Earn-out

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Earn-out

Refers to an additional payment in a merger or acquisition that is not part of the original acquisition cost, which is based on the acquired company's future earnings relative to a level determined by the merger agreement.

Earn-Out

In an acquisition, an additional payment made to the acquired company's former owner(s) in the event that certain earnings are met. For example, a company may acquire another for $75 million, with an additional $10 million in cash and/or stock if the acquired company's earnings outperform expectations by a certain percentage. Earn-outs are based on the acquired company's potential future earnings.
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Earnouts could add an additional 1m shares in each of year one and year two.
Earnouts could add an additional 1 million shares in each of the first two years.
How should contingent consideration, also known as earnouts, be valued* A dozen specialists will likely give a dozen different answers.
We designate the latter as "hidden earnouts" as they are hidden in the bidder's negotiated share and conditional upon synergy realization after consummation of the merger.
Several factors should be considered when determining whether service-related earnouts are contingent on purchase price or compensation, including, but not limited to:
Earnouts can be extremely complicated or relatively simple, depending on the transaction, but they are never cookie-cutter and have a relatively high risk of future litigation or arbitration unless carefully considered, crafted and documented on the front end.
Earnouts require valuation methods to be tailored to the unique factors that affect the underlying metric used to trigger the payment.
Earnouts are effective as an incentive for the seller when the payout is based on one Or two simple variables.
Earnouts terms are normally between one and four years
Available in three-, five-, or seven-year terms, the flexible fixed-rate product also offers additional fundings and earnouts, partial releases and property substitutions.
FASB also is mulling requirements for how companies account for merger-related restructuring expenses, such as the expense of relocating employees and bookkeeping for earnouts.