The Q3 report, “This Train Keeps Rolling,” breaks down private equity activity in 2018 between deal size and sector. While valuations remain near historic highs, multiples have come down slightly in all but the small-market. Still, debt markets and considerable sums of dry powder available to private equity investors have allowed sponsors to pay a considerable premium over strategic acquirers as of the end of Q3.
by Kyrre Kjellevold, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law
Management often relies on specialists for valuing complex fair value measurements (FVMs), auditors frequently rely on those FVMs as audit evidence, and the PCAOB has documented persistent problems in the audit of FVMs. Based on in-depth interviews of Norwegian audit partners and company valuation specialists, I provide evidence on how audit teams interact with company specialists, how company specialists view the work of auditors and auditor specialists, and the extent of pressure company specialists’ experience to conform to management measurement bias.
by Ron Alquist, AQR Capital Management LLC / Ronen Israel, AQR Capital Management, LLC / Tobias J. Moskowitz, Yale University, Yale SOM, AQR Capital, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
In the earliest days of empirical work in academic finance, the size effect was the first market anomaly to challenge the standard asset pricing model and prompt debates about market efficiency. The notion that small stocks have higher average returns than large stocks, even after risk-adjustment, was a pathbreaking discovery, one that for decades has been taken as an unwavering fact of financial markets.
The Journal has been created by OIV – Organismo Italiano di Valutazione, the Italian Valuation Standard Setter – to provide a forum for discussion and to foster progress in the field of business valuation.
ValueTrust, finexpert and the Institute for Accounting and Auditing of the Johannes Kepler University Linz release the third issue of the DACH Capital Market Study and for the first time, also a ValueTrust European Capital Market Study, which analyzes the relevant parameters for the European capital market on an aggregated level.