With the release of ASC 350, 805, 820 and 718 (among others), fair value estimates have become increasingly important elements of the accounting process. Consistent with the challenges developing fair value estimates, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board PCAOB inspection reports often note audit deficiencies involving fair value estimates. The SEC has commented publicly about concerns regarding valuations and a new appraisal certification, Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations™, is being rolled out to the valuation community.

In recognition of these concerns impacting financial statement preparers, accountants and appraisers, the American Society of Appraisers’ and the University of Southern California Leventhal School of Accounting’s 14th Annual Fair Value Conference will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at KPMG LLP in downtown Los Angeles.

Although one of the conference organizers is a not-for-profit entity focused on appraisal education and certification, the conference proceedings will be of significant interest to financial executives and accountants. The conference will provide important updates on a range of fair value matters impacting financial reporting. Conference presenters included internationally recognized, senior accounting and valuation professionals at the Big 4 and other leading accounting firms and the PCAOB. Prior year’s conferences have included representatives of the SEC, FASB and IASB among others.

Presentation topics and speakers included:

Terminal Value Calculations / Long-Term Growth Rate Estimation UpdateRoger Grabowski, Managing Director at Duff & Phelps LLP. We are pleased to have Roger return to Los Angeles to provide the latest thinking pertaining to these important elements of the valuation process.

Valuation of Cryptoassets: The New FrontierLynne Webber, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps. While the long-term viability of Cryptoassets may be uncertain, they require valuation for financial reporting and other purposes. Although Lynne’s presentation focused on Cryptoassets, the concepts discussed including blockage, alternative markets, economic viability among others will be valid to many other valuation challenges facing appraisers.

IVSC Project UpdatesKevin Prall, Senior Manager, KPMG LLP, Business Valuation Standards Director, IVSC. The IVSC continues efforts in a range of areas to advance the valuation profession. Kevin discussed the IVSC exposure draft on Non-Financial Liabilities, IVS Technical Revisions, IVS Financial Instruments Board and agenda, IVSC coordination efforts with the IASB, CFA Institute and U.K. Financial Reporting Council.

Topic Updates included:

One Day Fair Value Conference for Accounting, Valuation and Finance Professionals CEIV UpdateTony Aaron, USC Leventhal School of Accounting. Tony provided an update on the latest developments on the CEIV designation and the Mandatory Performance Framework.

ASA Business Valuation Committee UpdateJeffrey Tarbell, Chair, Business Valuation Committee, Director at Houlihan Lokey. Jeff provided an update on developments at the ASA.

Software ValuationJonathan Shing, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite its prevalence as an identifiable asset when purchase price allocations for ASC 805 are performed, there is relatively limited guidance specific to the valuation of software assets. Given his years performing and reviewing software valuation first in Silicon Valley and now in PwC’s Los Angeles office, Jonathan brought a depth of insights to this challenging area of valuation.

Common Stock ValuationAmanda Miller, Executive Director at Ernst & Young, Complex Securities Valuation Group. Despite expanding guidance available to BV appraisers, common stock valuations continue to challenge appraisers. Amanda discussed transactions, OPM issues, discounts for lack of marketability and other areas where judgments differ.

PCAOB UpdateGeorge Wilfert, Deputy Director at Public Company Accounting Oversight; and Thomas Ryan, Professor of the Practice, USC Leventhal School of Accounting. Fair value matters continue to be an area where PCAOB Inspection Reports note need for improvement. The PCAOB released final standards with important implications to auditors and appraisers that perform valuations for financial reporting. The two updated standards include: 1) Amendments to Auditing Standards for Auditor’s Use of the Work of Specialists, and 2) Auditing Accounting Estimates, including Fair Value Measurements. This session provided an overview of the standards and any other recent developments at the PCAOB with a focus on matters impacting fair value determinations.

Abbreviated Presentations—As energy levels tend to wane at the end of the day, our final presentation slot will include abbreviated presentations to help keep your energy and interest levels high.

Pepperdine Capital Markets Survey UpdateCraig R. Everett, Assistant Professor of Finance, Director, Private Capital Markets Project Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University. The development of discount rates for business valuations continues to be an area of concern. Craig provided an update on the Private Capital Markets Project survey findings.

CFA Institute UpdateMohini Singh ACA, Director, Financial Reporting Policy, CFA Institute. Besides it efforts associated with the CFA charter, the CFA Institute is focused on a variety of efforts to advance the quality of investment decisions worldwide. Mohini provided an update on activities at the CFA Institute.

We are pleased to answer any questions pertaining to any/all of these presentations. Please contact Ray Rath at rrath@globalviewadvisors.com or call +1 (949) 475-2808 with any questions.