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Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, Fourth Edition Hardcover – June 8, 2005


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At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. And in today's economy—whether you're a seasoned manager or a budding business professional—it's essential to excel at measuring, managing, and maximizing shareholder and company value. Valuation, hailed by financial professionals worldwide as the single best guide of its kind, will show you how to do just that and much more.

Thoroughly revised and expanded to reflect business conditions in today's volatile global economy, Valuation, Fourth Edition continues the tradition of its bestselling predecessors by providing up-to-date insights and practical advice on how to create, manage, and measure the value of an organization. Along with all-new case studies that illustrate how valuation techniques and principles are applied in real-world situations, this comprehensive guide has been updated to reflect the events of the Internet bubble and its effect on stock markets, new developments in academic finance, changes in accounting rules (both U. S. and IFRS), and an enhanced global perspective.

Valuation, Fourth Edition is filled with expert guidance that managers at all levels, investors, and students have come to trust. It contains a solid framework for valuation:

  • Analyzing historical performance, including reorgan-izing a company's financial statements to reflect economic rather than accounting performance
  • Forecasting performance, with emphasis on not just the mechanics of forecasting but also how to think about a company's future economics
  • Estimating the cost of capital with practical tips that aren't found in textbooks
  • Interpreting the results of a valuation in light of a company's competitive situation
  • Linking a company's valuation multiples to the core drivers of its performance

Valuation, Fourth Edition remains true to its roots with an extensive discussion on the complexity of measuring corporate performance to assess historical financial results properly and to gain insight into a company's ability to create value in the future (its corporate "health"). A complementary chapter advises managers how to run companies to create long-term value, and a new chapter explores ways to improve communication with financial markets.

Valuation, Fourth Edition stands alone in this field with its reputation of quality and consistency. The author team of Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart, and David Wessels has taken the latest insights from their experiences working with global companies and created one of the most engaging and insightful guides to valuation. If you want to hone your valuation skills today and improve them for years to come, look no further than the Fourth Edition of Valuation.

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The #1 guide to corporate valuation is back . . . and better than ever!

"The best valuation book just got better. This edition's greater emphasis on what drives value and how to measure it will improve the way practitioners conduct financial analysis and, ultimately, make strategic decisions. It is required reading for all executives."
Professor Benjamin C. Esty, Harvard Business School author of Modern Project Finance: A Casebook

"The bible in its field. Anyone wanting to understand what drives corporate value should read this latest edition."
Dr. Raymund Breu, Chief Financial Officer, Novartis AG

"Valuation gets to the heart of how to measure and manage value in a company. Whether you are evaluating an acquisition, restructuring a corporation, or formulating strategy, this book will help you do it well."
John A. Manzoni, Chief Executive Refining and Marketing, BP plc

Praise for the First Edition

"A 'how-to' guide for corporate executives who want to get at the unrealized shareholder values trapped in public companies."
The New York Times

"The book's clarity and comprehensive coverage make it one of the best practitioners' guides to valuation."
Financial Times

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Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Finance (Book 294)
  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (June 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471702188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471702184
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Koller is a partner in McKinsey's New York office. Tim has served clients in North America and Europe on corporate strategy and issues concerning capital markets, M&A transactions, and value-based management. He leads the firm's research activities in valuation and capital markets issues. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Easy to read and has great examples as well.
Joel Hawkins
Definitely about as close as it comes in finding a valuation "bible".
B
I work in the M&A field and use the books goodies every day.
Andre Rafnsson

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HiFi on March 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I work for one of the largest banks in the US, and we use this book as a reference when we need to dig into the more arcane details of a project. If you do a lot of valuation work, this is a recommended text, but it is tome-like and a bit laborious to use, and I've found much of the advice it contains is rather ivory tower and not-so-practical in real world situations. If you are studying valuation theory, or do a lot of this work, particularly on publicly-held companies, you'll definitely want this textbook, though over time it might not be the one you reach for everyday. To accompany it, I would suggest also buying Horn's "Unlocking the Value of a Business" for everyday use, which is a more concise and user-friendly manual on privately-held company valuation, with a more lighthearted, less-academic tone, and Horn's credentials as an acquisitions dealmaker yield advice that is decidedly more practical.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By An investment book reader on July 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Have used the book for years and this may be the best update yet. The case studies alone are simply fascinating. The global nature make it invaluable for everyone in business anywhere. New discussions on return on capital and growth are must-read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Woolley on November 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My only complaint is that I did not buy this book earlier. I really found the content excellent and laid out in a helpful style, with plenty of illustrations so I could test my understanding of the words. Some of the more complex formulae (especially towards the end) lost me, but that was not a fault of the authors ~ more the reader. For any but the most experienced, this seems to be the best book on Valuation I have read, let alone bought and I have been in this market for over 30 years. Many of the concepts are well known, especially in the first part of the book ~ Fundamental principles ~ but even there, the wealth of detail and illustrations kept the text fresh and interesting. The second part was a excellent drive through the practical aspects of valuing a business and was followed, in the third group of chapters, by a review of Value Creation Principles. This is all good stuff and culminated in the last section with a number of more complex but practical examples and case studies. The only chapter I thought did not advance my knowledge & add value, was that on "Investor Communications"; not up to the standard of the rest of the book, was it written by an associate? Congratulations to Mr. Koller and his co-authors, they certainly offer value for money with this edition ~ its more than just a book on Valuation. Buying the Valuation Model case study CD adds value, but I found the links not atall easy, but a phone call solved the problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saladi Naidu on March 21, 2008
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It was suggested as reference book for my course. Once you start reading this book, you will get involved in concepts. Authors have used real world examples and very methodical in approaching the concepts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andre Rafnsson on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is it.....do not need additional book info on Valuations. Only practical experience can add to the respective work.

I work in the M&A field and use the books goodies every day.

Best Regards
André Rafnsson
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
People buy this book to evaluate companies and make investment decisions, don't they? If that's most of the readers' goal, this book is pretty much useless.

The calculation of net present value (NPV) of companies is purely a concept, which sounds great but impossible to accurately capture quantitatively using a formula.

The difficult is in evaluating stable future cash flow, not on how to calculate the NPV. The evaluation of future cash flow depends on the history of a company, and much more importantly, on the company's business model, the management team, etc. Neither of these are clearly emphasized or discussed in this book. For example, R&D generates future cash flow, but should all R&D be treated equal? More leverage of a wise management is a great thing, but when is leverage good or bad?

If you are into value investing, read Graham's The Intelligent Investor. If you are a pro, read Graham and Dodd's Security Analysis 10 times. Fisher's Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, albeit old, is also a much more useful reading than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ng Hon Ming on January 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a management consultant, this book bridges between management activities and financial performance.It makes sense of an organizations' day-to-day activities, from the investors'/organization owners' point of view.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Gundrum on May 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a great read in learning about all the various aspects that go into the valuation of a company. It does a great job of making you look at what makes a company tick and how it affects a valuation.

The base of the book is the DCF (Discounted Cash Flows) model. It describes many of the formulas used. I am not a math major or anything so many of them were over my head. The authors did a good job of describing the formulas but if you don't have a good solid foundation it will take a while to break down the formulas.

I did come across many areas in the book that justifies any kind of forecasting is mediocre at best. It's not an exact science and any kind of model is just that - a model of a perfect world. The world is not perfect but perhaps a DCF model is the closest you'll get to being real in a perfect storm.
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