Empire Valuation Consultants has extensive experience valuing illiquid investments (Level 3) on behalf of Business Development Companies (BDCs), hedge funds, private equity firms, mutual funds, venture capital funds and family offices. With close to 30 years of experience, we have valued all levels and types of equity-related investments, debt securities (including portfolios of performing loans, NPLs and distressed debt, peer-to-peer loans and CLOs) and real estate. We have undertaken valuation engagements for clients on behalf of funds with $100 million to over $1 trillion in AUM. These engagements require high-quality review and analysis, with the ability to work within short timeframes to meet filing and reporting deadlines. Our approach to using teams of analysts that remain consistent from quarter to quarter allows the process to flow smoothly and reliably for our clients.
Our services to BDCs incorporate valuations of debt, equity and derivative securities. Some specific situations include non-standard collateral first and second lien loans backed by assets comprised of software and recurring maintenance revenues, enterprise value, real estate, net leased assets and shipping assets. We have valued debt, equity and derivatives and the underlying assets or collateral of these securities located in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Much of our business is derived from repeat clients who appreciate our value proposition: optimal service, attention to details and deadlines; strong industry, SEC and IRS experience; thought leadership; easy-to-work-with professionals; and a competitive fee structure. Our commitment to accuracy and transparency enables us to produce reports that are reliable, credible, and dependable.
We work in conjunction with BDCs, mutual funds and alternative asset managers to understand each asset’s initial investment thesis, the risk and reward profile and key milestones/strategies. We calibrate these milestones/strategies, and benchmark the subject investment's key metrics against market participant performance, thus producing a sequence of value creation over time and consistent valuation format. We benchmark the subject investment’s key metrics against market participant performance. We produce comprehensive reports that explain our thinking, key assumptions, sensitivity analyses, valuation methodologies and conclusions. We provide both positive and independent valuation estimate levels of service tailored to a client's specific requirements. Experience confirms that our valuation reports withstand the highest level of audit and SEC scrutiny.