May 25, 2021
The estimated number of going concerns for the fiscal year 2019 fell to the lowest amount in 20 years, but the pandemic caused financial distress that could bring an end to this downward trend for the fiscal year 2020.
May 11, 2021
Cybercrime isn’t just an issue for big corporations. Your small business can be a target, too. Are you protecting your QuickBooks data?
April 30, 2021
What could President Biden’s tax proposals mean for you? Here’s a brief rundown of the American Families Plan.
March 31, 2021
Eligible businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic now have until May 31 to apply for a PPP loan. Here’s the latest updates on the popular loan program.
March 25, 2021
The best choice of entity can affect your business in several ways, including the amount of your tax bill. Although S corporations can provide substantial tax advantages over C corporations in some cases, there are potential tax problems to assess before deciding to convert from C to S status.
March 22, 2021
Is your business taking full advantage of the Employee Retention Credit? Discover how you could make the most of the year-old ERC.
March 18, 2021
Did you resolve to pay bills on time in 2021? QuickBooks offers tools to help you enter, pay, and track them, so you can avoid late payments. Here’s how.
March 17, 2021
Because the new American Rescue Plan Act is such an expansive piece of legislation, it’s likely that you, your family, or your business can benefit from it.
March 11, 2021
The latest COVID-19-related stimulus bill, the American Rescue Plan Act, has passed and awaits signing by President Biden. What does this legislation mean for you individually or as an employer?
November 15, 2019
The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted a rule that would extend the “test-the-waters” provision of the JOBS Act to all companies with the hope that more will consider going public.
January 14, 2019
Owners of manufacturing and distribution companies are often so focused on the here-and-now that planning for future catastrophes may fall through the cracks. But operating without a valid buy-sell agreement can cause financial distress and even tear a company apart if tragedy strikes.
June 2, 2017
The lessons learned from PECO Logistics v. Walnut Investment Partners.
April 15, 2016
Most business owners spend a lifetime building their business. And when it comes to succession, they face the difficult decision of whether to sell, dissolve or transfer their business to family members. A business transfer involves several complicated issues, such as how to divvy up the family business into logical pieces, allocate value and tackle complex tax issues.
April 15, 2016
In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson sent Robert Livingston to Paris to negotiate the purchase of the city of New Orleans and its surrounding area from France. Entering the negotiation, they were prepared to spend $10 million for this acquisition.
April 13, 2016
There’s a trade-off between risk and return in business valuation. Investors expect to receive a higher return as the company exposes them to greater risk. Industry-specific risk is an important consideration when estimating an investor’s expected return. Here’s how business valuators measure industry risks and factor them into their analyses.
July 22, 2015
Business owners enter into stock-purchase agreements to facilitate buyouts upon certain triggering events, such as a shareholder’s death or divorce. But sometimes courts disregard these agreements, leaving shareholders vulnerable to paying (or receiving) an amount mandated by a judge who may not be familiar with the parties’ preferences or financial conditions.
July 22, 2015
Estate planners often use family limited partnerships (FLPs) and family limited liability companies (FLLCs) to consolidate a family’s wealth management, protect assets against creditors, and reduce gift and estate taxes. FLPs and FLLCs reduce taxes via valuation discounts for lack of control and marketability that are subtracted from the net asset value of the entity’s holdings.
January 16, 2015
Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “time kills all deals.” While that may be true, it appears that valuation gaps — differing deal pricing expectations between buyers and sellers — are the most common deal-killing culprit. The 2014 Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Report was recently issued and included information from debt capital providers, equity investors, investment bankers and business brokers regarding 2013 activity. Let’s take a closer look at survey results from business brokers and investment bankers regarding sources of deal failure.
February 10, 2014
The year 2014 is expected to be a strong one for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity. Several factors are contributing to a deal-friendly environment such as inexpensive debt capital, strong stock prices and cash-heavy balance sheets that provide the currency needed to enter into deals. In addition, overall macro-economic strength continues to build. Against this backdrop, there is pent-up demand in those who wish to grow through acquisitions after years of standing on the sidelines during a slow economic recovery.
February 10, 2014
Size does matter. Mergers between small-capitalized, privately held companies are different animals from larger-cap and public company combinations. Small deals can run more smoothly than large ones, but they also can get bogged down in issues that neither party could ever foresee.
May 26, 2013
To many businesses, their brand is a critical business asset. Of course, the value of this asset may not be identified on the balance sheet since many of the brand-building investments made by companies are expensed over time. However, when one company acquires another company, brand-related value may be recognized on the balance sheet of the acquiring company.