CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT Definition

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CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT (CPA) is an accountant licensed to practice public accounting.

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LEGAL ENTITY is a person or organization that has the legal standing to enter into contracts and may be sued for failure to perform as agreed in the contract, e.g., a child under legal age is not a legal entity, while a corporation is a legal entity since it is a person in the eyes of the law.

ENTERPRISE VALUE (EV) is a measure of a companys value. Enterprise value is calculated by: market capitalization plus debt and preferred shares minus cash and cash equivalents. In effect, enterprise value is the theoretical takeover price, i.e., in the event of a buyout an acquirer would have to take on the companys debt but would pocket its cash.

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