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.
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.
After several years of litigation involving a number of hearings and trials on various issues, a trial to conclude the collective fair value of a group of related companies known as the AriZona Entities occurred. This article presents an in-depth discussion of the case and the valuation issues present.
Corporate valuation articles cover a broad range of topics of interest to business owners and their professional advisors.
The following is the fourth installment in our series “What Keeps Family Business Owners Awake at Night” Our multi-generation family business clients ask us about dividend policy more often than any other topic. This should not be unexpected, since returns to … Continued
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.
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.
Fortunately for bank stock valuations, the tax reform plank materialized in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”). The Act has sweeping implications for banks, influencing more than their effective tax rates. This article explores these lesser known ramifications of the Act.
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.
Managers of companies going through a Chapter 11 restructuring process need to juggle an extraordinary set of additional responsibilities, often requiring help from outside third party specialists to formulate a reorganization plan that facilitate a successful navigation through the bankruptcy court. This article provides expertise on the Chapter 11 reorganization process and emergence.
Mercer Capital’s industry articles cover a broad range of topics of interest to business owners and their professional advisors.
Using data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence, we analyzed trends in CDI assets recorded in whole bank acquisitions completed from 2008 through the third quarter of 2017, and we compared CDIs recorded as a percentage of core deposits acquired to 5-year FHLB rates over the same period.
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 the case, Shawnee Telecom Resources, Inc. v. Kathy Brown, the Kentucky Supreme Court provides a number of interesting insights into the evolution of statutory fair value in the various states, and, in this matter, in Kentucky.
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.
The article, presented as a pdf download, suggests a technique based on the adjusted capital asset pricing model whereby business appraisers and market participants can independently develop EBITDA multiples under the income approach to valuation. discusses what the adoption of these proposed regulations might mean from a valuation standpoint.
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.
In this video, Travis W. Harms, CFA, CPA/ABV, senior vice president of Mercer Capital, offers a short, yet thorough, overview of corporate finance fundamentals for closely held and family business directors and shareholders.
During the formative years of my business valuation career, I gradually became aware that consideration of six underlying financial, economic, logical, and psychological principles provide a solid basis for considering valuation questions and issues. The acronym, GRAPES, provides a convenient word to help organize and remember the Organizing Principles, which we will sometimes refer to here (with a tip of the hat to John Steinbeck) as the GRAPES of Value.