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Early Purchase Price Allocation Estimates Help Avoid EPS Surprises

For public companies, it is increasingly necessary to disclose a preliminary allocation of purchase price in the 10-Q or 10-K immediately following the closing date.  Although M&A activity slowed in the first nine months of 2017 compared to 2016, valuation multiples have continued to rise and major stock market indices marched steadily higher.  Lucas Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial R ...

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Pension Contributions Could be Bigger Boost to EPS than Buybacks: GSAM

Companies might be able to deliver a bigger boost to their earnings per share by making pension contributions rather than using borrowed money to fund buybacks, according to a report by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  Low interest rates may encourage companies to make stock buybacks, but these rates also tend to increase pension obligations. To read the full article in The Wall Street Journal, click: Pensi ...

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