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Option-Style Multi-Factor Comparable Company Valuation for Practical Use

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  • Meitner, Matthias

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Classical single-factor comparable company valuation (CCV) like e.g. valuation using the price-earnings ratio is associated with several shortcomings. The two most important are the non-applicability of negative values in the basis of reference and the high requirements to the qualitative characteristics of comparable companies. This paper develops a multi-factor CCV model based on substance and performance related accounting attributes that largely overcomes these drawbacks. Additionally, the model allows to depict expected future earnings development economically sounder than single-factor models. Furthermore, by accounting for management?s option to adapt firm assets differently or to liquidate the company the model can conclusively assign positive stock prices to currently negatively performing companies.

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  • Meitner, Matthias, 2003. "Option-Style Multi-Factor Comparable Company Valuation for Practical Use," ZEW Discussion Papers 03-76, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:1686
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    1. Barbara Fidanza, 2008. "The Valuation by Multiples of Italian Firms," Working Papers 14-2008, Macerata University, Department of Studies on Economic Development (DiSSE), revised Nov 2008.

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    Keywords

    Valuation; Multiples; Real Options;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • M21 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - Business Economics
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies

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