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What does the $2.55 billion increase in Berkshire Hathaway’s market value represent? 2. Choice of valuation methods: What do you think PacifiCorp is worth on its own before its acquisition by Berkshire? Which valuation method should you use to value PacifiCorp and why? Show clearly the steps to arrive at the following estimates in Exhibit 10: Enterprise Value as Multiple of: Revenue EBIT EBITDA Net Income 6,252 8,775 9,023 7,596 6,584 9,289 9,076 7,553 MV Equity as Multiple of: EPS Book Value 4,277 5,904 4,308 5,678 Median Mean If you need to use a discount rate to discount cash flows then an appropriate discount rate estimate for PacifiCorp is approximately 9%.
Competency 3006.1.5: Legal and Regulatory Requirements Overview Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (passed in the wake of the 2008–2009 financial crisis), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will pay 10 to 30% of the amount the government recovers from financial fraud if the whistleblower provides original information leading to a recovery of more than a million dollars. False Claims Act * Recent legislation has made it easier and potentially more lucrative for employees to blow the whistle to regulators when companies are government contractors or when the federal government has somehow been defrauded. * Whistleblowers who report
On December 16, 2008, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), in an effort to fight what was shaping up to be the worst recession since 1937, reduced the federal funds rate to nearly zero. 1 From then on, with all of its conventional ammunition spent, the Federal Reserve was squarely in the brave new world of quantitative easing. Chairman Ben Bernanke tried to call the Fed’s new policies “credit easing,” probably to differentiate them from what the Bank of Japan had done earlier in the decade, but the label did not stick. 2 Roughly speaking, quantitative easing refers to changes in the composition and/or size of the central bank’s balance sheet that are designed to ease liquidity and/or credit conditions. Presumably, reversing these policies constitutes “quantitative tightening,” but nobody seems to use that terminology.