By Harold G. Martin, Jr., CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, CFE, Partner, Valuation and Forensic Services
Considering COVID-19’s Impact on the Stock Market for Valuations
The coronavirus pandemic has had a material, adverse impact on the U.S. and global economies. This has relevance for business valuation because an appraiser has to assess whether the impact of the pandemic was known or knowable as of the effective valuation date and, if so, this impact must be reflected in the valuation of the business. If the event was not known or knowable as of the valuation date, then it is considered a subsequent event and consideration should be given to making a disclosure in a valuation report to make the reader aware of the event.
One of the methods of assessing whether the pandemic was known or knowable as of a particular point in time is to consider its impact on the stock market. Linked below is a timeline of the coronavirus, including its impact on the U.S. stock market that we believe will be of interest to clients and their advisors who are considering business valuations.
The timeline was prepared by Valuation Products and Services LLC. We hope that you will find this information to be of interest. Please contact our Valuation and Forensic Services team if we may be of assistance or Email | Call 804.747.0000.
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