A Supply Approach to Valuation
Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming
69 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 1, 2013
A new methodology for equity valuation arises from the perspective of managers’ supply of capital assets. Under q-theory, managers optimally adjust the supply of assets to changes in their market value. The first-order condition of investment then provides a valuation equation that infers asset prices from managers’ costs of supplying the assets. This equation fits well the Tobin’s q levels across many testing assets, including portfolios formed on q. With current investment-to-capital as the only input, the supply approach does not require cash flow forecasts or discount rate estimates, both of which are notoriously difficult to obtain in practice.
Keywords: Valuation, Tobin's q, investment, structural estimation
JEL Classification: D21, E22, G12
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