How to Value a Company: 6 Methods and Examples

Under the times revenue business valuation method, a stream of revenues generated over a certain period of time is applied to a multiplier which depends on the industry and economic environment. For example, a tech company may be valued at 3x revenue, while a service firm may be valued at 0.5x revenue. The value of a growing perpetuity is calculated by dividing cash flow by the cost of capital minus the growth rate. To calculate book value, start by subtracting the company’s liabilities from its assets to determine owners’ equity.

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  • The orange dotted line in the middle represents the average valuation from all the methods.
  • Discounted cash flow analysis calculates the present value of future cash flows based on the discount rate and time period of analysis.
  • The comparable company analysis is a method that looks at similar companies, in size and industry, and how they trade to determine a fair value for a company or asset.
  • As required, various adjustments are then made to this result, so as to reflect characteristics of the firm external to its profitability and cash flow.

Some companies, however, are worth more “dead than alive”, like weakly performing companies that own many tangible assets. This method can also be used to value heterogeneous portfolios of investments, as well as nonprofits, for which discounted cash flow valuation account analysis is not relevant. The valuation premise normally used is that of an orderly liquidation of the assets, although some valuation scenarios (e.g., purchase price allocation) imply an “in-use” valuation such as depreciated replacement cost new.

Net Asset Value

Some assets such as real estate are carried at cost less depreciation, and can be carried on the balance sheet at values far from their true value. Securities the firm owns for its own investment portfolio versus trading will have their own rules for valuation as well, as will bonds held for investment or trading. The “comps” valuation method provides an observable value for the business, based on what other comparable companies are currently worth.

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The valuation is built on this base, with any of the standard market-, income-, or asset-based approaches employed. Often these are used in combination, providing a “triangulation” or (weighted) average. Particularly in the second case above, the company may be valued using real options analysis, serving to complement (or sometimes replace) this standard value; see Business valuation § Option pricing approaches and Merton model.

Business Insights

This is the minimum a company is worth and can provide a useful floor for a company’s asset value because it excludes intangible assets. A stock would be considered undervalued if its market value were below book value, which means the stock is trading at a deep discount to book value per share. Businesses or fractional interests in businesses may be valued for various purposes such as mergers and acquisitions, sale of securities, and taxable events. When correct, a valuation should reflect the capacity of the business to match a certain market demand, as it is the only true predictor of future cash flows.

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