Marketability discounts – Appraisers relying less on empirical study averages
Abstract: With the widespread availability of public market databases, spreadsheet software and other analytical tools, valuators are no longer relying solely on empirical study averages to determine marketability discounts. They’re now placing greater emphasis on how to identify what truly affects marketability and how to better match empirical data to the specific attributes of each subject company. However, though pre-IPO and restricted stock studies may be somewhat under siege, their data is still worthwhile. Research has generated several insightful hypotheses.