"Insights on Valuation" -- 4th Quarter, 2010 Issue
We are pleased to include our quarterly newsletter "Insights on Valuation." In this issue, we discuss:
"Is the Stock Market Really Relevant to My Little Company?": An important question to ask is "Who is the likely buyer for the company being valued?" Many small companies change hands through business brokers and other intermediaries, for which public market data is not relevant. But for others the most likely buyers might be larger companies, some of which are publicly traded. Then, public value multiples become highly relevant ...
"Valuing Intellectual Property": Intellectual property is difficult to describe and value because it has no tangible qualities. But, often, the intangible assets of a business are easily the most valuable assets. Thus, when intellectual property is stolen, damaged, destroyed, or impaired, the owner may seek redress because of the significance of the financial loss. When valuing intellectual property, it is important to keep in mind that the conclusion of value will be based in one form or another on the cash flow that the property could reasonably be expected to produce in the future.
"Valuing Start-up Companies": What makes the start-up valuation both different and difficult is the lack of historical operating data to serve as prologue to future operations. For example, the capitalization of cash flow method cannot be used to value a start-up company because there is no historical cash flow.