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Business Valuation

Needs & Techniques

Submitted by CA Hozefa Natalwala

A Brief note:

The basic purpose of this research work is to study the purposes that create the need of valuation for Small businesses and to relate the appropriate technique/s which can help in making a better decision for that particular purpose. Research involves basic attitudes and way of thinking. References are taken from many books, articles and other materials and also at many places the valuable write ups of some authors or writers are sited in order to provide the basis to the intended users of this research work. Value of business is estimation only and being which it is subjective in nature. Debates are going on and different views are prevailing regarding applicability of specific techniques, as well as on validity and correctness of the formulas used for estimation. These all are making the reliability on specific technique questionable. The objective is not to go through the roots that how a specific technique is emerged and on which financial or economic theory it is based. A two thousand pager book might not be enough space to cover all the issues related to estimation of business value. The research into valuation models and metrics in finance is surprisingly spotty, with some aspects of valuation being deeply analyzed and others, such as how best to estimate cash flows and reconciling different versions of models, not receiving the attention that they deserve. To write about valuation is a humbling task. No matter how ambitious and dedicated an author may be, eventually he or she is forced to acknowledge that even a lifetime of work would leave some aspects of the subject untouched. It must be noted that the research work has been seriously limited by the lack of access to literature on business valuation for small and medium sized businesses in India. Being an evolving field of finance and accountancy, there are very little developed doctrines relating to the application of the specific method amongst various valuation methods. I have relied also on the accessible materials like relevant notes available on web as well as authorative and unauthorative views of valuation experts and consultants. I was also limited by finances as this research study was not funded in the way and to the extent to which I could have carried out the work. I wanted to study valuation needs for MSMEs in totality but for financial support it is confined to study only the literature views and basics of MSME needs of valuation.

While all reasonable attempts have been made to ensure that the information contained herein is accurate, I accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any errors or omissions it may contain, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, or for any losses, however caused, sustained by any person relying upon it.



Research methodology refers to the procedural framework within which the research is conducted. I had started with the compilation of literatures and materials available on valuation and specifically for small business units. In India, valuation of business, itself being a emerging filed and also not being graced by the statue, very small amount of material was found and I have more to rely on the US based books and materials. Valuation of business requires major consideration for financial and economic theories and of course, the business characteristics and valuation fundaments are indifferent to the region differentiation. The purpose was to study the valuation reports and to analyze the preferred approaches of the value analysts while appraising a business. It also proposes to present the case analysis at the subsequent stage. But the ratio of response, received from concerned entities, was near to zero. The empirical data is not available for needs of valuation in MSME sector. Also there is no private of public organization offering the transactional data relevant for MSME valuation. So, the views shown under this work are based on study of literature and opinion of experts, obtained while conducting the study. And so the approach of the study is descriptive. The write up begins with describing the valuation in general and then to define and relating the value, purpose and need in the context of valuation. The objective behind is to show the conventional relationship of “purpose” and valuation “need”. The basic terms of valuation like types of valuation reports, premise of valuation, importance of date of valuation, standard of valuation and approaches are described next. The views expressed and definitions issued by various authorities, researchers and respected authors are also mentioned to describe the prevailing debates. The importance of “standards of value” in valuing a MSME business is emphasized. How the appraisers strive in selecting the appropriate technique/s and determining the conclusive value is attempted to uncover.

This is just an endeavor to match the valuation technique with specific purpose on logical basis considering the need behind each purpose.


Standards of value (with table) and relevant technique/s to value a business (with table) Conclusion Useful data Valuation Procedures Data collection procedure Illustrative list of assumptions.Index BUSINESS VALUATION Need. as mentioned by Prof. recommended techniques Time vs. limitations and disclaimers Contents of exhaustive valuation report International glossary of valuation terms Multipliers suggested by author Mr. approach. approach. Yegge for application with “Excess earnings capitalization Method” Table showing purpose Vs. asset vs. Wilbur M. Purpose and narrating sequence of write up Brief about Business Value? What is Valuation? o Purposes & Needs (definition) o Types of reports o Premise of value o Date o Standards of value o Approaches to valuation Detailing approaches to valuation Valuation purpose Vs. Aswath damodaran References 4 .

‘‘Character. companies are relying more on the capital market. at the outset. the necessary conclusion is that few buy/sell transactions involving closely held small businesses are done at so-called fair market values. preference shares. both parties having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts. The governing conditions in this ideal concept are full knowledge and freedom to act. we must clarify what is meant by “fair market value” and what is meant by “a company”. So. and full knowledge is something rarely attained by the arm’s-length potential buyer who previously has not been involved in the business. nor the ‘real’ transaction for that matter. ‘Fair market value’ (FMV) is not designed with any particular individual in mind. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. FMV is a hypothetical value for the ‘model’ transaction. But in reality. the property the buyer and seller are trading consists of the claims of all the investors of the company. Tony Leung. acquisitions and restructuring are becoming commonplace. C. financial records are massaged for tax avoidance. Thus. But note that. Publicly traded companies seek to show bottom-line profit to satisfy ‘‘public owners. play the game of chance by stretching the ‘‘gray’’ areas in law beyond the limits. (Summarized from comments of T.’’ . It defined fair market value as “the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller when the former is not under any compulsion to buy and the latter is not under any compulsion to sell. Emotional and subjective elements often override rational considerations. strategic alliances are gaining popularity. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. private ownerships can. The family-owned and/or closely held business is the more difficult tiger to tame. and regulatory bodies are struggling with tariff determination.’’ while closely held enterprises seek only to satisfy private interests.” When the asset being appraised is “a company”. and sometimes do.A. employee stock plans are proliferating. This includes outstanding equity shares. In addition. In these exercises a crucial issue is: How should the value of a company or a division thereof be appraised? The goal of such an appraisal is essentially to estimate a fair market value of a company. before profit falls to the bottom line. Thus the ‘‘documents’’ by which the psychology of ownerships are measured send out different messages in each.John Wooden BUSINESS VALUATION In the wake of economic liberalization. debentures and loans. these ideal conditions are rarely present. Since ownership and management of closely held enterprises are often one and the same.P. All of this leads to difficult interpretations of what really goes on in these companies. The most widely accepted definition of fair market value was laid down by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the US.) 5 . S.

Volume 4 (2005) pp 61-72. The fair value of business is something more than the fair assets value and this added value is towards its intangible strength which may or may not be quantitatively measurable. as that amount paid for a business in excess of the market value of hard assets. European Integration Studies. So. Valuation is just to estimate What (cash flow) + When (time period) + How (risk). IRS (US) roughly defines intangible value. we receive in future out of a subject property. Intangible business value is a highly judgmental aspect of business valuation and requires conscientious attention. or goodwill. The economic returns or the assets involved frames the value of specific business stream and this value can be generally more than the value of individual asset valued as a stand alone basis. The value of Business enterprise containing more than one stream is generally more than just a sum total of values of every such stream. the business value is affected by tangible as well as non-tangible factors. The value of these intangible factors is generated by collective usage of assets and joint operations of several business streams. business valuation refers to estimation of business value. Fair value of all company assets Replacement value of recorded assets (Balance sheet) Book value Added value Source: Juhász (2004) Figure showing differences between book value and market value of a business enterprise * from “Non-Quantitative Measures In Company Evaluation” by Ágnes Horváth. Ágnes Horváth * presents the value inequalities as follows showing the general relation between “values of business” derived by different perceptions. 6 . Miskolc.In pure sense.

“There is no such thing as a final answer to security values. The application of recognized valuation methodology and rigorous analysis of the private company provides the foundation for estimating a business value. ambition. invention. and ‘‘right’’ is a matter of opinion. by its very nature. unfortunately the results may or may not reflect the “real world” value of a specific company if it were formally offered for sale. “A dozen experts will arrive at 12 different conclusions. 7 . much more by hopes and fears of humanity. It often happens that a few moments later each would alter his verdict if given a chance to reconsider because of a changed condition. Although considerable time and effort is involved in preparing formal business valuations. The valuation of business enterprises and business assets is well-founded in academic publications and empirical studies. To assume there is only one “correct” estimate of value is a mistake. The use of public company information has provided the foundation for the analysis of business valuation. The biggest difference between valuing investments in public companies and nonpublic businesses is the lack of information. Market values are fixed only in part by balance sheets and income statements. financial stress and strain. It is eloquently stated by Gerald Loeb. Valuation. Even a 2000 pager book may not be an enough space to cover all the issues related with valuation. discovery. the author of The Battle for Investment Survival. who wrote. by greed.However. weather. fashion and numberless other causes impossible to be listed without omission". acts of God. contains many controversial issues.

Insurance contracts provide for specific values as a basis for their coverage. Parties to buy-sell agreements often determine value by specific terms and conditions in contracts. the expectation of future economic benefits is the primary value driver. and this may be more or less than its value. Similarly. Value. 8 .e. VALUE” is a word expressing positive posture. Acquirer gets tomorrow’s cash flow. The insurance contract may limit coverage to the actual cash value of an insured item. While the “value” is an actual worth or the intended user/s’ belief about the worth of specific “item”. value differs from price OR cost. “Price” is a number determined by market forces and personal beliefs. let us first go through the meaning of “Value” in finance. It signifies the worth. depreciation. Price and cost can equal value but don’t necessarily have to equal value. So. we frequently use a word “VALUE”. What is a value? Value is expressible in terms of a single lump sum of money consideration payable or expendable at a particular point of time in exchange for property. If so. which may or may not conform to any accepted definition of value in any general legal context. the right to receive future benefits as at that particular time–point (now). why business value is needed to measure and what are the ways to determine a value of a business? So. It may be with regards to price of some commodity or for extending esteem to some one or to express the perceived worth of some thing. or by a specified multiple of earnings. Parties to a contract are free to bargain for their own definition of value to meet their special situation. that contract provides the definition of value. Some of these contracts may provide that the value of a business is defined by its book value. It expresses the worth which may be more or less compared to some other or even it may be nothing or negative. Another source for definitions of value may be found in contractual agreements of the parties. Contractual measures of value are limited only by the creativity of the parties to the contract. Other contracts may indicate that the value of the business is defined by earnings before interest. taxes. shows the present value of future benefits that can be derived from the subject property. Price and cost refer to an amount of money asked or actually paid for a property. like beauty. Value is future looking. But the question is how to measure this worth in financial terms? Here. For example. not yesterday’s or even today’s. Business interruption insurance or loss of profit agreements provide specific definitions of just what values they will cover if a business is interrupted due to various insured causes.VALUE In our day to day life. is in the eyes of beholder. and amortization.. Although historical information can be used to set a value. less its accumulated depreciation. i. In all sense.

is stolen. The emphasis of value has changed. but. Inc) narrates VALUE in a very explicable words. there are a variety of different standards of value that can be used. the diamond now takes on a new value measured by her sentiment. has little inherent value. …. law and perspective” (John wiley & Sons. she would likely refuse an offer from someone to buy her diamond. In one sense. *estate here means a property that a person left after his/her demise for the usage by heirs. and so has the value to the average consumer. the diamond’s value is determined by the terms of a contract. Assume further that the diamond is insured and. the diamond is nothing more than carbon. Either way. cut. and color. Consider the various definitions of value throughout the life cycle of a diamond. ranging from intrinsic value to contractual value. What is value to one may be inconsequential to another. suppose that the diamond ends up in an estate* that must value it for federal estate tax purposes. Now let us suppose that our diamond is purchased from a retail store for $1. Fair market value is now the standard. David laro and Mr. Alternatively. the 9 . value is mere subjective perception. Finally. It is the standard of the value which draws a path towards destination. one has to decide the standard of value first. We cannot eat it. regrettably. value is in the eye of the beholder. Recognizing that the same business interest may have different values if more than one standard of value is used. we have an object of fairly low value. the diamond. clarity. even if the amount offered were significantly more than its original purchase price. drive it to work. So. it has limited economic value. In this regard. an inert mineral found in the earth’s layers. in the hands of the woman.000 and given to a young woman as an engagement gift. If we define the diamond’s value based on its raw mineral content. we increase its value considerably. Meaning which. and reliable. Instead of measuring the diamond’s value strictly by the economic value of carbon. except for some limited commercial uses. if we continue to value the diamond by its pure mineral status. or use it to take shelter when it rains. We use standard of value synonymously with definition of value. When we value the diamond by a standard that puts a premium on beauty and permanence. We also value the diamond as a perceived commodity. as determined by Treasury regulations. The insurance policy provides that the diamond is insured for its actual cash value. As this example illustrates. In this regard. however. we instead define the diamond’s value by a standard that measures carats. Except for some limited enhancement created by cutting and polishing. predictable. a fiction due in large part to the millions of dollars poured into advertisements convincing the public that the diamond has special economic value as an object of beauty. Shannon Pratt in their co-authored book “Business valuation and taxes. Stated concisely.Mr. business valuation is also subject to varying standards of valuation. The diamond has a transaction value equal to its purchase price. Change the definition of value. the diamond is still just inert carbon. business value must be measured and defined by a definition of value that is relevant. some insurance policies may replace the diamond at today’s cost. that “Like beauty. Similarly. the diamond has a value equal to the sum of its carbon content. procedure. in order to find a value.

determination. resolution. or the reason it is done in a particular way.standard/s of value will help in deciding the valuation technique/s to be used to determine a value for specific requirement.merriam-webster. http://en.org/wiki/Purpose Purpose is the cognitive awareness in cause and effect linking for achieving a goal in a given system. end in view To summarize the definition of “purpose”.com/dictionary/purpose 1 a: something set up as an object or end to be attained : INTENTION b: RESOLUTION .com/bps/search?query=purpose&source=MWTEXT something one intends to get or do. an intention. 2. The reason for which something is done.wikipedia. it can be said as an “object” or an “end result” to achieve and it involves several decisions to make for achievement of that objective. A result that is desired. An object to be reached. determination the object for which something exists or is done. This change is the motivation that serves the locus of control and goal orientation. http://www. The purpose defines “value” applicable to specific purpose and this value varies once the purpose is changed. 3. The subject of discourse.britannica. Purpose serves to change the state of conditions in a given environment. 4. 10 . intention. an aim. The act of intending to do something. whether human or machine.wiktionary. Then. Its most general sense is the anticipated result which guides decision making in choosing appropriate actions within a range of strategies in the process (a conceptual scheme) based on varying degrees of ambiguity about the knowledge that creates the contextualisation for the action. usually to one with a perceived better set of conditions or parameters from the previous state. the question is what does decide the standard/s of value? The answer is the “purpose”. This requirement of making decision creates need of considering the facts. a target. aim resolution.org/wiki/Purpose purpose (plural purposes) 1. situations and possibilities linked with achievement or non-achievement of that specific objective. Purpose of Valuation Let us first go through how the term “purpose” is defined by various wesites: http://en. the point at issue. 5. DETERMINATION 2: a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution http://www. a goal.

or useful b: a physiological or psychological requirement for the well-being of an organism 3: a condition requiring supply or relief 4: lack of the means of subsistence : POVERTY 11 . dissolution of partnership. To want strongly. to feel that one must have something.org/wiki/need To have an absolute requirement for. the “purpose” creates a “need” for valuation.thefreedictionary. A condition or situation in which something is required or wanted: 2.Businesses or their assets are valued for a variety of reasons. http://www.merriam-webster.wiktionary. succession planning Ownership disputes Sharing on family separations and related family disputes Mergers and acquisitions Allocation of purchase price Recapitalizations / Restructuring the business / Raising funds Business planning and value added management Investment decisions / divestitures IPO Financial reporting Wealth planning / tax planning Will planning Goodwill impairment Litigation issues involving lost profits or economic damages While going for some business deal or to make decision on any of the purposes shown above. A condition of poverty or misfortune http://www. Need Definition of need is taken from some different web sites and produced below: http://en. To be obliged or required to. Some of the most noticeable purposes for valuation of MSME business are demonstrated below: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Buy/sell agreements Addition or retirement of partner. a requisite 3. Something required or wanted. Necessity. obligation 4.com/dictionary/need[1] 1: necessary duty : OBLIGATION 2 a: a lack of something requisite.com/need 1. Therefore. giving due consideration to the value of business may be an inevitable preference. desirable.

So, the “need” applicable to us is a requirement or sometimes a necessity (though considered as such or not) which helps to take decision for specific purpose. In other words, Value a business is a NEED for specific PURPOSE requiring a decision to make. Before we go to determine a value of MSME business, for specific purpose, let us go through some basic terms associated with Business valuation.



Based on the purpose and requirement of client, the report normally is prepared as: • Comprehensive report • Limited “Abbreviated” report • Fairness opinion • Review of an Appraisal Comprehensive report: A report which requires analysis of Business dataqualitative & Quantitative, review of Industry/sector & economy, consideration of various appraisal techniques and based on all these to estimate the VALUE by applying relevant technique/s. Limited “Abbreviated” report: A report which requires specific consideration only as per need of person requiring the APPRAISAL. Like- owner may require calculating the firm value based on his forecast by application of any specific technique (like DCF) only. - Or for limited purpose of finding the tangible worth of Company only. Fairness opinion: A report which requires the opinion of Appraiser on fairness of specific value or range of value quoted by a person requiring the APPRAISAL. The opinion does not express a specific value; rather it states whether or not appraiser feels the value offered is fair or not. Review of an Appraisal: A report to review and comment on valuation derived/ obtained by a person requiring an APPRAISAL. It is generally in form of letter describing the review and critiques.

As per AICPA : statement on standards for valuation services; the valuation analyst can be engaged for any of two assignment and sought for any or more of following three types of reports: Valuation engagement Detailed report: This type of report is structured to provide sufficient information to permit intended users to understand the data, reasoning and analyses underlying the valuation analyst’s conclusion value. Summary report: This type of is structured to provide an abridged version of the information that would be provided in a detailed report, and therefore, need not contain the same level of detail as a detailed report. Calculation engagement Calculation report: This report shows the calculations used by the value analyst and any assumptions and limiting conditions applicable to engagement.



The monetary worth of any property including a business changes from time to time and so, any valuation offers a “VALUE” on a particular point of time. It is important that the users of valuations understand this fact. The International Glossary defines the valuation date as, “The specific point in time as of which the valuator’s opinion of value applies (also referred to as ‘Effective Date’ or ‘Appraisal Date’).” The valuation date is the specific date at which the valuation analyst estimates the value of the business and concludes on his or her estimation of value. Generally, the valuation analyst should consider only circumstances existing at the valuation date and events occurring up to the valuation date. An event that could affect the value may occur subsequent to the valuation date; such an occurrence is referred to as a “subsequent event.” Subsequent events are indicative of conditions that were not known or knowable at the valuation date, including conditions that arose subsequent to the valuation date. The valuation would not be updated to reflect those events or conditions. Moreover, the valuation report would typically not include a discussion of those events or conditions because a valuation is performed as of a point in time—the valuation date—and the events described in this subparagraph, occurring subsequent to that date, are not relevant to the value determined as of that date. In situations in which a valuation is meaningful to the intended user beyond the valuation date, the events may be of such nature and significance as to warrant disclosure (at the option of the valuation analyst) in a separate section of the report in order to keep users informed. Such disclosure should clearly indicate that information regarding the events is provided for informational purposes only and does not affect the determination of value as of the specified valuation date


Some companies are worth more dead than alive. going concern.g. we have to make our best judgments not only on existing investments but also on expected future investments and their profitability. it has certain intangible assets such as customer base. In a going concern valuation. to determine if the going concern value exceeds the liquidation value. the appraiser may blindly accept the entity value returned by the calculations. but fails to recognize the higher minimum turnkey value.” It defines forced liquidation value as “Liquidation value at which the asset or assets are sold as quickly as possible. When an enterprise is financially distressed or only marginally profitable. Liquidation value If a business is capable of sustaining future operations.” There are two premises of value: 1.” It also defines liquidation value as “The net amount that can be realized if the business is terminated and the assets are sold piecemeal.” It defines going concern value as “The value of a business enterprise that is expected to continue to operate into the future. such as at an auction. The intangible elements of going concern value result from factors such as having a trained work force. an operational plant. and the necessary licenses. liquidation. Liquidation can be either ‘orderly’ or ‘forced.PREMISE OF VALUE The premise of value decides the applicable standard/s of value. e.’” 15 . and procedures in place. particularly while valuing an entire company. There are two types of liquidation value. orderly liquidation and forced liquidation. reputation and employee resources that have intrinsic value for the entity. systems. It is important for an appraiser. This is one of the primary reasons for the under-valuation of small businesses. The International Glossary defines orderly liquidation value as “Liquidation value at which the asset or assets are sold over a reasonable period of time to maximize proceeds received.. Going concern value 2. The International Glossary defines premise of value as “An assumption regarding the most likely set of transactional circumstances that may be applicable to the subject valuation.

fair values (derivatives and asset revaluations). (e. cash and liabilities in general).e.g. property. the value varies.g. the possible dismissal of the value altogether. fair value. Investment value 3. Investment value helps the proposed investor to define a border up to which he can take a maximum move. respectively. Rather they treat them as a premise itself and view liquidation value as a fair value under the premise of Liquidation. Similarly. I have divided the standards of valuation into three categories: 1.g. Base on fair value only. The business appraiser must ensure that the standard of value identified upon engagement is the standard of value used in the report to produce the indication of value. and entity specific value (impaired property. Liquidation Value One may argue that instead of going for finding values based on different standard. it is possible that the investor or the seller may cross their upper or lower borders. e. “Liquidation value” being a basic term or premise of value. fair market value. a fair market value standard can produce an indication of value that is substantially different than one under an investment value standard. why not to find a fair value only and then to negotiate for best applicable price setting. while going for sale-purchase transactions. plant and equipment and receivables). Fair market value (FMV) or Fair value (Intrinsic value & extrinsic value) 2. modified (i. Relying on the wrong standard of value can result in a very different value and. But here. we should note that the need of investment value or liquidation value is equally important as the fair value. some authors does not consider it as a standard of value.STANDARDS OF VALUE The International Glossary defines standard of value as “the identification of the type of value being used in a specific engagement. the liquidation value helps the seller the lowest point of deal. investment value. Depending on standard of value. 16 . And it depends on who is asking and why? Before analyst can attempt to value a business. I have considered it as a fair value representing the appropriate worth of business under the prevailing conditions and facts attached to it. depreciated) historical cost (e. he or she must fully understand the standard of value that applies. plant and equipment).” A business can have different values under different standards of value. After all. These include historical cost. There are even different types of measurement attributes in financial reporting. Fair Market Value (FMV) or Fair Value Many authors define fair market Value and Fair vale as different standards of value but here. in a dispute setting.

As per Indian Accounting Standards. both parties having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts. See the addendum at the end of this chapter for the complete International Glossary.157 on ‘Fair Value 17 . Instead individual standards indicate preferences for certain inputs and measures of fair value over others and lacks consistency. So. Its definition of fair market value reads: “The price. expressed in terms of cash equivalents. Intangible Assets define “Fair Value is the amount for which an asset could be exchanged. AS 11: Accounting for the effects of changes in Foreign Exchange Rates. This is a contrast to investment value which identifies a particular buyer or seller and the attributes that buyer or seller brings to a transaction. AS 19 on Leases.” IFRS 3. Internal Revenue Service Revenue Ruling 59-60 defines fair market value as “the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller when the former is not under any compulsion to buy and the latter is not under any compulsion to sell. in AS 14: Accounting for Amalgamations the wording ‘Or a liability settled’ is missing from the regular definition. where neither is under compulsion to buy or sell and when both have reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. and published in final form in September 2006 as the Statement of Financial Accounting Standard (SFAS) No.” The common definition of fair value is “The amount at which an asset (or liability) could be bought (or incurred) or sold (or settled) in a current transaction between willing parties. AS 20: Earnings per share & AS 26. market value or net realizable value provides an evidence of fair value” in AS 13: Accounting for Investments. or a liability settled. This was issued as an exposure draft in June 2004. Business Combinations prescribes a number of alternatives that can be used as fair value which includes estimated value. other than in a forced or liquidation sale. International Accounting standards (IAS / IFRS) currently do not have a single hierarchy that applies to all fair value measures. the most often used definition has the exact wordings that exist in IAS / IFRS as of now. present value. acting at arms-length in an open and unrestricted market.” Fair market value assumes a hypothetical willing buyer and a hypothetical willing seller. current replacement cost. between knowledgeable. that is. Indian AS does not list a uniform fair value definition and measurement criteria. Fair market value also assumes an arm’s-length deal and that the buyer and seller are able and willing.In US. at which property would change hands between a hypothetical willing and able buyer and a hypothetical willing and able seller. selling price less the costs of disposal plus a reasonable profit allowance etc. depreciated replacement cost. However. FASB (Financial Accounting Standard Board) decided to issue a standard on fair value measurement. willing parties in an arm’s length transaction.” The same definition is used with the additional wordings of “Under appropriate circumstances. which would provide a single set of rules to be applied whenever other standards require the use of fair value.

” The words ‘exchanged’ in this definition can either be an ‘exit’ price or an ‘entry’ price. one could draw the conclusion that FAS 157 would be relevant to the Indian accounting professionals. Namely. or a liability settled. A full convergence would mean adoption of IFRS in its full form. the fair value measure is not an entity-specific measure that reflects only the company’s expectations for the asset. a fair value measurement should be determined based on the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. “Fair value In-Use” (when value is maximum to market participants through its use in combination with other assets as a group) and “Fair Value In-exchange” (when maximum value to market participants principally on a standalone basis). the fair value measurement assumes the asset’s highest and best use by the market participants. Therefore. FAS 157 specifically requires that the valuation techniques used to measure fair value should maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. In that case. Under FAS 157. the definition focuses on the price that would be received to sell the asset or paid to transfer the liability (an exit price). For example. The highest and best use of the asset establishes the valuation premise used to measure the fair value of the asset. willing parties in an arms length transaction. even if the adjustment is difficult to determine. ICAI is considering convergence to IFRS. while market participants would consider a site for manufacturing as the highest and best use of the property.Measurements’ (FAS 157). the property’s fair value measure should be based on the property’s use as a site for manufacturing. a company’s management may intend to operate a property as a site for residential house. Therefore. In any case AS are formulated on the basis of IAS/IFRS principles. between knowledgeable. not an entity-specific measurement. The transaction to sell the asset or transfer the liability is a hypothetical transaction at the measurement date. therefore. Therefore. This Statement emphasizes that fair value is a market-based measurement. FAS 157 defines fair value as “Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date”. and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. not the price that would be paid to acquire the asset or received to assume the liability (an entry price). The company’s intended use of an asset is not necessarily indicative of the highest and best use as determined by a market participant. Contrast this with the present definition under IAS / IFRS and Indian Accounting Standards “Fair Value is the amount for which an asset could be exchanged. A fair value measurement should include an adjustment for risk if market participants would include one in pricing the related asset or liability. considered from the perspective of a market participant that holds the asset or owes the liability. FAS 157 specifically defines price to be an exit price. establishes a framework for measuring fair value. This Statement defines fair value. 18 .

Assessing the significance of a particular input to the fair value measurement in its entirety requires judgment. Inputs may be observable or unobservable: a. 19 . Unobservable inputs shall be developed based on the best information available in the circumstances. considering factors specific to the asset or liability. Observable inputs are inputs that reflect the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity.g. the transaction price includes transaction costs) 4) The market in which the transaction occurs is different from the principal (or most advantageous) market in which the reporting entity would sell or otherwise dispose of the asset or transfer the liability. The said instances are helpful in determining the fair value at initial recognition. The reporting entity should consider factors specific to the transaction and to the asset or the liability. the reporting entity shall not ignore information about market participant assumptions that is reasonably available without undue cost and effort. inputs refer broadly to the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. which might include the reporting entity’s own data.. the reporting entity’s own data used to develop unobservable inputs shall be adjusted if information is reasonably available without undue cost and effort that indicates that market participants would use different assumptions. say. Therefore. The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement in its entirety falls shall be determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. the reporting entity need not undertake all possible efforts to obtain information about market participant assumptions. for example. (For e.” The inputs used to measure fair value might fall in different levels of the fair value hierarchy. but not necessarily all-inclusive. In developing unobservable inputs. However. The four instances when the transaction price might not represent the fair value of an asset or liability at initial recognition are: 1) The transaction is between related parties 2) The transaction occurs under duress or the seller is forced to accept the transaction price because of some urgency 3) The unit of account represented by the transaction price is different from the unit of account for the asset or the liability that is measured at fair value. the risk inherent in a particular valuation technique used to measure fair value (such as a pricing model) and/or the risk inherent in the inputs to the valuation technique. FAS 157 cite four instances that might indicate that the transaction price does not represent fair value. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect the reporting entity's own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on the best information available in the circumstances. including assumptions about risk.Here in this statement. b.

This value may or may not be the same as the current market value. the fair value of a business can be derived by using the intrinsic valuation measures or extrinsic (market based) valuation measures. should result in increased consistency and comparability in fair value measurements. capital investment and the growth potentials. expected rate of return. The fair value of business can be determined by using the internal fundamentals only considering the impact of outer world or it can be measured focusing on worth of similar businesses in the market and applying the fundamentals of subject business on it. defines intrinsic value as the “Amount an investor considers to be the ‘true’ or ‘real’ worth of an item. showing an excess of current market value of assets (including intangibles) over the current value of liabilities presents the actual net worth of the business and widely used while transacting the buy/ sell agreement for small businesses. It is an analytical judgment of value based on perceived characteristics inherent in the investment (not characteristic peculiar to any one investor). then subject asset (or property) will realize a price something near to it. Under the intrinsic value method. in its course Fundamentals of Business Valuation—Part 1. in terms of both tangible and intangible factors. It is sometimes called fundamental value. It is also sometimes presented by the net asset value. thereby establishing a present value for the equity. The theory behind this approach is that valuation measures of similar companies that have been sold in arms-length transactions should represent a good proxy for the specific company being valued. if the shares are trading at a price lower than this calculation.” So. Intrinsic Value presents the actual value of a company or an asset based on an underlying perception of its true value including all aspects of the business. In other words. if the market price is higher than the intrinsic value. Value investors use a variety of analytical techniques in order to estimate the intrinsic value of securities in hopes of finding investments where the true value of the investment exceeds its current market value. based on its own characteristics and situations. intrinsic value is based on fundamental analyses of business. the share is a ‘sell. based on an evaluation of available facts. it is a ‘buy’. AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants).A single definition of fair value. The extrinsic value is based on the assumption that if comparable asset (or property) has fetched a certain price. The value of business can be determined by discounting the future cash flow considering business fundamentals like risk. 20 . together with a framework for measuring fair value. For listed companies. future dividends are derived from earnings forecasted and then discounted to the present.

If. better stocking and distribution. or to become more visible for sale. Liquidation value: One common standard of value is to look at the liquidation worth of an asset (or property). all of which can be delivered by the business’ existing management. on the assumption that this can be sustained. and then counting as the business valuation whatever the leftover amount equals. Each potential investor will have their own priorities from five key value drivers: earnings. which reflects the particular and specific attributes of that investor. the investor wishes to approach the AIM market. Synergy can be operational or financial or both. The other bulking factor which may come into play is classic economy of scale. creditors. synergy. The investor may save on administrative functions. may gain greater buying power. which may be very difficult to quantify. new customers. hope.Under FAS 157. It considers the proceeds that could be realized from selling off the firm's assets. or be able to service in-house a requirement previously bought in at a higher cost. or factors such as having an in-house research or testing facility. lowering risk is as much a target as increasing profit. is found in the acquirer’s ability to generate extra profits from its own business from its connection with the target – using it as a launch platform. and other users of financial information. Each of the bidders is more likely to offer a different price based on the individual outlook and synergies that he/she brings to the transaction. Synergy value. for example. risk and bulking. which purely arises from investor’s own strategy. Bulking is the ‘2+2=5’ factor. etc. the Board concluded that quoted market prices provide the most reliable measure of fair value. Investment Value The International Glossary of business valuation terms defines investment value as “The value to a particular investor based on individual investment requirements and expectations. Hope is the ability to grow that profit from the existing resources of the business acquired – new products.” Investment value is the value to a particular investor. This may arise from cross selling to its customers. Earnings value is the capital equivalent of the existing profitability of the business. from improvements in its own product or services when linked with those of the target. new markets. but enable it to achieve an exit or other growth in capital value for the investor’s own business. The best example would be an auction setting for a property (or a business) in which four different bidders’ quotes to acquire. using those proceeds to pay down any of the firm's liabilities. or simply reputation. Its worth will then be magnified by this enhancement of value. Quoted market prices are easy to obtain and are reliable and verifiable. Investment value reflects more of the risk perception of a particular investor on specific investment/s. They will evaluate each in the context of the future performance of the business in their specific circumstances. Earnings and hope pick up the worth of the business’ existing and potential profitability. the investment may not just add profits. 21 . Those are used and relied upon regularly and are well understood by investors.

this standard is opposed to Investment value. Rather they treat them as a premise itself and view liquidation value as a fair value under the premise of Liquidation. some authors does not consider it as a standard of value. “Liquidation value” being a basic term or premise of value. As said earlier.Theoretically. It is on the mode of termination while the investment is the starting point or the point of holding something. 22 .

contract. The market approach (Relative valuation approach) One other approach called. 23 . The asset approach 2. outsource or abandon projects. there are three approaches to value any asset. give a company the ability to change its plans in the future. There are some assets that cannot be valued with conventional valuation models because their value derives almost entirely from their option characteristics. the risk less interest rate and the expected dividends on the assets. The income approach 3. expand. Growth options give a firm the ability to increase its future business. strike price. Examples include research and development. Flexibility options. business or business interest: 1. the binomial method provides an intuitive feel and insight into the determinants of option value.APPROACHES TO VALUATION Choosing the right model to use in valuation is as critical to arriving at a reasonable value as understanding how to use the model. Real option is said to be embedded in a decision or an asset: When there has to be a clearly defined underlying asset whose value changes over time in unpredictable ways. on the other hand. switch uses. Of these. or—most pertinent—launching a technology initiative. In broadest possible terms. For example. There are two types of real options: • Growth options • Flexibility options. leasing or developing land. life of option. a biotechnology firm with a single promising patent for cancer drug wending its way through the approval process can not be easily valued using discount cash flow or relative valuation models. patent or brand development. the variance in this value. mergers and acquisitions. The payoffs on this asset (real option) have to be contingent on and specified event occurring within a finite period. Management can purchase the option to delay. The value of an option is determined by six variables – the current value of the underlying asset. Several methodologies have been developed to value options. Option pricing OR contingent claim method is emerging as a better contender to value assets that have option like characteristics. It is also used when we want to consider the option to delay making investments decisions or option to expand the business or to value a patent or an undeveloped natural resource reserve as an option.

uncertainty increases the value of real options. the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). in today’s uncertain environment. Asset approach. the method can be very complicated with myriad possible outcomes and challenges in allocating probabilities to each. For example. In the income approach. So. The value of an option is not determined by the expected prices of the shares but by its current price. and Relative valuation approach The leading business valuation associations. Again these can be applied to value the entire business or only equity value. Analyst determines final value by applying average/weighted average / mean / geometric mean on values derived by one or more methods. 24 . the American society of Appraisers (ASA). There are numerous methods within each of these approaches that the appraiser or analyst may consider in performing valuation. many times. So. Some methods focuses usage of historical performance. let we get back to the most widely used approaches to valuation viz. Therefore. may be of public or/and private business concern. The Black-Scholes model removes the need to create such complex decision trees and has become widely used for valuing options. Uncertainty typically is considered bad for the valuation of traditional cash flows. This method considers one by one the events that may occur between the options being granted and exercised. Income approach. In contrast. the analyst can use guideline company multiples or multiples derived from near past transactions. Whilst flexible in terms of being able to deal with dividends and various different option exercise dates.This model provides insight into determinants of option value. relevant for the purpose of valuation. These are plotted on a ‘decision tree’ and probabilities allocated to each branch. Principally these are fluctuations in share price over discrete time periods. reflects expectation about the future. some give some other weight to expected performance in near future while some relies on current data and market happenings. which. of course. I have concentrated more on three basic approaches which are the most popular and applicable while valuing a MSME business. all have recognized the above three as major approaches to business valuation. the analyst can use a discounted cash flow method or a capitalization of earnings method. Option pricing being a technique useful for particular cases and to value specific assets or business only. dividend changes. One critical difference between traditional income approach and real options is the effect of uncertainty (or risk) on value. under the asset approach. the value of options actually increases. In the market approach. the analyst often need to choose between either valuing just tangible assets or valuing tangible and intangible assets on stand alone basis or all intangible assets as a collective group. Each probability-weighted value may then be discounted back to present value using a risk free rate of return (normally taken as the return on ‘risk-free’ government bonds). factors relating to whether and when the options may be exercised and other relevant terms of the options.

25 . rules of thumb do not reflect changes in economic. RULE OF THUMB International glossary of business valuation terms define “Rule of thumb” as “ a mathematical formula developed from the relationship between price and certain variable based on experience. we can conclude that although rules of thumb may provide insight on the value of a business. or price per subscriber for cable television business. However. Widely-accepted business appraisal theory and practice does not include specific methodology for rules of thumb in developing a value estimate. location. Rules of thumb are simple pricing techniques that are typically used to approximate the market value of a business. thumbs come in many sizes and shapes!” So. For example.All three approaches should be considered in each valuation. it is usually better to use them for reasonableness tests of the value conclusion. in fact. “Be careful. industry trends. business appraisers do not use rules of thumb in determining an indication of value. rules of thumb can be useful in testing the value conclusion arrived through the appraiser’s selected approaches and methods. reputation. capital structure and other information unique to the business. Rules of thumb typically come in the form of a percentage of revenues or a multiple of a level of earnings. hearsay or a combination of these. It may be a multiple of specific measure of a business like price per seat in case of call centre business or price per room for hotel business or price per student for private coaching classes or price per Bed for nursing-home operators. However. observation. It is also a question for an appraiser to decide whether to use a trailing or historical data OR current years data OR estimated figures (forecasted or leading) to apply with the chosen rule of thumb. the rules are reflective of transactions in the market. In addition. usually industry specific”. as there is typically no empirical evidence relating to how the rules were derived or if. customer relationships. As such. None of the rules provide sufficient information to assess the uniqueness of the business. Such sanity checks are a way for business appraisers to test the reasonableness of their value conclusion. competition. Rules of thumb fail to consider the specific characteristics of a company as compared to the industry or other similar companies. a rule of thumb for pricing a auto manufacturer may be 40% of annual revenues plus inventory or two times seller’s discretionary earnings (pre-tax net income + depreciation + interest + salary for one owner/operator at the market rate of compensation). industry. or competitive factors over time. it is not common to use all three approaches in each valuation. such as management depth.

Valuation process is undertaken on the belief that values can be measured on the basis of certain parameters using relevant techniques and methods. he should maintain a reasonable attitude in recognition of the fact that valuation is not an exact science. these choices will be driven by the characteristics of business being valued the level of earnings. growth potential. whether to use equity or firm valuation in the context of discounted cash flow valuation. The true measure of a valuation model is how well it works in (i) explaining differences in the pricing of assets at any point in time and across time and (ii) how quickly differences between model and market prices get resolved. relative valuation (and in some cases. the calculated value of a business will vary depending on how it’s intended to be used.. In resolving such differences. discounted cash flow valuation. The value established for tax purposes or for litigation is not the same value established for divestiture. Intrinsic value is something that cannot be observed. Therefore. Often. and the appraiser has significant flexibility in formulating an opinion. A business appraisal is in fact the opinion of the individual appraiser. It is like a kitchen that has many chefs with multifarious stuff on platform but no recipes. we have further choices to make – which value of asset to consider. The origin of the methods employed to measure values of assets can be traced back 26 . the sources of earnings growth.” Valuation is relative to purpose. entity value is driven by assets and earnings potentials. the fundamental question is which approach is to consider for valuing a business? The analyst faced with the task of valuing a business or its equity has to choose among different approaches – Asset valuation. option pricing models) and within each approach. Actually. which multiple we should use to value firms or equity based on comparable business or transaction. Normally.. It is established for specific purpose and specific point of time.. As per the views of the analyst. Once we decide to go with one or another of these approaches. they must also choose among different models. and the differences can be substantial. it is inversely proportional to Business risk. Matching the valuation model to the business being valued is as important a part of valuation as understanding the models and having the right inputs. a replacement value or a liquidation value. It is the asset prices that we observe and report.WHICH APPROACH SHOULD BE USED? Now. the stability of leverage and dividend policy. Revenue Ruling 59-60 of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at US recognizes this dilemma and states “No general formula may be given that is applicable to the many different valuation situations arising in the valuation of (closely-held) stock. an appraiser will find wide differences of opinion as to the fair market value of a particular stock.

Comparability of enterprise or transaction data . This will include consideration of facts such as: . So.relative applicability of the methodologies used given the nature of industry and current market conditions . DCF based valuations are useful as a cross check of values estimated under market based methodologies and should only be used in isolation of other methodologies under extreme caution. These methodologies may be useful as a cross-check of values estimated using the market-based methodologies. Fair value estimates based entirely on observable market data will be of great reliability that those based on assumptions. However it gives more weight age to use market based approach for deciding the fair investment value. It narrates that “In accessing whether a methodology is appropriate. service or holding companies. valuation techniques that are appropriate in the circumstances and for which sufficient data are available should be used to measure fair value. divided into various sub groups based on Industry classification codes. Methodologies utilizing discounted cash flows and industry benchmarks should rarely be used in isolation of the market-based measures and then only with extreme caution. IPEV also emphasis to consider the basic characteristics of all the three approaches. This Statement does not specify the valuation technique that should be used in any 27 . He had performed various mean tests on a sample of 164 cases. the valuer should be biased towards those methodologies that draw heavily on market-based measures of risk and return. however with the caution about the inherent disadvantage of high level of subjectivity involved in the method. International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation (IPEV) Guidelines (Oct. while studying the preferences of court for valuation approaches of closely held companies based on Industry type. and . while market approaches were most popular for holding companies.Due to high level of subjectivity in selecting inputs for this technique. For FAS 157. came on conclusion than the income approaches are more popular for manufacturing companies and less popular for companies not classified as manufacturing.” “……. He also derived a conclusion that each of the three valuation approaches is equally popular for tangible companies and equally popular for intangible companies. FASB (Financial Accounting Standard Board) clarifies that. “consistent with existing valuation practice. and these methods are constantly evolving with related newer developments taking place.to finance theory and economics.” IPEV indicates the usage of DCF for the businesses with absence of significant revenues. James DiGabriele.Quality and reliability of the data used in each methodology . profits or positive cash flows.any additional considerations unique to the subject enterprise”.2006) says that “The valuer will select the valuation methodology that is the most appropriate and consequently make valuation adjustments on the basis of their informed and experienced judgment.the stage of development of the enterprise.

IPEV (International Private Equity and Venture) valuation Board while commenting on the IASB’s discussion paper “Fair value measurements” published in November 2006 expresses its apprehension that “Having a single source of guidance for all fair value measurements in IFRS’s would probably reduce complexity and improve consistency in measuring fair value. will depend upon several factors.particular circumstances. As read from the Para 13 of CCI guidelines (1990). in order to achieve its objective. as the appraiser. thereby requiring judgment of appraiser in the selection and application of valuation techniques. This judgment. Determining the appropriateness of valuation techniques in the circumstances requires judgment. However. such a document should not aim at being exhaustive in its guidance in order not to create more confusion for accounts preparers. users and auditors. The fair value hierarchy under FAS 157 also.” The statement provides for using single technique or multiple techniques. 28 . as appropriate. the results of those techniques evaluated and weighted. in determining fair value. Consequently.” The values that we obtain from the different approaches described above can be very different and deciding which one to use can be a critical step.” So. depending on the asset or liability and the availability of data. “The guidelines are intended to provide the basic framework for valuation and to minimize the element of subjective consideration. the document should adopt a consistent theoretical approach and should not try to solve issues that are specific to certain markets. focuses on the inputs. the objective is to use the valuation technique (or combination of valuation techniques) that is appropriate in the circumstances and for which there are sufficient data. The IPEV valuation Board fears that doing so will create principles and guidelines that are too theoretical and difficult to apply to specific situations. some of which relate to the business being valued but many of which relate to us. they should not be regarded as eliminating the exercise of discretion and judgment needed to arrive at a fair and equitable valuation. While they should be applied fairly and consistently in all cases. not the valuation techniques. the valuation guidelines should not aim to be exhaustive and it must not restrict the analyst’s wisdom to apply in specific circumstance. however. The valuation techniques may differ. assets or asset classes and then apply those solutions to all other situations. in all cases. subject that. However.

the present value of future cash flows generated by the assets usually far exceed the liquidation value of those assets. This approach is generally preferred to value intangible asset (like brands. including current and likely contingent liabilities and preference capital. such as property holding and investment business. the appraiser may determine that the asset approach is inappropriate for determining an indication of value.. CCI guidelines. In other words.1) state that “The net asset value. if any. borrowings and liabilities. i. However. In the case of companies. Net asset values. it should represent the true “net worth” of the business after providing for all outside present and potential liabilities.1. THE ASSET APPROACH The Asset-based Approach involves methods of determining a company’s value by analyzing the value of a company’s assets. as at the latest audited balance-sheet date. the appraiser may test if the company is worth more in liquidation as opposed to as a going concern by utilizing an asset approach. less the likely contingent liabilities. In this case. which has appreciated over time due to its development value. goodwill etc) of the business. the net asset value as calculated from the asset side of the balance-sheet in the above manner will be cross checked with equity share capital plus free reserves and surplus. will be calculated starting from the total assets of the Company or of the branch and deducting there from all debts. manufacturing and transport that are dependent on physical infrastructure and assets. An exception to this might be a low-margin business in a competitive industry that owns its real estate. This methodology is likely to be appropriate for a business whose value derives mainly from the underlying value of its assets rather than its earnings.” 29 . Given that most business valuations are typically conducted under the premise of a going concern. This method may also be appropriate for a business that is not making an adequate return on assets and for which a greater value can be realized by liquidating the business and selling its assets. dues. may not have particular significance in industries such as information technology. which are of great relevance in industries such as utilities. 1990 (para 6. This valuation approach often serves as a valuation floor since most companies have greater value as a going concern than they would if liquidated. patents. the asset value may exceed the going concern value of the business.e. This difference between the asset value and going concern value is commonly referred to as “goodwill”. pharmaceutical that are driven by intangibles not recorded in the books.

Following figure shows a business value based on asset approach. Depending on the mix of assets owned by the company. VALUATION BALANCESHEET Total Asset Current Assets Invested Capital Plant. book values will be very different from true value. Adjusted book value: This method involves reviewing each and every assets and liabilities on the company’s balance sheet and adjusting it to reflect its estimated market value. other types of appraisers (e. which is the "Book Value" of the business. machinery and equipment) might need to be consulted as part of the valuation process. little or no growth opportunities and no potential for excess returns. Is it possible for book value to be a reasonable proxy for the true value of a business? For mature firms with predominantly fixed assets. it is important to consider intangible items that 30 .Term Debts Owner’s fund Other Assets Intangible Assets Equity And Reserves Some of the most common techniques of valuation considered under this approach are to value a business enterprise on the basis of book value of the assets or Adjusted book value of the assets or at Replacement value or applying cost to create approach or just deriving the liquidation proceeds. real estate. Property & equipments Current Liabilities Long . Assets less liabilities equals the owners’ equity. In simple term. Book value This is simply a value based upon the accounting books of the business. In addition. the book value of the assets may yield a reasonable measure of the true value of these firms. For firms with significant growth opportunities in businesses where they can generate excess returns.g..

Just an opposite of tangible assets. for example. such as a brand. Application of the liquidation approach must consider the expenses associated with liquidation. Although brand recognition is not a physical asset you can see or touch. things are not what they used to be. touched or physically measured. including taxes. Liquidation value Generally. In the new economy. While intangible assets don't have the obvious physical value of a factory or equipment. Liquidation analysis should be considered when the value of the business. In case of business purchase. It is a value at which the similar assets (and liabilities also) can be replaced with existing assets of the business. on a control basis as determined by the income or market approaches (discussed later). Instead of plant and equipment. There are several elements 31 . Mr. The cost to build similar intangible worth or asset for the business is also considered. franchise. Intangible assets and its valuation Intangible assets are something of value that cannot be seen. “Cost to create” value is basically from the view point of the buyer or investor. In the world of business today. the buyer or investor would like to know the cost that he may have to incur for purchase of the assets (and liabilities also) in similar conditions or bringing the identical assets to the place of use.might not necessarily be reflected on the balance sheet. is low relative to the net asset value. the most valuable assets have gone from tangible to intangible. selling expenses and plant closing costs. but which might have considerable value to a user. etc. which are created through time and/or effort and that are identifiable as a separate asset. patents. The value so derived can help him to negotiate a fair price. whose brand strength drives global sales year after year. trademark. started out from the fact that a company does not exist in complete isolation.Coca Cola. Ágnes Horváth in his article “Non Quantitative measures in company valuation” summarizes factors determining the company value. The unrecorded and contingent liabilities are also considered at their fairly estimated value. its positive effects on bottom-line profits can prove extremely valuable to firms. they can prove very valuable for a firm and can be critical to its long-term success or failure. and the risk and timing related to the proceeds. while offering a business for sell. This value can help to negotiate a better price. Replacement value and Cost to create value: Replacement value is a least value that a seller will insist from buyer who otherwise would have to expend for getting such assets and creating such liabilities. such as trade names. or patent. a seller would like to know the least value of the business that he or she can get on just liquidating the business assets. companies today compete on ideas and relationships.

goodwill reflects the buyer's perception that the business as a whole is worth more than the sum of the identifiable physical assets. It refers to the price or value above the market value of the identifiable assets of a company. revenues. whilst legally non-ownable. 32 . or is destroyed.legal intangibles (such as trade secrets (e. market value. and suppliers. patents. Customer-related intangible assets Customer lists. It is essential to focus not only on factors closely related to the company operation. trademarks. Marketing-related intangible assets Trademarks. strength of customer-vendor relationship. and goodwill) and competitive intangibles (such as knowledge activities (know-how. Legal intangibles generate legal property rights defensible in a court of law. wastage. customer contracts and customer . productivity. order or production backlogs. 2. customer service. company size and critical mass. etc. reputation. They fall into five categories (as shown below). enterprises even sell their goodwill without the sale of other assets. but on micro and macro factors as well. and license rights. such as its credit rating. In any event. There are two primary forms of intangibles . customer lists). service marks. knowledge). and structural activities). Competitive intangibles. On occasions. and opportunity costs within an organization . Intangible Asset categories Examples include: 1. This all together give rise to goodwill of the business concern.. When a business is bought. Human capital is the primary source of competitive intangibles for organizations today. the price paid will often be above the market value of its infrastructure. manufacturing processes. location of operations. dominant market size. employees’-management relations. which must not be discounted or must not be over looked. and name.relationships including noncontractual relationships. leverage activities. collaboration activities. A business enterprise cultivates this intangible asset by establishing a strong business track record and by establishing many beneficial relationships.and therefore costs. Competitive intangibles are the source from which competitive advantage flows. satisfaction. Goodwill is the most common and popular intangible asset in the world of MSMEs. though not exhaustive. noncompetition agreements.in the environment that contribute to its operation. Below mentioned examples. strength of competition. In addition. including those with customers. technological capabilities and expertise. distributors. copyrights. provide a useful framework for the determination of intangible assets. These significant qualitative characteristics. goodwill covers other valuable albeit intangible aspects of a business. trade names. directly impact effectiveness. location.g. includes. inventory. size of backlog. Goodwill also may manifest itself in the form of trademarks. internet domain names. and share price. competence of management etc. equipment.

33 . newspapers. A further complication with such companies is that their high R&D expenses reduce current earnings even though R&D projects could be perceived as investments for the future. trade secrets such as secret formulas. intangible value is the amount by which the value of the business exceeds the value of the underlying. can cause real problem in the form of financial and legal obstacles if improperly valued. franchise agreements. Obviously. Technology-based intangible assets Plays. Difficult questions about intangibles assets are to drive finance professionals and Accounting Standard Setters to develop new measurements. in such a case.3. construction. not involving forced or liquidation sale. tangible assets. Intangible assets are significantly more difficult to value than their tangible counterparts. new tools and techniques for an economy based on intangibles. When it is time to sell assets. . photographs.” such as high-technology companies and companies with substantial research and development activities. databases. Companies with a large part of their value in intangible “assets. computer software. The method most often used in the valuation of intangible property determines the present value of the cash flows derived from using such property. lease agreements. magazines. Patented technology. or settled in a transaction between willing parties. such as goodwill and patent. books. Licensing and royalty agreements. Intangible value is created when a company has above average return on assets (or equity). it is more difficult to determine the value of a trade secret than the value of office space. service or supply agreements. intangible assets. so that the value of the business (based on expected earnings or cash flow) exceeds the underlying net asset value. employment contracts. Valuation of intangible assets While intangible assets play an increasingly important role in today’s business world. Contract-based intangible assets 5. Artistic-related intangible assets 4. it remains difficult to quantify its economic and monetary value. may be particularly hard to value because such a small portion of their value lies in assets in place whereas a large portion derives from uncertain future growth opportunities. pictures. sold. current earnings may be a bad predictor of value. The “fair” value of an intangible asset is the amount that such asset can be bought. unpatented technology (know-how). processes and recipes.Consequently. new reporting forms. advertising. Intangible assets can be difficult to value individually with no guarantee of completeness.

. In an ideal situation. The analyst should note that. huge advertisement cost on initial start ups for product publicity. 3) excess profits methods. market share. in order for expenditure to qualify as an intangible asset. assume that there is some relationship between cost and value and the approach has very little to commend itself other than ease of use. Many times a business owner incurring specific expenses like research on value addition of a product. for example. Methods for the Valuation of Intangibles Acceptable methods for the valuation of identifiable intangible assets and intellectual property fall into three broad categories. This is difficult enough when valuing assets such as bricks and mortar because it is never possible to find a transaction that is exactly comparable. For example. extra amount paid on purchase of specific formula etc. While this capitalization process recognizes some of the factors which should be considered. may promise future benefits. The capitalization of historic profits arrives at the value of intangibles by multiplying the maintainable historic profitability of the asset by a multiple that has been assessed after scoring the relative strength of the intangible assets. such as the “cost to create” or the “cost to replace” a given asset. 1. a multiple is arrived at after assessing a brand in the light of factors such as leadership.The most common technique for capturing total intangible value is an enterprise valuation to establish total asset value. 1) capitalization of historic profits. This is not only due to lack of compatibility. stability. marketing and advertising support and protection. The methods of valuation flowing from an estimate of past and future economic benefits (also referred to as the income methods) can be broken down in to four limbs. cost based. but also because intellectual property is generally not developed to be sold and many sales are usually only a small part of a larger transaction and details are kept extremely confidential.. The value of current and fixed assets is then deducted to arrive at the value of intangible assets. claim existence of intangible worth arisen due to these expenditures. the search for a comparable market transaction becomes almost futile. internationality. Expenditures such as those on advertising. They are market based. 2) gross profit differential methods. In valuing an item of intellectual property. trend of profitability. mostly 34 . a business enterprise must expect benefits in the coming years and support that expectation with evidence. or based on estimates of past and future economic benefits. and 4) the relief from royalty method. a value analyst will always prefer to determine a market value by reference to comparable market transactions. it has major shortcomings. but the benefits are so uncertain and unpredictable that the business classify them as current expenses. Cost-based methodologies. The method ignores changes in the time value of money and ignores maintenance.

That is the difference between the margin of the branded and/or patented product and an unbranded or generic product. and the value appraiser will need to take it into consideration to assign a realistic value to the asset. or would be willing to pay. 2. the method has difficulty in adjusting to alternative uses of the asset. 3. Potential profits and cash flows need to be assessed carefully and then restated to present value through use of a discount rate. 4. While theoretically relying upon future economic benefits from the use of the asset.associated with historic earning capability. finance. and investment. the context is all-important. This formula is used to drive out cash flows and calculate value. When undertaking an Intangible valuation. economics. Any return over and above those profits required in order to induce investment is considered to be the excess return attributable to the intangible assets. adjusted for differences in marketing costs. accounting. Relief from royalty considers what the purchaser could afford. The excess profits method looks at the current value of the net tangible assets employed as the benchmark for an estimated rate of return. It is rash to attempt any valuation adopting so-called industry/sector norms in ignorance of the fundamental theoretical framework of valuation. Finding generic equivalents for a patent and identifiable price differences is far more difficult than for a retail brand. While some of the above methods are widely used by the financial community. for a license of similar intangible asset. it is important to note that valuation is an art more than a science and is an interdisciplinary study drawing upon law. 35 . Gross profit differential methods are often associated with trade mark and brand valuation. Discounted cash flow (“DCF”) analysis sits across the last three methodologies and is probably the most comprehensive of appraisal techniques. or rates. Real option or option pricing method is now a days getting more recognition for valuing the patent. The method pays little regard to the future. The discount rate is used to calculate economic value and includes compensation for risk and for expected rates of inflation. This is used to calculate the profits that are required in order to induce investors to invest into those net tangible assets. The royalty stream is then capitalized reflecting the risk and return relationship of investing in the asset. These methods look at the differences in sale prices.

The capitalization method is based on the Gordon constant growth model that uses a single period proxy of future earnings to determine the present value of the asset. The capitalization method estimates the fair market value of a company by converting the future income stream into value by applying a capitalization rate incorporating a required rate of return for risk assumed by an investor along with a factor for future growth in the earnings stream being capitalized. and so. Single period capitalization method: The basic of this approach is find the normalized earning capacity of the business and to capitalize it on the basis of appropriate rate considering the business fundamentals of safety. If these conditions are satisfied. Earnings is a final crux of the business activity. which is then discounted back to a present value (at the same discount rate) and added to the present value of the prior years’ income streams to arrive at the indication of fair intrinsic value. The Income Approach derives an estimation of value based on the sum of the present value of expected economic benefits associated with the asset or business (Economic benefits have two components: cash flow (or dividends) and capital appreciation). an appropriate multiple can be used with the normalized earnings to arrive at fair estimation of business value. Alternately. THE INCOME APPROACH The concept is to value a business or asset based on its earning capacity. capital requirements. etc. For the final year of the projection period. return and time. risk involvement or uncertainty. This is predicated upon the ability to create a reasonable forecast of the company’s income stream for the forecast period. 36 . Multi-period discounted future income methods involve discounting a projected future income stream on a year-by-year basis back to a present value using an appropriate discount rate that reflects the required rate of return on the investment (compensating for risk). This results in a value based on the present value of the future economic benefits that the owner will receive through earnings.2. dividends. or cash flow. the income stream that represents the expected income stream in perpetuity is capitalized to arrive at a terminal value. valuation of business based on its earning capacity can be a better proxy. This method is usually employed when a company is expected to experience steady financial performance for the foreseeable future and when growth is expected to remain fairly constant. This method is most commonly used when the company is expected to experience a period of abnormal growth or when the growth rate for the near term is anticipated to be significantly different from the long-term rate of growth. Under the Income Approach. Earnings are linked with all other fundamentals of the business like growth. the multi-period discounted future income method may more reliably capture the value impacts of cyclicality or abnormal short-term factors impacting the company’s results than a capitalization method. the appraiser may select a single period capitalization method or a multi-period discounted future income method.

The important task is to determine two factors (1) normalized earnings and (2) rate of capitalization or multiple for capitalization (capitalization rate is the inverse of multiple – 20% rate of returns equals a multiple of 5). The normalized earnings can be a Profit after tax (PAT) OR a profit before Depreciation, Interest, and taxes (PBDIT) OR Net operation profit before amortization OR it may be simply a cash flow from the business operations. This earnings may be considered from recent year earnings, OR simple average of few years’ earnings, OR weight age average or geometric average of few years’ earnings. Again it can be a forward looking or trailing (based on past). For forward looking (also known as leading) earnings the forecasted figures must be checked. CCI guidelines prescribe usage of simple average of last three financial years’ profit as future maintainable earnings of the company. CCI guidelines, 1990 (para 7.3) state that "The crux of estimating the Profit Earning Capacity Value lies in the assessment of the future maintainable earnings of the business. While the past trends in profits and profitability would serve as a guide, it should not be overlooked that valuation is for the future and that it is the future maintainable stream of earnings that is of great significance in the process of valuation. All relevant factors that have a bearing on the future maintainable earnings of the business must, therefore, be given due consideration" Gorden growth model estimates the value of ownership based on next year’s dividend payment capacity and capitalizing it considering the expected rate of return (cost of capital) and estimated growth rate. Following formula is used to estimate a value using this approach:

Value = Normalized earnings / (Ke – g)
Where, Ke = required rate of return on investments g = growth rate in earnings forever Or

Value = Normalized earnings * Appropriate multiple
Appropriate multiple should be arrived at by considering the specific business risk, size risk, market risk, growth rate, expected return and such other factors having impact on the business operations. This multiple should also co-relate with the nature of earnings used. For example, if it is PBDIT then multiple should be based on capital invested and not only the owners’ fund. This will give value of business. But if the earnings used is PAT then the multiple should reflect the factors applicable to ownership only. It will provide the value of owners’ fund in the business. To conclude, we can say that it is on the best judgment of the appraiser to decide normalized earnings and appropriate rate of capitalization.


Multi period discounting Method (Discounted Cash Flow - DCF) This method uses financial projections to determine the value of business or value of ownership based on future income for several periods (un stable growth period) and terminal value after expiry of that period (stable growth period). Then, a discount rate is employed to convert those future values back to a present value. The business life being divided in to two phases: unstable growth period and stable growth period – it is also known as two stage model of cash flow discounting. The model can be extended to three or four stage model based on the business cycle. The value of an undertaking really depends on its future profits, cash flows or distributions and the associated risks. Past results may serve as an aid for estimating the likely future results; they cannot determine them. The advantage of this method is that it can be used for businesses or assets with unstable earnings and non constant growth rates. But it is important that the discount rate being used is appropriate for the income being discounted as small changes in the discount rate can have considerable impact on the present value. Following formula is used to estimate a value using this approach:

Value =

CF t ∑ (1+ R) t t=1

Using discounted cash flow, we can derive value of equity holders by (i) choosing present value of free cash available to equity holders and (ii) choosing present value of the cash flow available to firm and subtracting the present value of debts there from. Done right, the value of equity should be the same whether it is valued directly (by discounting cash flows to equity at the cost of equity) or indirectly (by valuing the firm and subtracting out the value of all non-equity claims). The primary difference between equity and debt holders in firm valuation models lies in the nature of their cash flow claims – lenders get prior claims to fixed cash flows and equity investors get residual claims to remaining cash flows. Formula to get a value of a firm:

Value of Firm =
Formula to find a value of equity:

∑ (1+ WACC)
t =1

t= n

CF to Firm t

Value of Equity =

FCFE t ∑ (1+ Ke) t t=1


So, the fundamentals to estimate value under this technique are cash flows, and discounting rate. 1) Determination of the cash flows:

The cash flow of perpetual business is generally divided into to segments. (1) flow for periods up to abnormal earnings or unsteady growth (2) flow after this unsteady period when the business gets stabilized i.e. terminal flow or terminal value. Cash Flow: The free flow to firm is calculated as follow:

CF to Firm = Net income + Amortizations + Interest + Depreciation – Capital expenditure – change in non cash working capital
The free flow to equity is calculated as follows:

FCFE = Net income + Amortizations + Depreciation – Capital expenditure – change in non cash working capital + (new debts – debts repayments)
Terminal value: The discrete forecast period ends when cash flows have stabilized and expected growth is moderate and sustainable. In simple term, it a value of business at the end of forecasted period. This value can be derived by using (1) stable growth method or (2) multiple approach or (3) liquidation value. The multiple approaches is easiest but it makes the valuation “relative valuation”. The stable growth model is technically sound but it requires a judgment about the stable status of the business and applicable stable growth rate that can sustain forever. The liquidation value is most useful when assets are separable and marketable. The estimation of terminal value is as challenging as the valuation of business NOW. The only comfort here is that the business is assumed to be on steady phase. 1. Stable growth method Gordon Model is very popular while estimating terminal value based on earnings. It assumes continued ownership of business. Key assumptions for the Gordon Model: - Depreciation and capital expenditure should be equal or at a steady state differential in the residual period - Forecast period should be as long as necessary for a stable level of growth to be achieved; the terminal period must assume a long term stable growth rate (it may be negative or zero or positive) Comments


.68 -07.26 1. We must take care that discounting earnings as if they were cash flows paid out to stockholders while also counting the growth that is created by reinvesting those earnings will lead to the systematic overvaluation of stocks.10 1.The conclusion provided by the Gordon Model should be the same answer as if continuing the cash flow model into infinity Formula: CASH FLOW IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE TERMINAL PERIOD (DISCOUNT RATE . relative to depreciation. of gap years -1 -1 EPS 0.35 09. .This formula represents the value of all cash flows remaining beyond the end of the forecast period .02 12. The assumption that a firm is in steady state also implies that it possesses other characteristics shared by stable firms.73 09.LONG TERM GROWTH RATE) The stable growth rate should not exceed the growth rate of economy but can be set at ant lower figure.The rate must be sustainable into perpetuity .38 growth rate 17. This would mean. Historical growth rate is generally estimated based on arithmetic average or geometric average or regression models. Formula for compounding growth or geometric average of growth Current year EPS (OR earnings OR cash flow) Based year EPS (OR earnings OR cash flow) For example: Years 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 1/ No. Growth rate: The growth rate used in the model has to be less than or equal to the expected nominal growth rate in the economy in which the firm operates. the terminal value will be lower and the business is assumed to be disappearing over time. for instance. It can be negative but in such case.The model assumes a constant growth in cash flow. of years 40 .94 1. that capital expenditures. are not disproportionately large and the firm is of 'average' risk.52 Arithmetic mean = sum of growth rates / no.36 1.24 1.

98 -1 2. weighted by their market value proportions. 2) Determining the Discounting rate: For finding the value of firm the most popular and widely used rate is Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) rate. the residual cash-flows after meeting all operating expenses and taxes.52)/5 = 8. The WACC is based on: .35)+09. Cost of Debt 41 . which is the cost of the different components of financing used by the firm. Multiple approaches . but prior to debt payments. the rate normally used is rate of return expected by equity holders. And for determining the value of equity. at the weighted average cost of capital. This approach is discussed in detail under market approach.02+12. i. 3.32 Geometric mean = (1.094)^(1/5) = 7. Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) The value of the firm is obtained by discounting expected cash-flows to the firm. For example. the appraiser is required to determine a cost of equity first.The cost of equity and debt for the industry or firm.e..= (17.is based on a multiple of a measure of financial performance applied at the end of the forecast period. Liquidation value: The terminal value of business is derived by estimating the value of individual assets at the end of the forecasting period. if it is decided to use multiple of 7 with EBITDA of first year of terminal period then the terminal value of business will be 7 * EBITDA t 1.73+09.The proportion of the firm’s capital structure comprised of equity and debt WACC = Ke (% equity) + Kd (% debt) Where: Ke = required rate of return on equity capital % equity = equity as a percent of total capitalization Kd = after tax required rate of return on debt capital % debt = debt as a percent of total capitalization In general WACC is an appropriate valuation framework as long as the debt ratio is expected to be constant.68+(-07. and .38/. In both the cases.

either nominal or real.Specific company risk In some cases the company being valued will have specific risks that justify an additional risk premium.The cost of debt is usually the rate of interest at which the loan and other debts are aerated by the organization.Small company risk Studies have shown there is a small company premium because CAPM under estimates the return earned by investors in small companies. Under CAPM. Capital Assets Pricing Model (CAPM) is commonly used technique.Rf = the market premium In addition to these variables. So. It is typically the yield from long-term government bonds.RM) + S1+ S2 Where: S1 = size premium = size premium S2 = specific company (business) risk Components of CAPM Rf is the risk free rate. Ke = Rf + β (Rm – Rf) Where: Ke = the investor’s required rate of return (equity) Rf = the risk free rate β = beta Rm = return from the equity market Rm . Kd = D (1 . . CAPM equation including adjustments will be Ke = RF + β (RF . there are adjustments to consider in applying this method to closely held companies or MSME businesses: .t) Where: Kd = after tax required rate of return on debt capital D = debt holders’ required return on debt t = corporate marginal tax rate Determination of Cost of capital In order to find the cost of equity (Ke). It represents an alternative rate of return to the investor that is risk free and has liquidity 42 .

many times accounting beta. the discounting rate is generally considered based on the specific company (business) risk and expected rate of return by the owner or equity holders. It shows how the price of a security responds to market forces. Thus. The analyst will base this judgment on factors…such as financial statements and comparative ratio analysis and the qualitative matters to be considered during the site visit and management interviews. and Robert Schweihs state the following with respect to the investment specific risk: “ …the unsystematic risk specific to the subject business or businesses interest still remains largely a matter of the analyst’s judgment. is based on historical returns over a long period Rm --Rf (the market premium) is the amount by which the historical equity returns from the market have exceeded the risk free rate Risk : The Risk can be divided in to two parts: Market risk (systematic/ non diversifiable risk) and firm specific risk (diversifiable / unsystematic risk).” 43 . fourth edition. there is no empirical data or observable data regarding the specific company (business) risk premium to assist the appraiser in analyzing the appropriate increment to the discount rate to account for firm-specific risk. after carefully analyzing these elements of investment specific risk. there is no specific model for quantifying the exact effect of these factors of the discount rate. Effectively.Beta (β) is a risk measure that is based on the volatility of the price of the shares of a company compared to the volatility of the market as a whole A company whose share price is volatile has more risk for an investor. the higher shall be its beta. without a commonly accepted set of empirical support evidence. Market risk can be broken down further into business risk and financial risk. In MSMEs where the prices are not listed on any stock exchange. Robert Reilly. However. the return from the equity market. expected rate of return is considered based on average rate of return in the industry in which the business unit pertains. fundamental beta or bottom-up beta are used to determine the cost of equity. the more responsive the price of a security is to changes in the market. Shannon Paratt. The measure to quantify the market risk is known as beta (β). The analyst must depend on experience and judgment in this final element of the discount rate development. However. but should explicitly describe the factors that impact this final element. I am not going into analyzing beta. Beta measures nondiversifiable risk. Business risk is the risk associated with the particular activities undertaken by the enterprise whereas the financial risk is the risk resulting from the existence of debt in the capital structure of the enterprise. Being this a study on valuation of MSME concerns. In case of non-public companies where the shares are not trading on open market. In “Valuing a Business: The Analysis and Appraisal of Closely Held Companies. the higher the risk Betas are typically calculated for an industry to provide a measure of risk for that particular industry Rm. the higher the beta. In order to measure a fair value.

in particular. Sensitivity test. DCF may be the only way to reach realistic valuation. however. there is a significant risk in utilizing this method because of inherent difficulty for estimating the fundaments required for 44 . Therefore. rescue refinancing. has retained its appeal and continues to be widely used by practitioners for among other reasons its simplicity. Academics. The CAPM. Models such as Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) and FamaFrench Three Factor Model (TFM) are examples of the alternatives which have been developed. the estimation of specific business risk is nothing more than the appraiser’s educated. who will test the value acquired in comparison to the price paid.It should be apparent that the lack of any guidelines to estimate the specific business risk presents significant challenges to the appraiser in conducting the valuation. Probabilities cash flows Method and Monte Carlo simulations which improve on the single point estimates generated by the classic DCF method. there is a need for a quantifiable analysis for the specific business risk premium to further strengthen the business valuations and to limit the appraiser’s exposure to attacks on credibility and results. the advantages of a DCF valuation are that it requires the appraiser to appraise the business’ operations and future cash flows in some detail. against corporate targets for minimum returns on investment. can help to know the significance of change in discounting rate (or capitalization rate) on overall value of the business. strategic repositioning. This method is used by many acquirers. however. loss making. However. The assumptions and validity of CAPM have been questioned and there are doubts on the predictive power of the CAPM Beta which is a key input for determination of the WACC in a DCF. the estimated equity return within the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) the calculation of terminal values and growth assumptions. understanding the risks and sensitivities within them. best guess of an appropriate premium. DCF valuations are highly sensitive to the assumptions which underlie them. Therefore. Though an appraiser may have performed hundreds of valuation. the specific business risk premium for one company (in textile industry for example) is not necessarily representative of the appropriate specific business risk premium applicable to another firm (auto part manufacturing company for example). In practice. The uncertainly can be reduced by applying some advanced techniques including The First Chicago method. Expected Cash flow method (Certainty equivalent cash flow). While this method may be applied to businesses going through a period of great change. as is common with most valuations methodologies. Specifically this is due to the inevitable uncertainties around: • • • the achievability of the projections determining. When accounting information is incomplete or not reliable or impossible to interpret. finance experts and professionals agree that the DCF based valuation methodology is theoretically robust. such as a turn around. if conducted. or is in its start up phase.

is produced below: 45 . It requires estimation of cash flows. So. Views of Prof.this method. risk-adjusted discount rate and also that of terminal value. using discounted cash flow models is in some sense an act of faith. Aswath damodaran for choosing an appropriate technique under Income approach of valuation. The disadvantages of the DCF centre around the “Estimates”. All of these inputs require substantial subjective judgments to be made and the derived present value amount is often sensitive to small changes in these inputs.

Choosing the right Discounted Cashflow Model Can you estimate cash flows? Yes No Are the current earnings positive & normal? Yes Use current earnings as base Yes Stable leverage Unstable leverage Replace current earnings with normalized earnings No Is the cause temporary? What rate is the firm growing at currently? < Growth rate of economy Stable growth model No Is the firm likely to survive? Yes > Growth rate of economy Are the firm’s competitive advantges time limited? Is leverage stable or likely to change over time? Use dividend discount model No 3-stage or n-stage model FCFE FCFF 2-stage model No Does the firm have a lot of debt? Yes Adjust margins over time to nurse firm to financial health Yes No Estimate liquidation value Value Equity as an option to liquidate 46 .

where the effects of debt financing are captured in the discount rate. project financing and real estate financing. we evaluate the effect of borrowing the amount on the probability that the firm will go bankrupt.Expected Bankruptcy Cost In practice. 47 . and the expected cost of bankruptcy. In the adjusted present value approach. the formula for calculating APV is.Adjusted Present Value: Many experts believe that the estimate value of business determined from using discounted cash flow method is not free from the limitations of using WACC as a discounting rate. V = EBIT (1 – t) / (Ke – g) + DT Where. Finally.t) = earnings before Interest but after tax Ke = Cost of Equity DT = tax savings on debts g = growth rate APV has generally applicability in transactions that involve a structured financing. using debt to fund a firm’s operations creates tax benefits (because interest expenses are tax deductible) on the plus side and increases bankruptcy risk (and expected bankruptcy costs) on the minus side. In contrast to the conventional approach. We then consider the present value of the interest tax savings generated by borrowing a given amount of money. we estimate the value of the firm in three steps. we separate the effects on value of debt financing from the value of the assets of a business. normally bankruptcy cost is not considered while determining value as per this method. We begin by estimating the value of the firm with no leverage. In the adjusted present value (APV) approach. In general. The value of the firm can also be written as the sum of the value of the un-levered firm and the effects (good and bad) of debt. EBIT (1 . like leveraged buyouts (LBOs). And so. It is rare that the debt equity ratio in the business remains constant. The better way is to find the value of firm ignoring the debt in capital and to add the tax benefit proposed on debt creation. the APV approach attempts to estimate the expected value of debt benefits and costs separately from the value of the operating assets. Firm Value = Un-levered Firm Value + PV of tax benefits of debt .

In the excess return valuation approach. APV. Economic value added = NOPAT – (Cost of capital) * (Capital invested) NAPAT = Net Operating Profit After Tax or operating profit minus the taxes that would be payable without any deduction for interest expenses. It is computed as the product of the "excess return" made on an investment and the capital invested in that investment. the researcher Shri Raj S Dhankar and Shri Ajit S Boora. came on the conclusion that there is no significant relationship between change in capital structure and the value of a firm. WACC and FLOWS TO EQUITY APPROACHES to firm Valuation. In a article “Cost of Capital. the value of a business can be written as the sum of two components: Value of business = Capital Invested in firm today + Present value of excess return cash flows from both existing and future projects In pure terms. Firm Value = Value of Assets in Place + Value of Expected Future Growth 48 . With the excess return valuation framework. excess returns can therefore be either positive or negative. Optimal capital Structure. This is because of the fact that the value of a firm is affected by a multiplicity of factors and capital structure is just one of them. and value of Firm: An Empirical Study of Indian Companies”. Pablo Fernández. Earning the risk-adjusted required return (cost of capital or equity) is considered a normal return cash flow but any cash flows above or below this number are categorized as excess returns.As written by Prof. we separate the cash flows into excess return cash flows and normal return cash flows. at the micro level. Franco Modigliani and Merton Miller in their seminal work on the theory of capital structure propagated the idea that the enterprise value is independent of its capital structure. Economic Value Added – EVA (also known as an Excess Earnings Model or Residual Income Model) The economic value added (EVA) is a measure of the surplus value created by an investment. all these three methods of valuation (if used correctly) always yield the same result.

we first come to know the value of business and then after deducting capital investments we can determine an addition earnings. and assets held for investment purposes. can be used to determine a business value using this technique. This method is very popular in valuing MSME businesses but care must be taken to choose the multiple. The value of operating assets is generally reflected in the cash flow generated by the business Non operating assets Non operating assets are assets which are not used in the operations including excess cash balances. Any of the two basic approaches of income approach. whichever is appropriate) Calculate excess earnings: Fair earnings (as per 5 above) Less: normal return on investment (3 * 4) Decide multiple to determine value of excess earnings Calculate value of intangible / excess earnings (6 * 7) Value of business: (8 + 3) Current value of business : ( 8 + 3 + 2) 7) 8) 9) 10) Operating assets Operating assets are assets which are used in the operation of the business including working capital. The resultant value can be cross checked for reasonability through deriving rate of return as if single period capitalization method is applied.This approach is widely used for appraising MSME business because of ease in calculation and simplicity in understanding. 49 . such as vacant land and securities. Using the single period capitalization method we can determine the EVA first and then the estimated value of business. Steps for business valuation. plant and equipment and intangible assets. While applying multi period income discounting model (DCF). property. Non operating assets are generally valued separately and added to the value of the operations. using single period capitalization method with Excess Earning Technique: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Prepare the Balance sheet as per fair value principles Separate the value of surplus assets or non-operating assets Determine the value of fixed assets and working capital (investment value) Determine the applicable rate of finance (normally bank financing /loan rate) Find out the fair earnings (based on weighted average / current. single period capitalization model and multi period income discounting model.

(In markets that are inefficient or out of equilibrium.100 with probability 90% and only Rs. there are some who prefer to adjust the expected cash flows for risk. 95 with certainty and in the second. While it is true that bad outcomes have been weighted in to arrive at this cash flow. you will receive Rs. it is still an expected cash flow and is not risk adjusted. 95 but risk-averse investors would pick the first investment with guaranteed cash flows over the second one. FAS 157 provides a very good example to show the relation between Certainty equivalent cash-flow and Risk adjusted rate of return while determining the value using discounted cash flow technique. There are some who consider the cash flows of an asset under a variety of scenarios. R. using the certainty equivalent. assume that you were given a choice between two alternatives. and then discounting the cash flow at the risk free rate is equivalent to discounting the cash flow at a risk adjusted discount rate. The systematic or non-diversifiable risk of an asset (or liability) refers to the amount by which the asset (or liability) increases the variance of a diversified portfolio when it is added to that portfolio. risk-averse market participants would consider the risk inherent in the expected cash flows. adjusting the cash flow. take an expected value of the cash flows and consider it risk adjusted. To see why. also referred to as systematic (nondiversifiable) risk. (The proposition that risk adjusted discount rates and certainty equivalents yield identical net present values is shown in the following paper: Stapleton. which one is more precise? After all. assign probabilities to each one. Risk Adjusted Rate Of Return While most analysts adjust the discount rate for risk in DCF valuation. v26. In making an investment decision. and if so. The expected value of both alternatives is Rs..Certainty Equivalent Cash-Flow Vs. 95-117). ranging from best case to catastrophic. Certainty cash flow = Expected cash flow / (1+ Risk premium in Risk adjusted discount rate) Adjusting the discount rate for risk or replacing uncertain expected cash flows with certainty equivalents are alternative approaches to adjusting for risk.) 50 . Stock Valuation and Capital Budgeting Decision Rules for Risky Projects. but do they yield different values. Portfolio Analysis. The first is risk specific to a particular asset or liability. The second is general market risk. you are offered Rs. Journal of Finance. 1971. other forms of return or compensation might be available. also referred to as unsystematic (diversifiable) risk. In the first one. market participants will be compensated only for bearing the systematic or non-diversifiable risk inherent in the cash flows.C. Portfolio theory distinguishes between two types of risk. 50 the rest of the time. Portfolio theory holds that in a market in equilibrium.

Specifically: 51 . industry trends.Certainty equivalent cash-flow (Method 1) : of the expected present value technique adjusts the expected cash flows for the systematic (market) risk by subtracting a cash risk premium (risk-adjusted expected cash flows). In this simple illustration.000. Because the discount rate used in the discount rate adjustment technique is a rate of return relating to conditional cash flows.000 is the certainty equivalent of the $1. To illustrate Methods 1 and 2. However. including economic or market conditions. and competition as well as changes in internal factors impacting the entity more specifically). it should be possible to develop a limited number of discrete scenarios and probabilities that capture the array of possible cash flows. the expected cash flows ($780) represent the probability-weighted average of the 3 possible outcomes. can be used to estimate the expected rate of return. there could be many possible outcomes. a reporting entity might use realized cash flows for some relevant past period. assume that an asset has expected cash flows of $780 in 1 year based on the possible cash flows and probabilities shown below. it is not always necessary to consider distributions of literally all possible cash flows using complex models and techniques to apply the expected present value technique. For example. such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model. A certainty-equivalent cash flow refers to an expected cash flow (as defined). Risk adjusted rate of return (Method 2) : of the expected present value technique adjusts for systematic (market) risk by adding a risk premium to the risk-free interest rate. the present value (fair value) of the asset's cash flows is the same ($722) whether determined under Method 1 or Method 2.200 (the $200 would represent the cash risk premium). it likely will be higher than the discount rate used in Method 1 of the expected present value technique. which is discounted at a risk-free interest rate. In more realistic situations. as indicated below. the $1. the expected cash flows are discounted at a rate that corresponds to an expected rate associated with probability-weighted cash flows (expected rate of return). considering the assumptions of market participants. Accordingly. These risk-adjusted expected cash flows represent a certainty-equivalent cash flow. adjusted for changes in circumstances occurring subsequently (for example. if one were willing to trade an expected cash flow of $1. changes in external factors. and the systematic risk premium is 3 percent. The applicable risk-free interest rate for cash flows with a 1-year horizon is 5 percent. one would be indifferent as to the asset held.200 for a certain cash flow of $1. For example. Models used for pricing risky assets. which is an expected rate of return relating to expected or probability-weighted cash flows. Rather. adjusted for risk such that one is indifferent to trading a certain cash flow for an expected cash flow. In theory. In that case.

The present value (fair value) of the asset is $722 ($780/1. such adjustment could be derived from an asset pricing model using the concept of certainty equivalents. either Method 1 or Method 2 could be used. the expected cash flows are adjusted for systematic (market) risk. b. The $758 is the certainty equivalent of $780 and is discounted at the risk-free interest rate (5 percent).08)]). the adjustment for that risk is included in the discount rate.08).05). The selection of Method 1 or Method 2 will depend on facts and circumstances specific to the asset or liability being measured. 52 .05/1. the expected cash flows are discounted at an expected rate of return of 8 percent (the 5 percent risk free interest rate plus the 3 percent systematic risk premium). Under Method 2. which results in risk-adjusted expected cash flows of $758 ($780 – $22). and the judgments applied. the extent to which sufficient data are available. Thus. When using an expected present value technique to measure fair value. Under Method 1. In the absence of market data directly indicating the amount of the risk adjustment. Rather. the risk adjustment (cash risk premium of $22) could be determined based on the systematic risk premium of 3 percent ($780 – [$780 (1. the expected cash flows are not adjusted for systematic (market) risk.a. The present value (fair value) of the asset is $722 ($758/1. For example.

Johnson in Adam smith's The Money Game. the news spreads very quickly and is incorporated into the prices of securities without delay. at least on average. If. The efficient market hypothesis is associated with the idea of a “random walk. In relative valuation. It was generally believed that securities markets were extremely efficient in reflecting information about individual stocks and about the stock market as a whole. THE MARKET APPROACH (RELATIVE VALUATION APPROACH) Market value is also known as extrinsic value. In relative valuation. we are making a judgment on how much an asset is worth by looking at what the market is paying for similar assets. If the market is correct. on average. Damodaran (2002) notes that almost 90% of equity research valuations and 50% of acquisition valuations use some combination of multiples and comparable companies and are thus relative valuations. which is the study of past stock prices in an attempt to predict future prices. The basis of market value is the assumption that if comparable Asset (or property) has fetched a certain price.” which is a term loosely used in the finance literature to characterize a price series where all subsequent price changes represent random departures from previous prices. The probability of prices moving either up or down is equal. in the way it prices assets. Thus. which is the analysis of financial information such as company earnings and asset values to help investors select “undervalued” stocks. a generation ago. however. The market. It can be argued that most valuations are relative valuations. discounted cash flow and relative valuations may converge. then tomorrow’s price change will reflect only tomorrow’s news and will be independent 53 . Before going long to consider “Market approach”. The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) was widely accepted by academic financial economists. let we first go through the past studies and beliefs of the economist and financial analyst about the correctness of and dependency on Market prices. The prices that move in “random walk” can not be predicted. neither technical analysis. we are attempting to estimate the intrinsic value of an asset based upon its capacity to generate cash flows in the future. at least not with comparable risk. discounted cash flow valuations can deviate from relative valuations. There is a significant philosophical difference between discounted cash flow and relative valuation. In discounted cash flow valuation. would enable an investor to achieve returns greater than those that could be obtained by holding a randomly selected portfolio of individual stocks. the market is systematically over pricing or under pricing a group of assets or an entire sector. nor even fundamental analysis. always changing always mystifying. The accepted view was that when information arises. The logic of the random walk idea is that if the flow of information is unimpeded and information is immediately reflected in stock prices. we have given up on estimating intrinsic value and essentially put our trust in markets getting it right.3. is like a beautiful womanendlessly fascinating endlessly complex. then the subject asset (or property) will realize a price something near to it. says Mr.

54 . accurately. On the other hand.of the price changes today. They emphasized psychological and behavioral elements of stock-price determination. But news is by definition unpredictable. The efficient market theory submits it is not possible to make profits looking at old data or by studying the patterns of previous price changes. little additional influence can be attributed to P/E multiples. Fama and French (1997) also conclude that the P/BV effect is important in many world stock markets other than the United States. therefore. and they came to believe that future stock prices are somewhat predictable on the basis of past stock price patterns as well as certain “fundamental” valuation metrics. He believes that “the markets can be efficient even if many market participants are quite irrational. Fama and French suggest that size may be a far better proxy for risk than beta. prices fully reflect all known information. The market values are very sensitive and changes with each new information. as much as 40 percent of the variance of future returns for the stock market as a whole can be predicted on the basis of the initial dividend yield of the market index. The market price. Prof. Depending on the forecast horizon involved. the ratio of dividend to stock price) to forecast future returns have been conducted by Fama and French (1988) and Campbell and Shiller (1988). Markets can be efficient even if stock prices exhibit greater volatility than can apparently be explained by fundamentals such as earnings and dividends. thus. Formal statistical tests of the ability of dividend yields (that is.” Further to his believes he adds that “Many of us economists who believe in efficiency do so because we view markets as amazingly successful devices for reflecting new information rapidly and. resulting price changes must be unpredictable and random. we believe that financial markets are efficient because they don’t allow investors to earn above-average risk adjusted returns. Campbell and Shiller (1998) report that initial P/E ratios explained as much as 40 percent of the variance of future returns. It assumes that all foreseeable events have already been built into the current market price. the dependability of the size phenomenon is also open to question. This information also contains the rumors and wrong beliefs of investors and market players. Therefore. many financial economists and statisticians believe that stock prices are at least partially predictable. As a result. at every point in time represents the latest position at all times. it influences by irrelevant facts and information as well as by personal thoughts and interpretation of information by market players. and. Above all. for the most part. Burton Malkiel uses definition of efficient financial markets that such markets do not allow investors to earn above-average returns without accepting aboveaverage risks. They conclude that equity returns have been predictable in the past to a considerable extent.” Efficient market theory submits that in an efficient market all investors receive information instantly and that it is understood and analyzed by all the market players and is immediately reflected in the market prices. and once they are accounted for. But as we know. Fama and French (1993) concluded that size and price-to-book-value together provide considerable explanatory power for future returns.

g. management depth. Price to Earnings. and other users of financial information. EBIT etc) Book value (or replacement value) multiple Revenue Multiples Business specific Multiple 55 . EV to EBIT. This can be a helpful tool in valuing private companies. Quoted market prices are easy to obtain and are reliable and verifiable. access to financing. EV to EBITDA. EBITDA. Valuation Techniques There are two primary sources or methods that can be applied to determine a value based on market transactions or market behavior.(PAT. a variety of valuation measures might be used including Enterprise Value (EV) to Sales. The guideline publicly traded company method is appropriate when similar and relevant proxy companies may be identified and employed in estimating the value of a closely held company. but these public company multiples usually need to be discounted significantly to reflect the higher risks (e. the Board concluded that quoted market prices provide the most reliable measure of fair value. Commonly used Multiples Business can be valued based on the multiples like Earning multiples. The method might involve private company transactions.Under FAS 157.) inherent in smaller private companies as well as the “lack of marketability” of private company stock. One or many comparable sales might be considered under this method depending on the data available and the degree of similarity to the company being valued. Adjustments are commonly made to these valuation measures before applying to the subject company to ensure an “apples-to-apples” comparison. customer concentration. Guideline Public Company Method – The premise of the guideline company method is based on the economic principle of substitution stating that one will not pay more for an asset than the amount at which they can acquire an equally desirable substitute. etc.. public company transactions. creditors. Merger and Acquisition Method (Comparable Sales or completed transaction) – This method involves reviewing transactions for companies that are in the same or similar line of business as the company being valued and then applying the relevant pricing multiples to the subject company to determine its value. The theory behind this approach is that valuation measures of similar companies that have been sold in arms-length transactions should represent a good proxy for the specific company being valued. etc. Those are used and relied upon regularly and are well understood by investors. Depending on the source of data available and the underlying company being valued. as well as public company valuation measures using current share market data. This method involves using market multiples derived from market prices of stocks for companies that are engaged in the same or similar industries as the subject company.

in order to give effect of current value of assets of the business. The accounting estimate of book value is determined by accounting rules and is heavily influenced by the original price paid for assets and any accounting adjustments (such as depreciation) made since. P/R Ratio = Market Value / Revenue Business Specific Multiple 56 . is to use the ratio of the value of a business to the revenues it generates. which is far less affected by accounting choices. while at other times it is next to meaningless. P/E Ratio = Market Value (OR Price) / Earnings It may be based on trailing data (historical figure) or forward data (estimates) or average of both.Price to Earnings (P/E) Multiple When it comes to valuing equity or ownership. than it is to compare earnings or book value multiples. with different accounting systems at work. the price/earnings ratio is one of the oldest and most frequently used metrics. For example. P/BV Ratio = Market Value / Book Value of Capital or Owners’ fund Sometimes. Although a simple indicator to calculate. Price to Revenue multiple Both earnings and book value are accounting measures and are determined by accounting rules and principles. An alternative approach. appraisers often misuse this term and place more value in the P/E than is warranted.or undervalued a business or assets are. however. The result will be different under each different choice. The book figure being accounted on historical basis is easy to compare. Price to Book value (OR replacement value) multiple This is also a widely used multiple to compare the equity value of the value of firm. It can be extremely informative in some situations. Rate of return on capital can be applied with value of firm or business value. Both EBIT and EBITDA are independent of capital structure. Unlike net income. the appraiser should take care that the earnings used here to derive a multiple is proper in relation to price applied. the P/E is actually quite difficult to interpret. is that it becomes far easier to compare firms in different markets. so differences in capital structure among companies should not introduce bias when one is using the EBIT and EBITDA multiples to estimate total enterprise values. In other words. The advantage of using revenue multiples. The market capitalization is divided by the book value of capital to determine a multiple. the balance sheet is redrafted with adjusted values and then the adjusted book value so arrived is used with market capitalization to derive a P/BV multiple. share price used with earnings per share is a right measure but if it is used with rate of return on capital then the measure is not correct one. As a result. Proposed buyer often look at the relationship between the price they pay for a business and the book value of equity (or net worth) as a measure of how over.

The strengths of relative valuation are also its weaknesses. To illustrate. While using Relative approach for valuing a business. So. Application to the company being valued 5. Also. it is always useful to have a sense of what a high value. one must keep following in mind: When discussing a valuation based upon a multiple is to ensure that everyone in the discussion is using the same definition for that multiple. If the numerator is a firm value. when it is under valuing these firms. The caution here requires is to take care in analyzing the behavior of the entire sector or industry. Like. while using P/E multiple the price per share will be used with earnings per share while EBITDA multiple is be used to value a firm since the numerator and denominator are both firm value measures. When using a multiple. For example. valuing a call centre based on per seat criteria or a steel manufacturing business on the basis of per ton production. If the price of particular sector is over valued then based on specific multiple we also tend to over cast the estimated value of target firm. Selection and calculation of valuation multiples 4. a relative valuation is much more likely to reflect the current mood of the market. If the numerator for a multiple is an equity value. and risk similar to the firm being valued. Steps to determine a value under market approach 1. the fact that multiples reflect the market mood also implies that using relative valuation to estimate the value of an asset can result in values that are too high. the question is . Selection of similar public companies and transactions 2. Financial analysis and comparison 3. Like forward P/E must not be compared with trailing P/E. Also. then the denominator should be an equity value as well. Final adjustments Multiples are easy to use and intuitive. when the market is over valuing comparable firms. It 57 . a valuation based upon a multiple and comparable firms can be completed with far fewer assumptions and far more quickly than a discounted cash flow valuation. A relative valuation is simpler to understand and easier to present to clients and customers than a discounted cash flow valuation. the lack of transparency regarding the underlying assumptions in relative valuations makes them particularly vulnerable to manipulation. while there is scope for bias in any type of valuation. or too low. One of the key tests to run on a multiple is to examine whether the numerator and denominator are defined consistently. growth potential. The question comes here is : What is then a comparable firm? A comparable firm is one with cash flows. then the denominator should be a firm value as well. a low value or a typical value for that multiple is in the market. since it is an attempt to measure relative and not intrinsic value. book value and revenue multiples are multiples that can be computed for firms in any sector and across the entire market. knowing the distributional characteristics of a multiple is a key part of using that multiple to identify under or over valued firms.While earnings. there are some multiples that are specific to a sector. For example. In other words.why is relative valuation so widely used? There are several reasons. they are also easy to misuse.

then. However in reality. revenues or book value. growth. In most analyses. There is no reason why a firm cannot be compared with another firm in a very different business. and cash flow profiles and therefore can be compared with much more legitimacy. less risk and greater cash flow generating potential should trade at higher multiples than firms with lower growth. Nowhere in this definition is there a component that relates to the industry or sector to which a firm belongs. analysts define comparable firms to be other firms in the firm’s business or businesses. the value of a firm is a function of three variables – its capacity to generate cash flows. growth and cash flow profiles across firms within a sector are large. growth and cash flows . it is difficult to determine “the right comparable”. Every multiple. if the two firms have the same risk. is a function of the same three variables – risk.is priced. growth and cash flow characteristics. Thus.would be ideal if we could value a firm by looking at how an exactly identical firm in terms of risk. So. Intuitively. the expected growth in these cash flows and the uncertainty associated with these cash flows. firms with higher growth rates. A major disadvantage of this valuation method is that often. whether it is of earnings. Traditional analysis is built on the premise that firms in the same sector are comparable firms. Boatman and Baskin (1981) compare the precision of PE ratio estimates that emerge from using a random sample from within the same sector and a narrower set of firms with the most similar 10-year average growth rate in earnings and conclude that the latter yields better estimates. higher risk and less cash flow potential. growth and risk. growth and cash flow generating potential. we can summarize based on valuation theory that a comparable firm is one which is similar to the one being analyzed in terms of fundamentals. The implicit assumption being made here is that firms in the same sector have similar risk. In discounted cash flow valuation. if the two are identical in terms of cash flows. it is also difficult to define firms in the same sector as comparable firms if differences in risk. a telecommunications firm can be compared to a software firm. Multiples are sensitive to the following qualitative factors when comparing similar companies or businesses: Operations – Relative competitive position – Industry – Products – Markets – Distribution channels – Customer base – Seasonality Financial Aspects – Size – Leverage – Margins & Profitability – Growth prospects – Shareholder base – Market conditions – Consideration paid – Surrounding circumstances 58 .

is dependent on one product or one customer . with Enterprise Value/EBITDA multiples dominating valuations of heavy infrastructure businesses (cable.is smaller and less diverse than the comparator(s) and therefore.for any other reason has poor quality earnings. Lie (2002) while evaluating the various multiples came on the findings that the asset multiple (market value to book value of assets) generally generates more precise and less biased estimates than do the sales and the earnings multiple. and the extent of intangible value in the company. the accuracy and bias of value estimates. the earnings before interest. Finally. These differences are generally controlled by using subjective adjustments or using modified multiple or applying statistical technique like sector regression or Marker regression. the firm will be viewed as over valued (if its multiple is higher than the average) or undervalued (if its multiple is lower than the average). No matter how carefully we construct our list of comparable firms. The differences may be small on some variables and large on others and we will have to control for these differences in a relative valuation. If. Nissim and Thomas (2002) compare how well different multiples do in pricing 19. taxes.In order to normalize the comparison. the question now is which multiple is to select? Or which is better than the others? Is it depends on fundamentals or upon type of Industry or upon size or any other factor? Erik Lie and Heidi J.has high gearing or . we will end up with firms that are different from the firm we are valuing. telecomm) and price to book ratios common in financial service company valuations. that multiples of sales and operating cash flows do 59 . less able generally to withstand adverse economic conditions . Damodaran (2002) notes that the usage of multiples varies widely across sectors. the difference on the multiple cannot be explained by the fundamentals. in your judgment. and amortization (EBITDA) multiple generally yields better estimates than does the EBIT multiple. vary greatly by company size. Liu.is reliant on a small number of key employees . as well as the relative performance of the multiples. depreciation. Also. It is impossible to find exactly identical firms to the one you are valuing and figuring out how to control for the differences is a significant part of relative valuation. The value of business may be reduced if it: . it is important that the earnings multiple of each comparator is adjusted for points of difference between the comparator and the company being valued. Fernandez (2001) presents evidence on the relative popularity of different multiples at the research arm of one investment bank – Morgan Stanley Europe – and notes that PE ratios and EV/EBITDA multiples are the most frequently employed. Which Multiple is to use? Going through various alternates available for choosing a multiple. company profitability.879 firm-year observations between 1982 and 1999 and suggest that multiples of forecasted earnings per share do best in explaining pricing differences.

worst and that multiples of book value and EBITDA fall in the middle. Lie and Lie (2002) examine 10 different multiples across 8,621 companies between 1998 and 1999 and arrive at similar conclusions. Erik Lie and Heidi J. Lie (2002), upon their study of comparing the performance of various multiples concludes that although practitioners and academic researchers frequently use multiples to assess company values, there is no consensus as to which multiple performs best. They result that using forecasted earnings rather than trailing earnings improves the estimates of the P/E multiple. This decision of choosing appropriate multiple is also dependent on the judgment of the appraiser using best of his skills and experience considering all, including the fundamentals, type of industry, size of company, nature of transaction and of course, the purpose of valuation.

No one human can be predicted even to run the same company the same way as another would. Where, then, is comparability? Comparable value is just an appraisal term, Comparability evaluation of ‘‘hard’’ assets is a valuable determinant for business’s factory, premises, raw material, and equipment and fixturing, but not for it’s ‘‘intangible’’ portions.


WHICH APPROACH IS MORE CERTAIN OR LESS SUBJECTIVE? Obviously, the asset approach can determine the current value of assets on stand alone basis or sometimes even on collective basis and so less uncertain or better estimation is possible. BUT this is good while adopting a liquidation premise. Is it a best approach using going concern premise? The answer is exceptionally yes. The “going concern” itself indicates value of intangible and valuing intangible on the basis of cost incurred may not be a proper respect to its worth. It is difficult to identify and separate the earnings derived from intangible assets. For doing so, again the uncertainty and subjectivity enters into the field. Business being run with profit motive, the concentrating point is obviously EARNINGS and therefore, it becomes necessary to give reasonable weight age to earnings approach and market approach. The two approaches to valuation – discounted cash flow valuation and relative valuation – will generally yield different estimates of value for the same firm at the same point in time. It is even possible for one approach to generate the result that the business is under valued while the other concludes that it is over valued. Furthermore, even within relative valuation, we can arrive at different estimates of value depending upon which multiple we use and what firms we based the relative valuation on. The differences in value between discounted cash flow valuation and relative valuation come from different views of market efficiency, or put more precisely, market inefficiency. In discounted cash flow valuation, we assume that markets make mistakes, that they correct these mistakes over time, and that these mistakes can often occur across entire sectors or even the entire market. In relative valuation, we assume that while markets make mistakes on individual stocks, they are correct on average. As narrated by Aswath Damodaran “it was argued that relative valuations require fewer assumptions than discounted cash flow valuations. While this is technically true, it is only so on the surface. In reality, you make just as many assumptions when you do a relative valuation as you make in a discounted cash flow valuation. The difference is that the assumptions in a relative valuation are implicit and unstated, whereas those in discounted cash flow valuation are explicit. The two primary questions that you need to answer before using a multiple are: What are the fundamentals that determine at what multiple a firm should trade? How do changes in the fundamentals affect the multiple?”

To conclude, we can say that irrespective of approach being used, the appraiser has to apply his mind in choosing applicable premise of value, standard of value and based on these selecting the techniques to apply so as to serve the purpose of valuation.



We have gone through various approaches and some of the widely used techniques amongst numerous techniques under each of these approaches. Each one has specific importance with relative subjectivity and limitations. Some experts are favouring discounted cash flow technique over others at the same time others are treating it as prejudicial being consists of so many assumptions and so highly subjective. According to them, value determination based on market approach is robust and widely accepted. But again as we discussed earlier, though very popular and widely used, it is also not free from subjectivity and implied set of assumptions. The problem may become undemanding if the value arrived from different techniques are adjacent. But mostly the fact reveals contrary. There may be wide gap between the values determined using different approaches which quietly puts appraiser in awkward situation. In such situations, the appraiser stands on a point to revalidate his own assumptions and decisions. Let we go through some views and guidelines helpful (?) for deriving a conclusion. Which Technique to prefer to arrive at a conclusion? To assume there is only one correct estimate of value is a mistake, and ‘‘right’’ is a matter of opinion. In most of the situations the shortcoming is not lack of sophistication of the valuation model but it is our inherent limitation in forecasting the future. Though we need to equip ourselves with contemporary methods and practices it may be wise to constantly remind ourselves that valuation is essentially about trying to peek into the future which is uncertain. It’s difficult to gauge valuation accuracy without standards. Being realistic is perhaps a more appropriate objective. When appraiser prefers more than one valuation technique, many times he thinks it proper to arrive at the conclusive business value on the basis of weighing different techniques as per his perceptions about the business and need of the valuation. This approach method of giving appropriate weights to different technique is also a debatable issue. Some experts believe that individual technique has its own unique feature and business value, using that particular technique, is arrived at with relevant assumptions and facts. It is rare that the value derived by using some other technique will be fair if tested with the same assumptions. For example, P/E ratio calculated on the basis of value derived by DCF method and that is derived by adjusting the peer company’s or industry’s average will rarely shows same figure. Giving different weight age to various approaches will dilute the effect of unique considerations and subjective judgment of appraiser and therefore resultant figure based on appropriate weight age to different techniques may not fit with appraiser’s own BEST set of assumptions and considerations for particular technique. While the other group of experts believes that though various techniques applied for valuation show different values individually, more weight age to less subjective consideration will help to derive the nearest value and also, dilute the limitations of individual


”. Thus. no useful purpose is served by taking an average of several factors (for example. one usually wants to know how much weight is accorded to the various techniques. rejects a mathematical weighting of approaches with the following language: SEC. For this reason.. In arriving at a conclusion of value. The Supreme Court judgment in the Hindustan Lever Employees Union v Hindustan Lever Limited and others (1995) 83 Comp Cases 30 has held that fair value based on averaging the values arrived at by using a combination of valuation methods is appropriate for arriving at relative values in determination of exchange ratio. Such a process excludes active consideration of other pertinent factors and the end result cannot be supported by a realistic application of the significant facts in the case except by means of chance. it will be recognised and made use of ……. However. it considers simple net asset value and earning capacity as a deciding factor for determining a fair value.1) prescribes “The fair value will be determined on the basis of average of the net asset value and the reworked profit-earning capacity value. with a disclaimer that there is no empirical basis for assigning mathematical weights. But when appraiser uses subjective weighting.technique by considering more aspects of business to arrive at a conclusive value. 1990 (Para 8. AVERAGE OF FACTORS Because valuations cannot be made on the basis of a prescribed formula. the valuation analyst should: 63 . capitalized earnings and capitalized dividends) and basing the valuation on the result. So. the guidelines read altogether are criticized as a conservative approach and not practically preferred by experts. CCI guidelines. yield and market price were the methods used by applying appropriate weights for determination of the exchange ratio in that case. Para 42 of the statement is produced below: “Conclusion of Value 42. and that the weights are presented only to help clarifying the thought process of the analyst. while the market value will not be a direct “input” in valuation. there is no means whereby the various applicable factors in a particular case can be assigned mathematical weights in deriving the fair market value. the appraisers usually apply mathematical weights when giving weight to two or more approaches. Revenue Ruling 59-60 of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at US. a value arrived on the basis of considering proper weight ages of market value. DFC value and Net asset value will take care of existing position (net asset). market perceptions (market value) and performance strength (DCF based intrinsic value) of the business and therefore better than a value derived from any one technique or approach. Net assets. So. book value. 7. “Statement on standards for valuation services” issued by the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) consulting services executive committee also provides for consideration of more than one approach while deriving a conclusion of value. A good report will also go on to demonstrate that all relevant factors are considered while deciding the weights. For example.

a. many valuation professionals use more than one method. providing a valid and supportable value. There are plenty of pros and cons for each method. The important factor in any valuation is that the method used is relevant to your purpose of valuation. To assure that integrity.’’ John Maynard Keynes Actual pricing of business (Buy sell transaction) 64 . ‘‘ The theory of economics does not furnish a body of settled conclusions immediately applicable to policy. a technique of thinking. This wide variety of methods available can be a confusing array to choose from.” IPEV guidelines (October. c.Where the valuer considers that several methodologies are appropriate to value a specific investment. It is a method rather than a doctrine. A fair amount of experience. It narrates that ”…. While there are numerous valuation methodologies that can be utilized to begin establishing value. Assess the reliability of the results under the different approaches and methods using the information gathered during the valuation engagement. 2006) also permits usage of more than one technique to arrive at the fair value of investment. b. While there is no such thing as absolute truth in business valuation. the valuer may consider the outcome of these different valuation methodologies so that the results of one particular method may be used as a cross-check of values or to corroborate or otherwise be used in conjunction with one or more other methodologies in order to determine the Fair value of Investment”. we can conclude that the conclusive value rests on COMMON SENSE AND REASONABLENESS. an apparatus of the mind. based on items a and b. which helps its possessor to draw correct conclusions. judgment and corporate finance and equity markets skill is required in each case as even the seemingly straightforward tools contain several hidden layers of complexity and subtle ties. Correlate and reconcile the results obtained under the different approaches and methods used. Each methodology provides additional clarity on valuation and evaluating results of numerous methods provides a better understanding of a business’ true “worth”. confidence in the eventual number is based on the integrity of the underlying process. your type of business. whether the conclusion of value should reflect (1) the results of one valuation approach and method or (2) a combination of the results of more than one valuation approach and method. not all methodologies would be appropriate for all situations. Determine.. So. computing a weighted average to arrive at their final number.

Instead. The DCF accounts for the going-concern value of the company as indicated by the present value of the company's projected cash flows for a determined maturity period of from 3 to 5 years. Rather. and what it thinks other competitors might pay if they were also to pursue the Seller. 65 .the valuation will generally be high based on the potential for the targeted market. only a fifth chose radiation therapy. For example. Patients who were given the same choice expressed in terms of life expectancy. the Buyer will try to avoid pegging valuation on future markets or on the Seller's plans. such as lock-ups. This represents the first of many issues that the business appraiser must resolve during the process of estimating closely held business value. Prospect Theory is an important contribution to the psychological aspect of risk and decisiontaking. employment and consulting fees. non-employment. that the small-company appraisal process begins with evaluating human behavior through the antics of their buyers and sellers. No facts were hidden: they were simply presented in a different light. When patients were presented with the options in terms of the risk of death under surgery. It is an opportunity cost of seller which he will loose upon selling the business. the Buyer will tell the Seller what he or she is willing to pay . non-competition.Seller will try to maximize the value of the company by applying a forward-looking valuation methodology . break up fees etc. the Seller should base its price on DCF . This might have the effect of raising the price.and question the Buyer on its assumptions in setting its price. the risks inherent in operating the Seller's business. the Buyer will minimize value by looking at the maturity of Seller. The overall difference in life expectancy was not great and it was difficult to choose which therapy to accept.based on its subjective view of the attractiveness of the asset or business or company.such as the Discounted Cash Flow Technique ("DCF"). Unlike the Seller. but some do so without knowing they do. if the Seller can objectively argue value that the Buyer can verify to its satisfaction. Developed by psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. The seller may want to increase the total transaction price by proposing that separate consideration be paid for other items of value to the Buyer. Prospect Theory examines the ways that people are affected by their emotions and also make intellectual errors when making choices. Not all appraisers will agree. This does not mean that the Seller should not value its business on DCF. Much depends on how the problem is depicted. Not nearly true for publicly held business evaluations. lung cancer patients at a certain hospital had a shorter life expectancy if they received radiation therapy than if they opted for surgery. and the additional investment the Buyer will have to make in company in order to tap the targeted market. As this valuation method pegs the company's value on the growth of future markets . but a few patients died on the operating table. Essentially. nearly half opted for radiation therapy. But these will be in addition to the value of “business” proposed for sale.

it is a general term and difficult to define. and Medium Enterprises.10 lakh of which not more than Rs. Small and Medium Enterprises under the services sector is as below: i.2 lakh should be for working capital requirements except in case of professionally qualified medical practitioners setting up of practice in semi-urban and rural areas. 1951 for the list of eligible industries engaged in the manufacturing sector.25 lakh but does not exceed Rs. 66 . These will include small road & water transport operators (owning a fleet of vehicles not exceeding ten vehicles).5 crore but does not exceed Rs. processing or preservation of goods. 2006] does not exceed Rs.10 lakh. and iii. ii. 1722(E) dated October 5. the borrowing limits should not exceed Rs. small business (whose original cost price of the equipment used for the purpose of business does not exceed Rs. Please refer First Schedule to the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act. 2006) is more than Rs. it is defined as follow: Manufacturing Sector Manufacturing sector refers to enterprises engaged in manufacture or production. The definition of Micro. 1722(E) dated October 5. The definition of Micro. Services Sector Services sector refers to enterprises engaged in providing or rendering of services. 25 lakh. In India. 2006] is more than Rs.BUSINESS VALUATION and MSMEs What is MSME business? MSME business stands for business run by Micro. S. 1722(E) dated October 5. S.O.O. Small.O.15 lakh with a sub-ceiling of Rs. Practically.20 lakh) and professional & self employed persons (whose borrowing limits do not exceed Rs. A small enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and machinery [original cost excluding land and building and the items specified by the Ministry of Small Scale Industries vide its notification No. S.10 crore.5 crore. A medium enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and machinery (original cost excluding land and building and the items specified by the Ministry of Small Scale Industries vide its notification No. A micro enterprise is an enterprise where investment in plant and machinery [original cost excluding land and building and the items specified by the Ministry of Small Scale Industries vide its notification No.3 lakh for working capital requirements). Small and Medium Enterprises under the manufacturing sector is as below: i. A micro enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment does not exceed Rs.

In our case. The fundamentals of 67 . to any business or unit? What are the factors which differentiate the relevant small business from large businesses? Business Valuation and MSMEs In general.2 crore.10 lakh but does not exceed Rs.ii. So. I am going to analyze the definition. The definition of MSME varies from country to country and from mind to mind. A medium enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment is more than Rs. But our question for Business valuation is. It is matter of debate to fix a basis for treatment of business as a small or large.5 crore. it constitutes Manufacturing sector and Service sector units. there can not be any strict definition for a business to regard as a small or medium or large or giant. the important thing is to know whether the fundamentals of valuation changes when applied for business unit which are relatively small in size.2 crore but does not exceed Rs. It may have branches abroad. and iii. A small enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment is more than Rs. The definition is restricted to investment / borrowings only. And a medium sized business unit may have its activities spread in many regions or with numbers of franchisees. for business valuation. My answer is “NO”. is there any need to separate the relatively small businesses from other large businesses? Whether investment criteria is enough or sufficient to allot an identity of MSME.

In extreme cases. quantifying the size risk and business specific risk. To be profitable. Financial records Small businesses tend to have lower-quality financial statements that are less likely to have been prepared by a professional accountant or qualified auditor. technical expertise. Thus they lack the diverse expertise and perspective which otherwise outsiders can bring to a board of directors. friends and/or owner employees. and are likely to be highly dependent on the owner/manager. small businesses that have no outside owners have no reason to go to the expense of maintaining separate records for tax and book purposes. And referred these businesses as “MSME” businesses throughout this study. friends or relatives. I have considered the businesses (1) which are relatively small and medium in size. Access to Capital Small businesses have less access to capital than larger companies and often must rely on capital infusions from the owner family. size of discount for lack of marketability and lack of control. in general and (2) functioning of which are controlled by the owners. if any. Their statements tend to be tax oriented rather than oriented to stockholder disclosure as in larger companies. Small companies are apt to have a board of directors composed of insiders. valuation approaches techniques remains unchanged irrespective of size and identity. Thus. family members. the business may rely on a single person for sales. The cost of borrowing is higher.members of the owner’s family and/or employees. leaders of small businesses frequently are entrepreneurs who are not comfortable with delegation of management duties to others and may not work well with middle managers. Many small businesses operate with little or no debt. Access to debt capital is also more limited because of the higher risk of smaller businesses. etc. Small businesses often have a high degree of reliance on one or more key owner/managers. and the owner usually must personally guarantee debt. In addition. and/or personal contacts and may not be able to survive without that person. small businesses must operate with a very thin management group. But yes. Characteristics of MSME Some of the major characteristics observed are as follows: Ownership MSME businesses usually are owned by individuals. Professional middle managers are a luxury that small businesses seldom can afford. Of course. reflecting their limited access to debt capital and a frequent reluctance of owners to take on the risk 68 . the difficulties to be faced and the considerations require by an appraiser changes due to some inherent characteristics of relatively small businesses. influence of client. In includes availability and reliability of financial data and other information. their financial statements tend to reflect a bias toward minimizing income and taxes. Whereas large companies usually keep separate records for the preparation of tax returns and generally accepted accounting principles for financial statements. Standards of value. themselves. Here.valuation like Premises of value. the need of valuation differs in case of MSMEs when compared to large of public Companies.

They also may be dependent on a key supplier. The closely held Companies or small enterprises runs for own as oppose to public companies which run for profit or better returns to shareholders. The characteristics of small businesses tend normally to result in overall higher risk than is found in larger businesses. we can say that “Risk tends to increase as size decreases”. and the portfolio may have little appeal to potential buyers. markets. The owner’s goal is to maximize own profit whether separable from business or not. Frequently they are very dependent on a few key customers. whereas the elective task in the MSME is to minimize profits that can be taxed. owners ‘‘bet’’ their own money and returns on the assets of their own business. Small businesses can be less informed about their market and competition. These characteristics tend to be extreme in the smallest of small businesses. Many small business owners minimize debt to reduce risk during economic downturns and to increase the probability of keeping the business in the family. Under MSME. Sometimes these operations or products have few synergies. 69 . They are seldom in a position to pay for sophisticated market studies. Other Operational Characteristics Small businesses can lack diversity in products. Practically. as when a small manufacturing company primarily produces parts for a single automobile manufacturer. 2. Knowledge of markets and competition must come from the experience of a relatively limited number of managers—quite often the experience of a single person. as when a manufacturer’s key raw material is a by-product of a single large local manufacturer.of substantial debt. Summary Differences between Public Companies and MSMEs (as they relate to business value) 1. Thus small businesses operating in industries in which the trade associations are strong may be at less of a disadvantage. the portfolio of operations or products frequently reflects the interests and contacts of a particular owner. MSME unit generally run by owners themselves and they have direct control over workings and performance of the business. Small businesses may have difficulty competing for employees. Stockholders of the publicly traded company are principally investors in the stock market rather than the company itself. Good managers may perceive less opportunity for promotions because of the company’s small size and the owning family’s dominance on top management positions. Trade associations supplement this personal knowledge of the market. They may not be able to offer competitive benefit packages and may be in less desirable locations. The obligated task of management in the publicly traded company is to maximize bottom-line profits. In small companies. Under showing profits to save tax is a very good example. So in general. the returns (even negative returns) under small enterprises go on the hands of owners only irrespective whether financials are reflecting the facts or not. and geographic location.

we can conclude that perceptions of value in MSME are individually swayed and factually weighted by productivity of assets employed. A ‘‘business continuation’’ risk tends to decrease with increasing size of staff and. and broadly influenced by general market economies—perhaps. consultants. Unlike a publicly traded company that has a published market-driven share price. by the demands of administrative duty. when the present owner is more separated from practice work. cannot be overlooked. This requires us to examine the following: (a) general market conditions. Not their shares but the value of businesses themselves is subjected more to industry and local market economies. Practitioner characteristics. An Overview of the Task of Estimating Values in Small Companies Business value depends on the effective employment of capital. the value of a privately owned company must be calculated using both qualitative and quantitative analysis.’’ and how much of that value will remain if he or she leaves? To the unwary. the purchase of a ‘‘sole practitioner’’ business can be much more risky than the purchase of a business with multiple practitioners who remain after the purchase. the concept for values must be carried out to include tangible assets. each component of business value. might change through the personal perceptions of individual calling for valuation.So. such as those for physicians. involving many issues that are unrelated to a specific company’s performance. Therefore. 4. intangible assets. lawyers. and perception . are among the more difficult types of businesses for which to establish an intangible value. MSME have virtually no stock market value and serve only the interests and wishes of the investor(s) in the business assets.’’ Subsequently. and material to produce profits. generally have all controls in how the business runs. because individuals are quite regularly one and the same as management. In other words. a fundamental question is: How much business value is directly attributable to a ‘‘person. Professional service organizations. and the cash stream will quite often suffer considerably. The application of recognized valuation methodology and rigorous analysis of the closely held entity provides the foundation for valuation of business. and so on. Take the specific practitioner out of the business. individual stockholders tend to have little or no direct control in how the company runs. therefore. These ‘‘people’’ or owner-restrictive elements can be present in all types of small businesses and. with safety in mind. The biggest difference between valuing business of the public Companies and nonpublic business is lack of information. In cases of closely held businesses. and (c) individual perceptions. accountants. machine. ‘‘business’’ value depends on the skills that vary widely among individuals. manpower. including any reference to facts. personalities. this can present the classic dilemma of ‘‘getting lost in the numbers. and reputation play heavily into the generation of cash streams. It may be necessary to make 70 . Although company performance influences stock market performance of the public company’s trade prices. interwoven with other company stock offerings. (b) specific business conditions.3. Stocks of the public company can fall separately under the influence of supply and demand. Owners of MSME.

71 . or companies involved in market transactions considered in the valuation process. The appraisal process is subjective.certain adjustments to improve comparability of the subject company to industry norms. publicly traded companies. time consuming and requires highly specialized professional skills.

deficiency in charging the depreciation on business assets. withdrawal of goods for own usage without proper accounting. In many cases. treatment of personal expenses as a business expenses. The process Financial statement adjustments to normalize financial position and performance Common size balance sheets and income statements Ratio analysis: asset management. With accounts and information of many of MSMEs. one must keep the mind and vision open and to consider the documented papers only as far as possible. reconstruction of financial becomes necessary. leverage. the appraiser is first required to play a role of analyst for which he needs to put the data in normalized mode. and profitability Comparison to industry financial data Analysis of trends and unusual items Accounting practices vary considerably throughout the world. Missing treatment of deferred tax Inconsistency in accounting practices 72 . If the historical information is unreliable. since the financial statements of many MSME businesses are neither audited nor reviewed. despite ongoing efforts to create harmonized standards. • • • • • • • • • • charging the salaries and commission in name of owner or family member charging interest on loans from family.TESTING THE FINANCIALS A company’s historical financial statements generally provide the most reliable information for estimating future performance and risk assessment. The accounts of small firms are prepared considering the tax friendly structure. the special care should be taken to disclose the facts and degree of responsibility assumed based on financial statements. Some common practices which condense the straight reliability of financials of MSMEs and require restructuring of financials are. In other cases. which provide no level of assurance and may not contain footnote disclosure. commissions. relatives and friends at the rate significantly different from prevailing market rate. liquidity. the analyst may have to rely on income tax returns or internally generated financial statements. While reconstructing the financials. He must satisfy himself about the genuineness and correctness behind the reconstructed figures. the quality of which may be suspect for purposes of proper financial statement analysis. missing to account the interest. remunerations etc foregone by owner or directors withdrawing unreasonable rent for own premises for business utilization. So. the transactions are not properly accounted. unrecorded removal of goods for tax saving purposes. However. the analyst may have to rely on compiled financial statements. Audited financial statements are preferred. This makes it vary difficult to value a business only on the basis of its annual report or financial statements.

treatment of contingent liabilities etc. Ratios express mathematically the relationship between performance figures and/or assets/liabilities in a form that can be easily understood and interpreted. Financial Analysis helps to decide the key factors to consider before arriving at the conclusion on valuation of business. profits. auditors’ qualifications. weaknesses and performance of businesses and to also determine whether it is improving or deteriorating in profitability or financial strength. For valuation purpose.) improving. nature and frequency of abnormal or exceptional items and non-recurring items. etc. 73 . These are like. The analysis of historical financials can help the analyst to know and understand: • • • • • • • any adjustments required to reflect the true earnings potential of the company the overall trend in the business (sales. role of nonperforming assets inputs to compare with Industry or specific sector or business The conclusions derived from analysis can further be helpful for assessing the risk involved in the business and the also to develop the forecast assumptions while calculating the intrinsic value of the business. asset utilization. The comparable financial will be used to determine the extrinsic (market based value) of the business.The analyst is required to consider all these and other relevant factors to design a normalized financials. Ratio analysis is the most useful tool because it helps an analyst to compare the strengths. he also requires to consider the impact of historical transactions affecting the value of the business. stable or declining the liquidity position of the business concern management efficiency of working capital debt coverage and scope for capital structuring performance efficiency like returns on equity. impact of deferred tax.

And so. the best of which is available only at “Victoria Terminus”. one should not prepare an index of values presenting the different value against each of different purpose. Again. Small and Micro enterprises (MSME) and to relate the best matching technique with specific purpose.If some one wants to reach at Mumbai to purchase “A” item. the job of the valuation analyst is like a stranger searching a place in Mumbai to purchase item “A”. Let me try to relate the valuation need with a simple understandable situation. While others are of the opinion that the valuation technique should be liked with the purpose giving rise to the need for valuation. the result of valuation fully depends on the competence of the valuation analyst and the experience. Each transaction will have its own specific characteristic and the standards and premise of valuation should be appropriately selected to match with the characteristics of such transaction. this is a first study to relate the purpose with the valuation techniques which fulfill the specific need/s. he may choose a way amongst numbers of alternative ways available to reach at the destination. The purpose of this study is to identify and present the needs of valuation in Medium. or By air or By sea. all play a crucial role while going for business appraisal. Each will lead him to Mumbai but will differ in terms of time. the purpose is not material. In broad terms. money etc involved with each option. The standards of value. This is due to difference in views and synergies expected by different buyers. So. Every need is specific purpose oriented and the same logic is equally applicable to valuation need. When subjectivity comes. premise and the relevant approaches. comfort and money – the best option is that which puts him at a place nearest to “Victoria Terminus”. comfort. In their views. questions and arguments never end. The argument behind is that business has of course different value in eye of different persons based on their specific purpose if not then why one would invest their time and energy to get or to transact for the similar amount of consideration they are departing now. The “Business value” is not simply a value of business but a specific value of business in the eye of the involved participants. Each of these alternate will put him first at a specific place in Mumbai. The value of business remains neutral irrespective of the change in the purpose of valuation. “the investment value” of a business may differ if considered for two different buyers even at the same point of time. the valuation process is just like this journey BUT without knowing where to purchase the best of item “A”! Here. The only and the most important difference is that the destination viz. He may have to select an option from By road or By rail. “Victoria Terminus” can be reached which is near to impossible in case of valuation. some are of the views that the valuation technique can be industry specific or sector based but as the intention is to find a Value of the business. the distance of which to “Victoria Terminus” will differ.VALUATION NEED FOR MSME SECTOR In the previous sections I have presented the stuff necessary while considering valuation of any business or a concern. The approaches are the different ways which help to move towards the destination. Out of several experts in this field to whom I met. 74 . Being indifferent in terms of time. expertise and professional judgments applied while deriving a conclusive value. To my knowledge.

Normally. Giants may afford the cost involved in terms of both the transaction value as well as the statutory requirements which may not be the case applicable to MSME. So why should he pay someone to value a business? The short answer is that these rules of thumb are generally median multiple values. While on a verge of selling a business. Unless the firm that is being valued is truly a median firm.98 to a high of 5. if interest rates were higher today than 6 months ago.000. and 3) the return the owner or proposed owner require on their investment in this business. 9. we derive recent revenue multiples for firms in the auto parts industry ranging from a low of . the owner believes that the Businesses in industry to which his business pertains always sell for “X” times annual revenue (the revenue multiple). like the value of any public company share value (say Reliance Industries Ltd. In short. or somewhere in between. without getting into the nuances of finance. Conversely. Moreover.3 with a median of 2. then using the industry rule of thumb for this purpose is clearly wrong. the firms may be worth more than three times revenue. then the value of this business could be as low as Rs. the firms would likely sell for less than three times revenue. if according to a well. Where this firm lies along this continuum is obviously of the utmost importance and can only be determined by a valuation approach that incorporates academically validated methods with industry-specific valuation factors.9 and if we are valuing a firm with annual revenue of Rs. unless this firm's cash flows and growth prospects are very similar to the competitor firm. Giant or public organizations call for valuation to take a better decision relying on valuation report. that firm's revenue multiple is irrelevant to valuing this firm. What his business is worth today depends on three factors: 1) how much cash it generates today. if rates were lower today than six months ago. even if the competitor firm was equivalent to this in every respect and both firms were sold today. the value of this business.80.000. 75 . 2) expected growth in cash in the foreseeable future.known source for business transaction data. Thus. the median value is just a convenient midpoint and does not represent the revenue multiple for any actual transaction.00. 53. What happened six months ago is not really relevant to what something is worth today. 10.). The median value indicates that half of the revenue multiples are below the median value and half are above. is likely different today than six months ago because economic conditions have changed. So his business is worth at least this much! The answer is: May be yes and may be no. I am representing some common thoughts of the owners of MSMEs. For example.I met some of the professionals practicing in valuing the businesses and come to know that the MSME generally not come to value their businesses. as high as Rs. The owner further argues that a local competitor sold his business for three times revenue six months ago.00. May be due to ignorance or due to the cost involved or may be its relative importance to transaction value being very less. For example.000. First of all.

Looking positively to involve and encourage MSME to value own business/ businesses. interests in a “Business value” based on risk adjusted possible benefits that can be derived in future. For example. to resolve the family issues involving same business or more than one businesses. being currently outsider. statutory authorities etc. looking at the existing. investors. to settle the sharing issues amongst the owners. like proposed buyers. The competitor or proposed entrant in the industry or sector may be interested to know the value of specific business but being outsider he may not have access on major information on specific MSME and could not give the justice to the purpose if he himself calls for valuation based on incomplete data or vague information. employee. etc. analyzed with past but also incorporated with their current business or activities. Valuing a business can help the MSME business community in numbers of ways. share holders. employees. the first group is interested in a “Business value” being existing value. getting the fair value on sell or purchase transaction and thereby at all to get a better mental comforts. like owner/s. While normally. who are likely to be effected by the business value. share holder/s. to get the finance with fair terms and confidence level. partners. the second group. the valuation of specific business can be helpful to two groups. to know the fair status and the growth of the business. based on past but incorporating the fair benefits that can be derived in future. The second group includes person / persons proposed to establish the direct or indirect relations or having proposed interest in that specific business. we can spread the information on possible benefits that can be derived by valuing own business. based on different perceptions the value of business differs from eye to eye. financiers. First group includes the existing stake holders of the business and person / persons having direct or indirect relations or having some kind of interest in business. 76 . Normally. Obviously. partners. If the apprehension of the MSME is a cost involvement then it is a duty of authorities to derive a technique whereby they can match the cost-benefit. investors. (1) Existing stake holders and (2) Proposed stake holders. financiers.

If the valuation report could not be used for the purpose it is intended to be used then where is the NEED of valuation? The purpose. business appraise can derive a specific value or may come out with different value depending upon the techniques applied. Based on relevant standards. the Analyst is on the subjective mode and he can choose one or more techniques with different weight age to arrive at the conclusive value of business. after deriving values using different applied techniques. As we know. If the fundamentals are well considered and assumptions are well decided then this difference may not be so.VALUATION PROCESS: After going through the profile of client and understanding the purpose of engagement. It includes the value of synergy with investors’ existing status. He should also bear in mind that the value arrived on applying each these selected techniques is very likely to differ and the range between the least value and highest value may be significant. in order to achieve the intended benefits from valuation. Just on the other side. a financer while financing the same project. These approaches are having numerous sub-approaches or techniques within each. The standard of value may be loosely said as a definition of value. the value analyst is required to apply his professional wisdom and experience to finalize the technique/s to consider. Base on his best of 77 . as well as intended use of valuation. Here again.relative value) Investment value: based on the individual perceptions of the investor. If the owner wants to launch a new project then he may like to know “the fair value” of existing business and the “investment value” of business combined with proposed projects. may like to know the “fair value” as well as the “liquidation value” of the business. In my view. The assumptions should be explicit to make the value better useful. Based on the requirement of specific purpose. The basics of standards are reproduced as follow: Fair value: that may be intrinsic value (adjusted asset based value or earning capacity based value) or the extrinsic value (market based value. analyst should consider the purpose forcing towards the need of valuation. It will mainly be based on the intended use of value. (it could be a liquidation value of concerned asset plus marginal benefits derived from the transaction) Realizable value of assets Liquidation value: Selection of Valuation Techniques Once the standard of value if decided. not always demands the fair value but a value which can help the best to arrive at a better decision. the valuation analyst needs to finalize the appropriate techniques to consider while moving towards deriving the value of business. there are three approaches to valuation used widely to arrive at the conclusive value. the valuation process begins with deciding the standard of value based on the accepted premise.

(3) time span and (4) purpose for which the capital is used. Business is a game of finance and all stakeholders are investors expecting return on their investments. lack of control discount (the ownership may come but not 78 . These are (1) safety of capital (asset coverage). portfolio discount (the business enterprise may include more than one business streams and there may not be perfect co relation within those streams or it owns dissimilar operations or assets that do not fit well together) . blockage discount (the ownership may be embedded with some restrictions on departing). The reason for considering the above four factors is vary simple. the valuation techniques are used to derive the value of business at a specific point of time and not concerned with the area of capital where it is used and not concerned whether it is used for intended purpose or not. A business is separate entity whether it may be a corporate enterprise or partnership concern or even a proprietary business. monitory or else. employee needs salary. investor they are concerned about the safety of their capital depending on the expected return. supplier supplies materials and services with his profits.professional judgment. he may also end up with range of value based on requirement and circumstances. all investors (including the owner of the business) would like to link their timely returns with the time span to know the actual return on their investment. Examples of these premiums and discounts are control premium (an investor may be willing to pay some thing extra for getting control over business or management or specific area/s). this factor is not likely to affect the selection of valuation technique for specific purpose. is not a business. Being all. While concluding a value for specific interest. The other stakeholders will also. He also invests his money. Value of money being function of time. So. normally. We will also check the assumptions and impact of these factors on selection of specific technique amongst numerous techniques of business valuation. While selecting the appropriate technique to apply to arrive at the conclusive value of business enterprise subject to valuation. Owner needs profit against investment of his time and energy in addition to finance. assumed risk and other terms of investments. financier needs interest. I would like to focus the four factors imbedded with the need of the valuation. Also. even government need taxes against permitting to business on land of the country. Purpose for which the capital is used is assumed to be legal and pre-intended purpose only. synergy premium (the likely benefit directly or indirectly effecting the existing profile of proposed investor) . The features differ with change of formation or change of legal status but the fact will remain that the owner himself. invest their money with expectation of getting return. a value analyst should also consider the premiums and discounts necessary to incorporate in business estimation. and salesman needs commission. (2) expected return on capital (earnings). investor needs return in terms of interest or dividend and capital appreciation. time and energy in to business with expectation of getting return on his investment.

the owner of business or equity holder are not in a position to change their holdings as easily and frequently to manage their risk perceptions. normally.with reasonable or exclusive control). experience and skills of one or few specific person/s) etc. key person discount (the business may be dependable on working style. as they can for publicly traded companies). Now let we move towards selecting the appropriate valuation technique/s based on purpose of valuation: 79 . Illiquidity discount (in case of closely held business entities.

he would be interested to know the fair value of the business and at the most. The following purposes are considered under this category: (a) Addition of Partner/s: When the existing owner / partners decides to add the partner. based on his own perceptions about risk taking. I have compiled the purposes giving birth to the need of valuation and then divided those purposes in to four major categories. the investment value of the business. the strategy or purpose/s of involved parties are different but dependable on one and the same transaction. In the worst case. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Existing owner/ Partners Fair value. (like existing owner / working partner is on the verge of dyeing or retiring or incapable to growth the business sufficiently or the business is in the face of shut down otherwise) the existing owner / partners would like to know at least the liquidation value of the business. they will like to use the investment value for negotiation purpose. (Liquidation value in specific case) (investment value useful for negotiation) 80 . So. their major concern is to know the “at least value” and “fair value” of the business. Being the continued partner also. (1) Relative strategy: Where more than one party with different objective/s is likely to be affected directly from the valuation. the purpose will fall under this category. that is to say. the new coming partner is going to invest his time or money or both and would like to see the benefits upon choosing this option of joining as a new partner. they would like to en cash a portion of goodwill and will try to show a better existing value of their business. Just on the other side.SELECTION OF APPROPRIATE TECHNIQUE FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSE (Considering MSME units only) In order to present the needs for MSME business valuation. AS the remaining partners are continued with the “fair value”. (1) (2) (3) (4) Relative strategy Investment Value added management or Planning: Other purposes The characteristics of each purpose will decide the matching standard of valuation and also the technique/s better suiting the other requirements.

For negotiation point of view. an owner of colour shop situated on prime location at the heart of the city in main market wants to sell 81 . The Buyer. So. “Excess earning method” can help them to derive existing earning capacity of the business. safety of his investments as well as time value imbedded with return. If for example. the existing owner or partner/s would like to get the appropriate consideration against the existing earning capacity and assets involved in the business. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Existing owner/ Partners Excess earnings method Adjusted net assets method (Discounted cash flow for negotiation) Discounted cash flow Excess earnings method Adjusted net assets method The comparable company or business data or similar transactions happened in near past for such kind of business can be used as guiding data while arriving at conclusion. he would like to know the fair value. Incoming partner (b) Business Sell / Purchase Agreement: While the seller is interested to get the maximum value towards his business the Buyer would like to pay the minimum. Fair value The analyst is now on the way to select the techniques to be applied for determining the value of business. For tiny and small businesses. He would be interested to get the investment value of the business. His concern is return and safety. He would prefer “Discounted cash flow” to determine his expected returns. many times the conclusive value is compared with traditionally adopted figure derived based on “Rule of Thumb”. The incoming partner would also like to know the existing earning capacity of business and the existing assets involved in business so as to decide the goodwill of the firm with which he is likely to associate. While sharing the business or dilute the sharing. here will try to pay maximum what it can derive from the business. He is interested in return. at least the liquidation value for his business. “Adjust net asset method” will help to know the existing asset strength or the invested capital of the owners. The “Discounted cash flow” based on future earnings will help to know the futuristic value of business in which the incoming partner is proposed to claim the share.Incoming partner Investment value. expecting the best from the businesses. The seller would like to get the fair value and in case of bad need.

He may like to know the fair value of colour business for negotiation. He interests to know the return and coverage of his investments. may accept the price if he is expecting to get at least the expected rate of return on this investment. i. Based on the nature of business. if wants to continue to run the colour shop.e. The buyer is looking futuristic. Liquidation value Buyer Investment value (Fair value useful for negotiation) In order to get the better consideration for departing the own business. The buyer. consider a situation where the buyer wants to start a new business and to open a gift article shop there. He is concerned with location only and not with the stock and related current assets. The seller is interested in getting the fair value of its “colour business” while buyer is interested in knowing the investment value of its “gift article business”. he would like to get the market price for its real estate-property (shop) and current assets including receivables and at least cost of the inventory out of which he can pay off his liabilities. he would also compare the consideration with the replacement value of the assets he is going to own. the seller would like to en cash the current earning capacity and therefore prefers a lump sum multiple of existing earnings or revenue. He will intend to get this price irrespective of its usage by the proposed buyer. His concern is best return of his investments.his shop. the buyer will get enough return from gift article business to cover the possible loss on purchase of colour business assets. Now. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s 82 . Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Existing owner/ Seller Fair value. He would like to know the intrinsic value of business generally preferring discounted cash flow method. He is major interested on future returns and synergies based on the existing status of the business. he may claim a combination of both. He would definitely compare the consideration figure so arrived with realization value of his existing assets based on current market values. that is to say he may like to negotiate for excess earning. Obviously. If the seller insists for “bundle” sale (shop and current assets plus inventory together) only then the buyer may accept the price if his investment value permits.

Existing owner/ Seller Earnings capitalization method (or earning multiple) or Revenue multiple Excess earnings method Liquidation value Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method Buyer The comparable company or business data or similar transactions happened in near past for such kind of business can be used as guiding data while arriving at conclusion. the negotiation skills of involved parties and the structure of transaction like financing structure. at a least prices or a price very near to existing fair value so as to decide the under value 83 . For tiny and small businesses. On the other side. This term of seller’s finance is of course out of the preview of valuation but a very good tool of settling a deal. For example. Buyers subjective line Area of deal Seller’s expectations Best dealing point While estimated value of business provides basis for negotiation. they would like to consider the average risk and growth potentials from the view point of proposed investors and also the factors affecting while going public and therefore they also call for the investment value. setting the deferred payment terms is a very good option available in the interest of both the parties is: By providing for deferred payment towards consideration of business purchase. the seller can get better price of his business. the investor would like to invest as per his own risk perceptions. many times the conclusive value is compared with traditionally adopted figure derived based on “Rule of Thumb”. transition of control etc also affect the transaction price. (c) IPO: The business enterprise while going for Initial Public Offerings likes to dilute the sharing based at a price which gives something in addition to existing value and being continued party to the business growth. at the same time the buyer can get the business at a low initial out flow from his pocket and then he can pay from the business itself.

So. When based on the existing worth. His interest is to get the value of his dilution and ensuring the safety of investors funds i. while going public it is essential to know the intrinsic value as well as the market value of the business. return on investment The investor in IPO would also like to compare the IPO price with the intrinsic value and the possible market value. analyzed by the market value of its shares and market capitalization. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Existing owner/s Fair value. The value of assets will reveal the existing tangible strength of the business. both of them would be interested to know the fair value and of business. Discounted cash flow and comparable companies’ adjusted value can serve his purpose. the intrinsic value can be calculated by applying the earnings capitalization method.e. and not the current market value. book value. CCI guidelines prescribe to use the market value as a benchmark or guiding value and not to be used directly to determine the offering price at IPO. CCI guidelines also prescribes a method of calculating “Profit Earning capacity value “(PECV) and “Net Assets value” (NAV) of the business while determining equity issue price. Discounted cash flow will help to derive the business value based on future plans and project. So. Investment value The business. The market value can be decided based on comparable companies’ adjusted value. once listed on any stock exchange. Investment value Investor Fair value. CCI guidelines prescribe to derive Net Asset value based on the latest audited balance sheet. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Existing owner/s Earnings capitalization method Adjusted net assets value Discounted cash flow Comparable Companies’ multiple (P/E and P/EBITDA multiple)* Discounted cash flow Comparable Companies’ multiple (generally P/E and P/EBITDA multiple)* Investor 84 .offerings or over value offering of IPO. i.e.

Although these transactions of merger. Takeovers: Generally. acquisition or takeover. Acquisitions. these are the strategy deals and the basic characteristics remain same as applicable to normal business sale-purchase transactions except that the existing owner may remain to carry the business but with some different terms and conditions. the existing owner is departing his future business which he may continue else. and can know his opportunity cost by using the discounted cash flow based on his own perceptions. takeovers or acquisitions are becoming importance means of diversification. acquirer may like to know the option value of specific investment on acquisition. there is no established technique which incorporates uncertainties involved and gives a range of values of a target firm which can form the basis for offering a price. In specific case. (d) Mergers. Both the parties are concerned with return on their respective investments and the acquirer. “P” refers to price of equity while “EBITDA” refers to flow available on capital which includes equity owners’ funds as well as debts. However. Liquidation value (investment value useful for negotiation) Investment value. it can be used to compare the price worth on cash flow of two businesses which are being compared. The existing owner would like to know the fair value of his business based on the existing earnings and wants to get at least the liquidation value of the business. Fair value Acquirer / Buyer The transferee and the transferor both are interested for getting the best worth of their business. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Existing owner/ Seller Fair value. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Existing owner/ Seller Earnings capitalization method 85 . On merger.* P/EBITDA multiple is not a correct measure of value in terms of financial logics. While the acquirer will calculate his synergies and present value of future earnings to decide the return on investment. he considers the replacement value of assets he is going to acquire to know the placing of his investment on acquisition. also with asset coverage of its investments.

based on his personal perceptions. he would like to offer something in addition to the fair price of the business. because having the “right” to control how the business assets are deployed has value. the purpose will fall under this category. For negotiation point of view. The value of ownership is directly associated with power of control and synergies. A rational buyer will not pay more price than the worth of asset to him this worth may be measurable or may not be. When a proposed investor. even if this buyer plans to run the business in the same way as existing management. It is different from the routine sell-purchase transactions in a sense that the investor is approaching to satisfy his own synergy/ies. Of course. the buyer term itself is a futuristic term and the buyer is interested to know the value of any asset he is going to buy. sees better benefits on purchase of certain business. The buyer pays a premium. He is concern with the return on investments as well as asset coverage of his investments. 86 . So. (a) Small business purchase: The value of business and the value of ownership are two different terms. A hypothetical buyer would have to pay a control premium. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business buyer Investment value (Fair value useful for negotiation) As written above. The investor’s decision is for own self only and not intended to be used by the other person. many times he needs the history of assets (or business) to assess the future worth.Discounted cash flow Liquidation value Acquirer / Buyer Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method (2) Investments: Where the intention of the party calling the valuation is to invest in the business or finance specific project or the business growth. He would be interested to get the investment value of the business. One who wants to acquire a power of controlling or expecting better synergies with his or her proposed set ups may willing to pay something more than the measured value of business. he would like to know the fair value. And so his concern is what comes now physically and what he will get in future against something payable now.

the exit mode in Private equity investment is IPO and therefore they tend to consider the market situations likely to exist at the time of proposed IPO. They consider DCF to calculate the offer price on the basis 87 . generally the investors are pure investors and financing the business to get the better returns. They prefer to know the fair value of the business. In some cases where further investment is dependable on some happenings. depending upon the nature and situations of the business and agreed terms they may finance second phase development. It mainly depends on achievement of decided mile stones. They want to value the business based on own perception about the risk taking and growth potentiality of the business. They may prefer “First Chicago Method” (allocating different probabilities to various possible business scenarios and to arrive at a common value) to determine the business value. (b) Private equity funding/ venture capital finance: The investors in private equity generally provide capital as a seed money or first phase start up money. Of course. Normally. Here. They are more concern about the industry under which a business pertains and the core competence of the business. they are more interested in return of investments knowingly the asset coverage. Some times. it is very difficult to judge the market. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Venture investor capital/ PE Investment value. Obviously. They would like to know the coverage of their investments in terms of physical asset also.Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business buyer Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method The comparable company or business data or similar transactions happened in near past for such kind of business can be used as guiding data while arriving at conclusion. Fair value The venture capitalist or investors in private equity are interested in better return based on their perceptions of risks. Many times the conclusive value is compared with traditionally adopted figure derived based on “Rule of Thumb”. The expected return ranges from 20% to 70% depending upon the stage of investment. Normally they do not have synergies to link with specific investments but they may invest in particular sector based on own portfolio diversification policies. option pricing model can be helpful to value such “option to expand”.

financial institutions and other business financers are interested to get a reasonable return on their investments and to save their capital as well.of the expected rate of return but also uses market multiples as a guiding factor. (c) Business financing for new projects/ expansion: The Bankers. Liquidation value The business financier is interested in knowing the debt payment capacity of the business and the securities for safeguarding their investments. In order to ensure the safe guard of their funds they also would like to know the liquidation value. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique Venture investor capital/ PE Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method P/E multiple (as guiding data) The comparable company or business data or similar transactions happened in near past for such kind of business can be used as guiding data while arriving at conclusion. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business financer Discounted Cash flow* Liquidation value * The financer is much interested to know the actual cash flow that will be used for debt repayments (3) Value added management/ planning: 88 . Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business financer Fair value. They are concern with debt payment capacity of the business and therefore interested to know the cash flow or earning capacity of existing business as well as the viability of new projects or expansion.

The owner of the business would also. business expansion. The valuation may be helpful for internal betterment. Owner is required to consider this fact in his mind also. he remains more concerned about his payment capacity and expected returns. (Liquidation value to assure the fund safety of financier) For accessing the financial viability while going for expansion or new projects. Investment value. the businessman would like to know the impact of borrowings on expansion or project value. Also. The outside finance can increase the return (if the business return is more than the post tax debt cost) but simultaneously it increases the probabilities of bankruptcy. like to know the value of his own business. the financer would like to analyze the existing business and viability of expansion in terms of debt payment capacity. The asset value will help him in deriving the tangible value of business against which he can easily go for fund raising. he needs sometimes to convince himself. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique Business Owner Discounted cash flow Adjusted net asset value (b) Restructuring the business/ divestiture: An awake owner would like to get the benefit of leverage. in many situations. even though the owner is controlling each and every functions of owned business. The expansion should be viable in sense that the expected return must be more than the existing rate of return and at least the additional cost of finance. He also will consider his existing business value based on future earnings. 89 . The liquidation value will further help him to assure the fund safety. value addition. The financier may not be concern with the present value of cash flow but of course with the actual value of cash flow so as to satisfy himself about the repayment capacity of business. In MSME. (a) Raising funds for expansion or new projects: Before an owner goes to raise a capital for expansion or new projects. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value. The return may be tangible or intangible. His concern is additional return on investment and investment in secured assets. strategy forming and most importantly to make appropriate decisions on time. The expansion is fruitful if enhances the value of business.

If the fair value of business is equal or more than the carrying amount of business then impliedly there is no impairment in goodwill. The owner would like to know the fair value of his business based upon current structure so as to increase the ownership value just by addition or repayment of outsider finance or modification of existing debt terms. the fair market value of goodwill is required to be found out by deriving a difference between the fair market value and carrying value of business assets on stand alone basis and such an implied market value of goodwill is to be compared with the carrying amount of goodwill to quantify the impairment.If planned properly. He would like to take decision knowingly the impact of capital structure on rate of return and absolute return. The approach being futuristic the forward earning capitalization or discounted cash flow will serve the purpose. Proper capital structure can help to increase the value of the equity holdings or value of ownership. goodwill being intangible asset. The sources of generation of goodwill are the relations of business with employee. 90 . creditors. the value of goodwill will be impliedly included. it can reduce the cost of capital to a good extent. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value The increase in debt will reduce the profit available to the owners but at the same time it can increase the return on capital subject that the existing return is more than the proposed post-tax debt cost. (c) Goodwill impairment: Every business being going corn will have goodwill (positive or may be negative) whether shown as a part of balance sheet or not. forward earnings capitalization method is same as the discounted cash flow method. if not recognized on the balance sheet then there is no harm but if it carries a certain amount to the balance sheet then it must be measured for impairment. Based on the conservative approach principle. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business Owner Earning capitalization method* * Theoretically. While calculating the value of business. But in reverse situation. customers. the debt cost being tax deductible item. The owner can take reasonable steps to stop or lesser the impairment and to protect his ownership value if he undertakes business valuation regularly. location of business etc.

Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business Owner Discounted cash flow Adjusted net asset value (d) Allocation of Purchase price: When a business is purchased and the price is paid on a lump sum basis or a fixed price is paid against the fair value of business and not being a pooling of interest method. the owner needs to show the fair value of acquired assets in to his balance sheet. In order to know the fair value for goodwill impairment purpose. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business Owner Adjusted net asset value (e) Retirement of partner or dissolution of partnership or succession planning: 91 . we need to know the fair market value of assets on stand alone basis. we need the value of business as a whole and it is less than the total carrying value of the assets in balance sheet.Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value Goodwill is concerned with the excess earnings. He requires to find the fair value of assets and liabilities purchased and also to find the amount paid extra as a goodwill. This requires the owner to find the fair value of assets and allocate the purchase price amongst it.

Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business Owner Discounted cash flow Adjusted net assets method Liquidation value (f) Financial reporting: Many Accounting Standards also require showing the assets and liabilities at their fair value. without badly affecting business capital. 92 . Liquidation value The concern is return on investments and the assets coverage.Many times the partners would like to plan the exit mode which can strengthen the partnership relations. It may be helpful to them in long run in terms of mapping the actual growth. on retirement or dissolution. They even can pre plan the business succession terms if regularly known about the value of business. They may pre decide the calculation terms of goodwill on retirement and even can invest regularly. a certain portion of earnings for smooth payment. MSME can prefer to show the fair value of its business to earn the better credibility and transparency in financial reporting. The comparable company or business data can be used as guiding data while determining the final value. no one is restricted to present the better. The applicability of it depends on the legal status of the business enterprise and therefore MSME are generally. But of course. out of the preview of Accounting Standards. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value The concern is disclosing the earning capacity and coverage of capital in various business assets.

he can timely decide diversion or sell of specific loss making business stream. can plan expansion taking advantage of intrinsic strength.Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business Owner Discounted cash flow Adjusted net assets method (g) Frequent progress measure: The owner may choose to know the value of the business on regular time interval. Like. Liquidation value The owner is interested to measure the performance of the business in terms of change in business value as well as to know the addition in asset value due to market forces. It includes the purposes. This can help him to measure the progress as well as to frame the appropriate business strategy in time and taking the decisions better knowingly the impact on ownership value. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value. In some other case. the valuation for which generally is not undertaken for any intended business transaction. a specific owner may require contributing on none fulfilling the agreed term. can realize the better value through timely selling of business etc. the investor partner may not fulfill his obligation to bring the agreed finance and therefore. the return on investments as well as safely of investments. The concern is to evaluate both. the partnership terms include increasing the share of working member based on the performance and business targets achieved by him. Like. he has to dilute his sharing in favour 93 . (a) Ownership issues: Sometimes. can take the best advantage of capital structuring. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Business Owner Economic Value Addition method (excess earning method) Liquidation value in relevant cases (4) Other Purposes: The purposes which are not covered under above three categories will fall under this category.

of new financier or any one else. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s Existing Owner (person diluting sharing) Excess earning method the Discounted cash flow Adjusted net assets method Proposed Owner Excess earning method (person intended to raise Discounted cash flow the sharing) Adjusted net assets method Here. future return prospects and value of assets involved. future return prospects and value of assets involved. the selection of technique/s for determining the value of business depends on the circumstances of each case but by and large both the parties would like to know the existing earning capacity. All these case requires a proper valuation of the business and a decision taken on the basis of figures reflected on the balance sheet only may not be wise and in may effect adversely to one of the party. (b) Litigation issues involving lost profits or economic damages: 94 . There may be a situation where a creditor or a financier is required to offer the ownership in the business. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Existing Owner (person diluting sharing) Fair value the Proposed Owner (person intended to raise Fair value the sharing) Here. the selection of technique/s for determining the value of business depends on the circumstances of each case but by and large both the parties would like to know the existing earning capacity.

Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner or family Fair value. breach of contract etc will also call for valuation. It may be a sharing issue on separation of family or HUF partition. It will be wise to allocate the business or businesses or specific sharing in a business on the basis of fair value of each business. (c) Family issues: This includes the disputes and planning matters involved due to ownership in a business. Generally. The wealth planning and WILL planning will also be made wisely. the prescribed techniques are used to appraise the loss or business. Specific care is required while valuing a business or a loss of business under such circumstances. The ancestral businesses and HUF businesses are co owned by the male members of the family and therefore the need arises to decide the sharing at the time of separation. loss of business due to impairment in reputation by whatsoever reason. Valuation is called for by Relevant standard of value Business Owner Fair value Opposition party Fair value The selection of valuation technique will be based on specific requirement of each particular case. if based on fair value of ownership. The comparable company or business data or similar transactions happened in near past for such kind of business can be used as guiding data while arriving at conclusion. impact of merger or de merger.Insurance claim. Valuation is called for by Relevant valuation technique/s 95 . Liquidation value member The purpose is to identify the rate of return and the asset coverage in family business or businesses.

96 . may rest with some different values derived by application of various selected technique/s. The valuation analyst. prevailing situations and existing requirements. It rests with the value analyst to determine the final value or a range of values of a business based on his experience and applying best of his professional skills considering the nature of business.Business Owner or family Excess earning method Discounted cash flow member Adjusted net assets method Liquidation value The above four categories consider all major purposes which may need the value of business for taking a timely and wise decision. even after finalizing the standard/s of value based on characteristics of the purpose and selecting the technique/s of valuation. he may choose to conclude with a value derived by applying specific technique or he may weigh particular techniques as per his wise and conclude the valuation.

Business valuation field itself. The quality of any value analysis or value appraising is a function of the accuracy of the data and assumptions that form the basis for any conclusion reached. value of a business depends on numbers of factors in addition to purposes of valuation. fair value from view of safety (based on asset approach) will differ from fair value arrived based on earnings point of view (earning or income approach). economic and competitive characteristics in place during the appropriate timeframe for the appraisal. market. MSMEs are concerned with “transactional value” which can be arrived if the values under different standards of value are known. A realistic business valuation requires more then merely looking at past years’ financial statement. Unfortunately. Specific purpose will have particular requirements to take a decision and different valuation techniques when applied for different valuation standards will show the different values. Here. it is not always possible. If available. This is just an endeavor to match the valuation technique with specific purpose on logical basis considering the requirements of each purpose. particularly in case of MSMEs. Rather the necessity is to take a decision for specific purpose based on the value so arrived and this required value is not always the FAIR value. in India. A valuation requires a thorough analysis of several years of the business operation and an opinion about the future outlook of the industry. an analyst will come at a point where he will have several values none of which he can say to be incorrect. like nature of industry under which the business is working. the value analyst can determine the final value allocating different weights to various techniques and can conclude or he may conclude with a range of values covering the safety views as well as earning expectations. Estimates of a business' value by various experts can vary significantly. It is also practically difficult to preserve or to compile the voluminous transaction data for MSMEs. also there is no private of public organization offering the transactional data relevant for MSME valuation. market trends. if the fundamental assumptions are applied differently. The value is a function of standards to value and it varies when measured under different standards of valuation. to make sure that any assumptions made are based on the financial. the appraiser may end with determining more than one value each representing the 97 . is still un-explored. in MSMEs the valuation requirement is not confined to know the fair value only. availability and reliability of data etc. The empirical data is not available for MSME needs and its valuation. Banking a business’s value solely on current operating results is risky business to say the least. however. economic situations. If the valuation report could not be used for the purpose it is intended to be used then where is the NEED of valuation? So. it is not a total mystery. So. This write up particularly pertains to valuation need in MSME sector and linking the most relevant valuation technique/s with specific purpose. In fact. The transaction price is impliedly dependent on not only fair value but also on investment value or liquidation value also. the economy and how the subject business will compete. For example. In my views. It is possible.Conclusion: While valuing a business is not an exact science. it is always better to use actual data or historical results than to rely on assumptions.

The owner or a proposed buyer is always not interested to know the fair value of business only.value under specific standard of value like fair value or investment value or liquidation value. rather more concerned about its relative value to him. 98 . The fair value may not going to serve his purpose with more certainty then the relative value which may be far away from fair value.

VALUATION REPORT Some useful notes 99 .

Regardless of whether the understanding is written or oral. The understanding should include. as available and applicable to the valuation engagement.e. The answer can differ among buyers and depends on several factors such as one’s assumptions regarding the growth and profitability prospects of the business. There is much controversy in the professional literature about many aspects of business valuation. and history • Infrastructure • Organizational structure 100 . determining the value of any business in today’s economy requires a sophisticated understanding of financial analysis as well as sound judgment from market and industry experience. and the standard of value to be used. preferably in writing. As said by Jay Abrams. i. realistic picture of valuation is a mathematical exercise that is always done with less-than-perfect information and which has uncertainty to it. the valuation analyst should document that understanding by appropriate memoranda or notations in the working papers. background. Instead.PREFACE “What is the business worth?” Although a simple question. If buyer and seller can agree on assumptions. including its: • Nature. and it is a non issue. the client’s responsibilities. regarding the engagement to be performed. one’s assessment of future market conditions. the valuation analyst should modify the understanding if he or she encounters circumstances during the engagement that make it appropriate to modify that understanding. the type of report to be issued. The valuation analyst should. When buyer and seller understand the logic and the process of valuation. at a minimum. obtain sufficient non financial information to enable him or her to understand the business. one’s appetite for assuming risk (or discount rate on expected future cash flows) and what unique synergies may be brought to the business posttransaction.. it is a mechanical calculation. purpose. and objective of the valuation engagement. The business person or seller knows the business more than valuation professional does but a competent professional knows business valuation techniques better than the businessmen do. Valuation professionals understand that nobody is that good to be able to say with authority that the value of a business is a specific amount and not any other amount. the applicable assumptions and limiting conditions. they will focus on discussing their differences in assumptions of the sales growth rate or the profit margin. and there is no such thing as a perfect valuation. If the understanding is oral. The value is the end product of the valuation model. the valuation analyst’s responsibilities. They do not argue over values. the value becomes self-evident. the nature. Nobody is perfect. The valuation analyst should establish an understanding with the client. The understanding with the client reduces the possibility that either the valuation analyst or the client may misinterpret the needs or expectations of the other party. then they discuss and negotiate over assumptions to the model.

The appraiser must provide adequate documentation and discussion to support the opinion. Because of the uncertainties inherent in estimating a value for business. It must be note that the valuation being estimation. dispute over commercial matters such as intellectual property rights. facts and circumstances of the business and should use reasonable data and market inputs. In estimating a value for a business. and analyze data. Performing a valuation engagement with professional competence involves special knowledge and skill. but the detail behind it. It is rash to attempt any valuation adopting so-called industry/ sector norms in ignorance of the fundamental theoretical framework of valuation. economics. major law suits. and use professional judgment in developing the estimate of value (whether a single amount or a range).• Management team (which may include owner himself. If the financials of the business concerns are not audited. a good appraisal is a defensible appraisal. finance. 101 . contingent liabilities. the valuation analyst should so state and should also state that the valuation analyst assumes no responsibility for the financial information. The more structure that is added to the valuation report. or both • Economic environment • Geographical markets • Industry markets • Key customers and suppliers • Competition • Business risks • Strategy and future plans • Governmental or regulatory environment Unrecorded data and facts having effect on valuation must also be considered. a degree of caution should be applied in exercising judgment and making the necessary estimates. officers. gather. A valuation analyst should possess a level of knowledge of valuation principles and theory and a level of skill in the application of such principles that will enable him or her to identify. This means that the potential challenges of opposing parties are recognized and addressed within the appraisal itself. consider and apply appropriate valuation approaches and methods. Valuation is an art more than a science and is an interdisciplinary study drawing upon laws. It’s not the bottom line number you’re paying for. Business appraiser does not always rely on one method alone and it may also be appropriate to consider the outcomes from using several different methods. the appraiser should apply a methodology that is appropriate in light of the nature. assumptions and estimates. directors. if possible. it can be challenged and therefore. the more difficult it becomes for someone to tear it apart. existence of major frauds within the company. Like existence of non balance sheet items. and key employees) • Classes of equity/ ownership interests and rights attached thereto • Products or services. accounting and investment.

is there any restriction on marketability or is there reasonable market available etc) Ascertain whether discounts and/or premiums are to be considered Compile information about the company. if applicable and finalize the value or a range of value Frame the opinion on valuation 102 .VALUATION PROCEDURES Valuation procedures can generally be classified into the following areas: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Understand the purpose of the engagement What is the intended use of the valuation Who are proposed users of the value Determine the premise of value Determine the standard of value Determine the proposed users of the value Determine the interest to be valued (whether it is a minority interest. about the industry and economy Analyze the company’s financial information Consider all approaches of value and select the most appropriate Apply the most appropriate technique/s amongst the selected approaches Reconcile the values and derive a conclusive value Apply discounts and premiums.

and to derive the basis for useful forecasting in the process of valuation. to determine ‘‘visions’’ of owners and to outline a ‘‘generic’’ resume of special skills and traits believed necessary to successfully operate the businesses. occupationally related injuries. It may be appropriate for the valuation analyst to obtain written representations regarding information that the management provides to the valuation analyst for purposes of his or her performing the valuation engagement. the appraiser should review the collected data and should conduct in-depth interviews with owners that are sufficient to fully understand how businesses have been operated.THE DATA COLLECTION PROCESS The purpose for conducting valuations will determine informational needs. and included. The appraiser should collect the relevant data which can help him or her to know the basic history of the enterprise and the business itself. keeping valuation requirements of MSME unit in mind. Appraiser should obtain other information relevant to subjective issues affecting possible present or future worth—details of past or pending lawsuits. Each purpose adds or deletes bits of information that may be important to the overall valuation project. Information must be collected. If there is any document specifying the valuation procedure or method to use under mentioned situations or purposes. all legal and/or informal operating documents)—to include a picture of how the company functioned or functions from an internal point of view. A “Valuation Information Request List” is prepared. including specific problems encountered and solutions implemented. The decision whether to obtain a representation letter is a matter of judgment for the valuation analyst. In addition to analyze the data for knowing the trend in the business. if there are more than one and relationship between different stake holder. The data generated for internal control and MIS can be helpful to know the financial and internal strength of the Company. the appraiser should take it in to consideration. wholesale price catalogs. Appraiser should go through the primary understanding between the owners. 103 . past and present product/service pricing strategies. analyzed. generally the owner himself controls the business and he can provide the best data about business history. In MSMEs. and so on (in other words. copyrights or patents. The list though not exhaustive can serve as a fair guide for compilation of information on a way to valuation. deeds or leases.

Financial statements for fiscal years ending (for immediately past five years) Interim financial statements for the year-to-date (Date of valuation or for the period up to end of last month / quarter) Monthly figures of sales and inventory for past two-three years. Some items may not pertain to your business. PURPOSE OF THE APPRAISAL AND DESCRIPTION OF TRANSACTION Describe the activity or transaction creating need for valuation: BASICs FOR VALUATION • Nature of Valuation (please specify) (Ownership value or business value or specific interest value) • Date of the valuation A. for the current year and next three to five years. 104 . 3. The objective of this information request is to provide us with transactional and operational information that will aid in developing the value of business for the purpose specified by you herein below: We will keep the information confidential. Financial projections. 4. Financial Information 1. (Include any prepared budgets and/or business plans) MIS and bank reconciliations statements. In such cases. if any. We may call for other information for detail analysis of these data provided by you. and some items may not be readily available to you. 5.ENTERPRISE NAME :__________________________________________________________ VALUATION INFORMATION REQUEST LIST NOTE: This is a generalized information request. please indicate N/A or notify us if other arrangements can be made to obtain the data. 2.

List of working capital components and estimated realizable value Capital structure with details regarding ownership capital and long term. terms of finance. The new products under development with expectations as to potential. List of top 10 suppliers (or all accounting for substantial % of total purchases) Identify product(s) on which the Company is single-sourced. The detail of top 10 customers. 15. Products. Debtors aging schedule or summary and management’s general evaluation of quality and credit risk as of Date of valuation. input-output ratio. 13. or other descriptive sales materials. 5. Payment schedules of loans. size. sale percentage to total sales and profit/sales ratio Unit volume analyses for existing product lines for the past five years. 3. or suppliers on which the business is otherwise dependent. Income Tax Returns and supporting statements/ documents for fiscal years ending FIVE YEARS. indicating sales (or sales upon which commissions were earned) and unit volumes for each of the past three fiscal years. services. 7. 10.6. Description of competition to examine price-quality-service factors in products/services of competitors in light of those prevailing in businesses being valued. Explanation of significant nonrecurring and/or non operating items appearing on the financial statements in any above fiscal year if not detailed in footnotes. Details of patented or licensed products with rights and conditions of usage Management perception about intangible assets like copy rights. Operations and Markets 1. 105 . 13. 8. 4. or product lines of the Company and copies of marketing materials including sales brochures. catalogs. research activities. trade mark.short term finances. if any and/or debt agreement(s) as of Date of valuation. Any change in accounting practices or any change in treatment of major item. Product mix. 10. 12. 14. 9. 11. Like change of inventory keeping from FIFO to LIFO or change in depreciation method from SLM to WDV etc. The major competitors (full name. for each of the past five fiscal years? Fixed assets and depreciation schedule as of Date of valuation. 14. The majority industry publications of interest to management. employee contracts etc. The major accounts gained (lost) in the last year indicating actual sales in the current year and beyond. Details of contingent and unrecorded liabilities and assets with justification B. 11. highly trained staff. location. 2. Expense classification: fixed/semi variable/variable. by product. 8. LCs and other liabilities. 9. 15. Creditors aging schedule or summary as of Date of valuation. A brief note on “nature of activities and business” List of major products. 6. The major products or services added in the last two years (or anticipated) and current expectations as to sales potential. 12. The trade associations’ memberships. and estimated market share of each). 7.

Business / Enterprise Documents and Records 1. The location.. age. include name of lessor and lease terms or agreements. employment contracts. List of employees specifying their age. include: • Date purchased • Purchase price • Recent value • Insurance coverage • Book values (gross value as well as depreciation) 2. and approximate size of each facility. whether divisions. experience within the enterprise. vendor or agency contract. or departments. 3. 106 . Or understandings between the partners or minutes of business meetings. product warranties. service contracts. 2. Proprietary deed. Excise code or Service tax number etc. 5. If owned by the enterprise. A description of any pending litigation including parties involved. 2. E. capital leases. Details of sister concerns or subsidiaries Details of major changes or movements in ownership 3. and remuneration status including the bio-data of management and key employees. D. date of filing. If leased or rented. if any or partnership deed or Memorandum and Articles of Association or any other formation or regulatory documents The minutes of Board of Directors and shareholders meetings for at least the most recent three years. description and nature of the lawsuit or claim. subsidiaries. 6. PAN. The number of employees (distinguish fulltime and part time) at year-end for the last three years and attrition ratio. F.16. Please provide production capacity or estimate business volume by major facility/ factory unit/s. Details of the ownership of each facility and other major fixed assets. Business registration details like. Infrastructures 1. Personnel 1. VAT Number. 7. position. Name and description of the operations of all major OWN operating entities.g. Current organization chart. restrictive agreements etc. and expected outcome and financial impact. A summary of major covenants or agreements binding on the enterprise e. 4. current status.

EBIDTA.INDUSTRY RESEARCH FORM The purpose is to decide the Comparable or Peer Company/ies and collect its Data [like name. turn over and operation figures (PAT. capital structure and other relevant data based on specific nature of the company being valued] Industry / Sector Name: Trade Associations in this Industry: Leading Public Companies in this Industry: Trade publications in this industry: Proposed Comparable Firms: 107 . NOPLAT etc) . period of standings. group data. comparable value basis.

LIMITING CONDITIONS AND DISCLAIMERS FOR A BUSINESS VALUATION The valuation report should include a list of assumptions and limiting conditions under which the valuation task is performed. This appendix includes an illustrative list of assumptions and limiting conditions that may apply to a business valuation. or diminution of the owners’ participation would not be materially or significantly changed. Illustrative List of Assumptions and Limiting Conditions 1. We have not audited.ILLUSTRATIVE LIST OF ASSUMPTIONS. The conclusion of value arrived at herein is based on the assumption that the current level of management expertise and effectiveness would continue to be maintained. exchange. We do not provide assurance on the achievability of the results forecasted by [ABC Company] because events and circumstances frequently do not occur as expected. and assumptions of management. except as specifically noted herein. reviewed. and that the character and integrity of the enterprise through any sale. 4. or verified the correctness of the financial information provided to us and. plans. However. The conclusion of value represents our opinion based on the information furnished by [ABC Company] and other sources. we express no opinion or any other form of assurance on this information. 6. This report and the conclusion of value arrived at herein are for the sole and specific purposes as noted herein. We have relied on the financial statements and other related information provided by [ABC Company] or its representatives. and achievement of the forecasted results is dependent on actions. reorganization. It may not be used for any other purpose or by any other party for any purpose. 5. 3. in the course of our valuation process. as fully and correctly reflecting the enterprise’s business conditions and operating results for the respective periods. 108 . Furthermore the report and conclusion of value are not intended by the author and should not be construed by the reader to be investment advice in any manner whatsoever. The conclusion of value as reported herein this report is valid only for the stated purpose as of the date of the valuation. 2. accordingly. we make no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of such information and have performed no procedures to corroborate the information. differences between actual and expected results may be material. Public information and industry and statistical information have been obtained from sources we believe to be reliable.

or local legislation. we have no obligation to update the report or the calculation of value for information that comes to our attention after the date of the valuation report. The valuation contemplates facts and conditions existing as of the valuation date. if any. and prospective operating results of the company. Also. We have conducted interviews with the current management of [ABC Company] concerning the past. No change of any item in this appraisal report shall be made by anyone other than us and we shall have no responsibility for any such unauthorized change. 12. we have not examined or compiled the prospective financial information and therefore. no effort has been made to determine the possible effect. Neither all nor any part of the contents of this report (especially the conclusion of value. 13. 10. 8. Events and circumstances frequently do not occur as expected and there will usually be differences between prospective financial information and actual results.7. we have relied on the representations of the owners. and other third parties concerning the value and useful condition of all equipment. If prospective financial information approved by management has been used in our work. should be disseminated to the public through any means of communication without our prior written consent and approval. present. and those differences may be material. We have not attempted to confirm whether or not all assets of the business are free and clear of liens and encumbrances or that the entity has good title to all assets. properties. 11. Except as noted. and we have no obligation to update our report or calculation of value for such events. Events and conditions occurring after that date have not been considered. 9. 109 . The assets and investments are physically verified by us to the extent available and for others we have relied on the certification provided by the management and experts. except as specifically stated to the contrary in this report. Unless otherwise stated. do not express an audit opinion or any other form of assurance on the prospective financial information or the related assumptions. on the subject business due to future change in state. investments used in the business. management. and any other assets or liabilities. happenings and conditions.

o o o o o o o 110 . limiting conditions. Often. Appendices or exhibits may be used for required information or information that supplements the summary report. the assumptions. if any with justification. brand value etc.CONTENTS OF A COMPREHENSIVE BUSINESS APPRAISAL REPORT A detailed valuation report should include the followings: o o o o o o o o o o o o o Identity of the client Purpose and intended use of the valuation Intended users of the valuation What is being appraised? (Ownership. Employees’ retirement benefits. if such are valued by other/s) An economic analysis and industry section A financial analysis of the subject company The valuation approaches and methods used Disclosure of subsequent events (if feel appropriate) A section summarizing the reconciliation of the estimates and the conclusion of value Application of discounts or premiums. if any. and the valuation analyst’s representation are provided in appendices to the report. the valuation analyst is assuming for the specialist’s work (like valuation of property. inventory. jewellary. Business or Minority sharing or specific interest value) Valuation date Valuation report date Type of report issued Applicable premise of value Applicable standard of value Sources of information used in the valuation engagement Assumptions and limiting conditions of the valuation engagement The scope of work or data available for analysis including any restrictions or limitations If the work of a specialist is used in the valuation. and the level of responsibility. a description of how the specialist’s work is used.

management compensation or discretionary expenses). Personal expenses are also very common tom charge in business to evade the taxes. The following are some of the most deadly errors that the valuation professional may commit in preparing a valuation.e. The valuation professional must be diligent in ensuring that the valuation report is free from errors that may compromise its integrity. Many times the loans are received from family. adjustments made to the financial statement must be on a comparable basis as the interest being valued. In addition. In the case of a minority interest valuation. Salaries of management is one of the area which the closely hold businesses commonly use for adjusting the profit to save taxes. Failure to remove property associated expenses from the financial statements and failure to replace this with a market rate of rent is a common adjustment error made. a minority shareholder would not have the ability to effect control decisions related to financial statement adjustments (i. the interests on which are not charged as per the prevailing rates in the market. the value estimate must be reconciled to a minority basis using a lack of control discount. The errors may result in significant disparities in value of the subject company. Non-recurring or abnormal items require special attention of the appraiser.SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ERRORS IN BUSINESS VALUATION A valuation professional must rely upon experience and reasoned. The number of inputs. informed judgment in conducting a valuation and preparing a credible valuation report. If the cash flows are adjusted to reflect control decision. relatives and friends. These factors must be adjusted to make the financials normalized. assumptions. Incorrect adjustments to financial statements Improperly developed financial forecasts Not matching the benefit stream to the capitalization or discount rate Errors in estimating risks specific to a particular business Failing to show how the appraiser arrived at his or her conclusion Developing a value conclusion inconsistent with the standard of value and purpose of the appraisal Errors concerning valuation discounts for fractional interests (lack of control and lack of marketability) These are discussed below: Incorrect Adjustments to the Income Statement and Balance Sheet Incorrect adjustments to the income statement and balance sheet may produce an unreliable indication of value. 111 . and calculations that the appraiser must make in the process gives rise to potential errors that could have an adverse impact upon the indication of value and the credibility of the valuation report and the appraiser.

The appraiser may use an above trend growth rate for the first years of a multi-period forecast but must then use a longterm sustainable growth rate in perpetuity that is bound by a reasonable estimate of the long-term sustainable growth of our economy (usually as measured by GDP growth). Applicable tax rate should also be applied to consider the post tax earnings or cash flow. Though a company may be able to grow its earnings (or revenues for that matter) by an above trend growth rate in the short-term. Many times discretionary cash flow is consider due to the facts that the most of small businesses calculated income in such a way that income taxes are minimized. the appraiser must be cognizant of the range of growth rates that may be applicable to the subject company’s future earnings and use this range to bound the appropriate growth rate applicable to future earnings.Ungrounded Forecasting of Earnings Forecasting earnings is likely the most important part of the income approach to valuing a business. which may tarnish the reputation of the valuation professional. Many companies operate at low net incomes (or even negative net incomes). this high growth rate cannot be maintained in perpetuity as the company’s earnings would eventually surpass the size of the nation’s economy. ‘‘Forecasting is not a respectable intellectual activity. and not worthwhile beyond the shortest of periods.’’ . since the value is driven by the firm’s anticipated future earnings. This may also skew the value indication and discredit the entire valuation. the valuation professional may examine the historical relationship between capital expenditures and depreciation over the last five years or so. inconsistent assumptions regarding capital expenditures and depreciation may result in forecasts under which fixed assets are depreciated at a rate faster than which they are replaced or actually depleted. Care must be taken to ensure the reliability of the data. It is generally accepted that the projected capital expenditures and depreciation are best estimated based on a proportional relationship between the two. Failure to match these rates and benefit streams results in an erroneous value conclusion.Peter Drucker. management guru Discount Rate & Income Stream Mismatch Capitalizing or discounting a net cash flow to equity income or owners’ profit stream by the firm’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC) would produce an unreliable indication of value. Using unrealistically high growth assumptions may result in an earnings stream that is overly optimistic and that produces an indication of value that is too high when discounted or capitalized. For a stable. Likewise. Therefore. mature business. This mismatch of the discount (capitalization) rate and income stream is a glaring error in business valuations. The prevailing market conditions and industry trend should be considered while forecasting the revenue and expenses. using a net cash flow to equity rate to discount or capitalize net cash flow to invested capital results in an incorrect value. The 112 . while they may actually be highly profitable. Likewise.

This not only fails a fundamental of the business valuation profession but also fails the client by compromising the integrity of the valuation report and the valuation conclusions. This specific company risk premium reflects the risks associated with the particular business’s operations. great care and diligence must be taken to select and defend the specific company risk premium applied in a valuation.client may also be severely disadvantaged by the disparity in value resulting from the mismatch of rate and income stream. Unreasonable assumptions regarding the specific company risk premium may result in a discount rate that is too low or too high for the particular investment being valued. There is no empirical data available in India on the specific company risk premium. assumptions. Specific Company Risk Premium Estimation The specific company risk premium is an important part in the development of an appropriate discount rate/capitalization rate for a specific investment. Inability to Replicate the Valuation It is crucial that the valuation professional’s valuation be clearly written and fully explained so that the value estimate or conclusions may be replicated by a reader or third party that is not part of the valuation process. this could lead to significant valuation errors when determining the value of a specific asset. Incorrect Value Conclusion for the Standard of Value Upon engagement. The importance of the ability to replicate the valuation should not be underestimated. Estimating this risk premium is at the sole discretion of the valuation professional and is typically based on the appraiser’s experience and informed judgment. This gives rise to a factor analysis for supporting the selection of a specific company risk premium. and calculations made to arrive at an indication of value could lead a reader to believe that the values are arbitrary or that the appraiser engaged in “fuzzy math” to reach a specific value. Given the possible arbitrary selection of this premium. the valuation professional identifies the standard of value that will be used in developing an indication of value. The failure of the appraiser to thoroughly discuss the assumptions. approaches. finances. Whether valuation professionals use a factor analysis or another method of selecting an appropriate premium. The valuation professional must ensure that the value estimate presented in the valuation report matches the standard of value if the report and its 113 . In turn. industry position. there is a need for a quantifiable analysis for the specific company risk premium to further strengthen business valuations and to limit the appraiser’s exposure to attacks on credibility and results. The valuation professional must ensure that the valuation process reaches a value conclusion consistent with the standard of value selected at the outset of the process. etc. A skilled appraiser critiquing the report would likely be able to easily discredit the valuation and the appraiser based on this issue. An error in estimating an indication of value that is not consistent with the selected standard of value may significantly impact the value conclusion. The failure to clearly delineate the reasoning. and procedures used to develop the indication of value is a significant error in the preparation of a valuation report.

of the valuation professional or M&A professional involved. and for that matter. there is a great deal of latitude for applying discounts that are too high or too low. leading to potential overvaluation or undervaluation of the subject interest. Therefore. if made. Consideration of a number of factors impacting each discount would be helpful in providing a solid foundation for the selection of the appropriate discount. To ensure a meaningful and credible valuation. These errors and failures by the valuation professional compromise the valuation and render the value conclusions irrelevant. 114 . There is no specific formula or set of guidelines for determining the appropriate discount applicable to a specific investment or company. The errors discussed here may have a significant adverse impact upon the indication of value produced in the valuation report. Erring in this aspect will totally discredit the valuation. the valuation professional should clearly explain the reasoning for the amount of the ultimate discounts selected. In order for the valuation to be credible and withstand scrutiny. may have a detrimental effect upon the credibility of the valuation. the appraiser must use reasoned. informed judgment in the valuation process as well as be cognizant of the potential errors that may be inadvertently made and the impact such errors may have upon the valuation. these errors. the valuation professional must use experience and reasoned. it may be appropriate to apply discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability. Given that discounts for lack of control and marketability may range from 10%-50%.conclusions are to be meaningful and credible. To be sure. Application of Appropriate Discounts Once the valuation professional has arrived at indications of value using the selected approaches and methods. Failure to provide enough reasoning or explanation for the selection of discounts applied to a value estimate makes replication of the value conclusion nearly impossible. informed judgment in determining the appropriate level of these discounts.

Arbitrage Pricing Theory—a multivariate model for estimating the cost of equity capital. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants American Society of Appraisers Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts The Institute of Business Appraisers Adjusted Book Value Method—a method within the asset approach whereby all assets and liabilities (including off-balance sheet. The performance of business valuation services requires a high degree of skill and imposes upon the valuation professional a duty to communicate the valuation process and conclusion in a manner that is clear and not misleading. Appraisal Approach—see Valuation Approach.INTERNATIONAL GLOSSARY OF BUSINESS VALUATION TERMS To enhance and sustain the quality of business valuations for the benefit of the profession and its clientele. Appraisal—see Valuation. and contingent) are adjusted to their fair market values (NOTE: In Canada on a going concern basis). which incorporates several systematic risk factors. more particularly. Appraisal Date—see Valuation Date. If. Appraisal Method—see Valuation Method. Appraisal Procedure—see Valuation Procedure. it is recommended that the term be defined as used within that valuation engagement. the below identified societies and organizations have adopted the definitions for the terms included in this glossary. This duty is advanced through the use of terms whose meanings are clearly established and consistently applied throughout the profession. Departure from this glossary is not intended to provide a basis for civil liability and should not be presumed to create evidence that any duty has been breached. the communication of how that value was determined. in the opinion of the business valuation professional. intangible. Adjusted Net Asset Method—see Adjusted Book Value Method. one or more of these terms needs to be used in a manner that materially departs from the enclosed definitions. This glossary has been developed to provide guidance to business valuation practitioners by further memorializing the body of knowledge that constitutes the competent and careful determination of value and. 115 .

Cash Flow—cash that is generated over a period of time by an asset. business ownership interest. Business Risk—the degree of uncertainty of realizing expected future returns of the business resulting from factors other than financial leverage. See Financial Risk. When the term is used. “discretionary” or “operating”) and a specific definition in the given valuation context. Business Enterprise—a commercial. Book Value—see Net Book Value. or business enterprise. industrial. the mix of debt and equity financing. Blockage Discount—an amount or percentage deducted from the current market price of a publicly traded stock to reflect the decrease in the per share value of a block of stock that is of a size that could not be sold in a reasonable period of time given normal trading volume.Asset (Asset-Based) Approach—a general way of determining a value indication of a business. Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)—a model in which the cost of capital for any stock or portfolio of stocks equals a risk-free rate plus a risk premium that is proportionate to the systematic risk of the stock or portfolio. Business Valuation—the act or process of determining the value of a business enterprise or ownership interest therein. Capitalization of Earnings Method—a method within the income approach whereby economic benefits for a representative single period are converted to value through division by a capitalization rate. Capitalization—a conversion of a single period of economic benefits into value. service. 116 . Capitalization Rate—any divisor (usually expressed as a percentage) used to convert anticipated economic benefits of a single period into value. Business—see Business Enterprise. or security using one or more methods based on the value of the assets net of liabilities. group of assets. or investment entity (or a combination thereof) pursuing an economic activity. it should be supplemented by a qualifier (for example. It may be used in a general sense to encompass various levels of specifically defined cash flows. the tendency of a stock’s price to correlate with changes in a specific index. Capital Structure—the composition of the invested capital of a business enterprise. Capitalization Factor—any multiple or divisor used to convert anticipated economic benefits of a single period into value. Beta—a measure of systematic risk of a stock.

each item is expressed as a percentage of sales. Discounted Future Earnings Method—a method within the income approach whereby the present value of future expected economic benefits is calculated using a discount rate. Enterprise—see Business Enterprise. to reflect the power of control. Effective Date—see Valuation Date. See Invested Capital. Control Premium—an amount or a percentage by which the pro rata value of a controlling interest exceeds the pro rata value of a non-controlling interest in a business enterprise. net cash flows. etc. Control—the power to direct the management and policies of a business enterprise. On the balance sheet. Discount for Lack of Marketability—an amount or percentage deducted from the value of an ownership interest to reflect the relative absence of marketability. Cost Approach—a general way of determining a value indication of an individual asset by quantifying the amount of money required to replace the future service capability of that asset. Discount Rate—a rate of return used to convert a future monetary sum into present value. Discounted Cash Flow Method—a method within the income approach whereby the present value of future expected net cash flows is calculated using a discount rate. Economic Life—the period of time over which property may generate economic benefits. and on the income statement. 117 . Economic Benefits—inflows such as revenues. Discount for Lack of Voting Rights—an amount or percentage deducted from the per share value of a minority interest voting share to reflect the absence of voting rights. Cost of Capital—the expected rate of return that the market requires in order to attract funds to a particular investment. each line item is shown as a percentage of total assets.Common Size Statements—financial statements in which each line is expressed as a percentage of the total. Discount for Lack of Control—an amount or percentage deducted from the pro rata share of value of 100 percent of an equity interest in a business to reflect the absence of some or all of the powers of control. Debt-Free—we discourage the use of this term. net income.

Equity—the owner’s interest in property after deduction of all liabilities. The intangible elements of Going Concern Value result from factors such as having a trained work force. location. See Net Cash Flows. Excess Earnings Method—a specific way of determining a value indication of a business. making necessary capital investments. Equity Net Cash Flows—those cash flows available to pay out to equity holders (in the form of dividends) after funding operations of the business enterprise. or security determined as the sum of a) the value of the assets derived by capitalizing excess earnings and b) the value of the selected asset base. such as at an auction. when neither is under compulsion to buy or sell and when both have reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. customer loyalty. Free Cash Flows—we discourage the use of this term. the term “price” should be replaced with the term “highest price. Equity Risk Premium—a rate of return added to a risk.”) Fairness Opinion—an opinion as to whether or not the consideration in a transaction is fair from a financial point of view. See Business Risk. expressed in terms of cash equivalents. See Excess Earnings. an operational plant. acting at arm’s length in an open and unrestricted market. at which the asset or assets are sold as quickly as possible. at which property would change hands between a hypothetical willing and able buyer and a hypothetical willing and able seller. and procedures in place. Financial Risk—the degree of uncertainty of realizing expected future returns of the business resulting from financial leverage. and increasing or decreasing debt financing.free rate to reflect the additional risk of equity instruments over risk free instruments (a component of the cost of equity capital or equity discount rate). Forced Liquidation Value—liquidation value. Going Concern—an ongoing operating business enterprise. (NOTE: In Canada. and similar factors not separately identified. products. Goodwill Value—the value attributable to goodwill. business ownership interest. and the necessary licenses. 118 . systems. reputation. Goodwill—that intangible asset arising as a result of name. Going Concern Value—the value of a business enterprise that is expected to continue to operate into the future. Excess Earnings—that amount of anticipated economic benefits that exceeds an appropriate rate of return on the value of a selected asset base (often net tangible assets) used to generate those anticipated economic benefits. Fair Market Value—the price. Also frequently used to value intangible assets.

Intangible Assets—non-physical assets such as franchises. business ownership interest. or intangible asset using one or more methods that convert anticipated economic benefits into a present single amount. and have value for the owner. it should be supplemented by a specific definition in the given valuation context. Liquidity—the ability to quickly convert property to cash or pay a liability. procedures. and that are actively traded on a free and open market. patents. on the basis of an evaluation or available facts. mineral rights.”) Key Person Discount—an amount or percentage deducted from the value of an ownership interest to reflect the reduction in value resulting from the actual or potential loss of a key person in a business enterprise. security. trademarks. goodwill. (NOTE: in Canada. or scope. it is the difference between the exercise price or strike price of an option and the market value of the underlying security. Invested Capital—the sum of equity and debt in a business enterprise. Debt is typically a) all interest-bearing debt or b) long-term interest-bearing debt. When the term is used. Internal Rate of Return—a discount rate at which the present value of the future cash flows of the investment equals the cost of the investment. Intrinsic Value—the value that an investor considers. equities. Levered Beta—the beta reflecting a capital structure that includes debt. 119 . Investment Value—the value to a particular investor based on individual investment requirements and expectations. to be the “true” or “real” value that will become the market value when other investors reach the same conclusion. When the term applies to options.Guideline Public Company Method—a method within the market approach whereby market multiples are derived from market prices of stocks of companies that are engaged in the same or similar lines of business. Invested Capital Net Cash Flows—those cash flows available to pay out to equity holders (in the form of dividends) and debt investors (in the form of principal and interest) after funding operations of the business enterprise and making necessary capital investments. or intangible asset with limitations in analyses. the term used is “Value to the Owner. Limited Appraisal—the act or process of determining the value of a business. copyrights. Investment Risk—the degree of uncertainty as to the realization of expected returns. business ownership interest. security. Income (Income -Based) Approach—a general way of determining a value indication of a business. securities and contracts (as distinguished from physical assets) that grant rights and privileges.

Merger and Acquisition Method—a method within the market approach whereby pricing multiples are derived from transactions of significant interests in companies engaged in the same or similar lines of business. it should be supplemented by a qualifier. approximating the effect of economic benefits being generated evenly throughout the year. Majority Interest—an ownership interest greater than 50 percent of the voting interest in a business enterprise. Net Book Value—with respect to a business enterprise. business ownership interest. number of customers). Net Cash Flows—when the term is used. Minority Discount—a discount for lack of control applicable to a minority interest. Multiple—the inverse of the capitalization rate. Market (Market-Based) Approach—a general way of determining a value indication of a business. See Equity Net Cash Flows and Invested Capital Net Cash Flows.” Majority Control—the degree of control provided by a majority position. security. 120 . the difference between total assets (net of accumulated depreciation. Marketability—the ability to quickly convert property to cash at minimal cost. the capitalized cost less accumulated amortization or depreciation as it appears on the books of account of the business enterprise. depletion. Market Capitalization of Invested Capital—the market capitalization of equity plus the market value of the debt component of invested capital. business ownership interests.Liquidation Value—the net amount that would be realized if the business is terminated and the assets are sold piecemeal. Minority Interest—an ownership interest less than 50 percent of the voting interest in a business enterprise. Marketability Discount—see Discount for Lack of Marketability. and amortization) and total liabilities as they appear on the balance sheet (synonymous with Shareholder’s Equity). Mid-Year Discounting—a convention used in the Discounted Future Earnings Method that reflects economic benefits being generated at midyear. Market Capitalization of Equity—the share price of a publicly traded stock multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. With respect to a specific asset. Market Multiple—the market value of a company’s stock or invested capital divided by a company measure (such as economic benefits. or intangible asset by using one or more methods that compare the subject to similar businesses. Liquidation can be either “orderly” or “forced. or intangible assets that have been sold. securities.

liquidation. Replacement Cost New—the current cost of a similar new property having the nearest equivalent utility to the property being valued. Non-Operating Assets—assets not necessary to ongoing operations of the business enterprise. Portfolio Discount—an amount or percentage deducted from the value of a business enterprise to reflect the fact that it owns dissimilar operations or assets that do not fit well together. Required Rate of Return—the minimum rate of return acceptable by investors before they will commit money to an investment at a given level of risk. Orderly Liquidation Value—liquidation value at which the asset or assets are sold over a reasonable period of time to maximize proceeds received. as of a specified date. the term used is “Redundant Assets. expressed as a percentage of that investment. Present Value—the value. going concern.”) Normalized Earnings—economic benefits adjusted for nonrecurring. 121 . e.Net Present Value—the value. Rate of Return—an amount of income (loss) and/or change in value realized or anticipated on an investment. non economic. Price/Earnings Multiple—the price of a share of stock divided by its earnings per share. calculated using an appropriate discount rate. Net Tangible Asset Value—the value of the business enterprise’s tangible assets (excluding excess assets and non-operating assets) minus the value of its liabilities. non economic. or other unusual items to eliminate anomalies and/or facilitate comparisons. or other unusual items to eliminate anomalies and/or facilitate comparisons. Redundant Assets—see Non-Operating Assets. of future economic benefits and/or proceeds from sale. Report Date—the date conclusions are transmitted to the client. Reproduction Cost New—the current cost of an identical new property.g. Normalized Financial Statements—financial statements adjusted for non operating assets and liabilities and/or for nonrecurring. as of a specified date. Premise of Value—an assumption regarding the most likely set of transactional circumstances that may be applicable to the subject valuation. of future cash inflows less all cash outflows (including the cost of investment) calculated using an appropriate discount rate. (NOTE: in Canada.

g. hearsay. Rule of Thumb—a mathematical formula developed from the relationship between price and certain variables based on experience. Unlevered Beta—the beta reflecting a capital structure without debt. security. business ownership interest. Systematic Risk—the risk that is common to all risky securities and cannot be eliminated through diversification. etc. or intangible asset. Valuation—the act or process of determining the value of a business. e. Return on Equity—the amount. Standard of Value—the identification of the type of value being used in a specific engagement. plant and equipment. 122 . earned on a company’s total capital for a given period. or a combination of these. Return on Invested Capital—the amount. Terminal Value—see Residual Value. Risk Premium—a rate of return added to a risk-free rate to reflect risk. net of the tax shield available from such outlays. Sustaining Capital Reinvestment—the periodic capital outlay required to maintain operations at existing levels. The measure of systematic risk in stocks is the beta coefficient. Special Interest Purchasers—acquirers who believe they can enjoy post-acquisition economies of scale.Residual Value—the value as of the end of the discrete projection period in a discounted future earnings model. or strategic advantages by combining the acquired business interest with their own. Transaction Method—see Merger and Acquisition Method. accounts receivable.). fair market value. Return on Investment—see Return on Invested Capital and Return on Equity. earned on a company’s common equity for a given period. usually industry specific. Unsystematic Risk—the risk specific to an individual security that can be avoided through diversification. Tangible Assets—physical assets (such as cash. expressed as a percentage. fair value. synergies. expressed as a percentage. property. investment value. inventory. Risk-Free Rate—the rate of return available in the market on an investment free of default risk. observation.

Voting Control—de jure control of a business enterprise. or physical data serves as the denominator. Valuation Method—within approaches. and technique of performing the steps of an appraisal method. security. of the cost of all financing sources in the business enterprise’s capital structure. Valuation Ratio—a fraction in which a value or price serves as the numerator and financial.Valuation Approach—a general way of determining a value indication of a business. 123 . business ownership interest. Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)—the cost of capital (discount rate) determined by the weighted average. a specific way to determine value. or intangible asset using one or more valuation methods. at market value. operating. Valuation Procedure—the act. Valuation Date—the specific point in time as of which the valuator’s opinion of value applies (also referred to as “Effective Date” or “Appraisal Date”). manner. Value to the Owner—see Investment Value.

John Wiley & Sons. Yegge.As per “A basic guide for Valuing a Company” – 2nd edition by Wilbur M. Inc Multiplier for using with Excess earnings under “Excess earnings capitalization Method” 124 .

Fair value Fair value. Investment value. (Liquidation value in specific case) (investment value useful for negotiation) Fair value. Liquidation value (b) Private equity funding/ venture capital finance (c) Business financing for new projects/ expansion (3) Value added management/ planning (a) Raising funds for expansion or new projects Fair value. Takeovers Fair value. Investment value Investment value. Fair value (c) IPO (d) Mergers. (Liquidation value to assure the fund safety of financier) 125 . Investment value Fair value. Acquisitions. Fair value (b) Business Sell / Purchase Agreement Investment value (Fair value useful for negotiation) Fair value. Liquidation value Investment value.PURPOSE AND RELEVANT STANDARD OF VALUATION The overall relation between the purpose and standard of value is summarized as below: Relevant Standard of Value Purpose giving rise to valuation need Existing stake holder/s Valuation is called by proposed stake holders (1) Relative strategy (a) Addition of Partner/s Fair value. Liquidation value (investment value useful for negotiation) (2) Investments (a) Small business purchase Investment value (Fair value useful for negotiation) Investment value.

dissolution of partnership Liquidation value or succession planning (f) Financial reporting (g) Frequent progress measure (4) Other Purposes (a) Ownership issues (b) Litigation issues involving lost profits or economic damages (c) Family issues Fair value Fair value Fair value Fair value. Liquidation value Fair value Fair value Fair value Liquidation value 126 .(b) Restructuring the business/ divestiture (c) Goodwill impairment (d) Allocation of Purchase price Fair value Fair value Fair value (e) Retirement of partner or Fair value.

PURPOSE AND APPROPRIATE TECHNIQUE/S OF VALUATION The overall relation between the purpose and appropriate valuation technique/s is summarized as below: Relevant Valuation Technique/s Purpose giving rise to valuation need Existing stake holder/s Valuation is called by proposed stake holders (1) Relative strategy (a) Addition of Partner/s Excess earnings method Adjusted net assets method (Discounted cash flow for negotiation) Earnings capitalization method (or earning multiple) or Revenue multiple Excess earnings method Liquidation value Earnings capitalization method Adjusted net assets value Discounted cash flow Comparable Companies’ multiple (P/E and P/EBITDA multiple)* Earnings capitalization method Discounted cash flow Liquidation value Discounted cash flow Excess earnings method Adjusted net assets method Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method (b) Business Sell / Purchase Agreement (c) IPO Discounted cash flow Comparable Companies’ multiple (generally P/E and P/EBITDA multiple)* (d) Mergers. Acquisitions. Takeovers Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method (2) Investments (a) Small business purchase Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method Discounted cash flow Replacement cost method P/E multiple (as guiding data) Discounted Cash flow* Liquidation value (b) Private equity funding/ venture capital finance (c) Business financing for new projects/ expansion 127 .

(3) Value added management/ planning (a) Raising funds for expansion or new projects (b) Restructuring the business/ divestiture (c) Goodwill impairment Discounted cash flow Adjusted net asset value Earning capitalization method Discounted cash flow Adjusted net asset value Adjusted net asset value (d) Allocation of Purchase price (e) Retirement of partner or Discounted cash flow dissolution of partnership Adjusted net assets method Liquidation value or succession planning (f) Financial reporting Discounted cash flow Adjusted net assets method Economic Value Addition method (excess earning method) Liquidation value in relevant cases (g) Frequent progress measure (4) Other Purposes (a) Ownership issues Excess earning method Discounted cash flow Adjusted net assets method Excess earning method Discounted cash flow Adjusted net assets method (b) Litigation issues involving lost profits or economic damages Depends on specific case and requirements Depends on specific case and requirements (c) Family issues Excess earning method Discounted cash flow Adjusted net assets method Liquidation value 128 .

As per Prof. Aswath Damodaran (Stern School of Buiness) WHICH APPROACH SHOULD BE USED? Depends Upon The Assets (Business) Being Valued …. Assets Marketability and Valuation Approaches Mature Businesses Separable & Marketable assets Growth businesses Linked and non-marketable assets Liquidation & Replacement cost value Other valuation models Cash Flow and Valuation Approaches Cash flow currently or Expected in near future Cash flow if a contingency occurs Assets that will never generate cash flows DCF or relative valuation models Option pricing models Relative valuation models Uniqueness of Assets and Valuation Approaches Unique asset or business Large number of similar assets that are priced DCF or option pricing models Relative valuation models 129 ..

.As per Prof. Investor time horizon and Valuation approaches Very short time horizon Long time horizon Liquidation value Relative Valuation Option pricing models DCF Views on market and valuation approaches Markets are correct on an average but make mistakes on individual assets Asset markets and financial markets may diverge Markets make mistakes but corrects them over time Relative valuation Liquidation value DCF or Option pricing model 130 . Aswath Damodaran (Stern School of Buiness) And The Analyst Doing The Valuation ….

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