Business Strategy

The ABCs of Business Valuation

This seminar is intended to provide practical valuation tools for valuing a company and its securities.


Valuation techniques that we will focus on are discounted cash-flow analysis, cost of capital (cost of equity, cost of debt, and weighted average cost of capital) and market multiples. We will discuss best practices to avoid biases and capture uncertainty that is inherent in free cash flow forecasting.


About the Presenter:

Atulya Sarin is Professor of Finance in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering (1982), an M.B.A. in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1988), and a Ph.D. in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1992).

As a member of the SCU finance faculty, Dr. Sarin has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including International Finance, Investments, Corporate Finance, Business Valuation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Institutions, Financial Management, Private Company Valuation, Managing to IPO, Ethics in Finance, and Commercial Banking. He has won numerous academic honors and awards, including the Dean’s Award for Research and Award for Extraordinary Performance multiple times, and PACAP Competitive Research Award. Dr. Sarin has also been awarded numerous research grants at SCU, including the Presidential Research Grant.

About the Author

Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers students a unique combination of distinguished history and dynamic innovation, using their geography as a laboratory to explore the elements of business success and helping students discover and leverage their own ingenuity.