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2Q 2013 Biotechnology Performance and Financing Overview

Biotechnology sector performed well on both public and private markets. Large public biotech stocks continued to climb while smaller stocks remained leveled. Private financing deal flow increased substantially, albeit leaving early stage start-ups behind. Biotech sector experienced an overall increase in VC activity during 2Q 2013 and after much less inspiring first quarter. The comeback of VC funding was consistent with strong public markets as well as high, 13, number of completed Life Sciences IPO transactions.

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Balance Sheet Matters in Business Valuation

Can you find a business valuation estimate on a financial statement? The balance sheet contains the book value of equity, which is the first approximation of what the company is worth.  The number would actually be pretty good if it weren’t for unaccounted-for intangible assets and goodwill.  For recently acquired companies, the book value of equity is exactly fair market

Financial Forecast For Purchase Price Allocation (ASC 805/IFRS 3)

This article covers several key factors to consider when building a financial forecast or projected financial information (PFI).  This guidance is designed for financial forecasts used in purchase price allocations, i.e., valuation of intangible assets as part of purchase accounting under US GAAP ASC 805 and IFRS 3.  Here are a few requirements:   PFI has to be long enough

Shadow Preferred Stock Devalues Convertible Note

Convertible notes are starting to resemble CDOs, collateralized debt obligations that led to the 2008 financial crisis, partly because few understood how they worked. From the economic perspective, convertible notes are complex; that includes Simple  Agreements for Future Equity (SAFEs). In fact, they are referred to as “complex financial instruments” by auditors and financial regulators.  A typical convertible note is

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