An Introduction to Dividends and Dividend Policy for Private Companies

Dividends and dividend policies are important for the owners of closely held and family businesses. Dividends can provide a source of liquidity and diversification for owners of private companies. Dividend policy can also have an impact on the way that management focuses on financial performance.

Your Business Will Change Hands: Important Valuation Concepts to Understand

In this article, we provide a broad overview of business value and why understanding basic valuation concepts is critical for business owners. Why is this valuation knowledge important? Because businesses change hands much more frequently than one might think. In fact, every business changes hands at least every generation, even if control is maintained by a single family unit.

QMDM Fact Sheet

The Quantitative Marketability Discount Model is a shareholder-level discounted cash flow model designed to help valuation experts derive and explain a reasonable and transparent conclusion based upon the facts and circumstances of each case. For information on the model, download … Continued

The Management Interview: Why It’s Important and What You Should Expect

One critical part of the valuation process is the management interview or, as it is sometimes called, the due diligence visit. The management interview provides the business appraiser with an opportunity to integrate many sources of information about a business into a logical and consistent whole. The interview also helps to complete an overall understanding of how a particular business operates. The process of preparing for and conducting a management interview requires the appraiser to develop a command of the facts and circumstances of this particular valuation case.

Selecting a Business Appraiser

Business appraisal is both an art and a science, and Revenue Ruling 59-60 reinforces this point upon a full reading of the complete document.

8 Things You Need to Know About Section 409A

The valuation professionals at Mercer Capital have the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience necessary to help you navigate the potentially perilous path of Section 409A.

An Overview of Personal Goodwill

In the world of FASB, goodwill is not delineated into personal goodwill and corporate or enterprise goodwill.  However, in the tax world, this distinction can be of critical importance and can create significant savings to a taxpayer involved in the … Continued

Experience and the Test of Reason

The Tax Court opinion regarding the Estate of Thompson vs. the Internal Revenue Service (T.C. Memo 2004-174) is remarkable in that the full opinion is essentially a business valuation analysis.  The 54 page decision report includes approximately 18 pages of … Continued

Normalizing Adjustments to the Income Statement

Normalizing adjustments adjust the income statement of a private company to show the prospective purchaser the return from normal operations of the business and reveal a “public equivalent” income stream.

Valuing Phantom Stock

Phantom stock is sometimes more “phantom” than valuation and accounting professionals would like. Small business owners may make phantom stock agreements with key employees, but fail to mention these agreements to their financial advisors, particularly, but not exclusively, when the … Continued

Assessing the Quality of Earnings

A critical aspect of any valuation analysis is the appraiser’s ability to read, understand and interpret a Company’s financial statements – a skill vital to making an accurate assessment of the value of any company.

Valuation and Business Concentrations

Concentrations are a significant issue in valuing a business enterprise. The presence and magnitude (or absence) of business concentrations are major considerations in assessing a subject company’s risk profile and financial outlook.