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The Valuation of Convertible Notes Using a Binomial Model

The authors’ research reveals that there are numerous articles, chapters, and models with bad math, bad equations, notational errors, or undisclosed rounding in some equations. They present a version of the Goldman Sachs binomial model and suggest that valuators provide fully functional binomial models when requested so that reviewers can “look under the valuator’s hood.”

Take advantage of lockdown time to hone your Excel skills for business valuation

BVR’s Excel for Valuation E-Learning Course offers the following.

Healthcare Valuation in the Corona Virus Era: That Was Then, This Is Now

COVID-19 has impacted perhaps no industry in such a complex way as healthcare. Join Mark Dietrich in this discussion of items to consider before you forecast the likely impact on the healthcare industry of the current crisis. First, it is necessary to understand where the industry was before COVID-19 and then to understand what the crisis revealed about the allocation of resources. Second, you need to consider where future spending will be directed and how ...

BVU News and Trends March 2020

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

Brush up on your Excel skills for BV

There is a live online valuation class coming up that includes a good dose of Excel training for valuers of all skill levels.

Discover the magical functions of Excel for BV

Spreadsheets can be a valuation analyst’s best friend, or a worst enemy, according to Shawn Hyde (Canyon Valuations), a valuation practitioner and Excel enthusiast.

Tales From the Trenches: How to Successfully Use Statistics—Without Being a Data Guru

Mark Twain said there are “lies, damned lies and statistics.” Some valuation experts may be uncomfortable using statistics in an engagement. But you don’t have to be a statistics guru to successfully use them when the engagement calls for it. For instance, many damages litigations include the use of regression analyses and/or statistical sampling. Both are statistical methods of determining the amount of damages in a dispute.

Deriving the Black Scholes Option Pricing Equation

In the valuation profession, the Black-Scholes option pricing model (BSOPM) is one of the most often used, yet least understood, valuation models. In this session, Gary Schurman will derive the BSOPM equation in an intuitive, albeit unconventional, way. Gain confidence in finding and eliminating arbitrage, understanding risk-neutral probabilities, and working in continuous or discrete time. Attend for advanced and technical training on one of valuation’s most popular models.

Tales From the Trenches: How to Successfully Use Statistics—Without Being a Data Guru

Even though you may not be a statistics expert, you can effectively use statistical sampling and regression when the engagement calls for it. Here are some “in the trenches” examples that demonstrate that.

BVU News and Trends February 2019

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

Thinking of doing complex financial valuations?

Want to move from standard business appraisals to valuations of derivatives, guarantees, exotics, complex securities, and the like?

Letter to the Editor: Comments on Adequate Sample Size in the Transaction Method

A letter to the editor in response to the article “Valuation Experts Clash Over Analysis of Transactional Data” and accompanying supplement that appeared in the April 2018 issue of BVU.

BVU News and Trends September 2018

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

Letter to the Editor: Comments on an Article on the Number of Transactions for the GCTM

This letter is in response to the article “Valuation Experts Clash Over Analysis of Transactional Data” that addresses how many transactions to use in the guideline company transaction method (GCTM).

BVU News and Trends August 2018

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

Letter to the Editor: Comments on an Article on the Use of Statistics in the Transaction Method

A valuation expert weighs in on dueling experts’ opinions on the use of statistics, including how many transactions should be used in the application of the transaction method of appraisal.

BVU News and Trends July 2018

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

Using Jensen’s Alpha to Separate Active and Passive Appreciation

The author presents an alternate approach (Jensen’s alpha) to segregating passive from active increases in the value of a marital asset. An example is presented of an automobile dealer.

Sample size debate spills over onto LinkedIn

What’s the minimum number of transactions that should be used from a database such as BIZCOMPS or Pratt’s Stats?

Letter to the Editor: Comments on an Article on the Use of Statistics in the Transaction Method

A renowned valuation expert weighs in on dueling experts’ opinions on how many transactions should be used in the application of the transaction method of appraisal.

Letter to the Editor: Response to Article on Separating Active and Passive Appreciation in the Value of a Marital Asset

The author says there are flaws in Dr. Ashok Abbott’s approach to segregating passive from active increases in the value of a marital asset—and he presents an alternate approach.

Debate continues on use of statistics

“I can no longer stay a silent observer,” says Gary Trugman (Trugman Valuation) about the back-and-forth over how many transactions should be used in the application of the transaction method of appraisal.

Monte Carlo in court

During a recent webinar on the use of Monte Carlo for valuing distressed companies, an audience member asked: “Have the bankruptcy court and other courts accepted the Monte Carlo method?”

BV experts cross swords over statistics

What’s the minimum number of transactions that should be used from a database such as BIZCOMPS or Pratt’s Stats?

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Valuation Experts Clash Over Analysis of Transactional Data

Listeners to a webinar on the use of the BIZCOMPS database have taken issue with a number of points presented, including stratifying the data, filtering, the R-square coefficient, harmonic mean, minimum number of transactions, the elimination of outliers, market multiples, and more.

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