ALM First Forms Merger Assessment Division
To help acquiring credit unions with merger decisions, ALM First Financial Advisors LLC has teamed up with several firms to create a new division to assist them.
Combining its own fair-value analysis, the accounting knowledge of Sacher Consulting, and the entity valuation expertise of RP Financial LC., the firm has created ALM First Merger Valuation Services. The services help acquiring credit unions evaluate the pro forma merits of mergers, determine the fair value of business combinations, and quantify the required valuation adjustments for mergers at closing, according to Dallas-based ALM First.
Credit unions can choose from comprehensive valuation, which provides credit unions specific information, explanations and valuations needed to satisfy accountants and auditors, and to finalize a merger or macroview valuation, which provides a view of the credit union's worth as part of the initial step to securing regulatory approval to merge.
The new division will also assist with the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 141-R (SFAS 141-R), which requires all merging credit unions to use the acquisition method of accounting to record the fair value of the acquired credit union, instead of pooling the balance sheets with no valuation adjustments, ALM First said.