Traditional Models and Real option Application for Companies' Merger and Acquisition -A Case Study of Acer Acquiring Gateway

ZHOU, SI (2007) Traditional Models and Real option Application for Companies' Merger and Acquisition -A Case Study of Acer Acquiring Gateway. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Abstract

The purpose of this dissertation is to discuss the application of real option approach and technique used in valuing an acquisition project. Various valuation models based on the traditional Discounted Cash Flow approach are introduced in the paper, together with their limitations. The option theory is also explained, and then was extended to real option.

A case study of Acer Inc. acquiring Gateway Inc. in 2007 is adopted to examine the application of the real option theory in the company valuation approach. In which, the process includes valuating by traditional DCF models, a theory based discussion about embedded options with the acquisition, a simple example of abandon option and a real option example of valuing firm's equity value as a call option.

We highlighted the assumptions and limitations of our evaluation and analysis for Free Cash Flow to Equity model and the real option approach, both in the introduction and in the conclusion. Further recommendations and study areas are also proposed at the end of the paper.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: Real Option, Merger and Acquisition
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 23:08
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/21417

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