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Best Corporate and Stock Valuation Books

Looking to value a stock or a company? What are the best corporate and stock valuation books?

My goal with this list is to draw upon my years of experience working, and teaching, in finance to point you towards the resources that could be the most useful.

In constructing this list, I have considered factors such as the author's reputation in the field, the book's thoroughness, value-for money, and use of examples. I hope the list is useful for you and for your investment and finance journey.

FINANCE MARK
FINANCE MARK
24th May 2023 in finance
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Investment Valuation

Author
Aswath Damodaran
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Investment Valuation

The definitive source of information on all topics related to investment valuation tools and techniques

Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is buy, sell or hold. But the pricing of many assets has become a more complex task in modern markets, especially after the recent financial crisis. In order to be successful at this endeavor, you must have a firm understanding of the proper valuation techniques. One valuation book stands out as withstanding the test of time among students of financial markets and investors, Aswath Damodaran'sInvestment Valuation.

Now completely revised and updated to reflect changing market conditions, this third edition comprehensively introduces students and investment professionals to the range of valuation models available and how to chose the right model for any given asset valuation scenario. This edition includes valuation techniques for a whole host of real options, start-up firms, unconventional assets, distressed companies and private equity, and real estate. All examples have been updated and new material has been added.

  • An expansion of ancillaries include updated online databases, spreadsheets, and other educational support tools
  • Fully revised to incorporate valuation lessons learned from the last five years, from the market crisis and emerging markets to new types of equity investments
  • Revised examples of company valuations such as companies from Eastern Europe and Africa, which stress the global nature of modern valuation
  • Author Aswath Damodaran is regarded as one of the best educators and thinkers on the topic of investment valuation

This indispensable guide is a must read for students wishing to gain a better understanding of investment valuation and its methods. With it, you can take the insights and advice of a recognized authority on the valuation process and immediately put them to work for you.

Applied Corporate Finance

Author
Aswath Damodaran
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Applied Corporate Finance

Aswath Damodaran, distinguished author, Professor of Finance, and David Margolis, Teaching Fellow at the NYU Stern School of Business, has delivered the newest edition of Applied Corporate Finance. This readable text provides the practical advice students and practitioners need rather than a sole concentration on debate theory, assumptions, or models.

Like no other text of its kind, Applied Corporate Finance, 4th Edition applies corporate finance to real companies. It now contains six real-world core companies to study and follow. Business decisions are classified for students into three groups: investment, financing, and dividend decisions.

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies

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McKinsey & Co, Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart, David Wessels
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Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies

McKinsey & Company's #1 best-selling guide to corporate valuation—the fully updated seventh edition

Valuation has been the foremost resource for measuring company value for nearly three decades. Now in its seventh edition, this acclaimed volume continues to help financial professionals around the world gain a deep understanding of valuation and help their companies create, manage, and maximize economic value for their shareholders.

This latest edition has been carefully revised and updated throughout, and includes new insights on topics such as digital, ESG (environmental, social and governance), and long-term investing, as well as fresh case studies.  

Clear, accessible chapters cover the fundamental principles of value creation, analyzing and forecasting performance, capital structure and dividends, valuing high-growth companies, and much more. The Financial Times calls the book “one of the practitioners’ best guides to valuation.” 

This book: 

  • Provides complete, detailed guidance on every crucial aspect of corporate valuation
  • Explains the strategies, techniques, and nuances of valuation every manager needs to know
  • Covers both core and advanced valuation techniques and management strategies
  • Features/Includes a companion website that covers key issues in valuation, including videos, discussions of trending topics, and real-world valuation examples from the capital markets

For over 90 years, McKinsey & Company has helped corporations and organizations make substantial and lasting improvements in their performance. Through seven editions and 30 years, Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, has served as the definitive reference for finance professionals, including investment bankers, financial analysts, CFOs and corporate managers, venture capitalists, and students and instructors in all areas of finance.

Valuation Guide

Author
Mark Humphery-Jenner
Rating
Valuation Guide

Ever wanted to know whether a share is underpriced or overpriced? Do you want to know how to value a company?

This book covers the fundamentals of company valuation. Written with very little assumed knowledge required, the book goes through the steps involved in valuation, with worked examples.

Topics covered include:

* Valuation through "multiples based" (i.e., P/E valuation)

* Fundamentals of discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation

* How to calculate the firm's cost of capital, cost of debt, and cost of equity

* Dividend discount models (and gordon growth models)

* Free cash flow valuation models, including "free cash flow to equity" and "free cash flow to firm"

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