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Damodaran eyes cannabiz

Excited investors are rewarding new companies in the legal marijuana industry with large market capitalizations, according to Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) in a blog posting.

Access to capital improves for small firms

According to the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and Dun & Bradstreet Q3 2018 Private Capital Access Index, small businesses are finding it easier to acquire capital.

EOU: Small biz optimism at record high

Small-business optimism reported at a record high of 108.8 points, according to the August 2018 Economic Outlook Update (EOU).

Rebuttal to calculation report comments

In last week’s issue of BVWire, we included some comments from readers about two articles (see “Calculation Report Controversy” link) we posted, one of which urges valuation experts to stay away from calculation engagements and a rebuttal article that disagrees with some of the points made.

BVU News and Trends October 2018

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

Private-company performance up over last year

The value of the private companies in the Carta 100 Index has jumped 60.3%, to 252.36 (as of Sept. 10, 2018), since Carta began tracking firms on June 30, 2017.

Readers comment on calculation report controversy

Are calculation engagements a good thing or bad thing for the valuation profession?

Calculation Engagements: The REAL Story

The authors respond the article "'Breaking Bad' in the Valuation Profession" and discuss recent AICPA guidance on calculation engagements.

Article sparks calculation report controversy

Some valuation experts are of the opinion that calculation engagements are not a good thing for the profession.

IRS BV community is ‘fractured’

The IRS business valuation community is “very fractured,” leading to inconsistencies on audits, says former IRS manager Michael Gregory (Michael Gregory Consulting LLC).

Calculation engagement value holds up in Alabama divorce litigation

Many valuators are adamantly opposed to doing calculation engagements, as we recently reported.

Valuation Expert Gains Key Insights—By Buying a Small Business

A valuation expert turns company acquiror and gets a unique perspective on evaluating firms for valuation or transaction purposes.

A Method for Quantifying Contract Renewal Risk in Valuations

A formula that explicitly incorporates the assumed probability of renewal in the valuation of businesses that depend on contracts, licenses, or permits for their future cash flows; it builds on the Gordon growth model and the formula for the future value of a growing annuity.

BVU News and Trends September 2018

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

GDP growth at best pace since 2014 per 2Q 2018 Economic Outlook Update

Is the economy about to awaken from its long slumber?

Sit in on a real-world IRS audit

A former IRS manager will conduct a mock audit of an estate valuation matter during a special four-hour workshop on September 25.

Test-drive a formula for quantifying the risk of contract renewal

When valuing a business that depends on contracts, licenses, or permits for its future cash flows, how do you take into account the risk of nonrenewal?

What’s it like to be on the IRS audit hot seat?

Find out during a special four-hour workshop that pits a former IRS manager against a business valuer in a mock estate tax audit.

Small biz not keen on growth prospects

Although profitability and borrowing success rates are up for small businesses (less than $5 million in revenue), this has not led to increased expectations for business performance or growth, according to the Q2 2018 Private Capital Access Index (PCA Index) from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and Dun & Bradstreet.

Expert’s Detailed Risk Analysis Bolsters Use of Deep Discount in Law Firm Valuation

In buyout dispute over law firm interest, court credits firm’s expert, noting his extensive relevant experience, his taking care to value interest under fair market value standard, as required by the partnership agreement, and his detailed risk analysis to support a deep discount.

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP v. Assam

In buyout dispute over law firm interest, court credits firm’s expert, noting his extensive relevant experience, his taking care to value interest under fair market value standard, as required by the partnership agreement, and his detailed risk analysis to support a deep discount.

Book Review: The Cannabis Industry Accounting and Appraisal Guide

Neal Beaton reviews an “indispensable resource” for investors, owners, managers, attorneys, accountants, and valuation analysts alike working with or alongside professionals within the evolving cannabis industry.

BVU News and Trends August 2018

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

Storytelling with data

A big seller at the Wiley booth at the NACVA conference in Las Vegas was a book titled Storytelling with Data.

Agita at casual dining chains

A Wall Street Journal article reveals that many larger casual-dining spots are struggling, but many under new management are reinventing themselves in order to compete.

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