I was reading the article by Mark Evans that laid out how Flickr could have an independent valuation of $4 billion dollars. He used a multiplier defined by Henry Blodgett in determining the value of Facebook: 25 times a company’s annual revenue is their valuation.
I decided to apply this to a few other companies that have been in the news lately: Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Google.
Based on 2007 10K filings for each company:
|Company||Annual Revenue||Valuation||Market Cap (as of 5/8/2008)|
This gives between 2.5 and 4.5 of over-estimate in independent publicly traded companies. I’m not a finance guy, but it seems like that 25 times number is quite a stretch, to me.