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The Implications of COVID-19 on Global M&A

17 June, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted just about everything, including the global M&A market. In a short period of time, businesses of all types have been forced to either shutter their doors or significantly cut back on operations. Millions of employees have been laid off or furloughed and consumer spending has been drastically reduced. Supply chains have been disrupted and shelter-in-place orders have greatly reduced the demand for gasoline and other energy resources.

A Practical Guide to Tech M&A Valuation

26 February, 2020

The theoretical metrics of company valuations are well known: compare similar public companies, review precedent M&A transactions and throw in a discounted cash flow (DCF) model for good measure. Then how does this theoretical valuation model account for Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion when WhatsApp had $20 million in revenue, a 950x revenue multiple? Why is Airbnb worth $31 billion, which is more than Hilton at $27 billion. Why is Uber worth $72 billion, which is more than GM at $58 billion?

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