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Pre-IPO Studies Are Not a Valid Basis for Calculating DLOMs

The two most widely approaches used by valuators to determine a discount for lack of marketability (DLOM) are restricted stock studies and IPO studies. The restricted stock studies compare transaction prices in restricted shares with contemporaneous trading prices for unrestricted shares. The pre-IPO studies, on the other hand, according to the author, lead to conclusions that are unsound in theory and in p ...

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A Few Thoughts on Valuing Investments in Startups: An Interview with Travis Harms

The need to develop reliable, defensible fair value markets for hard-to-value assets is universal.  Sujan Rajbhandary, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, sits down with Travis Harms to get his insight from a financial reporting perspective on a few issues around valuations of startups. To read more about the results of this report in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporti ...

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