Successful M&As & IPO
Senior Members of CFA, ASA
We have been seamlessly delivering hundreds of 409A valuations every year with minimal burden on client’s time without compromising on quality or analytical rigor.
Our senior business valuation team brings 50+ years of combined appraisal experience. We win 90% of new clients through referrals from attorneys, clients, VC investors and audit firms.
We have worked with some of the most promising companies and have helped them with 409A valuation complexities and nuances throughout their growth life-cycles until exit via IPO or M&A.
With 409A valuation, CFOs are often faced with a tough choice. Get the cheapest ‘boiler plate’ report churned out with less than 10 hours of analysis or spend $5,000 to $10,000 – an unpalatable cost for most early startups on compliance.
Leveraging our experience in 409A valuations ever since its introduction and scale of operations, we deliver truly compliant and comprehensive reports at very reasonable fees.
Our consultants invest a minimum of 40 hours on each valuation. Moreover, at any point of time, you can directly engage with a senior consultant working on your report as a necessary feedback loop to avoid unpleasant surprises and waste of time.
With Aranca, you are assured of both – peace of mind and the best ROI!
We believe in open communication. This helps in setting clear timelines and expectations such that chances of iterations are minimal.
409A Valuation Timeline and Work plan
Opinions & Insights from our experts
Startup CFOs are fast realizing how early stage 409A valuations completed by quick cookie cutter, ‘textbook’ approach often result in inflated option prices and disgruntled employees.
409A valuations for startups can be sometimes tricky, especially given the early stage nature of the company. However, there are certain parameters that you can assess to understand the valuation process and results.
If your company issues stock options, it is almost always advisable to get a 409A valuation from a third-party firm, such as Aranca. This shifts the burden of proof to IRS in case of any challenge.
Your auditors will need a 409A valuation to review the stock options expensing. You do not want your 409A report to create audit troubles after 2-3 years (when you are on track for IPO or M&A).
We will defend our analysis in any review process even if it is several years after valuation at no additional fee.
The people at Aranca listen well. They listen to our feedback and are willing to make changes if necessary. Also, their timeliness is a great asset as we're able to act quickly on their analysis and overall report.
The work is accurate. Team is professional and incredibly responsive. Team minimizes the burden on me and my staff. Team is excellent, responding at all hours of the day.
The team's customer service, expertise, and efficiency were excellent. The Aranca team is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to doing so again in the future!
Team were both very professional and handled the 409A valuation project very well. They were thorough in their work, asked great questions and took the time to walk me through the valuation calculations before issuing a draft report. It was a pleasure working with both of them and I look forward to working with them again in the future.
Very professional approach and results. And very timely responses and reporting
Quick turnaround and responsive. Easy to work with and able to explain their methodology and valuation process.
Responsive, professional, excellent service. Will be back.
Awesome group to work with and explanations for the process makes sense.
Consistent quality work with limited questions from the auditors.
The entire team was very supportive and worked hard to make amendments, incorporate feedback, and provide support any time throughout the engagement. They were very responsive and provided detailed answers to questions we had regarding valuation methodology. We have worked with Aranca for 3 years and look forward to many more. I would gladly recommend Aranca to colleagues looking for their advisory services.
The commitment and work ethic maintained by the team is of the highest standard. Team especially is excellent to work in terms of knowledge and dedication to the project.
Dun and Bradstreet
The team was very responsive, prompt and worked long hours throughout the holidays. The quality of the analysis was very good and the communication was easy even with timezone differences. Very happy with the output.
Thank you for your assistance through the process. I was very impressed by the quality of the work and your customer focus. If you would like me to provide any kind of reference or recommendation for Aranca then I would be happy to do so (as I did to my Board). I look forward to working with you on the next iteration/update as we continue to move forward.
New Leaf Media
We, as the management team of the company are very satisfied with the courtesy, proficiency and knowledge of personal involved in the analysis process . Your report provides very valuable professional analysis about the company.
It was a pleasure working with the team at Aranca. I appreciate all of your efforts in developing the reports and your responsiveness to the follow-up requests. I look forward to working with you again in the future.
The team did an outstanding job and on a scale from 1-10, they are an "11". The IP valuation was thorough, consise, professional, specific, comprehensive, extensive and meaningful. I believe that it was well-worth the money spent. They included the Koolbridge team in meaningful conference calls so they had a clear picture of our technology and objectives.
I must compliment your team for the outstanding job you did on our PPA assignment. The report was of high quality and you managed to adhere to short time lines. It is difficult to find responsive and knowledgeable firms that can also offer competitive cost advantage.
I have used multiple valuation providers over my 15+ year career. Aranca stands out as the most diligent, effective provider. I don’t just get a report from them, I get an understanding of how the inputs and assumptions impact our valuations. Aranca also gives clear articulations of implications of business changes on both current and past valuations
Thanks for all of your efforts and commitment to our project. The team did a great job in a short period of time, and I really appreciate it! I’ve worked with multiple business valuations firms in my past, and the job that your team did was by far the best.
The Aranca team supporting my project is technically sound and knowledgeable in valuation. The team is able to explain and help us understand difficult valuation concepts that a typical finance person does not encounter. The service provided by the team is excellent. The turn around time on the requests that I put forward is commendable.
Thank you for expediting the analysis. I greatly appreciate your efforts. Those efforts reflect great credit on your professionalism and willingness to go ‘an extra mile’ on behalf of your clients, as well as your firm. I am very comfortable with the analysis you prepared; it is thoughtful and thorough.
I enjoyed my interaction with the professional and intelligent team from Aranca. The team greatly facilitated the interaction and completion. Many thanks to the team for their diligent work performed in completing this task in a timely manner.
I have used Aranca before and will continue to do so. They quickly came up to speed on key drivers in business model and understanding impact on valuation. They worked to ensure we understood rationale and calculations. They listened to feedbacks and if warranted took steps to refine their model. Always professional delivery.
Aranca was able to prepare the valuation promptly despite the challenging environment that the investee company operates under and were then able to justify and explain their valuation to our auditors when requested.
Greater Pacific Capital