The Light Side of Valuation

If the key issues that drive declining and distressed companies are dealing with negative growth (and making consistent assumptions) and distress, we have to develop better ways of dealing with both in practice. This section begins by establishing a framework for analyzing declining firms. Then it examines the details of valuing these firms.

A Framework for Dealing with Decline and Distress

We will build our analysis of declining firms around two key questions. The first is whether the decline that we are observing in a firm’s operations is reversible or permanent. In some cases, a firm may be in a tailspin but could pull out of it with a new management team. The second question relates to whether the firm faces ...

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