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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

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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. 

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Covid-19 | Valuation Update | Three Months In

Just over three months ago, financial markets started responding to the news of a new pandemic. Within the following four weeks S&P 500 fluctuated between 3,373 and 2,237, effectively losing a third of its value. One of the most significant financial valuation melt-downs was on its way.

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COVID-19 | Valuation Update

From the letter to our clients this morning: Good morning, Hope you, your family, and your team are healthy and safe in these uncertain times. I am writing this email to clarify the impact of the recent events on your valuation work. Without much doubt, valuations of business interests, assets, liabilities and financial instruments have

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Valuing VC Investments – An Intuitive Example (Sort Of)

Startup companies don’t just disrupt established industries, they add great complexity to ecosystems that support their growth.  Among countless supporting functions, valuation services had to up the game.   We are not talking about online valuation tools (or SaaS-like offerings), most of which are fantastically dumbed-down versions of Excel models pretending to be AI (we

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