Valuation of Shares

Need for Valuation of Shares:

In most cases, shares are quoted on the stock exchange; and for ordinary transactions in shares or debentures or Government securities, the price prevailing on the stock exchange may be taken as the proper value.

The stock exchange price does not hold good for very large lots. And not all shares are quoted on the stock exchange. Shares of private companies in any case will not be quoted. If, therefore, shares of such a company have to change hands, the value of such shares will have to be ascertained.

In addition, in the following circumstances, need arises for valuation of shares of a company:

(a) For formulating an amalgamation scheme.

(b) For purchase or sale of controlling shares (stock exchange quotations are valid only for regular lots).

(c) For the valuation of the assets of a finance or an investment trust company.

(d) For security purposes, e.g., where loans are raised on the security of shares of a company.

(e) Where a company is reconstructed under section 494 of the Act and there are dissentient shareholders.

(f) Where a company acquires the shares in a company under section 395—that is when 9/10ths of shareholders in a company agree to transfer shares to another company and the transferee company decides to acquire the shares of dissentient shareholders also.

The factors that affect the value of shares of a company are similar to those that affect the value of goodwill of the company. In fact, valuation of goodwill and valuation of shares are inter-related.

The normal rate of return, though determined largely in the same way as in case of goodwill, has to be viewed in the light of some other factors also which are mentioned below:

(i) Restrictions on transfer of shares: the normal rate of return will be increased, say, by ½%.

(ii) Disabilities attaching to the share will also cause the normal rate of return to go up — for instance, if the share is partly paid, the investors will expect a high yield from it (say, by ½% higher) than in case of fully paid shares.

(iii) Dividend performance: investors are satisfied with a comparatively low yield in case the company declares a uniform dividend from year to year and does not make a default. The normal rate of returns higher when the dividends have been fluctuating.

(iv) Financial prudence is also a factor. A company which distributes only a part of profits will attract investors without having to offer high yield.

(v) Net asset backing is important from the point of view of safety. If tangible assets per share, after deduction of all liabilities, are twice or thrice the paid up value of the share, investors will be satisfied with a lower rate of return than if the net tangible assets are only a little more than the paid up capital.

Net Asset Method:

This is also known as Balance Sheet Method or Intrinsic Method or Break-up Value Method or Valuation of Equity basis or Asset Backing Method. Here the emphasis is on the safety of investment as the investors always need safety for their investments. Under this method, net assets of the company are divided by the number of shares to arrive at the net asset value of each share.

The following points may be borne in mind:

(1) The value of goodwill will be ascertained.

(2) Fixed assets of the company, disclosed or undisclosed in Balance Sheet, are taken at their realisable values.

(3) Floating assets are to be taken at market value.

(4) Remember to exclude fictitious assets, such as Preliminary Expenses, Accumulated Losses etc.

(5) Provision for depreciation, bad debts provision etc. must be considered.

(6) Find out the external liabilities of the company payable to outsiders including contingent liabilities.

Thus the value of net asset is:

Total of realisable value of assets – Total of external liabilities = Net Assets (Intrinsic value of asset)

Total Value of Equity shares = Net Assets – Preference share capital

Value of one Equity share = Net Assets – Preference share capital/Number of Equity shares

#2 Yield Method:

Under the Net Asset Method, the weightage is given on the safety of the investment. One, who invests money on shares, always needs safety. Even if the return is low, safety is always looked upon. At the same time under the yield method, the emphasis goes to the yield that an investor expects from his investment. The yield, here we mean, is the possible return that an investor gets out of his holdings—dividend, bonus shares, right issue. If the return is more, the price of the share is also more. Under this method the valuation of shares is obtained by comparing the expected rate of return with normal rate of return. For instance, if paid up value of a share is

Rs. 10 and expected rate of return is 9% while normal rate of return is 6%, then the value of shares will be Rs. 15.

Formula for this:

Value of Right Shares:

According to Sec. 81 of the Company Act, 1956, a company, if it so desires, can increase its share capital by issuing new shares. In that case, the existing shareholders must be given the priority of purchasing those shares according to their paid-up value. Since the existing shareholders have got such right to purchase the newly issued shares, they are called Right Shares.

In order to make a proper valuation of right relating to Right Shares, the market value of the old holdings and the total issue price of the new holdings must be added and the same must be divided by the total number of new and old holdings. Value of right will be the difference between the result that is obtained and market value of shares.


Value of Right = Number of Right Shares/Total Holdings (i.e. holdings = Old + New) x (Market Value – Issue Price)

#3 Earning Capacity:

When someone is interested to have majority of shares of a company in order to have controlling interest in it, he makes use of earning capacity method for the purpose of valuation of shares.

He is interested to know the disposable profits of the company. The profit is found out by deducting reserves and taxes from the net profit of the company.

Thus profits earned by the company are compared with the amount of capital employed in the business and rate of earning is found out in the following manner:

Profit earned/Capital Employed x 100 = Rate of earning

Fair Value Method:

There are some accountants who do not prefer to use Intrinsic Value or Yield Value for ascertaining the correct value of shares. They however, prescribe the Fair Value Method which is the mean of Intrinsic value and Yield Value method and the same provides a better indication about the value of shares than the other methods.

Fair Value = (Intrinsic Value + Yield Value)/2

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