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The Little Book of Valuation: How to Value a Company, Pick a Stock and Profit

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An accessible, and intuitive, guide to stock valuation Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is to buy, sell, or hold. In The Little Book of Valuation, expert Aswath Damodaran explains the techniques in language that any investors can understand, so you can make better investment decisions when reviewing stock research reports and enga ...more
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Published March 29th 2011 by Wiley (first published March 21st 2011)
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Jeremy Reeves
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good stuff for more advanced investors. A little too advanced for me which made it hard to read, but that's how you grow :)
Vikash Anand
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Little Book of Valuation by Aswath Damodaran gives comprehensive overview of factors that needs to be taken into account for valuation of a company while investing. The book gives immense value in terms of understanding valuation of a company.

Value investing is the discipline of buying securities at significant discount from their current values and holding them until more of their values is realized. Valuing a company/business is the most important aspect of investing. It’s a daunting task.
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Paramveer
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read for understanding basic principles of valuation of a company.

Crisp, clear, easy to understand, limited usage of jargons, covering all the scenarios and different types of companies. Just basic knowledge of finance required to understand, very practical cases explained.
brother_rebus
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great quick book for gaining unique insights on dual valuation methods. After reading, plan to use as a reference book for replacing given examples with your looks & picks. ...more
Helen
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lib, e-books, inv-fin
This is a great book for the experienced or advanced stock market investor, but not so great for the beginner or casual investor. It's too technical and reads like an economics textbook or a math book with complex equations and formulas.

I rated this book 3 stars, not because it's an average book, but because it focuses specifically on valuation (as the title states), which is not what I'm interested in at this time. However, it's a great reference book and I'm sure I'll be returning to it in th
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Effendy Yahaya
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i love it! for all the varies in valuation method, it emphasis on what you are really keen on to assess for certain organization. Key valuation on whether intrinsic of relative value bring more towards assessing risk that affects value. Adjusted PE ratios and ammortized R&D must be taken seriously towards proper weight in both valuation and demand by market value, highly to be considered. "Look at the past, and the think about the future!" Thanks Aswath! ...more
Iliya Polihronov
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aswath Damodaran does a good job of introducing the different concepts of valuation and describes well and with examples how to use these different valuation methods in practice. Might be a somewhat overwhelming if that's the first thing you read on valuation, as this little book is packed with information.
Indra
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great resource and an enjoyable read for non-finance folks and anyone interested in investments. The author makes complex concepts into easily understandable short paragraphs, while giving concrete examples and comparisons between different approaches.
Christopher Durand
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very brief but contains tons of information. An absolute must if your interested in valuation.
Kevin
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Very good overview of different valuation strategies for different types of companies. Provides the perfect place to delve further into valuation methods and start performing them myself.
Hariharan Ragunathan
Best beginner book to understand valuing companies - Intrinsic & relative valuation of companies across across different life cycle of companies. ...more
Alex Gleason
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half. Really good.
Pranjal Bhatia
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fast Forward version of Damodaran on Valuation -- Must read for all wannabe investors
Frederic Kerr
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The title is a misnomer, as the author spends no time on stock picking. He does break down several valuation methods and suggests which might be most relevant in various situations as companies grow, mature and decline.

There is not much discussion of earnings or cash flow based multiples and their application to various sectors, as he prefers the bottom up, discounted cash flow models that comprise the bulk of the book. These are more rigorous but are also rife with assumptions.

Despite the titl
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Leon
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book highlights the importance of distinguishing between different companies from a fundamental perspective. It gives the reader a better perspective on how to value young growth companies, mature companies, declining companies, financial companies, commodity and cyclical companies, etc. Each category is well explained it terms of identifying the issues with its valuation, providing the solutions and at the end of every chapter it is summarised quite nicely. Personally the book had a good m ...more
Luke Durbin
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
For such a small book, this certainly packs a punch. The valuation principles outlined by Damodaran are sound and succinctly expressed. While I acknowledge that this is intended to be a short read covering the essentials, I would have awarded an additional star if the examples were a little more fleshed out.
That said, Damodaran is the top of his field in valuation and corporate finance and he does provide in an depth companion to the book on his website damodaran.com. I have gone down the rabbi
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Justin Aquino
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: studies
I'm In plant operations for a developing world company. Our challenges is valuing our internal investments and justifying the manhours in process and system improvement this book is instrumental in making me more capable in valueing equipment, processes, and skills - things a low Biz process maturity company needs to prioritize improvements to justify investments in time and effort.
Of course it's one thing if one person understands such concepts it's another if the board can see the utility of t
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Kaustubh Chaharia
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: investing
The book has a few interesting points on business valuations here and there in bits and pieces. Author has used a lot of formulas to be used while valuing a company - something that put me off. If I have to pick one chapter to read from this book, it'd be the last one - valuation of firms with intangible assets.
Keshav Jangra
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
An overview into the concept of valuing companies. This book is a good first read for someone trying to understand the basics of valuation. While the examples in the book are only hypothetical, they help explain the basic things to keep in mind while attempting valuations. This clarifies that valuations aren't an exact science but estimates and could vary from person to person.
Jai Gupta
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read both, this version as well as the first draft of the book and the latter is much better since it has what it says. This final version is a bit too jazzy and has unnecessary metaphors and illustrations.
Ivan Kuznetsov
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Damodaran is an oustanding teacher and mentor with incredible ability to share his knowledge. I would have preferred to see more examples and case studies but this is largely offset by all the blogs, other books and models built and shared by Mr. Damodaran with the public.
Alessandro Orlandi
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: investors
I think that it's interesting given the fact that valuing companies it's hard job and there are thousand ways and approach. It's a nice attempt from Aswath to do that, but I think that unfortunately the result it's even more confusing and puzzling.
Jonathan Collins
Great read to understand valuation of companies for investing. Professor Aswath Damodaran is awesome.
David Ingvarsson
To many math-formulas for me as an hobby-investor. Prefer quant-investing..!
Suyash Singh
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A decent base in Finance is required to fully comprehend the content of the book.
Siddhida Bargode
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief and interesting for an MBA Finance student.
Srinivasan G
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must read for all investors

Nice details but you should read it more than once. And I am sure each time you will find something useful
Teja
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Damodaran tried to cram as much as possible in to this small book. I found it too brief for any clear understanding of concepts. I will recommend his online lectures or his valuation textbook.
Imzen
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is written by Aswath freaking Damordaran! That’s all you need to know.
Abhishek Mishra
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nice and handy book to explore valuation options for various category of companies!
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Aswath Damodaran is a Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University (Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education), where he teaches corporate finance and equity valuation. He is best known as author of several widely used academic and practitioner texts on Valuation, Corporate Finance, and Investment Management.

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