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Benchmark Data on Contract-Based Intangible Assets and Remaining Useful Lives

Many contract-based relationships represent identifiable intangible assets that require valuation apart from goodwill. The data here are from the third edition of Benchmarking Identifiable Intangibles and Their Useful Lives in Business Combinations, which includes data from almost 16,000 purchase price allocations.

BV News and Trends November 2021

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

Updated Data Help Appraisers With RULs of Intangible Assets

To estimate the expected remaining useful life (RUL) of an intangible asset, it can be helpful to see how other appraisers have assigned RULs to similar assets in the subject industry. Data on 18 identifiable intangible types (also broken down by industry) culled from almost 16,000 purchase price allocations (PPAs) have been assembled into the third edition of Benchmarking Identifiable Intangibles and Their Useful Lives in Business Combinations.

BV News and Trends October 2021

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

Free model adjusts ROI distortion from missing intangibles

Intangible assets that are “missing” from corporate balance sheets (see prior coverage) distort performance metrics and generally overstates return on capital.

BV News and Trends September 2021

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

SEC Comment Letters Reveal COVID-19 Impacts—and Much More

How to benefit from the great deal of useful information about fair value measurement issues in comment letters the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sends after it reviews public companies’ financial statements and disclosures.

New push to explore realignment of intangible asset disclosures

Long overdue is a re-examination of the reporting and disclosure framework for intangible assets (IA).

New course on intangibles debuts at the October ASA conference

A new advanced course on the valuation of intangible assets will make its debut at the ASA International Appraisers Conference in Las Vegas.

BVR releases updated data on identifiable intangibles

Data from almost 16,000 purchase price allocations (PPAs) are included in Benchmarking Identifiable Intangibles and Their Useful Lives in Business Combinations, 3rd edition, which has just been released.

Cheng v. Coastal Lb Assocs.

This case concerned the purchase of minority interests in a California limited liability company under the Corporate Code concerning the purchase of these interests in lieu of a liquidation of the company. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s order confirming the purchase of these interests at a discounted fair market value.

California Court of Appeal Allows a Discount for Lack of Control in the Buyout of 25% Interests in an LLC

This case concerned the purchase of minority interests in a California limited liability company under the Corporate Code concerning the purchase of these interests in lieu of a liquidation of the company. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s order confirming the purchase of these interests at a discounted fair market value.

BV News and Trends August 2021

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

Sneak preview of updated data on identifiable intangibles

Get an advance look at the new edition of a guide that analyzes data on the useful lives of intangible assets culled from over 15,000 purchase price allocations.

Pourmoradi v. Gabbai

This California appellate case reviewed the trial court’s decision that discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability were not appropriate in determining the value to be paid to the plaintiffs in this corporate dissolution case where the remaining 50% owners exercised their right to purchase the plaintiff’s 50% interest in the LLC.

California Appellate Court Remands for Application of Trial Court of Wrong Standard of Value Denying Discounts

This California appellate case reviewed the trial court’s decision that discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability were not appropriate in determining the value to be paid to the plaintiffs in this corporate dissolution case where the remaining 50% owners exercised their right to purchase the plaintiff’s 50% interest in the LLC.

Recap of recent BV cases of note

A number of recent cases have emerged that contain various valuation issues.

Global BV News and Trends July 2021

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

SEC comment letters uncover COVID-19 disclosures per PwC analysis

Valuable information can be gleaned about fair value measurement issues from comment letters the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sends after it reviews public companies’ financial statements and disclosures.

Van Vleet comments on use of SEAM in Ryan case

BVWire recently reported on the Ryan Trust v. Ryan case, a buyout dispute in which the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s decision to credit the valuation testimony of the expert for the late majority shareholder.

BV News and Trends June 2021

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

In buyout dispute, ‘downward bias’ sinks expert’s fair value determination

In a bitter buyout dispute involving a successful private family business and featuring two veteran appraisers, the Nebraska Supreme Court recently affirmed the district court’s decision to unreservedly credit the valuation testimony of the expert for the late majority shareholder.

Iowa Supreme Court Allows Reduction in Value for Transaction Costs but Refuses to Allow a Reduction for Built-In Capital Gains Tax

This case was decided, on appeal, under the Iowa “election-to-purchase-in-lieu-of-dissolution statute.” The Iowa Supreme Court decided that, because the parties’ experts had “both included transaction costs in their valuations under a net asset approach, the district court’s failure to reduce the asset values to account for the costs to liquidate the corporation’s assets warranted reversal.” Additionally, since there was no evidence of an intention to liquidate the company or its assets, the court declined to adjust for the built-in gains tax consequences urged by the majority shareholder.

Guge v. Kassel Enters.

This case was decided, on appeal, under the Iowa “election-to-purchase-in-lieu-of-dissolution statute.” The court decided that, because the parties’ experts had “both included transaction costs in their valuations under a net asset approach, the district court’s failure to reduce the asset values to account for the costs to liquidate the corporation’s assets warranted reversal.” Additionally, since there was no evidence of an intention to liquidate the company or its assets, the court declined to adjust for the built-in gains tax consequences urged by the majority shareholder.

A lot going on in fair value, per speakers at ASA conference

Some important developments in the area of fair value for financial reporting were covered at the 2021 ASA Fair Value Virtual Conference, held June 10.

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