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SEC Action Suggests Focus on Valuations, Experts Say

Tammy Whitehouse | August 20, 2015

Public companies curious about the next frontier in valuation scrutiny can study how the Securities and Exchange Commission has challenged valuations in the investment advisory area, according to a valuation firm monitoring enforcement activity. 

The methods the SEC is using to challenge and enforce valuations among investment advisers “have direct applicability for public companies,” warns NERA Economic Consulting in a recent alert to clients. “Reporting entities are well advised to make full disclosures of and be prepared to defend unorthodox treatments.”

In NERA’s view, a recent enforcement action against Miller Energy Resources...

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