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Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of any Asset, University Edition, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-13073-5
992 pages
April 2012, ©2012
Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of any Asset, University Edition, 3rd Edition (1118130731) cover image
The definitive source of information on all topics related to investment valuation tools and techniques

Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is buy, sell or hold. But the pricing of many assets has become a more complex task in modern markets, especially after the recent financial crisis. In order to be successful at this endeavor, you must have a firm understanding of the proper valuation techniques. One valuation book stands out as withstanding the test of time among students of financial markets and investors, Aswath Damodaran'sInvestment Valuation.

Now completely revised and updated to reflect changing market conditions, this third edition comprehensively introduces students and investment professionals to the range of valuation models available and how to chose the right model for any given asset valuation scenario. This edition includes valuation techniques for a whole host of real options, start-up firms, unconventional assets, distressed companies and private equity, and real estate. All examples have been updated and new material has been added.

  • An expansion of ancillaries include updated online databases, spreadsheets, and other educational support tools
  • Fully revised to incorporate valuation lessons learned from the last five years, from the market crisis and emerging markets to new types of equity investments
  • Revised examples of company valuations such as companies from Eastern Europe and Africa, which stress the global nature of modern valuation
  • Author Aswath Damodaran is regarded as one of the best educators and thinkers on the topic of investment valuation

This indispensable guide is a must read for students wishing to gain a better understanding of investment valuation and its methods. With it, you can take the insights and advice of a recognized authority on the valuation process and immediately put them to work for you.

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CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Valuation 1

CHAPTER 2 Approaches to Valuation 11

CHAPTER 3 Understanding Financial Statements 27

CHAPTER 4 The Basics of Risk 58

CHAPTER 5 Option Pricing Theory and Models 87

CHAPTER 6 Market Efficiency—Definition, Tests, and Evidence 111

CHAPTER 7 Riskless Rates and Risk Premiums 154

CHAPTER 8 Estimating Risk Parameters and Costs of Financing 182

CHAPTER 9 Measuring Earnings 229

CHAPTER 10 From Earnings to Cash Flows 250

CHAPTER 11 Estimating Growth 271

CHAPTER 12 Closure in Valuation: Estimating Terminal Value 304

CHAPTER 13 Dividend Discount Models 323

CHAPTER 14 Free Cash Flow to Equity Discount Models 351

CHAPTER 15 Firm Valuation: Cost of Capital and Adjusted Present Value Approaches 380

CHAPTER 16 Estimating Equity Value per Share 423

CHAPTER 17 Fundamental Principles of Relative Valuation 453

CHAPTER 18 Earnings Multiples 468

CHAPTER 19 Book Value Multiples 511

CHAPTER 20 Revenue Multiples and Sector-Specific Multiples 542

CHAPTER 21 Valuing Financial Service Firms 581

CHAPTER 22 Valuing Firms with Negative or Abnormal Earnings 611

CHAPTER 23 Valuing Young or Start-Up Firms 643

CHAPTER 24 Valuing Private Firms 667

CHAPTER 25 Aquisitions and Takeovers 702

CHAPTER 26 Valuing Real Estate 739

CHAPTER 27 Valuing Other Assets 766

CHAPTER 28 The Option to Delay and Valuation Implications 781

CHAPTER 29 The Options to Expand and to Abandon: Valuation Implications 805

CHAPTER 30 Valuing Equity in Distressed Firms 826

CHAPTER 31 Value Enhancement: A Discounted Cash Flow Valuation Framework 841

CHAPTER 32 Value Enhancement: Economic Value Added, Cash Flow Return on Investment, and Other Tools 869

CHAPTER 33 Probabilistic Approaches in Valuation: Scenario Analysis, Decision Trees, and Simulations 894

CHAPTER 34 Overview and Conclusion 925

References 939

Index 954

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ASWATH DAMODARAN is Professor of Finance at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching, including the NYU university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, and was named one of the nation's top business school teachers by BusinessWeek in 1994. In addition, Damodaran teaches training courses in corporate finance and valuation at many leading investment banks. His publications include Damodaran on Valuation: Security Analysis for Investment and Corporate Finance; Investment Valuation; Corporate Finance; Investment Management; and Applied Corporate Finance, all published by Wiley, and The Dark Side of Valuation.

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