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Appraisers as Expert Witnesses-Remote Testimony is the New Normal

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Mon, Oct 30, 2023 @ 07:30 AM

Expert Witness Testimony of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers

Many experienced and credentialed appraisers augment their services as expert witnesses in litigation matters such as prolonged business disputes and personal divorce cases. Working with clients and their attorneys leading up to a possible trial is common practice for valuation firms; however, these cases are often settled before testimony is required.

If the litigation does reach trial or arbitration, there is the likelihood that testimony will occur either during the trial or before, in a deposition format. As an expert witness, before the pandemic, it was generally a requirement to attend these hearings in person, which involved additional time and costs for travel and sitting in court waiting to testify.

Over the last 2+ years, there has been an abundance of “catch-up” work by the courts and attorneys given the delays in advancing cases during the pandemic. As a result, a high number of valuation assignments associated with these cases have moved to deposition or trial, creating an increased level of requests for expert witness testimony.

Fortunately, the opportunity to testify remotely online has allowed appraisers to avoid spending inordinate amounts of time traveling around the country to attend these in person and then having to sit idly waiting for their turn to appear as a witness.

One of the few silver linings associated with the pandemic was the widespread acceptance of a remote work model, which includes a significant amount of communication handled through an online format, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This has now become commonplace for expert witness testimony and, as a result, has allowed appraisers to provide this service more affordably to their clients.

Based on my own recent experience, this process has by and large been successful, and the likelihood of creating a more permanent change to include remote testimony options at trial and deposition will continue to develop in the long term.

Like many other industries, technological advances over the last 15-20 years have played a significant role in creating efficiencies for appraisers to manage their workload and grow their businesses to new levels without spending a lot of additional time and expense to accomplish this. The opportunity created by remote expert witness testimony is one of these critical areas of advancement, and appraisers should take advantage of this as much as possible.

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Elements of Equipment Appraisals: Premise of Value Assumed

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Mon, Jun 26, 2023 @ 07:30 AM

Machinery and Equipment Appraiser Calculating Premise of vValue

When an appraiser estimates value, they must do so under an assumed premise that relates to the type of transaction being undertaken and the potential outcomes of an impending sale. Premise of value is one of the most critical components of an equipment appraisal given the different assumptions each premise represents and their material differences.

Each value premise must be defined in the appraisal and can reasonably be tied to a typical market transaction, such as a user-to-user sale or an auction liquidation. The most commonly referred to premise is Fair Market Value, which is utilized in many standard business agreements when the need arises to assess value for any purpose. The American Society of Appraisers defines Fair Market Value as follows:

Fair Market Value is an opinion expressed in terms of money, at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts, as of a specific date.

There are variations to the Fair Market Value premise, including assumptions for installation and continued use, which typically drive higher levels of value given the additional considerations involved. The important factor to understand with Fair Market Value is that it represents the most equitable transaction for both parties, where neither the buyer nor seller have an advantage. Each party is equally willing to transact and knowledgeable of all the facts.

In the open resale marketplace, this may not always be the case, therefore, other premises of value are considered, including Orderly and Forced Liquidation. These definitions add the factor of compulsion on behalf of the seller, with more limited time to sell a key factor. These premises are appropriate to consider with an inexperienced owner or if a company goes out of business. There may be a reduced level of control over the sale by utilizing a third party, such as an auctioneer, to liquidate the assets. This is the foundation for Forced Liquidation Value.

Liquidation premises of value are commonly reviewed by banks and other lenders who want to consider the possibility of having to step in and resell the equipment if their borrower defaults and they end up taking possession of the assets. They are not in the business of buying and selling machinery and may involve an equipment dealer or auction company to manage the logistics of a resale effort.

These liquidation premises will obviously drive a lower estimated value for the machinery & equipment. How much lower will depend on the type of equipment and the state of the resale market, among other factors. Consult with an appraiser to better understand these differences.

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Why Do You Need A Machinery & Equipment Appraisal?

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Mon, Aug 24, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Importance of machinery & equipment appraisal

Whether your business is expanding or going through a downturn, being purchased or sold, audited or invested in, refinanced or liquidated, it is important to understand the real market value of your tangible assets, specifically the machinery & equipment that work every day behind the scenes.

Obtaining an equipment appraisal from a qualified valuation firm such as Equipment Appraisal Services can provide you with firsthand knowledge of the value of your machinery and what to expect should you wish to buy, sell, refinance or upgrade these types of assets in the resale marketplace. A formal appraisal analysis and report can assist you in any number of ways as you move through the next phases of your company’s development and can be shared with third parties who may be assisting you with these project plans.

Our appraisers can visit your operations facility and perform an on-site personal inspection and discuss your business directly or complete a “desktop” appraisal based on the information you provide to us, including detailed asset listings and photographs.

The experienced appraisers at Equipment Appraisal Services have been completing these types of fully researched valuations for decades and can meet the demands of any machinery & equipment appraisal assignment across all markets & industries. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you as a key component to your ongoing business projects.

Tags: Machinery & Equipment Appraisals, Equipment Appraisal Services, Tangible Assets