International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Market and Transaction Multiples’ Accuracy in the European Equity Market
Vera Palea

In spite of their widespread use in practice, accounting-based multiples are subject of few academic studies. This paper investigates market and transaction multiples’ accuracy in corporate equity valuation by considering a sample of listed companies which are assumed to be private and evaluated according to accounting-based multiples. Since equity valuation is particularly challenging under stressed conditions, it focuses on the core period of the recent financial crisis.Results show that transaction and market multiples perform very poorly at least during financial turmoil, i.e. under the most uncertain information condition, and those relevant firmspecific adjustments are necessary. Specifically, equity valuation based on multiples entails measurement errors which tend to overestimate fundamental values and to lead to more results that are volatile.

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