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General Valuation Publications

The following guide provides information on books and publications which cover a broad range of business valuation and valuation-related topics. Each entry listed below includes a brief description of the resource and its primary features and notes any information that is available free online.

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Valuing a Business: The Analysis and Appraisal
of Closely Held Companies, 5th Edition

Pratt, McGraw-Hill, 2008
Comprehensive guide provides in-depth discussion of topics such as business valuation approaches and methods, discounts and premiums, writing and reviewing reports, valuing specific securities and interests, and valuation for specific purposes. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Standards of Value: Theory and Application, 2nd Edition
Fishman, Pratt, Morrison, Wiley, 2013
Publication discusses the interaction between valuation theory and its application and provides guidance on how standards of value are interpreted and applied for estate and gift tax, divorce, financial reporting, and shareholder dissent and oppression purposes. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Cost of Capital: Applications and Examples, 5th Edition
Pratt, Grabowski, Wiley, 2014
Comprehensive text provides in-depth discussion and analysis of cost of capital theory and application and the major cost of capital models and data inputs used in implementing these models. A supplementary workbook which provides detailed tutorials on the concepts discussed in the text is also available.

The Market Approach to Valuing Businesses, 2nd Edition
Pratt, Wiley, 2005
Publication provides a step-by-step guide to using both public and private market transaction data in valuing a business interest and includes sample guideline company data, sample cases, examples of applications in court cases, and a directory of data sources. Table of contents, index, and searchable text are available free online via's "Look Inside" feature.

The Lawyer's Business Valuation Handbook, 2nd Edition
Pratt, Niculita, American Bar Association, 2010
Designed to help lawyers understand and evaluate expert reports and testimony, the handbook addresses topics such as definitions of value, valuation approaches and methods, discounts and premiums, issues and considerations in specific legal contexts, and more. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Business Valuation and Taxes: Procedure, Law, and Perspective
Laro, Pratt, Wiley, 2nd edition, 2011
Comprehensive resource addresses the laws, approaches, and procedures relevant to business valuations from a federal tax standpoint and covers a wide range of topics including valuation standards and methods, subsequent events, tax-effecting, and more. Table of contents can be viewed free online.

PPC Guide to Business Valuations
Practitioners Publishing Company, annual updates
Three-volume publication provides a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the business valuation process, and includes chapters addressing valuation for specific purposes such as estate and gift tax, shareholder disputes, and financial reporting. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

The Handbook of Business Valuation and Intellectual Property Analysis
Reilly, Schweihs, McGraw-Hill, 2004
Text addresses specific valuation issues related to business interests and intellectual property, including special valuation applications such as sports teams and health care entities. Text preview is available free online.

The Handbook of Advanced Business Valuation
Reilly, Schweihs, McGraw-Hill, 1999
Text addresses valuation issues related to special applications and specific-purpose valuations, including issues related to specific industries such as sports teams, auto dealerships, and radio broadcasting companies. Searchable content is accessible free online at

The Handbook of Business Valuation
West, Jones, Wiley, 1999
Handbook includes rules of thumb and several chapters on specific industries. Topic sections include purpose, market, and resources for valuing businesses, approaches and methods, issues by industry, and special valuation issues. Free search inside at

Financial Valuation: Applications and Models, 3rd Edition
Hitchner, Wiley, 2011
Thirty contributing authors cover a wide range of valuation topics, including shareholder disputes, mergers and acquisitions, discounts and premiums, family limited partnerships, and more. Free text preview at

The Business Valuation Book
Gabeheart, Brinkley, AMACOM, 2002
Major sections include an introduction to classical business appraisal, overview and application of the ARM approach, impact of terms, conditions, and taxes on valuing a business, fractional interests and discounts, and a ARM approach case study. Searchable preview is available free online.

Understanding Business Valuation: A Practical Guide to Valuing Small- to Medium-Sized Businesses, 4th Edition
Trugman, AICPA, 2012
Guide addresses business valuation standards and methods applicable in valuing small- to medium-sized companies, with topics covered including discount and capitalization rates, premiums and discounts, pass-through entity issues, and more. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

CCH Business Valuation Guide
Hawkins, Paschall, CCH, annual
Comprehensive loose-leaf practice aid includes sections on general engagement, considerations, gathering and analyzing information, income, market, and cost approaches, discounts and premiums, appraisal reports, and special types of valuations. Table of contents and index can be viewed free online.

Business Valuation: An Integrated Theory, 2nd Edition
Mercer, Harms, Wiley, 2007
Book provides an integrated theory of valuation which brings together the discounted cash flow and Gordon models, the shareholder levels of value model, and the Quantitative Marketability Discount Model (QMDM), and specifically addresses the application of this integrated approach in valuing pass-through entities. Searchable text is accessible free online.

Damodaran on Valuation: Security Analysis
for Investment and Corporate Finance

Damodaran, Wiley, 2006
Comprehensive examination of valuation approaches and methods includes techniques for identifying and measuring the impact of control, liquidity, synergy, complexity, and transparency—or the relative lack thereof—on the value of a business interest. Text preview is available free online.

Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques
for Determining the Value of Any Asset

Damodaran, Wiley, 2002
Comprehensive guide shows how to select the right valuation method for any type of business interest or asset, including financial service firms, start-ups, dot-coms, distressed companies, firms with no earnings, bonds, futures, forward contracts, and more. Searchable preview is available free online.

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies
Koller, Goedhart, Wessels, Wiley, 5th edition, 2010
Topics covered include analyzing historical performance and forecasting future performance, determining the cost of capital, assessing the impact of a company's competitive situation on its value, and correlating valuation multiples with key performance drivers. Free text preview at

Quantitative Business Valuation: A Mathematical Approach
Abrams, Wiley, 2010
Guide for valuing businesses from a quantitative mathematical perspective provides an integrated approach to forecasting cash flow, calculating discount rates, adjusting for control and marketability, and more. Free content preview at

Principles of Private Firm Valuation
Feldman, Wiley, 2005
Topics covered include how value is created and how to measure it, valuing control and the corresponding effect on the value of minority interests, determining liquidity discounts, valuing pass-through entities, and the implications of purchase price accounting and goodwill impairment. Free content preview at

Valuation of Companies in Emerging Markets
Pereiro, Wiley, 2002
Comprehensive guide to valuing companies in emerging markets covers the application of the discounted cash flow method, and related topics including estimating the cost of equity capital, dealing with unsystematic risk, and using comparable companies and transactions for relative valuation purposes. Free search inside at

The Dark Side of Valuation: Valuing
Young, Distressed, and Complex Businesses

Damodaran, FT Press, 2nd edition, 2009
Second edition focuses on companies that are hard to value using conventional methods and measures, with specific types of firms covered including commodity firms, cyclical businesses, financial service firms, organizations heavily dependent on intangible assets, companies in emerging markets, and global companies operating diverse businesses. Table of contents, index, and searchable text are available free online.

Valuing Early Stage and Venture Backed Companies
Beaton, Wiley Finance, 2010
Topics covered include an overview of the venture capital industry, understanding early stage preferred stock rights, enterprise valuation approaches, application of the option-pricing model and probability-weighted expected returns in allocating enterprise value, discounts applicable to early stage companies, and more. Table of contents, index, and searchable text are available free online.

Comprehensive Guide to Use and Application of Transaction Databases
Fannon, Walker, Business Valuation Resources, LLC, 2009
Guide provides a comparative analysis of the differences between the most commonly used private company transaction databases and discusses proper application of the invested capital and equity multiples derived from these sources.

The Business Reference Guide: The Essential Guide to Pricing a Business
West, Business Brokerage Press, annual
Business pricing guide provides rules of thumb, pricing tips, expert commentary, benchmark data, and more for over 700 types of businesses. The guide is also available in an online version at

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