What’s in a Name: Valuing Trademarks and Trade Names

In March 2010, Diamond Foods, Inc. completed its acquisition of Kettle Foods. Nearly 40%, of the purchase price was allocated to “brand intangibles.” Such a high value leads to the question: How are such valuations determined and what are the drivers?

FASB Modifies Goodwill Impairment Test

On August 10, 2011, the FASB approved a pending exposure draft, “Testing Goodwill for Impairment,” which adds an optional qualitative assessment (referred to by some as the “Step Zero” test) to the annual goodwill impairment testing process.

Increasing Scrutiny for Fair Value Measurements

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) recently released the “Report on Observations of PCAOB Inspectors Related to Audit Risk Areas Affected by the Economic Crisis,” which identified instances where auditors failed to comply with PCAOB standards.

5 Things To Know about Proposed Changes to ASC Topic 820

The FASB issued an exposure draft regarding a broad range of proposed amendments to Topic 820 on June 29, 2010. The exposure draft is part of the ongoing convergence project and is intended to more closely align fair value measurements under U.S. GAAP and IFRS.

Why Quality Matters in Valuation for Equity Compensation Grants

For privately held companies (particularly those sponsored by private equity and venture capital funds), getting the valuation process right the first time for equity compensation grant compliance is always the least expensive route in terms of both direct and indirect cost.

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.