Case Study: Kohler (A)

• Case questions:

1. What is the total enterprise value of Kohler Co. using a discounted cash flow approach?

What is the total enterprise value using a multiples (market value of comparable companies)

approach? What is the value of a share held by a minority shareholder in Kohler Co. that is

implied by your valuations?

2. What assumptions can you use to arrive approximately at the share price of $55,400 that was

estimated by Kohler Co.? Show how these assumptions impact your valuation.

3. What assumptions can you use to arrive approximately at the share price of $273,000 that was estimated by the dissenting shareholders? Show how these assumptions impact your valuation.

4. What is the maximum share price at which Herbert Kohler should be willing to settle with the

dissenting shareholders in order to stop the trial on April 11, 2000? Assume that:

a. if the trial proceeds, it is expected to last less than a month and to result in one of two

possible outcomes in terms of the price per share established in court: the $273,000

being claimed by the plaintiffs, or the $55,400 being defended by Herbert Kohler;

b. Kohler estimates the probabilities of these two outcomes at 30% and 70%, respectively• Case questions:

1. What is the total enterprise value of Kohler Co. using a discounted cash flow approach?

What is the total enterprise value using a multiples (market value of comparable companies)

approach? What is the value of a share held by a minority shareholder in Kohler Co. that is

implied by your valuations?

2. What assumptions can you use to arrive approximately at the share price of $55,400 that was

estimated by Kohler Co.? Show how these assumptions impact your valuation.

3. What assumptions can you use to arrive approximately at the share price of $273,000 that was estimated by the dissenting shareholders? Show how these assumptions impact your valuation.

4. What is the maximum share price at which Herbert Kohler should be willing to settle with the

dissenting shareholders in order to stop the trial on April 11, 2000? Assume that:

a. if the trial proceeds, it is expected to last less than a month and to result in one of two

possible outcomes in terms of the price per share established in court: the $273,000

being claimed by the plaintiffs, or the $55,400 being defended by Herbert Kohler;

b. Kohler estimates the probabilities of these two outcomes at 30% and 70%, respectively