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Putting Ratios into a Firm Value Context for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Students

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  • Tom Arnold

    (University of Richmond)

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Ratio analysis is generally presented as something that has to be calculated after completing other financial statements and is generally viewed, particularly by students, as busy-work with little value. This paper changes the context of ratio analysis in order to demonstrate how a focus on the information provided by ratios adds to the value of the firm. By dissecting the valuation of a publicly traded firm using a price to earnings ratio multiplier, value generating factors in the form of ratios, can be inferred for smaller non-publicly traded ventures.

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  • Tom Arnold, 2011. "Putting Ratios into a Firm Value Context for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Students," Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, vol. 15(2), pages 23-28, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:pep:journl:v:15:y:2011:i:2:p:23-28
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    Keywords

    Ratio Analysis; Valuation;

    JEL classification:

    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups

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