BACKGROUNDIndia witnessed a substantial growth in value and volume in M&A activities in 2010 2010in comparison to last 2 years. Year 2010 growth was driven by outbound deals reflectingIndia‘s rising appetite for foreign assets. With the sight of recovery in the global marketsafter the period of two years of recessionary environment, the Indian corporate world islosing no time in making their global ambitions felt.Year 2009 was not so good in terms of M&A activities and the country saw declinecompared to the previous one. But, 2010 has started with an upbeat with Telecommajor Bharti Airtel Ltd. acquiring Zain Africa, the African arm of Kuwaiti telecom groupZain, for $10.7 billion.M&A activities have more than quadrupled over 2009 to US$ 49.78 billion in 2010.Private equity investors have also returned to the markets in a significant way. India Incsaw PE deals worth US$ 6.3 billion in 2010 up from US$ 3.45 billion in the previous year.Connected to this aspect, there has been increasing interest seen in the subject ofValuation by all stakeholders. Valuations are required for different purpose and called fordifferent point of time. One cannot use pre-set rules, principles and precedents forvaluations without considering the varied circumstances for which valuations arerequired. 1. INTRODUCTIONThe Indian Mergers and Acquisitions are growing exponentially. Not only are foreigninvestors entering corporate India, but also, Indian entrepreneurs are eyeing foreignacquisitions. The liberalization of Indian economy which commenced sometime in earlynineties, gave a great amount of boost to mergers and acquisitions. M& A is thebuzzword amongst top Corporate Houses as everyone has become conscious ofcompetitiveness and scalability. The restructuring of businesses and/or companies haveresulted in long lasting benefits due to enhancement of competitiveness andsustainability. The globalization has opened floodgates for various international playersto enter the Country and at the same time many Indian companies have gone ahead andacquired companies abroad.Investors have become more active in protecting their value. Any transaction ofpurchase/ sale of business/ companies require determination of fair value for thetransaction to satisfy stakeholders and/or Regulators. Business valuation is anunformulated and subjective process. Understanding the finer points of valuing abusiness is a skill that takes time to perfect. There are various methodologies for valuinga business, all having different relevance depending on the purpose of valuation. Keyaspects of valuation along with various restructuring options have been explainedhereunder: 2. VALUE & PRICE2.1 Value is a subjective term and can have different connotations. As Warren Buffetdescribes ―Price is what you pay & Value is what you get‖. The Price paid for anasset is the result of a negotiation process between a willing Buyer and the willing Seller.Whereas Value refers to the intrinsic worth of an asset. Hence, the Value of the Productcould be different from its Price.2.2 Management of companies always sought help of Professionals like CharteredAccountants or Merchant Bankers to value the intrinsic worth of a Business/Shares usingvarious techniques of valuation. Valuation is not an exact ‗Science‘. It is more an ‗Art‘.
Valuation is largely influenced by the valuer‘s judgement, knowledge of the business,analysis and interpretation and the use of different methods, which may result inassigning different values based on different methods. It is more an application ofcommon sense after analysing various supportive data obtained either from themanagement or through other publicly available sources.2.3 Once the ‗value‘ is determined, what follows is detailed negotiations between thepurchaser and seller and if there is an agreement between the two, ‗price‘ of the asset(whether of shares or business) gets established. It is quite possible that the price iseither far higher or far lower than the fair value.It is important to keep this differentiation between price and value in mind beforeattempting the valuation. 3. PURPOSE OF VALUATION3.1 An important concept in valuation is recognising the intended purpose of valuation.The value often depends on its purpose.3.2 Some of the purposes for which valuation may be required are as follows: Determining the consideration for Acquisition/ Sale of Business or for Purchase/Sale of Equity stake Determining the swap ratio for Merger/Demerger Corporate Restructuring Sale/ Purchase of Intangible assets including brands, patents, copyrights, trademarks, rights. Determining the value of family owned business and assets in case of Family Separation. Determining the Fair value of shares for issuing ESOP as per the ESOP guidelines. Determining the fair value of shares for Listing on the Stock Exchange. Disinvestment of PSU stocks by the Government Determining the Portfolio Value of Investments by Venture Funds or Private Equity Funds Liquidation of company Other Corporate restructuring3.3 A clear understanding of the purpose for which the valuation is being attempted isvery important aspect to be kept in mind before commencement of the valuationexercise. The structure of the transactions also plays very important role in determiningthe value. For example, if only assets are being transferred out from a Company,valuation of equity shares is of no importance. The ‗general purpose‘ value may have tobe suitably modified for the special purpose for which the valuation is done. The factorsaffecting that value with reference to the special purpose must be judged and broughtinto final assessment in a sound and reasonable manner.
4. SOURCES OF INFORMATIONThe first step while attempting any valuation exercise is to collect relevant and optimalinformation required for valuing Share or Business of a company. Such information canbe obtained from one or more of the following sources:4.1 Historical ResultsThis will include Annual Reports for at least past 3 years of the Company being valued.Apart from review of detailed financials, it is very important to look carefully at theDirectors Report, Management Discussions, Corporate Governance Reports, Auditors‘Report and Notes to accounts. There are instances that the growth prospects andopportunities for the company mentioned in these documents are absolutely opposite tothe future outlook as demonstrated in the projections. A detailed analysis of the pastperformance is a very important starting point in any valuation exercise. It is critical tonote from the past results, various important aspects such as non-recurring income/expenditure, non-operating income, change in Government/Tax regulations affectingbusiness, tax benefits enjoyed, and so on.4.2 Future ProjectionsThis will include Future Expected Profitability, Balance Sheet and Cash Flows along withdetailed Assumptions underlying the projections. It is important to cover the periodwhich will comprise the entire cycle of the business. In certain industry even 3-yearperiod will cover the cycle whereas in certain industries like heavy engineering orcement, a longer period of 5 to 7 years may capture the cycle. It is impossible to predictthe future in a precise way particularly considering the dynamic nature of the economy.One should ensure that the assumption behind the future projections is reasonable at apoint of time when they are prepared. Few common mistakes which are found in theprojections are: (1) assuming production much higher than the capacities withoutcapturing additional capital cost (2) showing unreasonable changes in selling price of thefinal products or of raw materials (3) showing unreasonable change in the workingcapital movements (4) capturing tax benefits even after the sunset clause under the Taxlaws (5) unreasonable changes in manpower cost and so on.4.3 Discussions with the ManagementIt is very important that open, fair and detailed discussions are carried out between theValuer and the Management. When one refers to the Management, it should not berestricted to only representatives of Finance Department. All critical people of theManagement need to be interviewed.It is always advisable to obtain a written Representation from the Management ofvarious inputs given by them. This helps in defending the valuation in the eventuality ofit being challenged by any Authority.4.4 Market Surveys, Other Publicly available dataThis will include various outside data available publicly. It may pertain to the industry aswell as the Company being valued. Thanks to technology advancement, most of thesedata are available on the net. Various newspaper reports are also available on thesubject. It is advisable to double check the accuracy of these data before heavily relyingon such data. Nowadays various Software packages are available on Corporate data. Itshould be ensured that updated version of such data is used. It is experienced that a lotof time is spent by the valuer on review and analysis of irrelevant data. The relevance ofthe data being reviewed and used in valuation need to be strictly monitored.
4.5 Stock Market quotationsThe details of stock market prices of the listed companies are nowadays available on thewebsite of the stock exchange. It is important to keep in mind that the data should bepicked up not only of the market prices but also for the volumes of the shares beingtraded. Due adjustments also need to be made for illiquid or Thinly traded Shares,Rights Issue, Bonus issues, Stock split, open offers, Buy Back, etc. Stock exchangewebsite also gives details of various announcements made by the Company in last fewmonths. This helps to capture some very critical information and at times could prove tobe vital for the valuation exercise.4.6 Data on Comparable CompaniesReview of data on comparable companies is one very important feature in any valuationexercise. Care needs to be taken that such companies are really comparable. It ispossible that geographically the companies are located in different areas which may havesubstantial difference in the operations. For example Cement Companies located near toLimestone Reserve and those which are located far off are not strictly comparable.Further, different funding pattern of two companies and investment also makes themnon-comparable.Having seen what could be relevant data for valuation, let‘s now proceed to understandthe various methods of Valuation. 5. VALUATION METHODOLOGIES5.1 There are many methodologies that a valuer may use to value the Shares of aCompany/Business. In practice, however, the valuer normally uses differentmethodologies of valuation and arrives at a fair value for the entire business bycombining the values arrived using various methods.5.2 The Methodologies of Valuation also depend on the purpose of the valuation. If theValuation is for the purpose of a liquidation, the Intrinsic Value of the Net Assets of theCompany is more appropriate and not the Earnings Capacity. Similarly, during a Merger,the valuer would want to value both the concerned Companies in a similar manner tohave a relative value.5.3 The Value of a Business would also differ from the point of view of the Buyer andthat of the Seller, depending on the vision, strategy and future projections made by eachof them independently.5.4 The methods to be used for valuation can be broadly classified under the followingheads: 1. Asset Based Approach I. Net Assets Value II. Replacement Value III. Realizable Value 2. Earnings Based Approach I. Capitalization of Maintainable Earnings (PECV)
II. Discounted Cash Flow Method III. EBITDA Multiple IV. Sales Multiple 3. Market Based Approach I. Market Price Method II. Market Comparables5.5 Each method proceeds on different fundamental assumptions, which have greater orlesser relevance, and at times even no relevance to a given situation. Thus, the methodsto be adopted for a particular valuation must be judiciously chosen. A. ASSET BASED APPROACH I. NET ASSETS METHOD i. Valuation of net assets is calculated with reference to the historical cost of the assets owned by the company. Such value usually represents the minimum value or a support value of a going concern. It is usual to ignore market value of the operating assets for the simple reason that under the going concern valuation, it is not the intention to sell the assets on a piece meal basis. ii. While the historical cost is adopted in respect of the assets that are to continue as a part of the going concern, it is necessary to adjust the market value of non-operating assets like unused land which are capable of being easily disposed of without affecting the operations of the company. iii. Situations Where Net Assets Method May Be AdoptedNet Assets Method may be adopted in the following cases: In case of start up companies (which are capital intensive in nature), where the commercial production has not yet started. In case of Investment Companies as Earnings Value based on its income in the form of dividend and/or interest may not reflect its true value. In case of companies, which do not have a sustainable track record of profits and has no prospects of earning profits in future. In case of manufacturing companies, where fixed assets has greater relevance for earning revenues. It would also be appropriate to use Net Assets Method for valuation in case of companies operating in the industry, which is capital intensive and is relevant to revenues in an industry, where norms are related to the capital cost per unit. In case of companies, where there is an intention to liquidate it and to realise the assets and distribute the net proceeds.
iv. MethodologyThe value as per Net Assets Method is arrived at as follows: Net Assets value represents equity value which is arrived at after reducing all external liabilities and preference shareholders claims, if any, from the aggregate value of all assets, as valued and stated in the Balance Sheet as on valuation date. Net Assets Value = Total Assets (excluding Miscellaneous Expenditure & Debit balance of Profit & Loss account) – Total LiabilitiesOrNet Assets Value = Share Capital + Reserves (excluding revaluation reserves)— Miscellaneous Expenditure – Debit Balance of Profit & Loss Account v. Adjustments to NAVThe Net Asset Value (NAV) as arrived at by using the above-mentioned formula may beadjusted depending upon circumstances of a particular case. The list given belowshowcases some of the adjustments commonly made: Contingent LiabilitiesThe amount of Contingent Liabilities as disclosed in the financial statements of the entityneeds to be adjusted from the value of net assets. The management‘s perception of suchliability materialising should be considered. If necessary, legal opinion regardingsustainability of claims or contingent liabilities should be called for.Some examples of Contingent liabilities are:1. Income tax demands2. Excise demands3. Sales tax/ Entry Tax demands4. Entertainment tax5. DPCO claim for pharmaceutical companies6. Claims from customers7. Matters referred to Arbitrations8. Labour related issues InvestmentsInvestments, whether trade or non trade should be considered at their Market valuewhile arriving at the Adjusted Net Assets value as they can be sold in the market on apiece meal basis without affecting the operations of the company. For this, notionaladjustment should be made for any appreciation/ depreciation in the value ofinvestments on a net of tax basis. Surplus Assets
The market value of surplus assets such as land and building not used for the businessof the company should be considered. The appreciation or depreciation in the value ofsurplus assets adjusted for the tax liability or the tax shield on such appreciation ordepreciation would be added/deducted from the Net Assets Value.This is more of a notional adjustment. Market value of such assets could be based on thereport of a technical valuer or on the estimates of the Management. Care should betaken if the title of the assets is not clear or the possession of the property underconsideration is not with the owner. Contingent AssetsIf the company has made escalation claims, insurance claims or other similar claims,then the possibility of their recovery should be carefully made on a fair basis, particularlyhaving regard to the time frame in which they are likely to be recovered. The likely costto be incurred for realizing the amount needs to be adjusted. Qualifications & Notes to AccountsQualifications in the Auditors Report and Notes to Accounts should also be given dueconsideration. If it calls for any adjustment, the same should be carried out whilearriving at the Net Assets Value. E.g. diminution in the value of long term investmentsnot provided for, provision for gratuity and leave encashment not made, provision fordoubtful debts not made, etc. ESOPS, Warrants and Convertible instrumentsWhere the Company has issued warrants/ ESOPS or any other convertible instrumentswhich are likely to be exercised, appropriate adjustment needs to be made for theamount receivable on the exercise of such options and resultant increase in share capitalbase. II. NET REALISABLE VALUE METHODThis method is generally used in case of liquidation. Where the business of the companyis being liquidated, its assets have to be valued as if they were individually sold and noton a going concern basis. Liabilities are deducted from the liquidation value of the assetsto determine the liquidation value of the business. One should also consider liabilitieswhich will arise on closure such as retrenchment compensation, termination of criticalcontracts, etc. Regard should also be made to the tax consequences of liquidation. Anydistribution to the shareholders of the company on its liquidation, to the extent ofaccumulated profits of the company is regarded as deemed dividend. DividendDistribution tax will have to be captured for such valuation. III. REMAINDER REPLACEMENT VALUE METHODReplacement value is different from Net Assets Value as it uses the replacement value ofassets, which is usually higher than the book valuation. The term replacement costrefers to the amount that a company would have to pay, at the present time, to replaceany one of its existing assets. Net replacement value of the assets indicates the value ofan asset similar to the original whose life is equal to the residual life of the existingasset. Replacement value includes not only the cost of acquiring or replicating theassets, but also all the relevant costs associated with replacement.Liabilities are deducted from the replacement value of the assets to determine the netreplacement value of the business.
Asset Based Method may not be relevant in case of companies operating in an industrywhere human knowledge and creativity are more relevant as compared to physicalassets in value creation. In such cases, the Earnings Based Methods may be adopted.Net Assets Method may sometimes be used as a backup to support the value arrived atas per other methods. B. EARNINGS BASED METHOD:Earnings based methods are generally regarded as more appropriate in case of valuationfor going concern. This approach values a business by capitalizing its earnings. Some ofthe earnings based methods are discussed in the ensuing paragraphs. I. PROFIT EARNING CAPITALISATION VALUE METHOD (PECV) i. Capitalization of future maintainable earnings is carried out under this approach. Here it is important to work out future maintainable profit. For this purpose past profitability generally gives the indication. However, if past profit is not indicative then, future profitability may be estimated after taking into account present value of future expected profits. ii. Situations Where PECV Method May Be AdoptedThe PECV method of Valuation is relevant for valuing the following business enterprisesas a going concern: Companies with a proven track record Companies operating in well established industrial segments where information as to average price to earnings multiple (P/E Multiple) is readily available. iii. Most business organisations have a lead-time of a few years before they start generating profits. During this period the PECV method of Valuation may not be applicable and one would have to adopt a non–traditional method such as the Discounted Cash Flow Method, which takes into account the future profitability of a business enterprise as also time value of money. iv. MethodologyThe value as per Profit Earning Capitalisation Value Method is arrived at as follows: Valuation as per PECV involves determination of the future maintainable earnings on a post tax basis on the basis of its normal operations. These earnings are then capitalised at an appropriate rate to arrive at the Equity Value. PECV value can also be arrived at by applying the Price Earning Multiple to the net of tax future maintainable earnings. PECV = Future Maintainable Profits After Tax/Capitalisation RateOr
PECV = Future Maintainable Profits After Tax* PE Multiple. v. Future Maintainable Profit Determination of future maintainable profits is a complicated task as it involves not only objective consideration of the available financial information but, subjective evaluation of many other factors such as general economic conditions, Government policies, for example, the valuer may have to take a view on exchange rate, change in custom duty or income tax rates or changes expected in subsidy given by the Government. The valuer has to give due consideration to these factors according to his reading of the situation in each individual case. In a company with a steady growth, past earnings will give indication of the future profitability and, therefore, average of the past three to five years‘ earnings is taken as a future maintainable profit. Before selecting the number of years for averaging, valuer has to look at the business cycle, changes in business in those years or change in the scale of business. If the business is a cyclical business, care should be taken to consider at least all the years representing a single cycle. It is logical to give higher weightage to the performance of recent years as compared to earlier years simply due to the fact that recent year‘s performance is more relevant. It is also not unusual to ignore performance of the year which is not comparable (E.g. Performance of Airline Companies for the year in which 9/11 incident happened). For instance, in case of a company whose business is dependent upon good rainfall, if in the latest year, the performance was affected due to draught, the valuer may consider giving equal weightage to the profits of the three years instead of giving higher weightage to the recent year. vi. Adjustments to PECVThe important considerations at this stage are how far the past profits are reflective ofthe future maintainable profits. Past profits need to be adjusted for all non–recurringitems and non–operating expenses/incomes. Following are some of the adjustments: Elimination of material non-recurring items such as losses of exceptional nature, profit or loss of any isolated transaction not being part of the business of the enterprise, damages and costs in legal actions, etc. Elimination of any abnormal or exceptional capital profit or loss or receipt or expense Elimination of profits or losses from sale of investments which are not expected to recur in the future. Adjustment for any interest, remuneration, commission, etc. foregone by Directors or others.
Adjustment for any matters suggested by notes appended to the accounts or by qualifications in the Auditor‘s report. Adjustment on account of Voluntary Retirement Scheme operated by the Company also considering the impact on personnel cost going forward. Adjustment for any specific cost savings initiative taken up by the Company which were not reflected in the past profits. If the value of Investments is added to the value arrived at under PECV method, any income received on such investments such as Dividends or Interest need to be eliminated while working out the main tenable profits otherwise it will amount to duplication. Adjustment for discontinuance of a Business activity or an undertaking. Adjustment for new Business activity which was not operative in all or any of the years considered in determination of Maintainable profits. Adjustments for any inconsistencies in the accounting policies and their compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. For example, in the case of depreciation it should be ensured that the provision in each year is adequate and is calculated consistently both as to the basis and the rates. Similarly, in the case of stocks it should be ensured that the basis of valuation is consistent from year to year and is in accordance with the accepted accounting principles. vii. Appropriate Tax RateAfter arriving at the maintainable profit before tax, appropriate tax rate has to beapplied to arrive at profit after tax. In arriving at the tax rate, currently applicable ratewith the benefit on account of various reliefs and concessions available have to beconsidered. Certain tax reliefs which are going to be expired in near future, adjustmentin tax rate may not be an appropriate way of dealing with it. In such situations, full taxrate is applied to the maintainable PBT and the present value of future benefit for theavailable years is added to the value. Further adjustment for the additional tax benefitfor certain expenditure on research needs to be captured for the eligible companies. Forexample, Expenditure on scientific research under section 35. viii. Capitalisation FactorThe next important factor is the rate at which adjusted maintainable profit after tax is tobe capitalised. The capitalization rate or the P/E Multiple shall be reflective of the valuethat the business commands as on the date of valuation. The determination of this rateis influenced by the following factors: Prevailing rate of return on safe investment, say Government Securities Financial position of the company
Past Track record Prevailing Price Earning ratio in the market for companies in the same line of business and of similar size and profit performance as the company one is valuing. Risk factors associated with the company and the industry Size and standing of the business Stability of profits in the industry and of the company Capability / Reliability of Management. Regulatory policies relating to the industry ix. Determination of Business ValueBusiness value is derived by multiplying the inverse of the capitalization factor popularlycalled the P/E Multiple by the maintainable profits derived. The business value for equityshareholders is derived by further adjustments for preference shareholder‘s claim,contingent liabilities and surplus assets. Surplus Assets are those assets, which do notcontribute towards the earnings activity of a business whether directly or indirectly. Themarket value of these assets built up by an enterprise over years is added to thebusiness value to give enterprise value. Further other adjustments as detailed in NetAssets Method and special considerations such as Controlling Interest, IlliquidityDiscount, etc. need to be addressed depending on the facts and circumstances of thecase.Earnings Based Method serves as an important benchmark value for most valuationexercises and is generally considered in conjunction with other methods to arrive at thebusiness value. II. DISCOUNTED CASH FLOW METHOD (DCF) i. DCF method proceeds on the assumption that ―Cash is King‖. The traditional earnings related methods do not take into account the capital gearing of the enterprise, resources blocked in the Working Capital, requirements for capital expenditure, periodic tax benefits, etc. ii. The DCF method values the business by discounting its free cash flows for the explicit forecast period and the perpetuity value thereafter. The free cash flows represent the cash available for distribution to both the owners and the creditors of the business. iii. Estimation of Cash FlowsAs stated earlier, DCF valuation is arrived by taking the present value of expected futurecash flows. Thus it is very important to consider the reasonable projections which theenterprise can achieve. It is a known fact that nobody can predict what the future willbe. Thus while preparing projections instead of being optimistic or pessimistic one has tobe realistic. Each activity of the company needs to be identified and revenueassumptions need to be made for each activity. An appropriate Growth rate has to beapplied to this considering the past trend of the enterprise, present and expectedcapacity utilisation of the enterprise, expected trend in the industry, etc. Various costand expenditure needs to be bifurcated into variable cost and fixed cost. The variable
cost should be related to the revenue assumptions/activity of the company whereasfixed costs will be mainly time cost. An appropriate Growth rate has to be applied tothe projections considering the past trend of the enterprise, present and expectedcapacity utilisation of the enterprise, expected trend of the industry, etc. In real life,projections are generally made by the Management and are provided to the valuer whoin turn ensures that they are reasonable. Care needs to be taken to adhere to theregulations of the ICAI, which prohibits its members in practice to associate his/ hisfirm‘s name in a manner which may lead to the belief that he vouches for the accuracyof the projections. iv. Approaches to DCFThere are two broad approaches for valuation as per DCF Method. The ‗equity approach‘and the second is the ‗firm approach‘. Equity Valuation : Under this approach, the value for equity holders is obtained by discounting expected cash flows available for the equity holders. Cash flows to equity holders is arrived by reducing from gross operational cash flows, tax payments, amount blocked in working capital, capital expenditure, interest payment, principal repayment for loans, non- cash expenditure (depreciation), etc. The net cash flows so arrived is discounted by the cost of equity. Firm Valuation : Under this approach the value of the firm is obtained by discounting the expected cash flows to the firm. Cash flows to firm are arrived by reducing from gross operational cash flows, tax payments, amount blocked in working capital, capital expenditure, non-cash expenditure (depreciation), etc. The net cash flows so arrived is discounted by the weighted average cost of capital. In this approach, the gross value of the enterprise is arrived and from this value, amount of loan as on the valuation date is reduced to arrive at the value for equity holders.Between the above two, its most common to use Firm Valuation approach to DCF. v. Estimation of Discount RatesThe discount rate is the most critical item of DCF valuation. The Cash Flow so arrived willhave to be discounted by an appropriate Rate. The discount rate is arrived bydetermining the cost of each provider of capital and taking the weighted average of that.The discount rate so arrived is termed as Weighted Average cost of Capital (WACC). TheWACC reflects the business as well as financial risk of the enterprise.Each component of WACC is discussed in detail in the following paragraphs. Cost of Equity : The cost of equity can be derived either by the risk and return approach or by dividend expectation approach. What is being measured in DCF valuation is the present value of total cash flows available to equity holders and not the dividend pay out by the enterprise. Considering this, generally the risk return approach is used to work out the cost of equity.Under this approach, the cost of equity is defined as under :Cost of equity = Risk Free Return + [Beta * Equity Risk Premium]
Where,Risk Free Return : is the return expected by an investor where default risk is zero.(long term Government Securities).Beta: It is the sensitivity of a particular stock vis a vis Market or Index. Arithmetically,beta can be calculated as follows Covariance (X,Y)Beta = ---------------------- Variance (X)Equity Risk Premium is the expectation of the investor over and above the risk freereturn.Equity Risk Premium = return generated by the market - risk free return Cost of DebtCost of Debt is the long-term cost of debt of an enterprise. Interest on the debt is a tax-deductible item. Thus any enterprise would like to leverage on that and borrow funds tomeet its requirements. While arriving at Cost of Debt, one has to take the tax benefitavailable on interest and take cost of debt net of tax. Cost of Preference SharesCost of preference shares is the dividend rate of the preference share along with theapplicable dividend distribution tax. Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)The Weighted Average Cost of Capital is the weighted average of the costs of thedifferent components of financing used by an enterprise. Arithmetically, WACC iscalculated as follows:WACC= [(Cost of Equity*Weight) + (Cost of Debt*Weight) + (Cost ofPreference Shares*Weight)]/[Weight of Equity + Weight of Debt + Weight ofPreference Shares]To arrive at the weights of the different components of financing used by the enterprise,one has to consider the sustainable financing pattern of the enterprise and also of theindustry in which it operates. vi. Calculation of Terminal ValueDiscounted Cash Flow Valuation is calculated in two parts, i.e. present value of cashflows for explicit period (i.e., the period for which projections are made) and presentvalue of terminal value. To work out the terminal value cash flows, explicit period‘s lastyear‘s gross cash flow is taken as base and an appropriate growth rate is applied to that.
While determining the growth rate for terminal value, one has to consider the length ofthe explicit period cash flow, long-term growth rate of the industry, etc.From the gross cash flow, adjustment will have to be made for capital expenditure,incremental working capital requirement, tax liabilty, etc. to arrive at net cash flow forterminal value.The cash flow so arrived has to be capitalised by applying following formula to arrive atGross Terminal Value Net cash flow for terminal valueGross Terminal Value = ------------------------------------ (WACC – Growth Rate for Terminal Value)Discount rate of last year of explicit period has to be applied to arrive at present value ofterminal value.Present value of terminal value = Gross terminal value * Discount factor for lastyear of explicit period vii. Calculation of Value for Equity HoldersPresent value of cash flow for explicit period and present value of terminal value isadded to arrive at the Enterprise Value of the business.This value is for all the providers of the capital.To arrive at the value for equity holders under firm approach of valuation followingadjustments needs to be made:Value for equity holders = Present Value of Cash Flows for explicit period +Present value of Terminal Value –balance of loan as on valuation date –Preference shareholders claim – Contingent liabilities + Surplus cash notconsidered for working capital requirement + Realisable value of surplus assetsetc. III. EBITDA MULTIPLE METHOD i. EBITDA multiple is one of the enterprise value multiples. This method is also called the ―price-to-EBIDTA multiple‖, or ―the enterprise multiple‖ .The EBITDA multiple is the ratio of the value of capital employed (enterprise value) to EBITDA. ii. Enterprise multiple is calculated as:
Enterprise Value EV/ EBITDA Multiple ------------------- = EBITDA = Market Value of Equity + Market Value of Debt Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortisation iii. EBITDA multiple eliminates sometimes significant differences in depreciation methods. It is very frequently used by financial analysts for companies in capital-intensive industries. iv. The enterprise multiple looks at a firm as a potential acquirer would, because it takes debt into account - an item which other multiples like the P/E ratio do not include. v. Situations where EBITDA Multiple Method May Be AdoptedThe enterprise multiple is used for several reasons: It‘s useful for transnational comparisons because it ignores the distorting effects of individual countries‘ taxation policies. It‘s useful in companies reporting losses but whose earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation is positive. It‘s useful in case of firms in certain industries, such as cable, which require a substantial investment in infrastructure and long gestation periods, this multiple seems to be more appropriate than the price/earnings ratio. It‘s used to find attractive takeover candidates. vi. But one should note that enterprise multiples can vary depending on the industry. Therefore, it‘s important to compare the multiple with other companies in the same industry or with the industry in general. IV. SALES MULTIPLE METHODA sales multiple is commonly used business valuation method and used as benchmarkused in valuing a business. The Sales multiple is the ratio of the value of capitalemployed (enterprise value) to Sales. This method is generally used as a cross check forthe values arrived under other methods. Sales multiples can vary depending on theindustry. Therefore, it‘s important to compare the multiple with other companies in thesame industry or with the industry in general.This method is easy to understand and use. C. MARKET BASED APPROACH
I. MARKET PRICE METHOD i. The Market Price Method evaluates the value on the basis of prices quoted on the stock exchange. Average of quoted price is considered as indicative of the value perception of the company by investors operating under free market conditions. To avoid chances of speculative pressures, it is suggested to adopt the average quotations of sufficiently longer period. The valuer will have to consider the effect of issue of bonus shares or rights shares during the period chosen for average. ii. Market Price Method is not relevant in the following cases: Valuation of a division of a company Where the share are not listed or are thinly traded In the case of a merger, where the shares of one of the companies under consideration are not listed on any stock exchange In case of companies, where there is an intention to liquidate it and to realise the assets and distribute the net proceeds. iii. In case of significant and unusual fluctuations in market price the market price may not be indicative of the true value of the share. At times, the valuer may also want to ignore this value, if according to the valuer, the market price is not a fair reflection of the company‘s underlying assets or profitability status. The Market Price Method may also be used as a back up for supporting the value arrived at by using the other methods. iv. It is important to note that Regulatory bodies have often considered market value as one of the very important basis — Preferential allotment, Buyback, Open offer price calculation under the Takeover Code. v. In earlier days due to non-availability of data, while calculating the value under the market price method, high and low of monthly share prices where considered. Now with the support of technology, detailed data is available for stock prices. It is now a usual practice to consider weighted average market price considering volume and value of each transaction reported at the stock exchange. vi. If the period for which prices are considered also has impact on account of Bonus shares, Rights Issue, etc., the valuer needs to adjust the market prices for such corporate events. II. MARKET COMPARABLESThis method is generally, applied in case of unlisted entities. This method estimatesvalue by relating the same to underlying elements of similar companies for past years. Itis based on market multiples of ‗comparable companies‘. For example Earnings/Revenue Multiples (Valuation of Pharmaceutical Brands) Book Value Multiples (Valuation of Financial Institution or Banks) Industry Specific Multiples (Valuation of cement companies based on Production capacities)
Multiples from Recent M&A Transactions.Though this method is easy to understand and quick to compute, it may not capture theintrinsic value and may give a distorted picture in case of short term volatility in themarkets. There may often be difficulty in identifying the comparable companies. 6. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONSA situation may arise in the process of valuation of the shares or business, which maycall for special considerations to be given to certain important factors. Few indicativesituations have been discussed in the ensuing paragraphs.6.1 Controlling InterestWhen a parcel of shares carrying controlling interest in a company is to be valued,special consideration has to be given to this factor. This special consideration flows fromthe fact that the purchaser of such a parcel of shares does not acquire only the shares ofthe company but also control of that company which in itself is a valuable right. He has,therefore, to pay for this control also.The valuer will have to study these aspects carefully and give due consideration to put amonetary value to controlling interest.6.2 Restrictions on Transfer of SharesRestrictions on transfer of shares generally have a depressing effect on their fair valueinasmuch as the ready market for sale is restricted.In such cases, it would be appropriate to discount the value arrived in order to providefor the illiquidity of the shares.6.3 Due Diligence Review AdjustmentThe outcome of the financial and accounting due diligence directly influences the value ofacquisition. The findings of the DDR may call for adjustments to be considered in arrivingat the value of the business of the target company. 7. FAIR VALUE7.1 As stated earlier, valuation is not an exact science. It is not a simple arithmeticexercise to arrive at the value based on a well defined model. In the final analysis,valuation is guided by the exercise of judicious discretion and judgement taking intoaccount all the relevant factors. In addition to the various quantitative data/informationconsidered in the relevant model of valuation, there are many qualitative factors such asquality and integrity of the management, present and prospective competition, yield oncomparable securities, market sentiments, etc. which have a significant influence on theworth of a share.7.2 In the case of, Viscount Simon Bd in Gold Coast Selection Trust Ltd. vs. Humphreyreported in 30 TC 209 (House of Lords) and quoted with approval by the Supreme Courtof India in the case reported in 176 ITR 417 as under:—“If the asset takes the form of fully paid shares, the valuation will take into account notonly the terms of the agreement but a number of other factors, such as prospectiveyield, marketability, the general outlook for the type of business of the company whichhas allotted the shares, the result of a contemporary prospectus offering similar shares
for subscription, the capital position of the company, so forth. There may also be anelement of value in the fact that the holding of the shares gives control of the company.If the asset is difficult to value, but is nonetheless of a money value, the best valuationpossible must be made. Valuation is an art, not an exact science. Mathematical certaintyis not demanded, nor indeed is it possible.‖7.3 In practice, as mentioned earlier, the valuer would take one and/or some of theabove methods or may be some additional method to arrive at a Fair value of thebusiness, giving adequate consideration to the earnings capacity, the asset base, marketprice and future earnings capacity of the concern. Many a times combination of differentmethods is used to arrive at the Fair value of the enterprise. It is a usual practice toapply weightages to values arrived under different methods. 8. FORM OF VALUATION REPORT Valuation reports could be — (a) Summarized Valuation Reports and (b) Detailed Valuation Report Following matters should be covered in the Valuation Report:— Background Information— Purpose of Valuation and Appointing Authority— Identity of the Valuer and any other experts involved in the valuation— Disclosure of Valuer Interest/Conflict, if any— Date of Appointment, Valuation Date and Date of Report— Sources of Information— Procedures adopted in carrying out the Valuation— Valuation Methodology— Major Factors influencing the Valuation— Conclusion— Caveats, Limitations and Disclaimers 9. RELEVANT CASE LAWS9.1 Combination of three well-known methods — asset value, yield value and marketvalue accepted. Hindustan Lever Employees’ Union vs. Hindustan Lever Limited(1995) 83 Com. Cases 30 AIR 1995 SC 470.9.2 ―Valuation is a technical and complex problem which can be appropriately left to theconsiderations of experts in the field of accountancy. Exchange Ratio shall not bedisturbed by Courts unless objected and found grossly unfair‖ Miheer H. Mafatlal vs.Mafatlal Industries (1996) 87 Com Cases 792 and Dinesh vs. Lakhani vs. Parke-Davis (India) Ltd.. (2003) 47 SCL 80 (Bom)9.3 In case of mergers, valuation date can be different from appointed date. SumitraPharmaceuticals and Chemicals Limited, In Re. (1997) 88 Com Cases 619 (AP)9.4 Brands of a company are part of goodwill, cannot be separately valued. BrookeBond Lipton India Limited (1998) 15 SCL 81 (Cal)
9.5 The Supreme Court has held in the case of CWT vs. Mahadeo Jalan  (86ITR 621) has held that valuation on net assets or break up basis should be consideredonly when the company is ripe for winding up.9.6 In the case of Commissioner of Gift Tax vs. Smt. Kusumben D. Mahadevia 122 ITR 038, Supreme Court has held that where the shares in a public limitedcompany are not quoted on the stock exchange or the shares are in a private limitedcompany, the proper method of valuation would be the profit earnings capacity method.9.7 In the case of Chintan Textiles Pvt. Ltd. & Others vs. Varuna InvestmentsLimited  (106 Com. Cases 410), the Bombay High Court has accepted thevaluation on basis of fair value of the shares which has been determined by merging thevalues under different methods, namely, the net assets method, the earningcapitalisation method and the market price method.