About American ValueMetrics

American ValueMetrics

American ValueMetrics (AVM) is a California based international business valuation firm with over 40 years experience providing persuasive and defensible valuations and analyses to business owners, private equity management and other stakeholders in private businesses. Working primarily with United States companies, but also serving businesses in countries operating under the English Common Law system, AVM provides business valuations and advisory services for executives and investors from small business to the sophisticated firm with multiple classes of stock, options and complex shareholder agreements.
The company holds itself to extremely high standards of leadership in the valuation industry, and its conclusions of value have withstood IRS, Daubert and other challenges. AVM’s valuation reports meet the professional standards of USPAP, NACVA and NEBB and the regulatory requirements of IRS, ERISA and DOL, while their expert professionals hold the designations of Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), and Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser (CMEA).

History

American ValueMetrics (AVM) was founded in 2003 as a venture spin-off from Barney & Associates, Inc., a business brokerage, M & A, and valuation firm founded in 1983. In 2003, the brokerage and M & A operations were separated into different firms. Triaz International continued the business brokerage services, and American ValueMetrics assumed the valuation and expert witness services.

Philosophy

AVM’s philosophy is to provide clients with the highest quality services in the valuation and management consulting field through a contemporary business model that minimizes cost. We do this by using the latest technology to save time and overhead and leveraging our data resources across multiple clients while holding ourselves to the highest standards of competency, ethics, integrity, and analysis. We believe our clients should view our service as a great value due to the quality and effectiveness of our work and our responsiveness throughout the process.

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Articles

By avm February 5, 2016 In
Proposed IRS regulations to eliminate discounts for family limited partnerships (FLPs) are to be released comment, but never seem to arrive.  The Obama Administration proposed changing the law over several annual budget proposals in order to restrict or eliminate valuation discounts on transfers of interests in family-controlled entities. The Administration was not successful in having the...
By avm February 5, 2016 In
Since mid-2012, a steady increase in median revenue from $350,000 to $450,000, led to higher small business sale prices. Overall, this year's small business transaction data is following the trend of the past few years: steady activity along with improving financials. Although total transactions are on pace to fall three percent from peak 2014 levels,...
By avm February 5, 2016 In
INTRODUCTION The valuation process typically does not assess the underlying company accounting policy and procedures. However, it is important for stakeholders to be aware of accounting conventions, and to vet them in any due diligence effort. The following is a discussion of different accounting policies and what risks they might introduce. Accounting guidelines allow companies...
By avm February 5, 2016 In
BUSINESS GOODWILL IN CALIFORNIA FAMILY LAW Three issues must be addressed in valuing business interests for the purposes of property settlements in family law. They are: Personal vs. Institutional Goodwill (Personal and Professional Goodwill are similar in nature – personal applies to all types of companies and professional applies to professional practices (i.e. medical practice,...
By avm February 5, 2016 In
Once a simple concept – reward employees for participating in the growth of a company’s value via stock options – incentive compensation has now become a very complicated area of tax regulation and accounting. At least since the creation of “qualifying stock options” in 1981, the IRS has required that options be priced at or...