Valuation of Assets in a Demerger

A demerger scheme usually involves the allotment of shares in the transferee company to the shareholders of the transferor company, in lieu of their reduction of their interest in the transferee company having a mirror image of shareholdings. If post demerger as part of strategy, intention is to create holding subsidiary relationship or retain part stake than it is possible to allot shares of the transferee company to the transferor company. In the context of a demerger scheme, a valuation exercise is mandatory in order to determine the number of shares to be issued to the shareholders of the transferor company in consideration for the spin off/demerger of the undertaking or undertakings If demerger is going to be in ‘Shell Company’, than valuation is primarily to determine the capital structure of the Transferee/Resultant Company.

If the demerged and resulting companies belong to same group of management and shareholders are common, share exchange ratio based on Net Asset Based valuation model may be adopted. Any other business valuation method may also be adopted considering the same shareholding as it will not impact value for the shareholders in demerged company post-demerger. In ideal situation like the companies are profitable and shareholders are different, it is recommendable to use Profit Based Valuation model for deciding on the share exchange ratio. While demerging to the shell company, there is no value of the shell company. Therefore, any no of shares may be issued to the shareholders of the demerged company as there will not be any impact on the shareholders’ wealth.

There may be various situations and objectives wherein demerger schemes are implemented. Fair valuation only considers the status of the businesses and other macro factors but it also considers very big picture of implication of valuation/share exchange ratio. It does also consider costs such as stamp duty involved in adopting any valuation model.

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