Tag: GAAP

Selling Your Business & the Value of Accounting Records

M&A Current Environment 2020 and 2021 have been record years for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) despite COVID19.  Liquidity in the marketplace, abundance of retiring baby boomers, and low interest rates continue to fuel the M&A market.   This seller’s market has allowed multiples for selling businesses to remain at high levels.  Investment bankers representing sellers are

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The Importance of Using GAAP Financial Statements

I have written about this in the past, yet it is an ongoing subject that we deal with business owners day after day… A client recently asked me why we (The Strategic CFO) were insisting on generating the clients financial statements on an accrual basis and per GAAP. He insisted that cash basis was fine

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You Can’t Afford Not to Spend Money on the Accounting Department

As a former CEO to some CEOs, this Blog is to my counterparts that “don’t know what you don’t know.”  I have seen time and time again closely held businesses that have experienced growth make the same mistakes over and over again. To the CEO that believes bookkeeping is a necessary fixed cost that should be

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What is GAAP?

What is GAAP? GAAP stands for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. It is the set of rules and guidelines for U.S. companies to follow. GAAP regulates financial reporting for public companies, private businesses, non-profits, and government authorities. This means that GAAP outlines the procedures to make sure that businesses are recording their financials in the same

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Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

See Also: Accrual Based Accounting Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System MACRS 10 Q Asset History of Accounting Full Disclosure Principle Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Definition Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are a set of standards, guidelines, and regulations for financial accounting. Companies should follow GAAP rules when preparing financial statements. GAAP rules were established

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Securities Act of 1933

See Also: Primary Market Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Investment Banks Secondary Market Initial Public Offering (IPO) Securities Act of 1933 The Securities Act of 1933 was a landmark decision in the United States to regulate the issuance of newly issued shares into the market – an initial public offering. The act is also there

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Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS)

The Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) describes standards for professional accounting practices and procedures in the United States. Furthermore, it is published by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). The document lists standard rules and regulations – including many from GAAP – for preparing financial statements. In addition, the FASB intended for these standards to

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Scrap Value

See Also: Adjusted Present Value (APV) Asset Market Value vs Asset Book Value Future Value Going Concern Value Customer Analysis Scrap Value Definition The scrap value definition, also known as salvage value, is the value of an asset after it is fully depreciated. Once an asset reaches the point where it is fully depreciated, has

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Proforma Earnings

See Also: Pro-Forma Financial Statements Retained Earnings EBITDA Operating Income (EBIT) Financial Ratios Proforma Earnings Definition Pro forma earnings are a company’s earnings that exclude rare, extraordinary, or nonrecurring items. Companies may incur expenses that do not reflect typical operating expenses. These expenses, which must be disclosed in financial statements in accordance with GAAP standards,

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Net Operating Loss Carryback and Carryforward

Net Operating Loss Carryback and Carryforward What is a net operating Loss carryback and carryforward? A net operating loss occurs when a company’s operating expenses and allowable tax deductions exceed its operating income for an accounting period. Companies pay taxes on operating income. When companies incur an operating loss, there is no taxable income, so

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Operating Lease

An operating lease is a short-term off-balance-sheet lease agreement. This type of lease is not recorded on the lessee’s balance sheet. This type of lease typically spans a small portion of the asset’s useful life, and the lessor retains the risks and benefits of ownership. For example, in an operational lease, the lessor is responsible

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Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS)

See Also: Straight Line Depreciation Double Declining Depreciation Method Accelerated Method of Depreciation Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Generally Accepted Accounting Principles Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System Definition The modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS) method of depreciation assigns specific types of assets to categories with distinct accelerated depreciation schedules. Furthermore, MACRS is required by

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