Valuation: Avoiding the Winner's Curse

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In Valuation: Avoiding the Winner's Curse, authors Kenneth R. Ferris and Barbara S. Pecherot Petitt will help you master both the science and the art of M&A valuation. Concise, realistic, and easy to use, it brings together the field's best "rules of thumb," compares every leading traditional and alternative approach, presents examples and case studies from many industries, and offers practical solutions for today's key accounting, reporting, and tax-related challenges.

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KENNETH R. FERRIS is Distinguished Professor of World Business at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. The author/co-author of ten books, he has served on the faculties of Ohio State University, Northwestern, SMU, and numerous institutions of higher learning throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has served as director of five corporations, including three listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He currently serves as mergers and acquisitions consultant to small businesses in the southwest US.

BARBARA S. PÉCHEROT PETITT is Assistant Professor of Finance at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. She specializes in corporate finance, valuation, mergers, and acquisitions. Prior to joining Thunderbird, she spent two years with Financial Services Management Development Limited as a consultant, and worked for several banks and companies in London and abroad. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Grenoble, France.

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Preface

Valuation is the essence of ^nance. It asks the question, "What is the 'fair' price to pay for an asset that has a set of uncertain future cash _ows?" In the past, the answer to this question was provided by time-tested methods. In recent years, however, new approaches have emerged as practitioners have sought improved ways to assess value. New approaches have also evolved in response to the development of the "new economy" and the many e-commerce companies that were privatized without a history of either earnings or cash _ows.

With the backdrop of a rapidly changing valuation environment, this book presents a practitioner-oriented view of the fundamentals of ^rm valuation. The focus is on valuation for acquisition purposes. In large measure, an acquisition is viewed herein as equivalent to the purchase of any productive asset, namely, as a capital budgeting exercise. Furthermore, valuation is considered to be an art, not a science. Consequently, the reader will ^nd that there are many "rules of thumb" but few inviolable principles to guide them.

The metrics used for valuing companies are not well de^ned, varying often according to the objectives of the valuation and often with the companies themselves. Consequently, executives and equity analysts face many choices and dilemmas as they try to assess value. Throughout this book, practical solutions are suggested for dealing with these dilemmas and for helping the reader make informed choices. The methods discussed are principally for use in non^nancial companies; the topic of valuing ^nancial companies is beyond the scope of this book.

To use this book effectively, the reader will need an understanding of the fundamentals of accounting and ^nance. Furthermore, a background in spreadsheet software, such as EXCEL, is also bene^cial.

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