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Small Business Valuations

Using Forensic Accounting Valuing the small business is how most valuators earn their living. These small businesses pose as much issues to valuation professionals as they do for tax, accounting, and legal professionals by providing these entities with advice. The issues are wide-ranging, and the purpose of this article is not to patronize small business owners; rather, the purpose of this article is to dis ...

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How We Will Learn to Love Big Data in 2018

Leading futurist and keynote speaker Ross Dawson, who regularly consults to accounting, finance, and banking bodies, spoke with Chris Sheedy about the single greatest opportunity that the future holds for accountants. To read the full article in ICAS, click: How We Will Learn to Love Big Data in 2018. ...

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Microsoft Among First to Give Fuller Picture of Lease Situation

Microsoft Could Provide Early Test of New Lease Accounting Rules Microsoft had said it would adopt new lease accounting rules July 1 instead of waiting for 2019, when the rules take effect.  Microsoft's status as a large, high-profile company means other businesses will study its example. To read the full article in Bloomberg, click: Microsoft Among First to Give Fuller Picture of Lease Situation. ...

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The Economic Balance Sheet

and its Application to Enterprise Valuation The value of a firm must equal the value of the claims on its assets. In practice, this is generally expressed as the value FIRM = value DEBT + value EQUITY. Similarly, in a balance sheet prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), assets = liabilities and equity. By comparison, an economic balance sheet is constructed using market ...

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60-Second Method

Ascertaining the Financial Status of a Business in a Few Quick Glances The 60-Second Method is a system of ascertaining the financial status of a business or other entity in a few quick glances. It is a training tool that can be used to demonstrate how financial analysis works, or instruct decision-makers beginning to read and understand financial statement content. ...

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7 Things to Know About the New Lease Accounting Rules

The FASB announced sweeping changes to the accounting for leases earlier this year that will affect nearly all financial statement issuers.  Travis W Harms, Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group lead, discusses each topic. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: 7 Things to Know About the New Lease Accounting Rules. This article is republished from Mercer ...

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Our Economy Has Changed. Should Our Accounting Standards?

With the rise of technology and professional service firms, the U.S. marketplace is shifting from one which supplies goods to one which supplies ideas.  Taryn E. Burgess, financial analyst with Mercer Capital, explains there is a growing gap in the balance sheet reflecting this shift from physical assets to intangible ideas. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Our E ...

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Crossing the Line: Creative Accounting or Fraud

Financially-sound companies can more easily obtain lines of credit at low interest rates, as well as more easily issue debt financing or issue bonds on better terms. Companies often take advantage of loopholes to present themselves as more profitable than they are. Most do it in a way that they’re not technically breaking the law, but ethics certainly come into question. When should you be concerned and whe ...

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M&A Multiples: Business Value v. Balance Sheet Value

Buyers and Sellers Need to Negotiate Delivery Targets for Working Capital and Agree on a Fair Market Value for Fixed Assets. Valuation principles generally hold that the value of a business is largely a function of return on invested capital and growth, writes Ron Stacey, since these are the primary drivers of free cash flow. But how does this cash flow relate to the asset and liability values on the balanc ...

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5 Must-Ask Questions for Business Buyers —

Many Business Buyers Probably Have Some Boilerplate Questions Ready to Ask Business Sellers — But May be Missing the Most Important Ones.   Mike Handelsman, group general manager for and, the Internet's largest and most heavily trafficked business-for-sale marketplaces, recently advised readers at that if they're thinking about buying a business, they should put extra eff ...

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CFOs: IASB Should Provide Better Definitions for Debt Instruments —

U.S.-Based Multinationals Reporting Under IFRS Struggle With Classification of Equities, Liabilities The International Accounting Standards Board agreed with respondents from its public consultation (a study that reached out to industry professionals at all levels in more than 80 countries in 2011) that it needs to better clarify definitions of assets and liabilities for debt instruments, reports. T ...

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