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London, UK Investment Management, FinTech
15 years experience
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Groveland, FL, USA Investment Management
20 years experience
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Europe Strategy, M&A
7 years experience
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Prangins, Switzerland Strategy, M&A
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Düsseldorf, Germany Strategy, M&A
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Greater Lyon Area Strategy, Investment Management
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Our Equity Valuation Consultants are available to help clients estimate the value of their company’s equity stake using comparables and other financial and market metrics.

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What clients usually engage your Equity Valuation Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Equity Valuation talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Equity Valuation professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Equity Valuation talent and are able to provide clients with Equity Valuation professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Equity Valuation professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Equity Valuation consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Equity Valuation consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Equity Valuation talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Equity Valuation talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Equity Valuation consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Equity Valuation

What is Equity Valuation?

Equity valuation is simply another term for how much your shares in a company are worth at that point in time. Essentially, notes Fintalent’s equity valuation consultants, it is a process of estimating the value of a company’s equity stake by using comparables and other metrics. Companies use these calculations to determine how much their stocks will sell for on the open market or how much they should offer another company when making an acquisition offer.

A company’s stock is also used to pay dividends and is one of the primary ways to finance the company (the other being debt). For public companies, lofty stock prices are used to bail out management when it becomes necessary. It’s also a great “selling point” for investors who want to buy stock in the company hoping that it will go up. Even after all these potential uses, equity valuations are still considered only a part of the overall valuation process to determine how much companies are worth in value.

Using comparables helps companies estimate the value of their business. For example, a company may see that the price of another company’s stock is equivalent to the current stock price. A valuation analyst can then compare that price to a set of factors calculated using data on comparable companies. These comparisons are used to determine how much cash a company could get if it sold its equity to another company, called a “sale multiple.” The sale multiple is just another way of saying how much a company is worth — basically, when you sell your equity stake to another company, you’re selling for a certain price.

Another method of equity valuation uses discounted cash flows or DCF. In this case, the analyst will estimate how much cash the company generates every year and how much cash it generates in the long run. This method is more accurate for companies that generate a significant amount of yearly revenue.

Valuation is extremely important to businesses and investors alike. If an investor doesn’t know what a business is worth, he or she doesn’t know what they can sell their stock for at a later date if they want to sell their shares or if they should buy more stock when that stock trades at a lower price on the open market.

Why Should I Care?
Knowing the value of your shares helps in a number of ways. Firstly, it’s an important aspect in investment decision making such as when you’re thinking about selling your shares. Secondly, it can help you to monitor how well the company is performing and how it compares to other companies in its industry.

How Do I Go About Finding the Value?
The best place to start is checking out the latest financial reports which will give you up-to-date figures on things like earnings per share, dividends paid and even how much cash is sitting in the bank.

How is the Value Calculated?
There are a number of ways in which this value can be calculated but we’ll look at the most common ones.

The Book Value per Share
Book value per share is simply the value of what the company owns (assets) less what it owes (liabilities). This is often referred to as “Book” or “BV” and is a good indicator of how much cash a company has on hand, but also how much they’re spending when they do need to pay their bills.

The GDV Method
The Growth Based-Value (GDV) method is a more complex way of valuing a company. In short, it involves comparing the company’s earnings per share to the growth rate in those earnings over the previous 5 years. If the growth is low or negative then you can conclude that there’s undervalue. This means that the value of your shares will be lower than they should be, which might make them a good bargain.

The Discounted Cash Flow Method
Sometimes referred to as DCF, this is another way in which you can calculate equity valuation. It involves examining the amount of money that a company will earn in future years and then determining how much of that money you’re likely to see returned as cash. The discounted cash flow method is a particularly useful way to do this as it discounts the value of future earnings by the interest rate level. This therefore gives a more realistic figure for what investors can expect to receive as they’ll also have to pay interest on borrowed funds, reducing their return on investment.

Overall, one of its strengths is that DCF provides estimates that are reliable with very little imprecision (error). In fact, it allows comparisons between firms of different sizes based on their past performance when only limited information is available about them.

DCF also provides an estimate that can be compared with market values, which is its biggest advantage. The market value of a firm is the share price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. It is what investors are willing to pay for their tickets to that particular show.

DCF estimates can be used:

  1. As entry and exit prices for current investments
  2. As benchmarks in order to evaluate performance
  3. To create investment strategies or
  4. As a valuation method for new acquisitions.

In conclusion, equity valuation is simply how much your shares are worth at that particular moment in time. This can be a useful tool to develop a picture of how well a company is doing and if it’s worth investing in or selling.

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