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BVU News and Trends March 2021

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

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 ...

Adjusting the Income Approach Highlights AICPA FVS Conference Panel

A panel at the AICPA FVS Conference fielded a barrage of audience questions about how to help make sure the income approach captures the impacts of the current environment. The panel, moderated by Jim Hitchner (Financial Valuation Advisors), included Lisa Cribben (Wipfli LLP), Harold Martin (Keiter), and Mark Zyla (Zyla Valuation Advisors LLC).

Book review: The Art of Business Valuation: Accurately Valuing a Small Business

The current issue of NACVA’s QuickRead includes a favorable review of a recently published book, The Art of Business Valuation: Accurately Valuing a Small Business.

Delaware court weighs in on goodwill in sole proprietorships

A recent divorce case out of Delaware is significant for addressing the treatment of goodwill where the business is a sole proprietorship.

NICE Value! How to Deploy the Non-Marketable Investment Company Evaluation Method

When it comes to valuing minority interests in family investment entities such as family limited partnerships, business valuation professionals have not often used the income approach. However, in three recent Tax Court cases, the income approach was prominently featured, and, in one case, it was clearly the deciding factor in the court’s decision. Join William Frazier to learn about the nonmarketable investment company evaluation (NICE) method. Learn its origins, what it doesn’t replace, and how ...

Little-Known Resource Can Help Bolster Support for Projections

Projections used in business valuation have always been subject to scrutiny—and now more than ever. During the recent ASA International Conference, it was pointed out that many valuation analysts may not know of a resource that can be used to help support their assessment of projections.

Restaurant Valuation: Serving Your Clients During the Covid-19 Crisis

Few industries have been as harshly impacted by COVID-19 as the restaurant industry. Join Lynton Kotzin for an overview of the state of the restaurant industry and what the future looks like for different restaurant types. Learn the reasonableness test, value drivers, and proper application of the approaches during these volatile times. Be ready to advise and value your restaurant clients.

Global BVU News and Trends November 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

A.A. v. B.A.

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Delaware Court Revisits Issue of Goodwill in Sole Proprietorship

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Amid Market Data Volatility, the Best Option Is a More Rigorous DCF

A panel of global valuation experts who conducted a recent webinar co-sponsored by RICS, and also NACVA, the ASA, GACVA, and CBVI gives their comments.

Valuation Challenges and Best Practices in Joint Ventures and Strategic Affiliations

Today, corporate investments into joint ventures and other non-controlled entities now exceed $5 trillion per year, according to Ankura/Water Street Partners' analysis of U.S. Government data. Companies utilize joint ventures for a variety of reasons, including to access capabilities, share risk, pool capital, secure added scale and scope, and satisfy regulatory requirements of local ownership. Join Jerry Chang, Molly Faber, and Tim Lubbe of Ankura to learn more about the increasing prevalence of joint ventures ...

New edition of McKinsey valuation book now in BVR’s bookstore

The fully updated 7th edition of Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies from McKinsey & Co. is now in BVR’s bookstore.

Leigh Miller says valuation ‘ranges’ still raise questions with auditors, even during COVID-19

Using multiple forecast scenarios has been a commonly practiced approach to market volatility—and many UK business valuers are now saying that it should be used more widely.

25 Tips on Dealing With COVID-19 From the NACVA Conference

COVID-19 was a hot topic of discussion in a number of the sessions at the NACVA and the CTI’s 2020 Business Valuation and Financial Litigation Super Conference, which was held online over five full days (June 15-19).

Masterclass in Normalizing Compensation

Three nationally known experts will explain how to determine reasonable compensation amounts. The principal author of the Job Aid, Mike Gregory, will explain the “IRS Job Aid on Reasonable Compensation” and share case studies with many tips and traps. One of the foremost national experts on reasonable compensation, Stephen Kirkland, will share insights and sources to help determine reasonable compensation for your clients. Paul Hamann will show how easy it is to use RCReports to ...

Fair Value Measurements Amid the Covid-19 Crisis

Reporting entities in recent years generally benefited from a growing economy, which may have allowed auditors to gain comfort with fair value measurements for financial reporting purposes with relatively less documentation. The disruption to global economic activity and financial markets suggest that a business as usual approach may no longer apply to these same fair value measurements. Consequently, reporting entities can expect fair value measurements to receive greater scrutiny from their auditors and a heighted ...

Calculating Fair Value, Court Uses Experts’ Income Analyses but Adjusts for Inconsistencies

In buyout dispute over closely held corporation, State Supreme Court upholds trial court’s value determination based on income-based analyses parties’ experts presented but adjusting for inconsistencies in each opinion; asset approach was inappropriate where company would continue to operate.

Anderson v. A & R Spraying & Trucking, Inc.

In buyout dispute over closely held corporation, State Supreme Court upholds trial court’s value determination based on income-based analyses parties’ experts presented but adjusting for inconsistencies in each opinion; asset approach was inappropriate where company would continue to operate.

Biton v. Kreinis

In dispute over fair value of plaintiff’s shares, court agrees with parties’ experts on use of capitalization of earnings method to value company; court rejects defense expert’s use of QuickBooks data and post-valuation-date revenue as representative annual revenue; applies key-person discount.

In Fair Value Determination, Court Says SSVS Discourages Use of Post-Valuation-Date Data

In dispute over fair value of plaintiff’s shares, court agrees with parties’ experts on use of capitalization of earnings method to value company; court rejects defense expert’s use of QuickBooks data and post-valuation-date revenue as representative annual revenue; applies key-person discount.

Bates v. Bates

In appreciation case, appeals court says it was error to value owner’s separate, minority interest in car dealership based on buy-sell agreement; however, alternate valuation by nonowner spouse’s expert offered based on standard methods, including use of discounts, provided “appropriate valuation.”

Buy-Sell Stock Agreement Does Not Determine Value of Owner Spouse’s Separate Property

In appreciation case, appeals court says it was error to value owner’s separate, minority interest in car dealership based on buy-sell agreement; however, alternate valuation by nonowner spouse’s expert offered based on standard methods, including use of discounts, provided “appropriate valuation.”

New BVU article notes increased use of discounted cash flow in UK business valuations

‘There had been a consistent thread running through UK Court decisions of a preference for broad professional judgement over mathematical precision,’ says Andrew Strickland (FCA) in his new analysis, which appears in the July issue of Business Valuation Update.

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