has testified in over 400 cases, will present a full-day seminar, Business Valuation and Litigation.

ICAEW Practical Business Valuation programme begins again this week

ICAEW offers its two-day valuation basics course again beginning 9 May in London (the second day is 24 May).

How much is business control worth?

A new control premium study published in M&A Review examines 589 takeover premiums of closed European transactions that occurred between 2005 and 2016.

Court Says ‘Fair Value’ Under State Shareholder Oppression Law Precludes Discounts

In shareholder oppression suit, court clarifies meaning of “fair value” under applicable statutory framework; court cautions not to conflate “fair value” with “fair market value”; in drafting statute, state legislature explicitly and implicitly conveys its rejection of discounting, court says.

Kolwe v. Civil and Structural Engineers, Inc.

In shareholder oppression suit, court clarifies meaning of “fair value” under applicable statutory framework; court cautions not to conflate “fair value” with “fair market value”; in drafting statute, state legislature explicitly and implicitly conveys its rejection of discounting, court says.

Statutory Fair Value in Dissenting Shareholder Cases: Part II

This article continues the discussion of statutory appraisal that was presented in Part I in the prior issue of Business Valuation Review. Fair value, the predominant standard of value employed by state courts to value dissenters' shares in appraisal cases is, is determined by state law. In most states, fair value is the shareholder's pro rata portion of the value of a company's equity. This article discusses the approaches used by the Delaware courts' views ...

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