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Desktop Valuations - Solution to travel restrictions due to the Conronavirus?

Since late January 2020, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has grasped the headlines of various media outlets across the globe. Big businesses in the PRC are either temporarily shutting down stores or advising staff to work from home. As a range of PRC companies listed in Hong Kong have been severely affected by the virus, on 30 January 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEX) released a joint statement to remind all Hong Kong listed companies to inform the Exchange about how their businesses have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus1. Most PRC based listed companies have financial year ends on 31 December, and January through March is their busy period for the preparation of annual reports. However, current travel restrictions to and from PRC and Hong Kong have posed huge challenges for external auditors and also valuers, who often need to conduct on-site inspections and management interview for their work.
 

Financial Due Diligence and Audit, is it just a title difference?

While financial performance is one of the grave concerns to an investor, which financial performance measure to look at has always been a challenge for investors.  Many would opt to start in tandem with audited financial statements as these are well governed with detailed verification work. However, we should not therefore extrapolate and conclude that audited financial statements are sufficient for making the right investment choice.

 

Valuation Guidelines for Private Equity and Venture Capital

In response to the increasing demands for building consensus within the valuation industry, various valuation guidelines have been developed to suit different purposes, and to caterdifferent needs. Among them the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation (IPEV) Guidelines and International Valuation Standards (IVS) are two of the most widely adopted standards in the private equity investments and accounting practices respectively.

Due diligence by external consultants plays a crucial role in merger & acquisitions

On 4 July 2019, the SFC of Hong Kong issued the “Statement on the Conduct and Duties of Directors when Considering Corporate Acquisitions or Disposals”, reiterating the importance of independent professional valuations in relation to the fiduciary duties of the directors of public companies in their planned acquisitions or disposals. The authority particularly points out the importance of due diligence, which is an area that many valuation practitioners in Hong Kong do not possess the relevant expertise nor resources to advise and work on.