UFC Valuation Rivals the Dallas Cowboys The slowest sports week of the year got off to a Ronda Rousey-esque start on Monday with the announcement that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been sold for $4 billion to talent agent WME-IMG and a group of private equity investors.  The mixed martial arts league, founded in…

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Oil & Gas Price Outlook July 2016 “Buying Time” Is Expensive for Oilfield Service Companies ValueScope recently analyzed and provided a fairness opinion for a private equity (“PE”) firm’s subsequent investment in an oilfield service company.   Based on our analyses, the service company would violate the EBITDA covenants on its debt in 2017 and would…

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Oil & Gas Price Outlook June 2016 “Market Gurus” – Worth Following? Many financial players (investors, bankers, fund managers, etc.) are quoted daily with their view on the markets, predictions for oil and gas prices, etc.  For instance, in September 2015, a forecast by Goldman Sachs suggested that oil could tank to $20 per barrel.[1] …

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Using Life Settlement Transactions to Value Split-Dollar Loan Receivables Large Estates For large estates which often plan on using life insurance with large premiums to reduce the value of the estate, split-dollar life insurance offers an attractive method for funding the premiums with favorable gifting consequences.  However, the IRS has begun cracking down on the…

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Atlanta Falcons to Lower Concession Prices In 2010, the Atlanta Falcons announced plans to construct a new retractable-roof, multi-purpose stadium to replace the Georgia Dome, the team’s current home field. Thus, in 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will be home to both the Falcons and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), officially broke…

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Oil & Gas Price Outlook May 2016 Market Capitalization’s Impact on MLP Yields and Multiples Investors and valuation experts have long debated the general magnitude (and even the existence) of a “small stock risk premium” and its effect on market values.  Small stock risk implies simply that investors expect a higher rate of return for…

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Oil & Gas Price Outlook April 2016 If PUDs are “free,” we may be a buyer at that price! As E&P companies are releasing their year-end 2015 financials, they all show significant write-offs for the value of their Proved Undeveloped Properties, or “PUDs.” These are driven by their independent engineer’s calculations that many of their…

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March Madness Employee Productivity Are you one of the more than 60 million Americans that filled out a March Madness tournament bracket at work this year? How about one of the 1.5 million employees streaming the NCAA Tournament online and on your company’s dollar? If you fall into either of these categories, you are a…

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Valuing Complex Derivative Securities Even though private equity fund managers are in the business of sourcing and investing daunting amounts of money into a variety of private companies, their mindset often resembles that of the businesses in which they invest. In their 2015 Annual US PE Fund breakdown, Pitchbook identified the average size of a…

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Oil & Gas Price Outlook March 2016 It can actually go up … For the last few months, oil prices have been continually testing the lower price ranges reflected in the futures and options markets. Although February’s pricing reflected a two-sided market, the general trend reflected an increase in oil prices to a level of…

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Presidential Predictions 2016 Given today is “Super Tuesday,” we thought we’d opine on some of the statistics and predictions about various candidates making it to America’s top office. According to British prognosticators wagering their own money, Hillary Clinton has a 53% chance of winning the general election. However, Mr. Helmut Norpoth, a professor of political…

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Private Equity Fund Managers Small Business Owners? Even though private equity fund managers are in the business of sourcing and investing daunting amounts of money into a variety of private companies, their mindset often resembles that of the businesses in which they invest. In their 2015 Annual US PE Fund breakdown, Pitchbook identified the average…

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CbC Not For Me? Think Again. OECD Aligning Transfer Pricing In December of 2015, the US issued proposed regulations related to the implementation of OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, Action 8-10 – Aligning Transfer Pricing Outcomes with Value Creation. (Have we lost you yet?) These proposed regulations would require US Multi-National Enterprises…

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US multi-nationals have long enjoyed the simplicity and tax certainty afforded by Cost Sharing Arrangements (CSA). In a CSA, participants share in the development of valuable intangibles in exchange for the right to exploit the resulting intangible. The cost of the development activity is allocated to the participants based on each participant’s expected benefit. (To…

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Our research suggests it will, but not for a few more years.

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