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10 Time-Tested Ways to Build a Defensible Divorce Valuation

Business valuations prepared for divorce purposes can be much more challenging than valuations can be for other purposes because the rules differ among jurisdictions. There are no clear valuation guidelines for divorce in most states. For example, there’s no specific definition of value in state statutes governing divorce. Also, divorce courts exercise a great deal of discretion—even if there is an abundance of judicial precedent (which can be confusing and contradictory).

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 ...

Valuing Residential and Commercial Construction Companies

Cash flow seasonality, bid requirements, license particulars, economic forces, and ubiquitous litigation are all hallmarks of the residential and commercial construction industries and all unique factors when appraising a construction company. Join What it’s Worth guide author and expert Pasquale Rafanelli for a full inspection of residential and commercial construction company valuation issues from accounting methods to value drivers. Avoid the common valuation mistakes that appraisers make and learn to answer the one question on ...

Valuing Distressed and Impaired Companies in the Time of Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic has created perhaps the most unusual economic downturn at least in our lifetimes and likely in the past 100 years. For Americans, the Pandemic stopped in its tracks one of the most explosive economic growth and expansion in many years, if ever. Overnight almost, businesses that were economically sound and growing were turned into distressed and impaired businesses. Jim Alerding will analyze the valuation perspective needed to value a distressed or impaired ...

Don’t Automatically Reject the Asset Approach for Going Concerns

Many valuation analysts immediately reject the asset-based approach for operating businesses, but this is a problem, say Robert Reilly and Weston Kirk, who are both with Willamette Management Associates. The method is rejected too often because analysts are not familiar enough with the asset approach or they have misconceptions about when (and when not) to apply it.

Stripping Away the Mystery; Valuing Adult Cabaret Businesses

Valuing an adult cabaret business may make your colleagues laugh, but, with unique operating characteristics, entertainer relationships, and significant risks and contingencies, there are many concerns to give experts pause. Join David Shindel and Rod Burkert for a look at valuation rules of thumb and a discussion of the current operating environment. Learn the common reasons for valuations: eminent domain, estate and succession planning, damage claims, employment issues, and tax litigation. Learn about the various ...

Business Valuation Year in Review 2019

A look back at some of the developments in the BV profession in 2019, including important court rulings on tax affecting pass-through entities, a possible upending to the goodwill model, a new cost of capital platform gaining traction, and advances in fair value for financial reporting.

BVU News and Trends April 2019

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

Get caught up on everything BV with two new resources

The latest news in the business valuation profession—plus complete coverage of recent court decisions—is provided in two new guides from BVR.

Willamette publishes a ‘Best of Insights’ issue

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Willamette Management Associates, the firm has put out a special edition of its Insights publication.

Business Valuation Year in Review 2018

The new tax law, lively debates, new guidance, a strong protest, and a simpler approach to estimating cost of capital were just some of the highlights in the business valuation profession during 2018.

New Tax Law Adds Nuances to Valuing Wineries

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes special tax breaks for a number of industries, including the winery sector. This adds to the special differences experts need to consider when valuing these entities.

Takeaways From the AICPA FVS Conference

We attended many of the sessions at the AICPA’s 2017 Forensic and Valuation Services conference in Las Vegas along with over 1,000 attendees and found no shortage of tips, ideas, and advice.

Business Valuation Year in Review 2017

It was another eventful year for the business valuation profession, and here’s a wrap-up of notable developments of 2017.

Book Review: Understanding Business Valuation: A Practical Guide to Valuing Small to Medium Sized Businesses, 5th Edition

A valuation expert reviews the newest version of one of the leading business valuation texts, written by Gary Trugman.

New edition of Understanding Business Valuation now available

In addition to revisions to existing material and examples, there’s new material on valuing stock options, preferred stock, debt, and startup ventures.

ASA BVers convene in Houston for the Advanced BV Conference

The conference sessions were an excellent mix of theory and practice—ideas that you can use in your practice right away.

Chancery’s fusion valuation triggers remand and some words of wisdom by Del. Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court recently overturned a 2016 ruling by the Delaware Court of Chancery that arrived at fair value by weighting the results of three valuation techniques equally. The high court's Chief Justice Strine, who once headed the Chancery, found this approach was problematic and used the decision to provide valuation advice to his successor, Chancellor Bouchard, who had overseen the appraisal proceeding.

How the valuation approaches stack up for solar energy firms

Appraisers have to consider each of the valuation approaches, but the income approach is the only way to value a solar company, says a valuation expert in the industry.

A General Option Valuation Approach to Discount for Lack of Marketability

A general option-based approach to estimating the discount for lack of marketability is offered. It is general enough to capture maturity, volatility, hedging availability, and investor skill, as well as other important factors. The model is shown to contain several option-based models as special cases. The model also contains two weighting variables that provide valuation professionals much needed flexibility in addressing the unique challenges of each nonmarketable valuation assignment. Selected prior empirical results are reinterpreted ...

Insignia Systems, Inc. v. News America Marketing In-Store, Inc.

Federal district court denies Daubert challenge to plaintiff’s lost profits expert, finding his reliance on optimistic management projections and comparable companies were better suited for cross-examination rather than exclusion.

"Highly troubled" by Estate of Adams

I am highly troubled by several recent circumstances. You are familiar with Gross (BV Update has discussed it at length). It is clear to anyone with a modicum of financial background that ...

Speakers discuss landmark cases, market approach and discounts

This report concludes our coverage of the Nov. 15-17 AICPA Business Valuation Conference. For summaries of other presentations and a list of audiotapes available, see BVU December, 1998, pp. 1-4.

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