What is the Football Field Valuation?
One of the most common slides in an investment banking pitch book is the football field.
The football field is a floating bar chart in Excel that puts several valuation analyses side-by-side to provide clients with the full context of a company’s value using a variety of methodologies and assumptions.
A typical football field valuation matrix will include company value based on:
- DCF valuation
- LBO analysis
- Comparable company analysis
- Comparable transaction analysis
- Trading 52-week high and low
- Liquidation analysis (optional)
- Sum of the Parts Analysis (optional)
Football Field Valuation Chart: Role in Pitch Books
The purpose of the football field valuation is to create a visual summary of all the valuation analyses that were performed on a company and to demonstrate a valuation range based on those valuation methodologies.
The goal of the football field valuation chart summary is to sanity-check various methodologies against one another.
For example, a comparable company analysis might show high valuations during strong equity markets while an intrinsic DCF valuation might show a lower valuation. The football field places those alternative valuation approaches side by side when arriving at a valuation range. In addition to being a staple of the investment banking pitch book, it is also used in fairness opinions.
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Football Field Valuation Matrix: Excel Template
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