Cost of Capital

Accurate risk assessment is vital in any financial analysis.  BVR offers best-in-class tools for determining cost of capital and quantifying risk to enhance every aspect of your work – at the highest quality possible.

Please Note: As of October 31, 2018 Business Valuation Resources is no longer a distributor of the Duff & Phelps Cost of Capital Navigator, the books in the Valuation Handbook series, or the SBBI Yearbook. All current subscription renewals will be handled by Duff & Phelps.

 

Guides & Books

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2018 Edition

February 2018

BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2018. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in business valuation, and more. This critical desktop reference keeps you ahead of your peers with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s editorial team. Learn more >>

Understanding Business Valuation: A Practical Guide to Valuing Small- to Medium-Sized Businesses, 5th edition

October 2017

The new edition of Understanding Business Valuation simplifies a technical and complex area of practice with real-world experience and examples. Expert author Gary Trugman's informal, easy-to-read style, covers all the bases in the various valuation approaches, methods, and techniques. Learn more >>

Cost of Capital Reader, 2017-2018 edition

September 2017

Navigate the most recent discussions and advances in estimating cost of capital with BVR's new Cost of Capital Reader, 2017-2018 edition. This robust, searchable resource compiles a wealth of the most recent information from top publications such as the Business Valuation UpdateDuff & Phelps Update, and more on important cost of capital topics.  Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook, 2017 Edition

February 2017

BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2017. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements in business valuation including IRC Sec. 2704, DLOM, cost of capital, and more. This critical desktop reference keeps you ahead of your peers with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders, and BVR’s editorial team. Learn more >>

A Consensus View: Q&A Guide to Financial Valuation 2016 edition

March 2016

In A Consensus View Q&A Guide to Business Valuation, Jim Hitchner, Shannon Pratt, and Jay Fishman answer over 150 of the most important business valuation questions they’ve been asked over the years. Each year, new chapters will be added and existing chapters will be updated.  Learn more >>

Business Valuation Yearbook 2016

February 2016

Keep up with business valuation’s most innovative approaches and techniques, new court decisions, and regulatory and professional standards updates. BVR has you covered with the Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2016. This newest edition from the publishers of Business Valuation Update covers the year’s most groundbreaking and thought-provoking advancements Learn more >>

BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2016

February 2016

The BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2016 is essential for business appraisers and attorneys who want to stay ahead of their peers on the most important legal issues confronting business valuation. With in-depth analysis from BVR’s legal team, the lessons learned in this book help appraisers come to better and more defensible valuation conclusions. Learn more >>

Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2015

February 2015

BVR has you covered with the latest news in the business valuation profession! Get your Business Valuation Update Yearbook 2015 now to stay up to date with the most innovative approaches and techniques, leading conferences, new court decisions and changes in regulations and standards in the profession with on-the-ground reporting from valuation experts, thought-leaders and the BVR editorial team. Learn more >>

BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2015

February 2015

The BVR Legal and Court Case Yearbook 2015 is essential for business valuation professionals and attorneys to stay current on the most important legal issues confronting the profession. The Yearbook covers marital disputes, breach of contract actions, damages, dissenting shareholder disputes, estate and gift tax cases, federal taxation, intellectual property cases, bankruptcy litigation, and more. Learn more >>

Cost of Capital: Applications and Examples PLUS Website, Fifth Edition

April 2014

Completely revised for this highly anticipated fifth edition, Cost of Capital contains expanded materials on estimating the basic building blocks of the cost of equity capital, the risk-free rate, and equity risk premium. There is also discussion of the volatility created by the financial crisis in 2008... Learn more >>

Cost of Capital in Litigation: Applications and Examples

September 2010

Cost of Capital in Litigation addresses cost of capital issues in litigation and discusses major decisions, highlighting how to avoid errors that have often been made by experts. The book helps the attorney and valuation expert understand the decisions within the context of the theory of cost of capital. Learn more >>

Valuing a Business: The Analysis and Appraisal of Closely Held Companies, 5th Ed.

January 2008

Since the first edition was published in 1981, the profession of business appraisal has matured immensely. The IRS has come out with business valuation guidelines, and the AICPA has published their business valuation standards. While each organization’s standards or guidelines are slightly different from the others, there is unanimous agreement on the central concepts of business valuation.  Learn more >>
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Excel for Valuation: Beginner to Advanced (eLearning course)

Whether you're new to the field or a veteran business valuation practitioner, there is no tool more critical than Excel.  BVR's new eLearning course, "Excel for Valuation: Beginner to Advanced," will catapult your Excel knowledge and skills so you can work as efficiently as possible with spreadsheets, formulas and functions. You can customize the course to match your skill level; start with the very basics or jump right into more complex areas. The eLearning combination of video, notes, take-away templates, quizzes, and exercises ensure you will remain thoroughly engaged for the duration of the course.  Learn more >>

International Business Valuation Standards and Ethics (eLearning course)

Valuation is a global profession, and for many that means complying with the new 2017 International Valuation Standards and Code of Ethical Principles. This comprehensive eLearning course delivers what you need to know to demonstrate global valuation competency and understand the significant changes to the standards. See practical and relevant examples by working through an actual case study that follows all of the logical steps of a valuation engagement. Hold yourself to a higher  global standard and be prepared to venture wherever your next valuation assignment takes you. Learn more >>

International Cost of Capital: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

The income approach is the most relied upon approach for most valuations, and determining the cost of capital for your engagement for a non-U.S. company is often difficult due to lack of local data. Utilizing commonly applied models in developing international cost of capital, such as relative volatility models or country yield spread models, is critical for success. Learn the shortcomings of each model in terms of their ability to capture the systematic and unsystematic risk in a subject company. Learn more >>

Monte Carlo: Applications, Examples and Best Practices for Valuation (eLearning course)

As complexity and uncertainty continue to increase, business valuation experts must up their game to master the challenges that accompany today's engagements. Rise to – and soar beyond – the occasion using Monte Carlo simulations, an indispensable method for advanced valuation scenarios. This eLearning course, "Monte Carlo: Applications, Examples and Best Practices for Valuation" distills the best instruction and content on the topic. Learn more >>

Valuing Early Stage Companies: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

Early stage companies are challenging to value. Often with undeveloped or even no revenue these companies require a unique set of tools for a business valuer. Learn the common models used to deploy valuations in this area such as the Current Value Method, Option Pricing Model, and the Probability Weighted Expected Return Method (PWERM), along with their shortcomings. Learn more >>

Valuing Intangible Assets: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

 Every valuation professional needs to be able to identify the differences between intangible and tangible assets. The first step is to define the major categories of intangible assets and understand the common models used to determine value. Often the purpose of intangible valuation is for financial reporting contexts, including purchase price allocation. Join Jon Barton in this fundamental eLearning course that builds on core valuation concepts with in depth lectures and Excel-based case studies. Learn more >>

Valuing Minority Interests: Global Education by iiBV (eLearning course)

Valuing a partial interest in a business is difficult, and when that interest is a minority ownership stake the impact to value can be significant. In this eLearning course, led by John Barton, you’ll learn methods to adjust for and quantify minority discounts. Control is a key issue, and understanding the multiple methods an appraiser can utilize is critical to a defensible valuation. Learn more >>

The Essentials of CAPM Beta

Deal & Market Data

Risk-Free Rate ToolRisk-Free Rate Tool

The risk-free rate is generally a rate available on instruments considered to have virtually no possibility of default, such as U.S. Treasury obligations. Using the latest data from the Federal Reserve Board, the BVR Risk-Free Rate Lookup provides nine risk-free rates commonly used to develop a discount rate.

Butler Pinkerton Calculator - Total Risk Allocator

The Butler Pinkerton Calculator (BPC) offers empirical data for total cost of equity (TCOE) and company-specific risk premiums (CSRP) – a first for the business valuation profession.  Learn more >>

Cost of Capital Professional

The new Cost of Capital Professional platform provides business valuators and analysts Equity Risk Premiums, Size Premia, Risk Free Rates and an online calculator (with data similar to the original Ibbotson SBBI data). This state-of-the-art platform provides a simple and transparent way to estimate cost of capital. Learn more >>

Implied Private Company Pricing Line Tool (IPCPL)

A contentious subject in business valuation is the cost of capital estimation of a small privately held business by using data from publicly traded equity securities. Using the traditional approach, different appraisers analyzing the same firm using the same data sources can easily arrive at vastly different cost of capital estimates. The Implied Private Company Pricing Line (IPCPL) approach is designed to eliminate the inherent problems in comparing public and private data and to add another approach in estimating the cost of capital for a privately held business. Learn more >>
News & Research

Business Valuation Update

The Business Valuation Update (BVU), a monthly newsletter with searchable online access, includes new thinking from leading professionals, detailed reports from valuation conferences, analysis of new business valuation approaches, thorough analysis of “landmark” legal cases in key business valuation issues, regulatory and standards updates, and much more. Learn more >>

BVLaw

Attorneys and appraisers alike turn to the exclusive BVLaw collection of 3,900+ cases concerning business valuation issues including economic damages, lost profits, estate and gift tax, divorce, shareholder repression, partnership dissolution, securities litigation, and more. Learn more >>
Blog Posts

BVR’s Cost of Capital Professional: What the experts behind this new platform have to say

BVR is excited to announce the release of its new Cost of Capital Professional platform, a state-of-the-art resource that provides a simple and transparent way to estimate cost of capital. We recently sat down with two of the individuals involved in the development of the new platform, Dr. Michael Crain and Ronald Seigneur, for a comprehensive Q&A. Read more >>

Should appraisers be guessing on company-specific risk?

Of all the components that make up the cost of equity (COE), the company-specific risk premium (CSRP) often has the biggest impact on your discount rate. And, while appraisers rely on hard data for all of the other inputs in the COE, the CSRP is more or less a guess—which can send your business valuation off course.​ Check out BVR's infographic. Read more >>

SECBA gets sneak preview of the D&P Cost of Capital Navigator

The hardcover version of the Duff & Phelps Valuation Handbook – U.S. Guide to Cost of Capital will no longer be published—it is being replaced by the Duff & Phelps Cost of Capital Navigator, an interactive online application. Read more >>

Private firms' cost of equity estimates may surprise you

Results of the “2017 Private Capital Markets Report" from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. BVR is a research sponsor in Pepperdine’s efforts in developing a private cost of capital method as a legitimate alternative to looking to the public markets. Read more >>

Damodaran updates data-rich cost of capital spreadsheets

Professor Aswath Damodaran (New York University Stern School of Business) has released new data posts and data sets updated for 2017 related to valuation and the cost of capital, including historical stock returns, implied equity risk premiums, country risk premiums, and more. Read more >>

Brexit's impact on cost of capital

The Brexit vote reinforces the need for internal consistency between the elements of cost of capital and the current economic environment, according to leading global valuation experts and finance professors. Also, there may be a “new normal” in terms of interest rates, risk premiums, and growth. Read more >>