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In theory, valuation is a relatively simple process of discounting a firm's expected cash flows by investors' required rates of return. In practice, valuation is highly complex because there are numerous valuation models and techniques. So, how can financial professionals and consulting firms effectively value companies? They must choose the valuation models and techniques that are best suited for the situation at hand.

Given the extreme volatility of today's markets and the continuing economic uncertainty, valuation is a critical issue for analysts, investors, and businesses. That's why you need The Valuation Handbook. Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, this reliable resource touches upon the essential aspects of this field, including the valuation of public companies, private companies, illiquid companies, start-ups, and business units. It also covers the specific tools and techniques needed to excel at this endeavor, rather than focusing on the underlying theories associated with the valuation process. The information found here applies equally to investment firms where security analysts pick stocks and managers combine those stocks into diversified portfolios, as well as corporations where management seeks to create shareholder wealth in a highly competitive economy.

Written with the serious financial professional in mind, this book details a variety of important issues you must become familiar with, including:

  • Valuation, valued-based management, governance, and drivers

  • Residual income

  • Cash return and net cash flow valuation methods

  • Specialized valuations and liquidity

  • And much more

The Valuation Handbook differs significantly from other sources of information on this subject because the contributors to this guide are practitioners representing consulting and investment firms, plus academics—all who explain how they value companies and other assets. Along the way, these leading practitioners and academics provide a unique perspective on how to value both publicly traded and privately held companies.

In these times of enormous economic stress, the financial profession needs to rethink many of its assumptions and processes involving the core topic of valuation. The Valuation Handbook will help you achieve this goal and put you in a better position to make more informed valuation decisions.

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"Given the large and increasing supply of books available about valuing investments and businesses, I was initially skeptical of a market need for The Valuation Handbook. However, during my reading of the book's chapters, I encountered numerous useful and unique perspectives for both students and teachers of business valuation. The Valuation Handbook offers readers an interesting overview of different issues confronted by the professional (or amateur) valuation practitioner."—Daniel A. Rogers, Associate Professor of Finance, Portland State University

"Anybody who teaches or practices valuation should definitely consider this handbook because it includes a wide range of approaches to company and stock valuation including interesting new models as well as new insights related to widely accepted models."—Frank K. Reilly, Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

"There is an old phrase about knowing the price of everything, and the value of nothing. That phrase unfortunately encompassed the global investment markets leading to 2008. If ever there was a time for improving techniques and perspectives on valuation, it is now, and this book delivers."—Michael Falk, CFA, VP and Chief Investment Officer, ProManage, LLC

"This is a great, insightful book for the newly minded analyst to veterans in the trenches. It broaches some new areas that have not been discussed within our industry."—Mitch Abeyta, Managing Director, Capital IQ–Compustat


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Rawley Thomas is President of LifeCycle Returns, Inc. (LCRT) in St. Charles, Illinois. He served as Assistant Treasurer of SuperValu Stores, joined Callard, Madden in 1981, co-founded HOLT Planning in 1985, and directed Value Management research for The Boston Consulting Group for eleven years. Credit Suisse First Boston acquired the successor to HOLT Planning, HOLT Value, in early 2002. Thomas was VP Practitioner Services for the Financial Management Association International (FMA) and is Chairman of the FMA Practitioner Research Committee. Currently, he serves on the Northern Illinois Accountancy Board and the Education Group of the Investment Analyst Society of Chicago. Thomas can be reached at Rawley@LCRT.com. LifeCycle Returns supports investment funds, consulting firms and investment banks with process consulting and licensed platforms to create world-class capabilities in their use of Value Management principles.

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