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The Asset-Based Valuation Approach

The Adjusted Net Asset Value Method This discussion is the fifth part in a series regarding the asset-based business valuation approach. Previous discussions described the theory and application of the Asset-based Approach. And, previous discussions described the theory and application of the asset accumulation (AA) method. This discussion describes the theory and application of the adjusted net asset value ...

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The Asset-Based Valuation Approach

Asset Accumulation Method This discussion is the third part of a series. Previous discussions introduced the theoretical concepts and the practical applications of the asset-based business valuation approach. This discussion describes one common Asset-based Approach valuation method: the asset accumulation (AA) method. ...

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Blowback from Going Nuclear: Massive Goodwill Impairment Looms at Toshiba

On December 27, 2016 Toshiba Corporation announced the possibility of a goodwill impairment charge related to its U.S. nuclear power plant construction business, which was acquired for $229 million in late 2015 by Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Company subsidiary.  Karolina Calhoun, senior financial analyst with Mercer Capital, describes that both the buyer and target have been plagued by financial difficu ...

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Goodwill

Why it Shouldn’t be A Dirty Word in the Valuation of Physician Practices The topic of goodwill in a physician practice acquisition continues to be hotly debated. There are very different viewpoints from reputable appraisers on how to value physician practices and whether hospitals can pay for goodwill in an acquisition. I often hear healthcare professionals involved in acquisitions say, “Hospitals can’t pay ...

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Purchase Price Allocations in the Lab Services Industry

Mergers and acquisition activity relays much information to the general public.  Following an M&A transaction, acquirer companies conduct purchase price allocations (PPAs) to measure the fair value of various tangible and intangible assets of the acquired business.  Karolina Calhoun, senior financial analyst with Mercer Capital, discusses that the Mercer Capital Lab Services Newsletter observes and anal ...

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New Rules for Goodwill Impairment?

This blog outlines some recent changes to the impairment testing regime which provides corporate finance managers with periodic updates and commentary around several topics including impairment testing.  Lucas Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, provides some insight as to what impact this may have. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting B ...

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Creating the Bridge Between Transfer Pricing and the Valuation of Intangibles

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have continued growing since 2008’s financial crisis.  Through the first three months of 2016, the value of worldwide M&A totaled nearly $750 billion.  Cross-border M&A activity totaled $308 billion—accounting for a quarterly record-high 41% share of global M&A value.  As in previous years, M&A in industries with hefty intangible assets—such as pharmaceutic ...

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Goodwill Impairment Study 2015

Duff & Phelps has released its 2015 U.S. Goodwill Impairment Study.  This is prepared in partnership with the Financial Executives Research Foundation, analyzing the general and industry trends of goodwill impairment of over 8,700 U.S. publicly-traded companies. To download your complimentary copy, click: Goodwill Impairment Study 2015. ...

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Separating Personal Goodwill from Entity Goodwill in the Closely Held Company Valuation

Guidance from Bross Trucking v. Commissioner (2014) Valuation analysts often have to separate company-owned entity goodwill from shareholder-owned personal goodwill in the valuation of closely held companies. These valuations may be performed for family law, shareholder dispute, breach of contract, or other litigation purposes; for transaction structuring and sale consideration allocation purposes; and for ...

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New Rules for Goodwill Impairment?

For some businesses, the possibility for goodwill impairment is an issue.  Lucas M. Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, explains the FASB proposed changes and what the Board has been discussing for a couple years now.   To read more about the results of this report in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: New Rules for Goodwill Impairment?. Thi ...

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An Overview of Personal Goodwill

Calculating appropriate goodwill can create significant savings to a taxpayer.  Lucas M. Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, describes the existence of personal goodwill apart from corporate goodwill. To read more about the results of this report in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: An Overview of Personal Goodwill. This article is republished f ...

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Common Misconceptions Regarding Healthcare Entity Valuations

Five Remaining Leading Misconceptions (Part II of II) The following discussion summarizes and responds to common misconceptions many analysts have with regard to the valuation of healthcare entity property and/or services transfers. These analyst misconceptions typically involve a misunderstanding of one or more of the relevant regulatory provisions. These analyst misconceptions typically relate to an erron ...

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Common Misconceptions Regarding Healthcare Entity Valuations

Five of the 10 Leading Misconceptions (Part I of II) The following discussion summarizes and responds to common misconceptions that many analysts have with regard to the valuation of healthcare entity property and/or services transfers. These analyst misconceptions typically involve a misunderstanding of one or more of the relevant regulatory provisions. These analyst misconceptions typically relate to an e ...

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Small Cap Goodwill Impairments on the Rise

What is the effect of goodwill impairment charges when comparing large cap stocks versus small cap stocks?  Robert Richardson, a financial analyst with Mercer Capital, examines if higher equity markets have rendered impairment a thing of the past. Find out more in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting article, Small Cap Goodwill Impairments on the Rise. This article is republished from Mercer Capital's F ...

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The Techniques and Methodologies Available

and the Process for the Valuation of a Closely Held Business (Part 1 of 2) Assessing shareholder value for either publicly held or privately held companies are two sides of the same coin. The U.S. capital markets have undergone significant changes in the past several years. This development in turn has had an impact on how these two types of companies are valued. Valuing public companies can be rather strai ...

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Minimizing goodwill impairment differences globally: No fast or simple solution

Particular challenges can arise in goodwill impairment valuation and accounting when a company acquires a business located in another country.   When goodwill accounting standards are strictly applied, under U.S. GAAP or IFRS, the differences between write-offs taken in one country versus another should be minimal. This article delves into some of the notable differences in goodwill impairment conclusions w ...

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Purchase Price Allocation

Analyze early and avoid earnings surprises The purchase price allocation (PPA) process is often treated as an afterthought in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Thinking about PPA can help guide a deal to a more predictable conclusion. In the most rewarding deals, a prompt PPA process helps acquirers analyze, from a financial reporting point of view, the primary drivers or intangible values associated with ...

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Discount Rates in a Purchase Price Allocation

Understanding the nature and risk of expected cash flow This discussion summarizes the interrelatedness of the weighted average cost of capital and the weighted average return on assets within the context of a purchase price allocation for financial reporting purposes. Failure to understand this fundamental relationship can lead to inaccurate estimates of value for the acquired assets and, therefore, inaccu ...

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Structuring the Intangible Asset Analysis Assignment

The standard 10 stages to use in an intangible asset engagement In this second installment, Robert F. Reilly completes his review of the 10 typical stages of any intangible asset analysis engagement. For purposes of this article, an intangible asset analysis may include a valuation, damages analysis, transfer price study, or other economic analysis. The business appraiser will typically consider these stage ...

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Structuring the Intangible Asset Analysis Assignment

The standard 10 stages In this first half of his two-part series, Robert F. Reilly summarizes six of the ten typical stages of any intangible asset analysis assignment. For purposes of this article, an intangible asset analysis may include a valuation, damages analysis, transfer price study, or other economic analysis. The business appraiser will typically consider these stages, or elements, before, during, ...

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