Many factors must be considered when determining the value of a business or its intellectual property. Internal factors, such as financial performance of the asset, and external factors, such as market conditions, impact value. Valuation is not a formula, but rather a science that involves gathering and analyzing all relevant facts and processing this information through the funnel of a qualified expert’s judgment and experience. The Hemming Morse team possesses a wealth of knowledge and depth of expertise to ensure accurate, objective and relevant valuation results for business owners and managers, attorneys and financial advisors. Our professionals perform valuations for businesses spanning multiple industries, including manufacturing, retail, technology, life sciences, medical devices, agriculture, professional services, food service, and hospitality, applying rigorous professional standards to ensure the highest quality work product. Hemming Morse has provided valuation services in connection with strategic sales, IPOs, reorganizations and corporate restructurings for transactions up to and exceeding $1 billion.
Valuation of Failed Company in Employee Class Action
Valuation of a Resort Hotel/Condominium
Preparation for Initial Public Offering
The Hemming Morse team was retained by a fast-growing networking device company with the goal of achieving an initial public offering (IPO) within two years. Initially, the company was internally funded, did not have any audited financial statements, and lacked a robust accounting and finance team. A private equity group was brought in to provide growth capital and a new management team, and audit processes with a “Big 4” accounting firm were established to take the necessary steps for the IPO to occur. Our team was engaged as the company’s valuation expert for stock options issuance under IRC 409A, a key aspect of incentivizing the management team and employee base to achieve a successful IPO. During a two-year period, we guided the management team on the valuation implications of multiple complex and fast-moving issues, including:
- A $100 million private equity investment for preferred shares.
- Redemptions of founder common shares on the same terms as preferred securities.
- Strategic acquisitions.
- Constantly changing financial statements through the audit process and coordination with the audit team on preparing timely valuation drafts, as well as addressing auditor due diligence on our work.
- Fast-growing trajectory of the company, fluctuating margins, combined with many uncertain variables that were material to estimating the company’s value.
- Estimated range for the IPO pricing, and significant variance in that range leading to the public offering.
Ultimately, the client used our work to incentivize its management team, achieve a timely public offering and successfully manage the significant tax and financial reporting exposure related to equity-based compensation.
Business Valuation in Antitrust Matter
Effective Resolution of Shareholder Dispute
The Hemming Morse team was engaged by the receiver of a manufacturing company embroiled in a shareholder dispute that had spanned multiple years. A significant shareholder had filed an action to dissolve the corporation, with the dispute having numerous claims and counterclaims alleging harm to the corporation and to various shareholders. Hemming Morse assisted with the nomination and ultimate selection by the parties of a third neutral appraiser and led the three-appraiser panel in the process of gathering information and determining the fair value of the corporation, as well as the numerous direct and derivative claims.
The process of estimating fair value of the manufacturing company was long and complex, and involved the following steps taken by the Hemming Morse team:
- Coordinating efforts with the other appraisers on the panel to determine what documents were needed and communicating effectively with the parties to gather this information.
- Organizing management interview meetings and assisting with the interview process to ensure that all relevant facts were considered in the appraisal, and that both parties’ perspectives were given equal consideration.
- Arranged multiple calls with the appraiser panel to review all direct and derivative claims in the case, and to reconcile conflicting information and representations by the parties.
- Assisted the appraiser panel in discussing difficult technical issues, differences of opinion, and wherever possible reconciling those differences.
- Facilitated tracking of the numerous issues that the appraisal panel was tasked to be addressed by the Court and ensured that all were appropriately considered by the appraisal panel.
- Conducted research and prepared analyses to determine all appropriate normalizing adjustments to the reported financial statements of the business.
- Determined what claims should be appropriately included and excluded based on the guidance provided by the Court as to the valuation date, standard of value, and other factors.
The appraisal process ultimately concluded with a detailed and well supported opinion of the fair value of the company, and the numerous direct and derivative claims, some of which were determined to have a zero value. The findings of Hemming Morse and the neutral appraisal panel assisted the Court in determining the price at which the dissenting shareholder’s interest would be purchased and resolving a complex multi-year dispute.