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Highlights of 2021 to 2023 Delaware Valuation Decisions

A tradition in this newsletter is a regular recap of Delaware court cases involving valuation issues by Gil Matthews, a leading authority in this area. Here are his insights from the latest crop of these cases.

How to Address Market Efficiency for Appraisal Hearings

In statutory appraisal matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the court has shifted its attention away from dueling experts and more toward using a stock’s market price as the best measure of fair value. Valuation experts who come up with a different value would, therefore, need to prove that the market is not efficient.

Dealing with market efficiency in appraisal hearings

Weary of dueling experts, the Delaware Court of Chancery has shifted its attention more toward using a stock’s market price as the best measure of fair value in statutory appraisal matters.

Fair Value, Statutory Appraisals, Crypto, ESG, PE Deals, and More at the NYSSCPA BV Conference

As usual, the annual New York State Society of CPAs’ Business Valuation and Litigation Services Conference presented some very interesting and useful information. This article provides a recap of what was discussed.

BV News and Trends May 2023

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

Notable takeaways from the NYSSCPA BV conference

BVWire attended last week’s annual New York State Society of CPAs’ Business Valuation and Litigation Services Conference, and—as usual—some very interesting and useful information was presented.

Judicial appraisal needs reform per new paper

A recent paper addresses the problem of the “wide discretion” judges have in fashioning appraisal awards to dissenting shareholders based on opinions of valuation experts that are miles apart.

Delaware Chancery Court Cites Differences in Cash-Flow Assumptions as Cause for Large Discrepancy in Value

In this appraisal action to determine fair value, petitioner Ramcell Inc. exercised its appraisal rights in asking for a statutory appraisal of the value of its 155 shares of Jackson Cellular Telephone Co. Inc. The respondent, Alltel Corp. (dba Verizon Wireless), had converted the 155 shares at a value of $2,963 per share. “Respondent’s expert opines that Jackson’s per-share value was $5,690.92 at the time of the merger. Petitioner’s expert has offered two appraisal ranges, opining that, at the high end, Jackson’s per-share value was $36,016 on the merger date.” Both parties agreed that the DCF method should be the sole method for determining the value. The Delaware Chancery Court, using that method, determined the fair value of each share at $11,464.57. The court noted that the disparity in the parties’ valuations was due to disagreements as to the inputs to the DCF model and how they should be calculated.

Ramcell, Inc. v. Alltel Corp.

In this appraisal action to determine fair value, petitioner Ramcell Inc. exercised its appraisal rights in asking for a statutory appraisal of the value of its 155 shares of Jackson Cellular Telephone Co. Inc. The respondent, Alltel Corp. (dba Verizon Wireless), had converted the 155 shares at a value of $2,963 per share. “Respondent’s expert opines that Jackson’s per-share value was $5,690.92 at the time of the merger. Petitioner’s expert has offered two appraisal ranges, opining that, at the high end, Jackson’s per-share value was $36,016 on the merger date.” Both parties agreed that the DCF method should be the sole method for determining the value. The Delaware Chancery Court, using that method, determined the fair value of each share at $11,464.57. The court noted that the disparity in the parties’ valuations was due to disagreements as to the inputs to the DCF model and how they should be calculated.

BVLaw Review: The Top Valuation Cases of 2021

Here is our pick for the state and federal court decisions that enhanced our understanding of valuation issues as they arose in a litigation setting during 2021.

Guttman v. Guttman

The one-third partner of a real estate partnership, Bruce Guttman (Bruce), sued for dissolution. The two majority partners initiated a statutory procedure to buy out Bruce. All three appraisals were very close to $38 million. Feeling the valuations to be too low, Bruce sought to withdraw his complaint without prejudice. The trial court, on a motion from the majority partners, vacated Bruce’s dismissal. The appellate court affirmed the trial court.

One-Third Partner Sued to Have Partnership Dissolved, Asked to Vacate His Dissolution Assertion

The one-third partner of a real estate partnership, Bruce Guttman (Bruce), sued for dissolution. The two majority partners initiated a statutory procedure to buy out Bruce. All three appraisals were very close to $38 million. Feeling the valuations to be too low, Bruce sought to withdraw his complaint without prejudice. The trial court, on a motion from the majority partners, vacated Bruce’s dismissal. The appellate court affirmed the trial court.

Fair Price for Delaware Fiduciary Actions Can Exceed Appraisal Fair Value

Can fiduciaries of Delaware corporations breach their duties and face damages for a merger that provides stockholders with the equivalent of fair value in a judicial appraisal? The answer may surprise you.

Court of Chancery adopts deal price, adjusting for synergies and tax savings

In a statutory appraisal action, the Delaware Court of Chancery recently adopted the deal price minus synergies as the best indicator of fair value.

In re Appraisal of Regal Entertainment Group

In a merger action involving a publicly traded company, dissenting shareholders sued for a higher value than the deal consideration. Under the applicable appraisal jurisprudence, the court calculates fair value using the deal price minus synergies and adjusting for the change in value of the target between the signing and closing of the transaction.

In Appraisal Action, Court Determines Fair Value Using Deal Price Minus Synergies and Adjusting for Increase in Value From Signing to Closing of Merger

In a merger action involving a publicly traded company, dissenting shareholders sued for a higher value than the deal consideration. Under the applicable appraisal jurisprudence, the court calculates fair value using the deal price minus synergies and adjusting for the change in value of the target between the signing and closing of the transaction.

Appraisal value does not control fiduciary litigation, Court of Chancery says

In 2019, in the Columbia Pipeline statutory appraisal case, the Delaware Court of Chancery found the unadjusted deal price was the best evidence of fair value.

Highlights of 2020 Delaware Valuation Decisions

This article discusses two 2020 Supreme Court decisions and eight decisions by the Court of Chancery.

The Top Valuation and Damages Cases of 2020

Our pick of valuation-related court cases includes state and federal court decisions covering many areas of law that dealt with novel issues of law or, in some way, enhanced our understanding of valuation and damages issues as they arose in a litigation setting.

2020 Top Business Valuation and Damages Cases

Complicated as the year 2020 was, it was not boring. The past year offered a wealth of lawsuits dealing with business valuation and economic damages issues. The list below shows our Top 10.

Global BVU News and Trends October 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

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.

Flaws in North Carolina Court’s Appraisal of Reynolds American

The wrong valuation date, a faulty reliance on other cases and the disregard of projections highlight the court’s opinion in a shareholder dissent case involving two tobacco giants.

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