Why standard valuation matrix is not the best way to value great businesses


Every year we strive to share our thought process on the challenges being faced by us in value investing. We started our moat investing journey with the ppt “Role of Management in Long term investing” to highlight that when Buffett says that business quality is more important than management he is referring to the competence of the management, however we wanted to highlight that in India a lot of managements are unethical and an investor needs to be discerning enough to differentiate the good from the bad. Else money will be made only by the management and not the minority 

Then we discussed on our 4C’s of Investing Process (Cloning, Checklist, Capital Allocation & Checkout) on how we shortlist ideas, bet money and exit them.

Now we discuss that since stocks are no longer trading at attractive multiples, the standard valuation matrix of PE multiples would not help us hold on or buy great businesses. So the post attempts to discuss a framework to value great businesses. 

The topic of the ppt is “why standard valuation matrix is not the best way to value great businesses”, the ppt was presented at various forums like IIF and FLAME Investment Lab – Alumni Meet in Pune recently. Foundation for Liberal And Management Education (FLAME)

We also won the best speaker prize at FLAME 2015 alumni meet for the above presentation and we were gifted a great book – Anatomy of the Bear: Lessons from Wall Street’s Four Great Bottoms”. One can read about Flame Investment Lab here.

We look forward to your comments and suggestions on how we can further improve this process…

To download the Presentation- Please visit this link 


The author (Mr. Ashish Kila) would like to thank his entire team, for their extensive help in preparation of the above note.

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