To Buy or Not to Buy UMTS Licenses? A Real Options Approach
Banque et Marches, No. 59, July-August 2002
18 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2005
This article describes a methodology for evaluating UMTS licenses using a real options approach. The acquisition of the license is viewed as the right to undertake the infrastructure investments that the firm can defer. The value of this license equals the value of the investment opportunity. The investment is assumed to be instantaneous and the cash flows associated with the investment are uncertain.
This uncertainty of future cash flows might make it attractive to wait before investing even if the expected NPV is positive. The solution specifies the cash flow threshold, where NPV equals the option value and when it the investment should be undertaken. We simulate the impact of different variables (volatility, expected growth rate of cash flows, investment cost, ...) on the investment rule.
Note: Downloadable document is in French.
Keywords: UMTS licences, real options, simulation
JEL Classification: G31,E27
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