We have compiled a library of articles written by the professionals of Mercer Capital. This library contains our most recent articles, as well as older pieces for your information.
These articles feature relevant and useful advice on a range of strategic matters related to the bankruptcy and restructuring process.
The valuation techniques for identifiable intangible assets are rooted in the fundamental elements of business valuation, cash flow and risk, under the cost, market, and income approaches. However, when valuing identifiable intangible assets, we use valuation methods adapted to the unique attributes of those assets.
Mercer Capital is the leading provider of buy-sell agreement valuation services in the nation. Business owners, attorneys, and other business advisors who are either subject to a buy-sell or shareholder agreement or draft these agreements will find the content here helpful.
The creation of buy-sell agreements involves a certain amount of future-thinking. The parties must think about what could, might, or will happen and write an agreement that will work for all sides in the event an agreement is triggered at some unknown time in the future. This article addresses the important characteristics of buy-sell agreements that are important for business owners and for attorneys advising them.
Reviews of Tax Court and other court cases addressing valuation issues of importance to shareholders and professional advisors to business are contained here.
It is imperative for estate planners to engage valuation analysts that perform the proper procedures and follow best practices when performing valuations for gift and estate planning purposes. It is necessary to have a well-supported valuation because these reports are scrutinized by the IRS and may end up going to court. The recent decision by the U.S. Tax Court in Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner provides several lessons and reminders for valuation analysts, and those that engage valuation analysts, to keep in mind when performing valuations for gift and estate planning purposes.
Corporate valuation articles cover a broad range of topics of interest to business owners and their professional advisors.
Mercer Capital understands ESOPs because we are an ESOP-owned firm. Articles included are written for Trustees and other professional advisors to ESOP companies and address a broad range of ESOP valuation issues.
In recent years there has been increasing concern among ESOP sponsors and professional advisors (trustees, TPAs, business appraisers, legal counsel) regarding the scrutiny of the DOL, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”), and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). These entities (and agencies thereof) are tasked with ensuring that ESOPs comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) as well as with various provisions of the federal income tax code concerning qualified retirement plans (including ESOPs). Citing concerns for poor quality and inconsistency in business appraisals, the DOL has sought in recent years to expand the meaning of “fiduciary” under ERISA to include business appraisers. In this article, Timothy R. Lee focuses on the use of financial projections in ESOP valuations. The use (or misuse) of financial projections is often the most direct cause of over- or under-valuation in ESOPs.
Mercer Capital provides financial education services and other strategic financial consulting to family businesses
The potential elimination of the step-up in basis presents an estate planning opportunity to high-net worth individuals and family business owners or should at least spur them to contemplate revisiting their estate plans.
Focusing primarily on banks, the articles contained here cover a wide array of topics, including valuation basics, financial reporting issues, transaction issues, and industry commentary.
Fairness opinions are more than a 3 or 4 page letter that opines as to the fairness from a financial point of view of a contemplated transaction. A fairness opinion should be backed by a robust analysis of all the relevant factors considered in rendering the opinion, including an evaluation of the shares to be issued to the selling company’s shareholders. In this article, we present key questions that should be asked about the buyer’s shares.
We have broad experience with fair value issues related to public and private companies, financial institutions, private equity firms, start-up enterprises, and other closely held businesses. CFOs, controllers, and auditors, among others, will find the articles here useful.
Most financial professionals understand that goodwill impairment testing is typically performed annually, usually near the end of a Company’s fiscal year. In fact, many companies just completed an impairment test as of year-end 2019. But the unprecedented events precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic now raise questions about whether an interim goodwill impairment test is warranted.
Mercer Capital’s industry articles cover a broad range of topics of interest to business owners and their professional advisors.
Mercer Capital brings over 30 years of experience to the field of dispute analysis and litigation support. These articles are written to assist attorneys and other stakeholders when facing a dispute.
In each "Meet the Team" segment, we highlight a different professional on our Family Law team. This segment we highlight Karolina Calhoun, CPA/ABV/CFF. Karolina is a Vice President here at Mercer and is active in family law litigation and corporate valuation.
Mercer Capital has been providing objective valuations for tax compliance since 1982. Estate planners, business owners, and other professional advisors will find these articles of interest.
All fair market determinations involve assumptions regarding how buyers and sellers would behave in a transaction involving the subject asset. In a recent Tax Court case, the IRS appraiser applied a novel valuation rationale predicated on transactions that would occur involving assets other than the subject interests being valued. In its ruling, the Court concluded that this approach transgressed the boundaries of what may be assumed in a valuation.
Mercer Capital has been successfully executing mergers & acquisitions for a broad spectrum of middle-market companies since the mid-1980s, as well as providing fairness opinions and other transaction-related consulting services. The articles here address topics of interest to business owners who are seeking to transition their businesses and to shareholders interested in transaction issues.
After spending years, if not decades, building your business through hard work, determination, and a little luck, what happens when you are ready to monetize your efforts by selling part or all of your business? Exiting the business you built from the ground up is often a bittersweet experience. Many business owners focus their efforts on growing their business and push planning for their eventual exit aside until it can’t be ignored any longer. However, long before your eventual exit, you should begin planning for the day you will leave the business you built. We suggest you consider these three things.