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BVU News and Trends April 2023

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

BV News and Trends March 2023

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

Valuation Expert Gets Caught Up in a Plagiarism Nightmare

A valuation expert in a divorce case was discredited over some material in his report that was copied from outside sources without attribution. With the proliferation of data and research on the web, it is easy to inadvertently use something and then forget to add the attribution.

BV News and Trends February 2023

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

SaaS valuation multiples see dramatic decrease

While the software-as-a-service (SaaS) industry is poised for significant growth, revenue multiples are projected at a three-year low, averaging a prepandemic level of about 5.5%, according to a report from FirstPageSage.

Dental practices take top spot in industry research on Vertical IQ

For 2022, the most popular industry profile on the Vertical IQ industry research platform was dental practices, based on number of user visits.

Vertical IQ enhances its industry research platform

Eleven U.S. industry sector profiles have been added to the Vertical IQ industry research platform, including: accommodation and food services; agriculture, forestry, and fishing; educational services; information sector; real estate; and transportation and warehousing.

Valuation impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act

Expect to see increased scrutiny on business valuations for tax purposes as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).

Recession tops Kroll’s 10 trends to watch in 2023

The new year “promises to be a tougher ride for most businesses, investors and consumers globally, but there is always opportunity in volatility,” according to the Kroll Institute in its latest report, “10 Trends to Watch Heading Into 2023.”

Takeaways from the final big BV event of 2022

The beach or the ski slope? Those were the options for attendees who ventured out to either Park City, Utah, or Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the NACVA Business Valuation & Financial Litigation Super Conference last week.

Growth rates for software firms underestimated, says research paper

Both management and market analysts “systematically underestimate the annual growth rates of software companies,” according to researchers who examined these types of firms.

Restaurants and inflation: what’s the breaking point?

Restaurants have been raising prices more aggressively in recent months to offset rising food and labor costs, according to an update from the Vertical IQ industry research platform.

Global BV News: Industry multiples down in Europe

EV/EBITDA multiples have generally decreased in Europe over the third quarter of 2022, according to the fourth edition of Kroll’s “Industry Multiples in Europe” quarterly report.

GDP up in 3Q22, reports BVR’s EOU

The U.S. economy—as indicated by gross domestic product—increased at an annual rate of 2.6% in the third quarter of 2022 after declining at a rate of 0.6% in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly issue of Economic Outlook Update (EOU), published by Business Valuation Resources (BVR).

Huge turnout for the AICPA FVS conference

At 800 attendees, the AICPA & CIMA Forensic and Valuation Services Conference in Las Vegas was the largest event we’ve been to this year.

Valuation Considerations in High Inflationary Environments

With inflation at its highest level since the Great Inflation, valuation analysts will have to consider macroeconomic factors that have not been present in the U.S. economy in over 20 years.

Accounting for Inflation in the Income Statement Forecast

An example from an actual engagement that demonstrates the manner in which inflation can impact a valuation.

Key Industry Updates for Various Types of Stores and Retailers

The economy, high inflation, the Russia-Ukraine war, and the pandemic continue to impact firms in all industries, so it’s important for valuation analysts to keep up with these developments. Here are some recent and very targeted updates for various retail stores from the Vertical IQ industry research platform.

How long will high inflation last?

The U.S. economy will be returning to a more normal level of inflation by late 2023 and heading into 2024, according to published research presented during a recent BVR webinar conducted by William Harris (Trugman Valuations).

Dealing with stubborn inflation in your valuations

With the CPI numbers coming in higher than expected, valuation experts will continue to grapple with how to assess the impact of inflation on their subject companies.

Hitchner v. Damodaran on Inputs to the Cost of Capital

Jim Hitchner (Valuation Products and Services) responds to some severe criticisms Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) made during a BVR webinar about certain inputs to the cost of capital. Hitchner also offers some best practices and a handy tool to use as a reasonableness check on your cost of capital estimate.

BV News and Trends September 2022

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

Take a fresh look at your long-term growth rate, says Grabowski

Do you estimate a long-term growth rate by taking long-term real GDP growth plus expected inflation? If you do, you may want to reconsider, according to recent research by Roger Grabowski (Kroll) and Ashok Abbott (West Virginia University).

On-the-ground report from the ASA International Conference

Appraisers from all disciplines met in Tampa, Fla., and online for the ASA 2022 International Conference September 10-12.

Damodaran on How Inflation Plays Out in Company Valuations

Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) presents a simple framework for assessing the impacts of inflation on the value of a private company. He also made some explosive remarks about certain inputs to the cost of capital.

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