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Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS)

Oct 6, 2022

Guests: Josh Shilts, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA
             Matthew Shaffer, Ph.D

Matthew Shaffer, an assistant professor at USC Marshall School of Business, feels accounting is the fundamental measurement for how companies perform and emphasizes the use of accounting fundamentals to determine valuation methods.  His December 2021 article "Why Value the Enterprise enroute to Equity? Valuation Practice in M&A" caught Josh's attention. During this episode, Josh Shilts and Professor Shaffer discuss:

  • What prompted the writing of the article
  • Why M&A advisors and equity analysts use such different methods of valuation
  • How to improve our understanding of the variation between enterprise-value and price value multiples
  • Why not directly capitalize earnings into an equity valuation

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