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Arizona Beverages Partners Air Widely Divergent Value Views

December 2014 | Issue 77 Introduction This valuation proceeding arose out of a four-year litigation struggle between John Ferolito and Domenick Vultaggio, the co-founders of AriZona Beverages. AriZona is the largest privately-owned beverage company in the United States. Stated simply, the case involved the valuation of the AriZona entities (“AriZona” or “company”); a collection of [...] More...

Personal Goodwill, is it Part of Company Value?

September 2014 | Issue 76 PERSONAL GOODWILL, IS IT PART OF COMPANY VALUE? Background Franklin Adell died on August 13, 2006. Included in his estate was a 100% interest in a company called STN.Com, Inc. (“STN”). The estate initially valued STN at $9.3 million. The IRS issued a notice of deficiency which valued STN at [...] More...

Non-Recurring Cash Flows Complicate Hesco Valuation

August 2014 | Issue 75 NON-RECURRING CASH FLOWS COMPLICATE HESCO VALUATION Patricia Laidler  (Petitioner) was a 10% shareholder of Hesco Bastion USA, Inc. (“Hesco”).  The remaining  90% interest in Hesco was owned by Hesco Bastion Environmental, Inc. (“Environmental”).  On January 26, 2012, Hesco was merged into Environmental. Pursuant to the terms of the merger, Petitioner [...] More...

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Financial Reporting Valuations

Hempstead & Co. provides fair value advice related to the preparation of financial statements.

Financial officers and auditors turn to us for advice and assistance in carrying out goodwill impairment studies and purchase price allocation studies required in the preparation of financial statements which conform to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  Goodwill impairment and valuation studies are used in the implementation of ASC 805, Business Combinations, ASC 350, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, and ASC 360, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-lived Assets.

Accountants and financial officers also rely on us for assistance in valuing stock options issued as employee compensation, or for other purposes. ASC 718, Compensation-Stock Compensation, requires that the fair value of stock options be determined for use in preparation of financial statements. Hempstead & Co. is experienced in all of the methodologies used in option valuation, including Black-Scholes, binomial and Monte Carlo.

Officers of Hempstead & Co. serve on the Appraisal Issues Task Force, AITF, a national organization which provides input to the SEC and the Financial Accounting Standards Board, FASB, on accounting-related valuation issues.