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One of the investment advisers contacted about 60 potential acquirers, which resulted in at least two credible offers to acquire the company.
During the trial, both parties presented valuation experts, each one of which providing an opinion of the fair value of a share of common equity of Dell as of the transaction date.
This is a recurring problem. The Dell decision highlights why two reputable experts may differ about an opinion of value. First, experts must deal with how value is defined by the courts.
In the Chancery Courts of Delaware, fair value is defined as: In determining such fair value, the Court shall take into account all relevant factors. The definition of value in a particular matter often leads the valuation expert to use certain specific assumptions and methodologies in performing the valuation.
As a result, the guideline public company method may include benefits from the proposed transaction which are contrary to the definition of fair value.
As such, the DCF often becomes the primary valuation method, but supported by multiples of similar, guideline companies. In Dell, however, the court relied solely upon the DCF method. The DCF has three basic components: The starting point of the discounted cash flow is typically forecasts prepared by management reflecting their expectation of the future.
Courts tend to prefer prospective financial information PFI prepared at the same time in the ordinary course of business so that any potential biases in the assumptions are likely mitigated. Next, the value contributed by cash flows after the first forecast period are often limited by using an assumption to reflect the overall growth in the economy in estimating these longer term returns.
The third component of the DCF is the selection of a discount rate to discount the cash flows to the present to reflect the relative risk of not achieving the forecasts. Academics continue to debate the assumptions which underlie the cost of capital. The cost of capital is typically used as a proxy for the discount rate in a DCF.
The assumptions used by valuation specialists in the DCF can cause a wide variation in conclusions. In the Dell case, the valuation experts assumed different weightings of debt and equity in estimating the appropriate capital structure of the company. Both experts also made different assumptions in the required return on equity, which were incorporated into their respective discount rate.
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The court, however, ignored certain assumptions used by both experts and computed its own discount rate. At the trial, both experts used the forecasts as a basis for their DCF.
What can we learn about valuation from this opinion? First, each situation is based on facts and circumstances.
Secondly, despite the company being presented to a host of potential acquirers, the eventual transaction price was determined to be not at fair value.
Finally, guideline companies and comparable transactions may also indicate fair value but also require detailed analysis to determine their reliability.
Zyla is Managing Director of Acuitas, an Atlanta-based valuation and litigation consultancy firm. He is the author of Fair Value Measurements: Practical Guidance and Implementation 2nd ed.Your involvement in peer review makes quality accounting, auditing and attestation services possible.
Dell Technologies, Inc.
develops, sells, repairs and supports computers and related products and services. The firm offers IT infrastructure services including hardware, software, cloud storage.
Jun 21, · Forum Report: Fair Investor Access (Dell Valuation Project) Organization of Dell Valuation Trust to Support Appraisal Rights. Reporting progress as promised last week,  the Dell Valuation Trust has been officially organized to support the interests of Dell shareholders who are considering appraisal rights.
How to Calculate the Net Asset Value. The Net Asset Value (NAV) is the calculation that determines the value of a share in a fund of multiple securities, such as a mutual fund, hedge fund, or exchange-traded fund (ETF). While stock prices. Dell's market cap is only $17bb, in spite of a fairly sizable free cash flow (NYSE:FCF) of $bb, and $62bb in sales.
Since , Dell started paying a dividend with a yield of % at current. On May 31, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery held that, for purposes of Delaware’s appraisal statute, the fair value of the common stock of Dell Inc.
at the time of its sale to a group including the Company’s founder Michael Dell was $ per share, almost a third higher than the $ deal price.