Valuation of Internal Growth Opportunities: The Case of a Biotechnology Company

Posted: 16 Oct 1998

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Richard E. Ottoo

Pace University - Lubin School of Business

Abstract

Internal growth opportunities are valued as a real option. In this model, a firm gains access to productive technology by successfully completing a basic R&D project before its competitors and introducing a new product into the market. R&D strategically impacts the speed of innovation. The existence of competition lowers the expected time of discovery. Both project value and capital expenditure - the strike price of the option, are considered stochastic. The volatility of the strike price and the cost of hedging it, project value and risk, and the firm's success rate are shown to have positive impact on growth value, whereas the time of innovation, the strike price, and the correlation of project value with strike price have a negative effect.

JEL Classification: G31, G32, L79

Suggested Citation

Ottoo, Richard E., Valuation of Internal Growth Opportunities: The Case of a Biotechnology Company. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=129130

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