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BV News and Trends November 2021

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

BV News and Trends October 2021

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

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.

Newest What It’s Worth guide examines insurance agencies

What makes insurance agencies and brokerages tick? How are changes in the industry impacting firms?

DealStats Hall of Fame members for 2020

Thanks to business brokers and other intermediaries who contribute data, DealStats is the leading database of private-company and public-company M&A transactions.

2021 EBITDA multiples down slightly, per DealStats

Despite the vaccination rollout starting in the first quarter of 2021, EBITDA multiples ticked slightly lower, to 3.8x, according to BVR’s DealStats Value Index (DVI) report for 2Q 2021.

COVID-19 Just a Speed Bump in Hot M&A Market, Say Speakers at Transaction Advisors Forum

Coverage and key takeaways on valuation from the April 30 M&A Strategy Forum that included sessions conducted by corporate development leaders, in-house M&A counsel, board members, and private equity investors.

Eliminating Outliers in Financial Data Without Cherry-Picking

The author discusses one method for determining outliers that is defensible from the allegation of cherry-picking—that is, bias in selecting data to either suit the client’s wishes or to generate a specific result for the client.

How to Use New Data on Invested Capital Premiums

To estimate acquisition premiums the use of invested capital premiums is highly encouraged in certain situations. This article presents a case study and step-by-step guide to using these data that are now included in the Factset Mergerstat/BVR Control Premium Study.

Letter to the Editor: The Use of the Arithmetic Mean to Average Multiples

The author takes issue with an article that concludes that the harmonic mean should be used as the appropriate measure of central tendency for a sample of market multiples.

BV News and Trends May 2021

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

BVU News and Trends April 2021

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

Do Not Use the Arithmetic Mean to Average Multiples

Valuation professionals should not use the arithmetic mean of multiples. It is mathematically incorrect because it gives excessive weight to high multiples. A multiple is an inverted ratio with price in the numerator. Therefore, the harmonic mean should be used as the appropriate measure of central tendency.

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 ...

Valuing Enterprise 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 Part 1 of the series, Chris Mercer and Travis ...

SPAC transactions included in 2021 Mergerstat Review

The special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) flourished during 2020, and SPAC transactions are included in the 2021 edition of the Mergerstat Review.

Reliable Valuations for Small and Medium Enterprise: M&A Methods Win

If you have been involved in an M&A transaction and seen how different the M&A model is from the buildup method with public data, have you ever wondered why the M&A model isn’t a key valuation approach or wondered how M&A data differ in character from public market data? In this seminar, Jim Lisi explains why the M&A model with private data is the more reliable approach. The difference between deal data for whole companies ...

2020 EBITDA multiples rebound, per DealStats

In 2Q20, EBITDA multiples (median selling price/EBITDA) across all industries dropped to 3.7x as deal activity almost came to a halt, according to BVR’s DealStats Value Index (DVI) report for 1Q 2021.

BVU News and Trends January 2021

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

3Q20 private-company EBITDA multiples rise, per DealStats

After a drop in 2Q20, EBITDA multiples (median selling price/EBITDA) across all industries increased to 5.1x in the third quarter of 2020, the highest level since 2018, according to BVR’s DealStats Value Index (DVI) report.

Reminder to take the A/E firm valuation survey

If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes to respond to a survey on the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries (A/E firms) for the A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transaction Study, 8th edition, from Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners.

Participants needed for A/E firm valuation study

Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners is collecting transactional data on the architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting industries (A/E firms) for its A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transaction Study, 8th edition.

BVU News and Trends June 2020

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

2020 FactSet Mergerstat Review offers many improvements for UK valuers

The 2020 edition of FactSet Mergerstat Review was released last week by BVR and offers comprehensive annual rosters, data, and statistics on M&A transactions, including privately held, listed, and cross-border deals.

Expanded 2020 Edition of Mergerstat Review Builds on Prior Enhancements

Amid the rapid pace of mergers and acquisitions, important changes have been made to the 2020 edition of Mergerstat Review, including the return of the Industry Analysis chapter and new tables of global transaction rankings.

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