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June 2017 | Issue 86 Background Constellis Group,  Inc. is a private security firm.  In December 2013, the Company formed an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”), which purchased 100% of Constellis’s voting stock.  Wilmington Trust NA was named Trustee of the ESOP.  Less than a year after the ESOP was created, the ESOP sold all […] More...


March 2017 | Issue 85 Introduction Richard and Steven Parker are brothers who ran a flower business in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.  Richard is the President of Parker Interior Plantscapes (“PIP”), which installs and services plants and flowers in commercial settings.  Steven is the President of Parker Wholesale Florists (“PWF”), which is a garden center.  […] More...

Dell Appraisal Spawns a Multitude of Valuation Approaches

February 2017 | Issue 84 Introduction A Delaware Chancery appraisal case involving computer company Dell Inc. gave rise to a multitude of valuation measurements.  It is instructive to see how the court sorted through them in coming up with its final appraisal conclusion.  The case is In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., 2016 Del. Ch. LEXIS […] More...

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G. A. Taylor Fernley, President & CEO – Fernley & Fernley

“As a business owner holding 100% of the stock in my company, John Hempstead’s presentation challenged me to understand that change is inevitable and to recognize that setting the process for valuing my business NOW would lead to reduced conflict and an equitable sale price at the time I choose to turn over the business to a successor or new owners. The upfront investment is small compared to the knowledge and peace of mind that the years of work will not be transferred without appropriate compensation to me and continued value to the new owners.”

Herb Hess, CEO – CNE, Inc.

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Aric Spitulnik, Controller – TESSCO Technologies Incorporated

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Frank Demmerly, Esq. – Archer & Greiner, P.C.

“Our company hired Hempstead & Co. to determine a fair market valuation of our stock. We thought that they did a great job for us. They took time to understand our business, their report was finished on time and we were very satisfied with the results.”

Ed Wagman, John Wagman – Monarch Products, Inc.

“You delivered exactly what we requested – on time and on budget.”

William J. Newman, Jr., Esq. – Christian & Barton LLP

“We were initially referred to Hempstead in connection with valuation work needed due to an IRS controversy matter. John Hempstead and Mark Penny have a very good reputation with the IRS and this credibility went a long way in helping to resolve the controversy.

“We have subsequently engaged Hempstead & Co. for a variety of entity valuation projects, mostly in support of foreign affiliates’ values.

“Campbell intends to use Hempstead & Co. for future valuation work and we would recommend the firm to others.”

Richard Landers, V.P. Taxes – Campbell Soup Company

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Bill Steller – Phillips Mushroom Farms

“As a CPA in practice for over 35 years, I have referred many clients to Hempstead & Co. with confidence. My clients have been very satisfied with the depth and diversity of their appraisal reports. I find that their reports are of the highest quality as well as extremely professional when facing the IRS.”

Gregory J. Facemyer, CPA – Bridgeton, N.J.

“Ours was a complex transaction that involved first a restructuring of the company and then a valuation of the newly created non-voting shares.

“We feel that Hempstead & Company’s complete and thorough research provided the necessary underpinnings to ensure the credibility of our judgments.”

Arthur Lukach, President – Micromold Products Incorporated

“I was impressed with the quickness and depth in which Hempstead learned the relevant aspects of my clients’ business and the quality of the analysis. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with Hempstead and to recommend Hempstead to my clients and colleagues.”

Jeffrey P. Resnick, Esq. – Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky, P.A.

“We worked with Mark in an arbitration concerning a business break-up. He displayed true expertise, preparing a valuation report which provided ample support for its conclusions and by testifying effectively at the arbitration, which assisted in winning a favorable outcome for the client. I’ll certainly engage Mark in the future.”

Robert Herskovits, Esq. – Gusrae, Kaplan, Bruno & Nusbaum PLLC

“Our organization consists of a complex structure of diverse entities encompassing real estate operations and ownership, as well as heavy construction and manufacturing. We turned to Hempstead & Co. for business valuations critical to our needs relative to ownership succession planning. We have not regretted our decision. Their work has been professional and timely. Their reports are clear and precise, and I look forward to continuing our relationship.”

Dean Glick, Vice President Taxes – High Company LLC