Market-Based Valuations

Many factors weigh on the valuation of a company, and for sure there are no two businesses alike. Furthermore, even similar companies find themselves at different stages of their lives when they start talking with investors and buyers: some are consolidating while others are expanding; some are profitable right away and others are not for a long time; some are not even generating revenues when they are acquired.

But a very effective way to monitor the market (albeit quite simplistic) is to benchmark the M&A activity in a specific sector and in a given period. Markets go through different phases after all and there might be more or less appetite for companies like yours, and therefore investors might be inclined to accept higher or lower valuations.

THE CHECKLIST VALUATION METHOD

The Checklist method compares early-stage startups within the same geographical market, taking as highest value the highest valuations in the market, with the exclusion of outliers and notable “crazy” exceptions.

After gathering this local data you are left with a maximum pre-money valuation and you will discount this valuation by the quality of the criteria assessed. In other words, it’s impossible to end up with a valuation higher than this maximum benchmark.

Valuation: Qualitative Methods

When looking at early-stage valuations, our favourite approach is to rely on benchmarks from the market and then compare them with the start-up we are valuing. We normally arrive at a final value by using two different methods: the ‘scorecard’ and the ‘checklist’ methods…

The Scorecard Valuation Method

Have you heard about the Scorecard Valuation Method? It is a way of determining the value of a startup and can be seen as particularly useful by pre-seed and seed-stage investors.

TRLs

Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are a type of measurement system to assess the maturity level of a particular technology. TRLs are based on a scale from TRL 1 to TRL 9, with TRL 9 being the technology at its most mature level.

Who Decides Your Company’s Value?

In the past weeks we have established why valuations are helpful, when it makes sense to get your venture evaluated and what are the most common valuation methods for revenue generating companies and early-stage startups.

101 Startup Stages

The startup life cycle has 6 stages, no wait 5, no, another website said 7 stages and then if you actually read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries then you will have read that there are 3 startup stages.

Let’s face it, it doesn’t really matter how many stages there are, as long as you understand the steps involved you will be able to figure out where you are at and what the next steps on your growth path are.

Early Stage Valuations

The question is: how can we evaluate the startup if we have not yet reached the stage where recurring revenues are the norm?

Fundraising 101

Managing to raise capital is rarely easy, and can prove to be an uphill battle, even at the best of times. This is the case even though you have a stellar idea and your business is performing in the marketplace.

Business Valuation For Beginners

In order for an investor to gauge how much they are willing to invest in any business, no matter the stage, they would need to know what the market value is of the business they are considering investing in.

Values First – ESG Later

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria are an almost mandatory aspect of today’s investment markets. But is this a fad?

Valuation

How to value my company? Sure, you want to minimize the number of shares you will eventually give to investors, but you don’t want to scare them off as well. Above all being reasonable is the key when it comes to valuing your own company…
But first, let’s talk about the theories behind assets valuation.