How much is an electronic media company well worth? That is a question that the majority of us have been grappling with as lots of these companies have elevated anywhere from a few million to hundreds of millions in venture capital. For even small companies with a handful of employees, fractions of a share change in a valuation can mean hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars difference in the best payday.
Yet, arriving at a definitive buck figure can be a painstaking work that has a raft of factors which fluctuate based on from cash moves to psychology. The discussion somewhere does have to start, though, and there are variables. We’ve gleaned the ones below from research, our interviews and experience with more than two dozen mass media customers, publishers, sellers, and financiers. Surprisingly, there is not one IPO of a major digital-first editorially driven media company, so selling is the only kind of liquidity event on which we can base our analysis.
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There have been gossips that Buzzfeed or Vox could IPO, but until they are doing go community or get obtained, their reported sky-high valuation numbers are generally theoretical. Continue reading to learn what we’ve found. A lot of discussions around a press company’s valuation start with a multiple of its income.
Digital press companies tend to sell for between 2.5 and 5 times (2.5-5x) profits from the previous, or “trailing,” a year. Buyers, not surprisingly, are motivated by how much cash they believe the business will make. Looking ahead, prices paid tend to fall between 3-7x the predicted forward revenues for the upcoming a year. That’s still quite a range.
A variety of key factors can press the purchase price to either end. As many of the most-hyped tech companies have shown, taking in money doesn’t necessarily mean making any. Many buyers demand their acquisition targets are profitable. They have formulae for the multiple they’ll pay over that revenue often, operating profit expressed in conditions of its proxy usually, EBITDA.
Sophisticated strategic purchasers look much deeper. They want to know not only the current EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, but what they could do to improve on it also. Can they cut expenses from combining back end operations like bookkeeping or recruiting? They may look to see what new profits they can add through new income streams.