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BV News and Trends November 2021

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

Warning to Business Valuers Looking to Use New ESG Ratings

A hot topic today is environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and how to reflect the impact of these factors in business valuations and financial reporting. Data are starting to emerge to help quantify the impact of ESG—but analysts need to be careful in using these data.

Florida’s Proposed Change to Goodwill Could Set a Precedent

The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar is proposing legislation to clarify the value of goodwill in the marital interest of closely held businesses. The authors envision that this proposed legislation could set a precedent for future family law matters throughout the United States.

Trugman’s sixth edition now available for preorder

The new, sixth edition of Gary Trugman’s Understanding Business Valuation is now available for preorder for an early 2022 release.

Book Review: Business Valuation: An Integrated Theory (BVIT)

Today, there are many fine business valuation textbooks available to the professional business appraiser for guidance and support. The purpose of these publications is to equip the readers with the methodology, techniques and models necessary to produce a credible valuation opinion and report.

Relying on Guideline Public-Company Data in Appraisals of Closely Held Interests

What are the guidelines for using the guideline public-company data in appraisals of closely held interests? Join Rob Schlegel to learn the background and logic for appraisers relying on public-company transaction data, including the advantages and disadvantages. There are a variety of sources for these data, and several examples will be provided as to how these data are used. Winnowing the initial data group and concluding on the best fit given the client conditions imply ...

Damodaran’s strong feelings about ESG

A year ago, Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) called it “the most overhyped, oversold concept in the history of business.”

Asset vs. income approach for valuing goodwill in Tennessee

In Tennessee, personal goodwill is not a marital asset that can be divided between the divorcing parties.

Insights and Intel on the Cannabis Industry

Join Ryan Cram and Ron Seigneur for a lively discussion of the current and emerging landscape for business valuation analysts and other professional advisors to the cannabis sector with a focus on the risks and rewards of being involved in the cannabis industry drawing on over 20 combined years of industry experience working marijuana and hemp/CBD clients throughout the country, both large and small. Explore the unique nuances associated with business and intellectual property appraisal ...

Recap of recent BV cases of note

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

Cela v. Cela

The Appellate Court (AC) upheld the trial court’s decision to accept the value under the income approach adjusted for the exclusion of personal goodwill. The expert for the wife (business owner) had used the asset approach reasoning that all goodwill was personal. The trial court and the AC rejected that approach.

Appellate Court Upholds Decision to Use Income Approach and Reduce Personal Goodwill

The Appellate Court (AC) upheld the trial court’s decision to accept the value under the income approach adjusted for the exclusion of personal goodwill. The expert for the wife (business owner) had used the asset approach reasoning that all goodwill was personal. The trial court and the AC rejected that approach.

Defining Terms: Forecasts v. Projections—Why Does It Matter?

One area that can trigger some confusion is the difference between the terms “forecast” and “projection.” Some people use them interchangeably, but these are formal terms found in the literature, so they should be used appropriately.

Business Combinations and Fair Value for Financial Reporting

Are you confused by business combinations? Join William Kennedy for this engaging session covering GAAP fair value standards and their application in business combinations. Hear a discussion of the nuances of the GAAP fair value standard and history of how it was developed as part of the GAAP-IFRS convergence project. Also learn how the valuation approaches and methods used in fair value assessment differ from valuation approaches used in a fair market value appraisal.

Island Light & Power Co. v. Sara Golvinveaux McGinnes 2011 Trust

In this shareholder dissent suit, the one-third shareholder of Island Light & Power Co. (aka BIPCO) dissented to a forced sale of the assets of BIPCO resulting in a liquidation of BIPCO and of the shareholder Trust’s stock. In a resulting bench trial, the court rejected the fair value determinations of the experts for both parties and adopted its own methodology (as is allowed by Rhode Island courts, including its Supreme Court) to determine the fair value of the one-third interest held by the Trust.

Court Adopts its Own Methodology in Determining Fair Value in a Shareholder Dissent Suit

In this shareholder dissent suit in Rhode Island, the one-third shareholder of Island Light & Power Co. (aka BIPCO) dissented to a forced sale of the assets of BIPCO resulting in a liquidation of BIPCO and a liquidation of the shareholder Trust’s stock. In a bench trial resulting from the dissent, the court rejected the fair value determinations of the experts for both parties and adopted its own methodology (as is allowed by Rhode Island courts, including its Supreme Court) to determine the fair value of the one-third interest held by the Trust.

Bitcoin & Digital Assets: The Industry, Valuation, and Forensics

Every day, bitcoin and digital assets seem to become more mainstream for both businesses and investors. Over time, valuation and forensic professionals are bound to encounter clients with digital asset holdings, and they will need to face the unique challenges they create. Experts Mark DiMichael and Jennifer Cohen will provide valuation and forensic accounting professionals with the information they need to help their clients deal with this complex asset class.

Damodaran to teach valuation fundamentals at IMAA

Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) will present a four-day, 12-hour online course on valuation May 25-28 at the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA).

Valuing Telehealth Services

Join Todd Zigrang and Jessica L. Bailey-Wheaton for a discussion of the valuation of telehealth services in the healthcare industry. Learn the current telehealth trends and the role of telehealth in the healthcare industry. Gain an understanding of the types of telehealth services typically provided, such as clinical services, management services, and the provision of technology, and how these services may vary by healthcare industry subsector. Get expert guidance on typical valuation approaches as they ...

In Buyout Dispute, Appeals Court Finds There Was No Basis for Jury to Set Aside Appraisers’ Contractually Mandated Value Determination

In buyout dispute, appeals court reverses trial court’s judgment, finding it was based on jury’s erroneous decision to set aside a contractually mandated appraisal and provide its own buyout price; there was no indication the appraisers misinterpreted the controlling partnership agreement; court remands.

Parrish v. Schroering

In buyout dispute, appeals court reverses trial court’s judgment, finding it was based on jury’s erroneous decision to set aside a contractually mandated appraisal and provide its own buyout price; there was no indication the appraisers misinterpreted the controlling partnership agreement; court remands ...

BVU News and Trends March 2021

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

Fair Market Value Opinions and Business Valuations for the Ambulance and EMS Industry: Help Is on the Way

The ambulance services system in the U.S. is a hodgepodge of private and public players. The private sector is highly fragmented with relatively few companies operating on a national or regional scale. Darcy Devine and Will Hamilton will focus on the opportunities and challenges for consolidators and investors in the ambulance arena, and teach what valuation methodologies work best for these companies and current market multiples for ambulance businesses. Despite their need for ambulance services ...

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 ...

Valuing Small and Micro Businesses Using the Income Method

Focus in on valuing micro and small businesses using the income methods of business valuation. Learn to distinguish differing risk factors between large companies and micro and very small companies. Join Gregory Caruso for a deep dive into problematic areas of actual small-business valuation cases to review theory and tie it into the actual application of methods using best practices and professional judgment. Audience questions and succinct opinions welcomed in this hands-on event.

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