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Court of Chancery sanctions use of asset approach in complex appraisal case

A low-profile appraisal case in front of the Delaware Court of Chancery raised important valuation questions, including how the court should determine the fair value of a nonoperating entity and how it should deal with the value of claims both parties brought on behalf of the company prior to the contested merger.

In re Happy Child World, Inc.

In an entire-fairness-cum-statutory-appraisal case involving nonoperating day care center whose facility was leased on merger date, court approves use of capitalization of earnings and NAV models and averaging results to determine fair value; business model was uncertain on merger date, court notes.

Uncertain Business Model on Merger Date Justifies Use of Income and NAV Models, Court Says

In an entire-fairness-cum-statutory-appraisal case involving nonoperating day care center whose facility was leased on merger date, court approves use of capitalization of earnings and NAV models and averaging results to determine fair value; business model was uncertain on merger date, court notes.

Easing on physical inspections begins while RICS (and others) promote data-driven property appraisals

BVWire—UK has been following the evolution of the property appraisal market as it switched to data-only valuations in response to COVID-19 (and mortgage lenders either stopped issuing new loans, or significantly reduced their maximum loan-to-value cap, effectively keeping most new buyers out of the market).

Low-cost desktop real property valuations add to mortgage problems during coronavirus

UK banks have withdrawn mortgage loans, and borrowers are not making payments.

BVU News and Trends May 2019

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

Blau v. Commissioner (RERI II)

In charitable contribution case involving remainder interest, D.C. Circuit upholds Tax Court’s value-related findings, including that petitioner did not provide qualified appraisal and did not meet substantiation requirements; valuation here is to be based on FMV, not actuarial tables.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Remainder-Interest Valuation in Weird Charitable Contribution Case

In charitable contribution case involving remainder interest, D.C. Circuit upholds Tax Court’s value-related findings, including that petitioner did not provide qualified appraisal and did not meet substantiation requirements; valuation here is to be based on FMV, not actuarial tables.

BV specialty available to ASA real property valuers

Real property appraisers designated by the American Society of Appraisers can add a specialty in going-concern valuation for valuing a real estate-centered enterprise, i.e., a firm that also owns its real estate, such as a restaurant, nursing home, hotel, convenience store, and the like.

Appeals Court Upholds Grocery Store Buyout Ruling and Fair Value Determination

Appeals court upholds district court’s buyout order of minority shareholder’s interests in related family businesses (grocery store chain) as well as district court’s fair value determination; district court’s valuation “falls squarely” between trial experts’ valuations, appeals court says.

Lund v. Lund (II)

Appeals court upholds district court’s buyout order of minority shareholder’s interests in related family businesses (grocery store chain) as well as district court’s fair value determination; district court’s valuation “falls squarely” between trial experts’ valuations, appeals court says.

Going-concern appraisals vs. business valuations

Real property appraisers often value special-use properties, hotels, and senior care facilities, to name a few, on a going-concern basis. The term "going-concern" is not defined in the Canadian Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (CUSPAP), although it is defined in The Appraisal of Real Estate, 3rd Edition, wherein the definition is: “All tangible and intangible assets of an established and operating business with an indefinite life.”

Persaud v. Goad

Court affirms divorce valuations for mixed real estate and business assets; even if trial court erred in stating negative value for business that generated no income but carried high annual costs, the error was harmless where court reframed decision as one of fairness rather than finances.

Mix of Real Estate and Business Assets Poses Valuation Challenges for Courts

Court affirms divorce valuations for mixed real estate and business assets; even if trial court erred in stating negative value for business that generated no income but carried high annual costs, the error was harmless where court reframed decision as one of fairness rather than finances.

BVU News and Trends September 2018

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

BVU News and Trends August 2018

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

BVU News and Trends July 2018

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

TAF OKs ASA’s going concern courses

In general, going-concern value refers to the total value of a property, including both the real property and the intangible personal property, attributed to business enterprise value (assuming the business owns the real and intangible property).

Nursing Home Valuation Must Separate Real Estate From Business Activity

In tax assessment dispute involving nursing home, high court says where facility performs business activity and real estate activity, tax appraisal must separate business value from real estate value; Board of Tax Appeals failed to ensure proper allocation of sales price among assets.

Arbors East RE, L.L.C. v. Franklin County Bd. of Revision

In tax assessment dispute involving nursing home, high court says where facility performs business activity and real estate activity, tax appraisal must separate business value from real estate value; Board of Tax Appeals failed to ensure proper allocation of sales price among assets.

Wright v. Phillips

In fair value determination analogous to statutory appraisal valuation, Chancery says companies’ S corp status “has discrete value applicable here,” as captured in expert’s use of 14.5% tax rate (as opposed to 31%); court approves marketability discount.

S Corp Status Adds ‘Discrete’ Value to Business, Chancery Says

In fair value determination analogous to statutory appraisal valuation, Chancery says companies’ S corp status “has discrete value applicable here,” as captured in expert’s use of 14.5% tax rate (as opposed to 31%); court approves marketability discount.

New York Court Validates DLOM in Real Estate Holding Company Valuation

In partnership dispute, New York appellate court, citing precedent, approves of use of marketability discount in fixing the fair value of the limited partner’s interest in real estate holding company; however, court rejects use of a minority discount.

Matter of Levine v Seven Pines Assoc. Ltd. Partnership

In partnership dispute, New York appellate court, citing precedent, approves of use of marketability discount in fixing the fair value of the limited partner’s interest in real estate holding company; however, court rejects use of a minority discount.

Tax Court Introduces Formula to Value Donated Remainder Interest

Tax Court rules for IRS in disallowing deduction for charitable contribution involving remainder interest in leased property; requisite appraisal summary omits vital information, and court’s valuation formula shows donor made gross valuation misstatement.

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