ESOP appraisals are a specialized area of business valuation that require independence and expertise as they face intense scrutiny from both the IRS, and the Department of Labor (DOL). We have experience in providing initial valuations related to the ESOP transaction as well as annual valuations for ESOP administration. We provide a well-documented report that clearly communicates the company’s value to the employees.
We provide technical expertise to solve complex issues relating to mergers and acquisitions. All intangible assets that have been identified are required to be valued and analyzed. To comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for financial reporting under ASC 805, an acquirer needs to report the specific types and associated fair values of the acquired tangible (monetary and non-monetary) and intangible assets. These fair values are included on the opening post-acquisition balance sheet and are periodically adjusted to reflect depreciation and amortization charges, which reduce the carrying value of the associated asset (carrying value is calculated as the difference between original fair value, less cumulative depreciation and amortization charges). Intangible assets that are not amortized, such as goodwill, must be tested for impairment on at least an annual basis. We utilize commonly accepted valuation methodologies to derive supportable valuations for assets identified in connect with a purchase price allocation. We engage the audit team early in the process to better facilitate the review process and reduce the time and burden on management. Our work is respected by the Big Four and regional accounting firms.
We assist all types of entities meeting ASC 820 (FAS 157) requirements. Our team classifies assets and liabilities based on the fair value hierarchy, apply accepted valuation techniques to measure fair value, and determine non-performance risk. We work closely with auditing firms to verify that assets/liabilities are classified correctly and to confirm that our methodology is consistent with the current practice for similar entities
A portfolio is a combination of financial assets including bonds, stocks, commodities, and cash reserves. Within a portfolio, the assets are divided into classes to balance risk and return allocation. A portfolio valuation determines the worth of all the assets, which helps investors allocate their investments more effectively. Under ASC 820, private equity funds, hedge funds, pension funds, and other institutional investors are required to periodically report the values of their portfolio investments to their investors
We developed an in-depth understanding of the valuation requirements of ASC 350, as well as the key areas of concern to auditors and the SEC. Our deep expertise enables us to assist management in identifying areas of impairment risk, while navigating complex corporate structures and their underlying legal entities and/or business divisions.
Under ASC 350, companies must also perform an annual test to determine if the goodwill of any of its reporting units is impaired. Material changes in the economic outlook or in a company’s ongoing business outlook may require an impairment of goodwill. The test for goodwill impairment determines the fair value of reporting units and compares that value to the carrying value of reporting units. If the carrying value is higher than the fair value, then the impairment amount becomes the difference between the two
Stock-based compensation is when employees are awarded stock, SAR or stock options as a form of compensation other than cash compensation. Startup companies typically use stock compensation because they lack the cash to pay employees competitive rates, but companies must abide by strict laws and compliance considerations when offering stock options to their employees. Valuation of equity-based employee compensation is necessary for the context of financial reporting. Under ASC 718, a company that awards its employees stock-based compensation must recognize the fair value of those awards in its financial reporting. The cost of the stock-based compensation is recognized over the period the employee provides a service or the vesting period. Independent third-party valuation experts can perform valuations and provide support for the amount to be expensed.
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