‘‘Stepping into the buyers’ shoes’’: Looking at the value of family firms through the eyes of private equity investors

Ahlers, Oliver; Hack, Andreas; Kellermanns, Franz Willi Johannes (2014). ‘‘Stepping into the buyers’ shoes’’: Looking at the value of family firms through the eyes of private equity investors. Journal of family business strategy, 5(4), pp. 384-396. Elsevier

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An increasing number of families are selling their businesses to private equity (PE) investors. A key question is what the family firm is worth without the family as part of the business. We provide a buyers’ perspective on the valuation of the family firm and argue that prior family involvement provides the PE buyer with a distinct landscape of real options that require consideration. While the buyer gains real options for external (economic) value creation as a result of family departure, family exit after the sale triggers a loss of family dependent real options, which may subsequently reduce economic value for the new owner. Consequently, these two opposing effects need to be considered when accounting for the central role of the family and whether these effects result in an increased or decreased valuation of family firms.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute for Accounting and Controlling > Financial Accounting
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Hack, Andreas and Kellermanns, Franz Willi Johannes

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1877-8585

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Claudia Probst

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2017 15:10

Last Modified:

17 Aug 2018 16:50

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.91114

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91114

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