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THE JUDGE WOULDN’T IGNORE THIS “ROUNDING ERROR”

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...

NEW JERSEY COURT USES VALUATION DISCOUNT TO PUNISH “BAD BOY”

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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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.