Five concerns when valuing illiquid securities

BVWireIssue #97-2
October 13, 2010

Larry Levine (McGladrey)outlined the key valuation drivers for a fixed income security
in his sessionValuing Illiquid Financial Securities” last week at the ASA/CICBV Business Valuation Conference.

  • Forecast of coupon payment –fixed or floating rate
  • Consider financial impact of embedded options:
    • right to prepay, right to call
    • right to convert into another security
    • interest rate floors or ceilings
  • Assess impact of credit risk –risk and monetary impact of potential default
  • Time to maturity
  • Discount rate –required market derived yield for a security given its creditworthiness

“One of the biggest challenges is the discount rate, Levine said. “With a large public company you can find the discount rate on Capital IQ.  But for private companies there isn’t a similar database.”

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