BUSINESS VALUATION: WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

When deciding what type of company valuation you need, there are few options available. It usually depends on your specific situation, company size, information available (specifically when the valuation is ordered by an investor) and type of transactions, as well as the expected audience and negotiations. The purpose or transactions for which you may want a[…]

FINANCIALS OF EARLY-STAGE STARTUPS: DO THEY MATTER?

The development of technology is uncertain, new industries can be created by the market leaders, the commitment and implementation skills of the team are difficult to foresee, much of the investment decision comes down to negotiations. Considering all this, why bother looking into the numbers? Especially for those with purely a technology and marketing background,[…]

WHAT IS VALUE?

It is not always straightforward what value or valuation really means. In the startup world, everyone is talking about it, tech news are filled with funding round valuation analysis and exit stories. Yet the talk often only touches the surface of what there is to know about the valuation of early-stage investments, or even the[…]

DAMODARAN ON NARRATIVE AND NUMBERS IN VALUATION

Aswath Damodaran’s webinar on “Narrative and Numbers: A Guide to Disciplined Story Telling and Imaginative Number Crunching” on Sageworks provided some very interesting insights into different approaches to valuation. Damodaran distinguishes between those people who are more comfortable with number crunching, and the storytellers. The ‘Numbers’ people tend to think that valuation is all about[…]

WHEN VALUATION IS SITUATIONAL

When carrying out a valuation, it is important to remember that value is different in different situations, which typically relate to the planned transaction or scope of the valuation. Standards of value refer to the type of value to calculate in relation to the circumstances in which the valuation take place. The standards of value vary slightly[…]

DECODING THE VALUATION PROCESS

In a valuation, nothing can be viewed in isolation, you always need to consider the overall picture. However, the big picture is also made up of many sources, inputs, logical decisions and methods, without which the overall picture would no longer make sense. Because the value of a company is not to be viewed in isolation,[…]

AUSTRIAN, GERMAN AND ITALIAN VALUATION STANDARDS AT A GLANCE

Until recently few countries had released their own valuation standards. With the market demanding stronger valuation standards, many countries have started working on their own guidelines. The International Valuation Standards Council, for example, seeks to unify these standards. However, the local standards tend to go more into the technical valuation details. The OIV (Organismi Italiano di[…]