Intangible assets are the only real lever that can move enterprise value beyond cash flow multiples. To fail to actively manage – or account for – intangible assets is to effectively ignore your fiduciary duties as a director or manager. This includes ensuring that intangible assets are factored into any valuation in a way that accurately reflects the company’s true worth.
Our January newsletter focuses on intangible asset audits. Modern accounting standards tend to encourage companies to ignore or overlook intangible assets – they either don’t make the balance sheet at all, are lumped together under goodwill, or are merely recorded at cost (for which there is virtually no correlation at all to value). This means that the value and risks around intangibles assets often end up being masked. However, conducting an audit of your intangible assets can help uncover the true value of these assets.
Intangible assets represent over 87% of all company value today and are the real drivers of growth and profitability for most businesses. Failing to take the time to identify and manage these valuable assets not only represent a major missed opportunity to extract value but is also a potential breach of a Directors fiduciary duties.
Our final newsletter for 2018, and where we outline some of the key highlights for our team from the past 12-months, and look head to 2019 as we share our insights into intangible asset trends we think will rise to the top of the agenda in the year to come.
EverEdge has announced the appointment of Nicolas Konialidis as Senior Manager – Valuations. Based in EverEdge’s Singapore office, Nicolas’ experience adds additional depth and breadth to the company’s valuation and transactions team.
EverEdge Capital invests exclusively in intangible asset opportunities and is looking to deploy into this space in a way that differentiates the fund from the standard venture capital and private equity model.
We see a lot of value being left on the table when entrepreneurs, inventors or businesses with valuable embedded intangible assets are not able to fully utilize or commercialize these assets.
Hear Francis Milner, Chief Investment Officer of EverEdge Capital, talk about the types of opportunities the fund is looking to invest in.
Intangible asset risk is often regarded as either not important at all, or important but not urgent. But when things go wrong, things can become catastrophic quite quickly. Hear Paul Adams, CEO of EverEdge Global, discuss what companies need to consider when it comes to mitigating intangible asset risk.
As companies start planning for 2019, intangible asset risk management should be at the top of the agenda. If it's not near the top of yours, we'd suggest reading about the level of damages awarded in the recent Cochlear IP litigation case. At A$380m - more than 17x the amount the business has set aside for liability - it is a stark reminder to Boards and management teams that intangible asset risk needs to be taken seriously.
EverEdge Global today announced the appointment of Francis Milner as Chief Investment Officer (CIO). An experienced investment banker and special situation private equity investor, Francis will be responsible for deploying capital via a proprietary investment approach that is designed to accelerate the commercialization and monetization of intangible assets.
EverEdge Global today announced the launch of its new investment arm, EverEdge Capital. EverEdge Capital will specialize in making investments in, and helping to monetize, intangible assets to deliver strong investment returns to both innovators and investors. It is currently seeking and reviewing investment opportunities across Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand.
Despite intangible assets making up almost all of company value today, many companies still focus on fixed assets when it comes to managing risks. EverEdge CEO Paul Adams outline the top five risks companies face in relation to their intangible assets.
Companies don’t spend millions of dollars filing intangible assets such as patents, trademarks and plant variety rights to stuff them in the bottom drawer.
Today, more than 87% of a company’s value and earnings growth is derived from intangible assets and it follows that companies will aggressively defend these assets – including through litigation, if necessary.
Today, intangible assets are not just the largest repository of value, but they are also the primary drivers of future company performance, which means they are also what fundamentally drives today’s (and tomorrow’s) share price.
To read more about what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up, please read on.
Ineffective or “free” intellectual property strategies are costing NZ companies millions. It’s a strange reality but most NZ businesses spend more on coffee than they do on their intellectual property strategy.
In the last article we surveyed some of the technical and reputational risks presented by companies trying to extract value from a key intangible asset: their data. Now we look at some key legal risks.
There is no question that data, correctly leveraged can deliver huge benefits. Over 87% of company value today is now in intangible assets and data, alongside brand, software code and confidential information, are critical to everyday business. Your customer list? That’s data. Your inventory management system? That’s data. In fact many of a company’s most basic functions from invoicing to advertising would grind to a halt without data.
Intangible asset valuation is important because intangible assets now account for over 87% of all company value. These assets are not just the largest repository of value they are also the primary driver of enterprise performance. Unfortunately the area is poorly understood and traditional valuation methods are often inaccurate or misleading. The result: investors frequently materially under or over pay for companies and assets.
Historically intellectual property strategists have tended to divide the world into two broad camps with the “hard rights” (such as patents, trademarks and copyrights in code) sitting somewhat aside from “soft rights”, such as know how, branding and distribution, and copyright in designs and product concepts. However, the combination of such hard and soft rights can often produce outcomes where the whole is worth far more than the sum of its parts.
We are delighted to announce that EverEdge and IP ValueLab - a subsidiary of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) - have signed an agreement toprovide strategic intangible asset advisory services in Singapore. The agreement positions EverEdge to expand into the burgeoning intellectual property market in Asia, through a new office in Singapore - its first in Asia – joining its existing offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
EverEdge would like to congratulate Robyn and Wim and all the team at Designerscope on the successful launch of their product at the world’s leading furniture hardware trade fair, Interzum 2017, in Cologne, Germany.