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GDP growth slowed in 3Q 2019 per Economic Outlook Update

The U.S. economy—as indicated by GDP—grew at an annual rate of 1.9% in the third quarter of 2019, which is slower than the downwardly revised rate of 2.0% reported for the second quarter of 2019, according to the 3Q 2019 Economic Outlook Update (EOU).

Cannabis appraiser comments on recent guidance

Last week’s BVWire covered the September 2019 AICPA FVS Eye on Fraud quarterly report, “Marijuana and Forensic Accounting—High Times for CPAs?”

Pointers for expert witnesses from the AICPA FVS conference

BVWire sat through several excellent sessions involving valuations for litigation purposes at the 2019 AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Conference in Las Vegas.

AICPA guidance cautions on cannabis valuations

The American Institute of CPAs details the risks and opportunities for CPAs working in the cannabis industry in the latest “FVS Eye on Fraud” report.

Novel issue of law raised in ESOP case that pits trustee against appraiser

A fairly routine ESOP case that is being litigated in the 4th Circuit has raised a novel legal issue in this jurisdiction as to the financial liability of co-fiduciaries and nonfiduciaries, including the ESOP appraiser.

How to succeed as a business valuation expert, from a Queen’s Counsel who’s seen the best—and the worst

One of the most engaging—and humorous—presentations from the recent ICAEW Valuation Community Annual Conference at Moorgate Place came from Augustus Ullstein QC.

BVU News and Trends October 2019

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

Global survey launched on BV reporting practices

The Advisory Forum Working Group (AFWG) of the International Valuation Standards Council has launched a survey to identify the most common differences between business valuation for reporting purposes around the world and potential difficulties for achieving consistency with IVS, the global standards.

WeWork: Translating a business into a story with numbers

A great example of taking a business model and turning it into a narrative with numbers (something that is critical for a good valuation report) is in a recent blog post by Dr. Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) on the unraveling of the WeWork IPO.

Calculation engagements headline NACVA Connecticut chapter conference

There was a lot of interest in the audience on calculation engagements, which was the lead-off presentation by Jim Alerding (Alerding Consulting LLC) at a full-day conference sponsored by the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA).

BV and litigation seminar in New Haven, Conn., September 26

There’s a unique opportunity to hear from a veteran valuation expert with many years of experience in court, and BVWire will be there! Appraiser Jim Alerding (Alerding Consulting LLC), who has testified in over 400 cases, will present a full-day seminar, Business Valuation and Litigation.

Remy v. Lubbock Nat’l Bank

In ESOP case, court finds ERISA provides for right to contribution among co-fiduciaries but finds trustee defendant has no right to contribution from nonfiduciary ESOP appraiser if trustee were found liable to ESOP for losses; court dismisses third-party complaint against ESOP appraiser.

Trustee’s Claim for Contribution Against ESOP Appraiser Collapses

In ESOP case, court finds ERISA provides for right to contribution among co-fiduciaries but finds trustee defendant has no right to contribution from nonfiduciary ESOP appraiser if trustee were found liable to ESOP for losses; court dismisses third-party complaint against ESOP appraiser.

Small biz optimistic despite financing angst

Even with almost half (49%) of small to midsize businesses claiming that the current business financing environment restricts growth opportunities, businesses appear to be confident about the future, with 68% of them expecting increases in revenue over the next year.

BVU News and Trends July 2019

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

Sources of deal data for insurance agencies

During a recent BVR webinar on insurance agency valuation, the audience asked Lucas Parris (Mercer Capital) about sources of deal transaction data.

New edition of cannabis market research guide

For business appraisers who are valuing firms in the cannabis industry, The State of Legal Marijuana Markets, 7th edition, is now available.

Survey finds small biz market may have peaked

Seller’s market sentiment is down in all market segments except for businesses with $5 million to $50 million in enterprise value.

Appraiser Shuns Public Data for Private Cost of Capital

One appraiser has done hundreds of valuations of small owner-operated firms by looking to private capital markets to estimate cost of capital. This eliminates the need to make all of the many assumptions and adjustments to convert data from actively traded stocks into proxies for private-company valuation.

BVU News and Trends April 2019

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

Newest survey on private rates of return

Some appraisers are not comfortable using public market data when estimating the cost of capital for a private company.

Should you assume your clients are totally clueless?

Amid the ongoing debate over the use of calculation reports (see prior coverage), the author of the original article that sparked the discussion made an intriguing point.

How IRS turmoil from the shutdown affects BV

The IRS is doing its best to recover from the government shutdown, but business valuation experts need to be aware of certain issues, according to Michael Gregory (Michael Gregory Consulting LLC), who gave an IRS update during a recent BVR webinar.

Vertical IQ: Very Smart Industry Research

A practitioner’s review of the newest platform for industry research that focuses on the financial aspects of how firms operate in a particular industry.

BVU News and Trends March 2019

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

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