Share Valuation

Posted by: Syed Shah Post Date: 1st February 2018

People in business may be interested in knowing exactly what the basics of a stock valuation consist of. Let’s unpack this now. A stock valuation is something which investors require when they are looking at purchasing shares in a specific organisation. ‘Stock’ refers to the shares recorded on the stock market by an organisation, and how much those shares are worth. There are a couple of varying components which are utilised as a part of a stock valuation, however, usually, a registered valuation expert gets called upon to complete this activity.

Share Valuations

Within your business role, you will be responsible for a wide range of undertakings; performing a valuation may be one of these. If you own an ‘open organisation’, you will no doubt need to have a stock valuation carried out, as well. A stock valuation can be characterised as an estimation of what your organisation is worth and any stock that it has. Organisations who will experience this procedure the most are those which make arrangements with mergers and acquisitions. The purpose behind this is to enable you to consider (at the point of procurement or investment into another organisation) that organisation’s value: where its speculations are and the amount it will add to your general portfolio.

Share valuation

Share valuation is defined as the technique for calculating the estimated value of companies and their stock, with a specific end goal to foresee moves in the market and resulting share costs. The benefit to you is to help you to settle on better investment choices.

Stock classification

There are two fundamental classifications of stock: normal and preferred. ‘Normal stock’ is that which is held by your shareholders. This is one of the main places that valuers look. They must calculate the amount of your organisation that is claimed by other entities, and what the estimation of those shares are. If you are an organisation which is hoping to purchase another, you should look at the estimation of its regular stock. Organisations with poor (or worse) share costs ought to be avoided.
‘Preferred stocks’ are otherwise known as ‘value’ or ‘equity’. This refers to any organisation operation which yields cash. Where an organisation has a great deal of good value, it is likely to be an extremely profitable association and consist of a worthwhile venture. When requesting a valuation on another organisation, the preferred stocks will undergo exacting investigation.

Stock valuations

At the point when stocks are valued, they are valued both for the measure of cash gain that they make the organisation and the measure of cash gain that they bring the shareholders. If they are income-generating stocks, they are considered ‘resources’. If not, they are ‘liabilities’. Where the liabilities exceed the advantages, the valuation will not demonstrate positive development, thereby implying a concern for the organisation in question.

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Valuation of ordinary shares

We will now consider four unique strategies which can be used to calculate the estimation of standard shares. The act of deciding the most fitting strategy will rely upon the quantity of shares changing hands, and the aim of the business.
When an organisation is unlisted, there is no distributed market price for shares. The value of the normal shares should, therefore, be calculated with other accessible data using formulae, appraisals and discernment. Accordingly, the qualities calculated may be subjective and, practically speaking, are subject to transaction before a final price is agreed.

MethodDescriptionWhen used
Dividend yield methodCalculates the share price based on the ordinary dividend paid and an adjusted dividend yield.Most appropriate when there is a minority shareholding (less than 40% of the ordinary share capital) changing hands.
Earnings methodCalculates the share price based on future maintainable earnings (FME) and an adjusted price earnings (PE) ratio.Most appropriate when more than 50% of the ordinary share capital is changing hands.
Net asset methodCalculates the share price value based on the net asset value on the statement of financial position.Most appropriate when the value of the company is derived from the assets, e.g. a property investment company. Also useful as a minimum benchmark.
Discounted cash flow methodCalculates the share price based on cash flows discounted at the purchaser’s cost of equity.Most appropriate when cash flows are crucial to the success of a business and can be reliably estimated.

1. Dividend yield method

The calculation is: Price of share = Ordinary dividend per share / Adjusted dividend yield
Unlisted organisations don’t have distributed dividend yields. We, therefore, take the dividend yield of a recorded organisation that is in a similar and then modify it. Keep in mind that a dividend yield is the yield (restore) that shareholders gain as profit.
We generally modify the dividend yield for the way that an unlisted standard share is less attractive than a recorded organisation share. We can likewise alter the dividend yield for different factors e.g. hazard, size and conceivable transferability confinements in the Articles of Association. The net impact of the alterations is that the adjusted dividend yield should be higher than the original dividend yield of the listed company.

2. Earnings method

The calculation is: Cost of share = Earnings per share (based on FME) x Adjusted price earnings ratio
Unlisted organisations do not have distributed value income (PE) proportions. Similarly to the dividend yield strategy, we must modify the PE proportion of a recorded organisation in a similar industry. Remember that a PE ratio is the number of times that the share price exceeds the earnings per share (EPS).
The income should also be investigated to check whether these are viable.

3. Net asset method

This is the easiest calculation as it is derived from the value of the net assets in the statement of financial position.
Net assets = Total assets – Total liabilities = Total equity and reserves
Price of share = Net assets / Number of ordinary shares in issue

4. Discounted cash flow method

This method requires an estimation of future money streams. The money streams utilised are those after obligatory back-instalments, but before dividends are paid. The money streams are normally assessed for a specific number of years, after which a terminal multiplier is connected to the last evaluated year. This relates to money streams which will be acquired in the future, which cannot be assessed with as much certainty.

All these cash flows are then discounted at a cost of equity. The cost of equity used is often that of the purchaser of the shares, calculated using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) formula.
CAPM = Risk free rate + Beta (Return on the market – risk-free rate)
Price of a share = Total discounted cash flows / Number of ordinary shares in issue

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