Business Valuations & Asset Valuation


Armanino has advanced modeling capabilities to provide companies with the independent valuations of derivatives needed for financial reporting requirements and SEC compliance.

ASC 815 Derivatives and Financial Instruments

ASC 815 (formerly FAS 133), Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, provides guidance on the specific accounting treatment of a multitude of derivative instruments. In the case of equity related instruments, such instruments or embedded features are accounted for at fair value as either an asset or liability, depending on — among other considerations — if the instrument is indexed to the issuer’s own stock. The classification has been the topic of a number of additional FASB pronouncements, such as the Emerging Issue Task Force Statement 07-5: Determining Whether an Instrument (or Embedded Feature) Is Indexed to an Entity’s Own Stock. Common provisions such as anti-dilution clauses in convertible securities or equity warrants may lead to an accounting treatment as a liability with a resulting requirement to value these instruments at fair value in each reporting period.

Recent SEC Guidance for Valuing Derivatives

Recent SEC guidance and comments regarding smaller issuers criticize the widespread but incorrect use of the Black Scholes model for the valuation of complex derivative securities that incorporate embedded features. The SEC recommends more advanced techniques such as the Binomial Lattice Model or a Monte Carlo Simulation to map these features.

Established Competence

Armanino has experience in the valuation of complex securities, including preferred equity, options, warrants, and convertible debt with embedded features and can value these instruments with models that appropriately represent the economic attributes to meet financial reporting requirements and SEC compliance.