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EBITDA Single-Period Income Capitalization for Business Valuation

This article begins with a discussion of EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. The focus on the EBITDA of private companies is almost ubiquitous among business appraisers, business owners, and other market participants. The article then addresses the relationship between depreciation (and amortization) and EBIT, or earnings before interest and taxes, as one measure of relative capital intensity. This relationship, which is termed the EBITDA Depreciation Factor, is then used to convert ...

Persuasive’ Defense Expert Testimony Defeats ESOP Overpayment Claims

Court says defense expert opinion provides “credible and persuasive” support for court’s conclusion that ESOP financial advisor produced sound fairness and valuation opinions prior to contested transaction; there was no overpayment for stock at issue.

Fish v. GreatBanc Trust Co.

Court says defense expert opinion provides “credible and persuasive” support for court’s conclusion that ESOP financial advisor produced sound fairness and valuation opinions prior to contested transaction; there was no overpayment for stock at issue.

Chancery achieves fair value with three imperfect valuation techniques

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Perhaps Chancellor Bouchard thought of Aristotle when he recently ruled in a statutory appraisal action that, even though the results of three common valuation techniques were unreliable indicators of value, in combination they established fair value.

Breach of Noncompete Means Damages for ‘Loss Sustained’ and Lost Profits

In breach of noncompete case, appeals court finds measure of damages is not limited to net loss; statute allows damages “for the loss sustained” in addition to lost profits, and trial court properly credited and adjusted expert’s typical damages models.

Court Upholds Inclusion of Premarital Value in Property Distribution

Court says enterprise goodwill valuation of practice was based on expert calculation using excess earnings method and as such is supported by requisite “any” evidence; also, statute allows inclusion of practice’s premarital value in property distribution.

Code & Code

Court says enterprise goodwill valuation of practice was based on expert calculation using excess earnings method and as such is supported by requisite “any” evidence; also, statute allows inclusion of practice’s premarital value in property distribution.

In Buyout, Income-Based Expert Appraisal Beats Other Value Indicators

In partnership dispute, appeals court affirms redemption award based on multiple-of-earnings valuation, finding valuation was reliable and admissible under state equivalent of Daubert and trial court had discretion to disregard other indicators of value.

Lacoste v. Lacoste

Appeals court rejects trial court’s valuation of husband’s fitness training company noting trial court lacked necessary financial evidence as well as testimony from experts; appeals court remands requesting “adequate valuation,” excluding goodwill.

Court Disapproves of Nonexpert Valuation of Key Marital Asset

Appeals court rejects trial court’s valuation of husband’s fitness training company noting trial court lacked necessary financial evidence as well as testimony from experts; appeals court remands requesting “adequate valuation,” excluding goodwill.

In re DFC Global Corp.

Court says uncertainty about company’s future performance and viability limits reliability of values derived from DCF and multiples-based comparable company analyses as well as deal price; court blends three “imperfect techniques” to determine fair value.

Chancery Achieves Fair Value by Blending Three ‘Imperfect Techniques’

Court says uncertainty about company’s future performance and viability limits reliability of values derived from DCF and multiples-based comparable company analyses as well as deal price; court blends three “imperfect techniques” to determine fair value.

Court Snubs Lost Earnings Analysis Based on ‘Incomplete Use’ of Data

Court rejects expert’s loss of business opportunity and lost earnings calculations, finding capitalization of earnings method is inappropriate for valuing company with unstable earnings and lost salary projections are based on “incomplete use” of data.

Lay Testimony About Offer to Buy Represents Admissible Valuation Evidence

Appeals court says nonexpert testimony on a real-world offer to buy owner-spouse’s company was relevant and, therefore, admissible because it provided valuation evidence based on market approach; court remands for rehearing on all valuation testimony.

Expert’s Poor Grasp of Valuation Issues Undercuts Shareholder Suit

Appeals court affirms soundness of going private merger; court says plaintiffs failed to point to better offer and their expert lacked formal accounting, economics, and valuation training and displayed a light grasp of issues related to company’s value.

More Valuation Data Do Not Ensure Fair Class Action Settlement

In stockholder class action, Chancery declines to approve settlement that requires plaintiffs to agree to broad release of claims in exchange for additional valuation-related information, finding it fails to meet applicable “fair and reasonable” standard.

Jafar v. Mohammed

In partnership dispute, appeals court affirms redemption award based on multiple-of-earnings valuation, finding valuation was reliable and admissible under state equivalent of Daubert and trial court had discretion to disregard other indicators of value.

Bocek v. JGA Assocs., LLC

Court rejects expert’s loss of business opportunity and lost earnings calculations, finding capitalization of earnings method is inappropriate for valuing company with unstable earnings and lost salary projections are based on “incomplete use” of data.

Court Rebuffs Attempt to Allocate Excess Value to Intangible Assets

Bankruptcy Court rejects proposition that sales price increase has to be attributed to one debtor’s business, as goodwill, because other debtor’s real property allegedly remains constant in value; court denies request to change allocation of proceeds.

Pattridge v. Starks

In breach of noncompete case, appeals court finds measure of damages is not limited to net loss; statute allows damages “for the loss sustained” in addition to lost profits, and trial court properly credited and adjusted expert’s typical damages models.

Service Business Valuation Triggers Double-Dip Rule

New York appellate court finds trial court’s spousal support determination violated double counting rule where expert valued husband’s solely owned engineering company based on an income approach and the business was a service business.

In re Trulia Stockholder Litig.

In stockholder class action, Chancery declines to approve settlement that requires plaintiffs to agree to broad release of claims in exchange for additional valuation-related information, finding it fails to meet applicable “fair and reasonable” standard.

Berger v. Berger

Appeals court says nonexpert testimony on a real-world offer to buy owner-spouse’s company was relevant and, therefore, admissible because it provided valuation evidence based on market approach; court remands for rehearing on all valuation testimony.

Court Nixes Double-Dip Claim Based on Accounts Receivable Treatment

Appeals court rejects claim that accounts receivable used in asset-based business valuation by wife’s expert are analogous to future income stream for purposes of arguing double dip in light of income determination for spousal support award.

Rubin v. Bedford

Appeals court affirms soundness of going private merger; court says plaintiffs failed to point to better offer and their expert lacked formal accounting, economics, and valuation training and displayed a light grasp of issues related to company’s value.

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