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Case Studies in Contingent Consideration

A significant component of the transaction price in an M&A or buyout transaction often consists of proceeds that are “contingent” upon the target company’s achievement of certain performance targets after the closing has taken place. From the perspective of the seller, “contingent consideration” represents the right to receive additional assets or equity interests from the buyer (earnout), or the obligation to return part of the proceeds from the transactions (clawback) if specified future events occur ...

Accounting fraud causes Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary to overpay for sinking German manufacturer

Financial experts were unable to prevent a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), from acquiring a German family business for five times as much as the collapsing company was worth, recent articles in the New York Times and the German newspaper Handelsblatt report.

How would a wealth tax impact business valuation?

The FT ran a long interview with Gus O’Donnell last week, saying that ‘a UK wealth tax is more likely than ever because of the reordering of politics caused by the coronavirus pandemic.’

Structure, Valuation & Tax Insights for Logistics & Trucking Companies

Join Jaclyn Burket Frank and Ricky Castillo for an engaging trip into the world of logistics and trucking businesses. Discover the different types of entity structure along with the advantages and disadvantages of each structure. Learn how the 2018 tax law impacted each entity structure and common deductible/nondeductible expenses for the logistics and trucking industry. The industry-specific adjustments to consider along with specific questions to ask business owners to determine whether economic, governmental, and location ...

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.

Journal of Business Valuation 2019 Edition

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Court Rejects Parties’ Expert Valuations of Unique Sailing Vessel as Unreliable

In damages case involving unique ship for which there was no active market, court says parties’ experts provided some data points relevant to valuing ship but failed to give adequate explanations of rationales and calculations, making testimony unreliable; court performs its own analysis.

In re Manhattan By Sail, Inc.

In damages case involving unique ship for which there was no active market, court says parties’ experts provided some data points relevant to valuing ship but failed to give adequate explanations of rationales and calculations, making testimony unreliable; court performs its own analysis.

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.

Application of the Cost Approach to Valuing Identifiable Intangible Assets

Join Robert Reilly and Nathan Novak for this engaging webinar on the common types of intangible assets, the most common reasons to value intangible assets, and the generally accepted intangible asset valuation approaches.With a focus on the cost approach methods to value intangible assets, particularly contributory intangible assets, this program will describe the specific procedures for quantifying each of the intangible asset cost component and for identifying and measuring each of the intangible asset obsolescence ...

EBITDA multiples by industry: 2Q 2019 analysis on private-company selling prices

Business Valuation Resources recently published EBITDA multiples by industry in our DealStats Value Index (DVI). DVI presents an aggregated summary of valuation multiples and profit margins for over 30,000 sold private companies listed in our DealStats database. This post includes some of the highlights from the report.

Multiples Used to Estimate Automotive Dealerships Market Value

Practitioners use goodwill multiples for valuing automobile dealerships. In this paper, the valuation accuracy of five goodwill multiples and seven more traditional multiples that can be used for estimating the market value of the equity of car dealerships is assessed during the 2010–2016 period. Our results support that the goodwill multiples provide the smallest estimation errors in valuing the market value of automobile dealerships.

Zayo Group v. Latisys Holdings, LLC

In contract dispute, Chancery rejects plaintiff’s damages analysis, noting expert lacked valuation experience and chose a methodology (EBITDA multiple) that did not fit facts of case; court says there was no evidence that the alleged breach permanently diminished value of the acquired company.

BVU News and Trends September 2018

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

Fairness Opinion Triggers Viable Aiding and Abetting Claim Against Financial Advisor

In dispute over related-party transaction, court upholds aiding and abetting claim against financial advisor; plaintiffs produced enough facts to show fairness opinion ignored most relevant precedent transaction and other valuation metrics indicating the buyer was overpaying for contested asset.

Mesirov v. Enbridge Energy Co.

In dispute over related-party transaction, court upholds aiding and abetting claim against financial advisor; plaintiffs produced enough facts to show fairness opinion ignored most relevant precedent transaction and other valuation metrics indicating the buyer was overpaying for contested asset.

Flawed thinking re: capex and the DCF

An article in the current (August 2018) issue of Business Valuation Update examines what it calls the Delaware court’s erroneous default position in fair value proceedings that capital expenditures should equal depreciation in determining terminal value in a DCF analysis.

BVU News and Trends August 2018

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

Court Favors MUM Method for Goodwill Allocation in Illinois Divorce Case

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

In re Marriage of Preston

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

BVU News and Trends July 2018

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

‘Does new bonus depreciation apply to intangibles?’

That was a question from the audience at the ASA/USC 13th Annual Fair Value Conference held May 10 in Los Angeles.

Valuing Bonus Depreciation Under the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) provides businesses the ability to deduct capital expenditures as “bonus depreciation” for purchases of qualified property. This article provides a framework for quantifying the value of bonus depreciation in the context of the discounted cash flow method.

Depreciation and Amortization in DCF Analyses and the Impact of the New Tax Law

Do you know how the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact your financial projections and DCF calculations? Establish a foundation on the key components of cash-flow projections used in discounted cash flow analyses. Join expert Gilbert Matthews for an examination of the often-misunderstood relationship between capital expenditures and depreciation and the appropriate treatment of limited life items such as amortization in DCF analyses. Learn how changes in the corporate tax rate and capital ...

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