Valuation of a company producing and trading seaweed for human consumption: classical methods vs. real options
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/2180
EDITED VERSION: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/10/5262
UNESCO SUBJECT: 5304 Actividad Económica ; 5312.01 Agricultura, Silvicultura, Pesca ; 2510.92 Acuicultura Marina
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
Aquaculture is an increasingly relevant sector in the exploitation of natural resources; therefore, it is appropriate to propose various models that include the fundamental variables for its economic-financial valuation from a business point of view. The objective of this paper is to analyze different models for the valuation of investment projects in a company in the aquaculture sector in order to conclude whether there is a model that represents a better valuation. Therefore, in this study, four valuation models have been applied, three classical models (net present value, internal rate of return, and payback) and a more recent model, real options (RO) for a company producing and marketing seaweed in Galicia (region located in the northwest of Spain). The results obtained, RO (€5,527,144.04) and net present value (€5,479,659.19), conclude that the RO model estimates a higher added value by taking into account in its calculations the flexibility given by the expansion option. Future lines of research include the application of valuation models that have been applied to companies belonging to the same sector in order to compare whether the results found are similar.
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