The Economic Margin framework of Daniel J. Obrycki and Rafael Resendes
can be used to calculate a competition-adjusted corporate performance.
Economic cash flow perspective
The Economic Margin (EM) framework was developed to evaluate corporate performance from an economic cash flow perspective. EM goes beyond traditional accounting-based analysis. It corrects for distortions that were caused by the following differences: capital structure, asset age, asset life, asset mix, off-balance-sheet assets and liabilities, and the investment which is needed to generate earnings and cost of capital.
Valuation system with four drivers
The Economic Margin Framework is more than just a performance measurement, as it encompasses a valuation system, that explicitly contains four main value drivers of corporate performance and enterprise value:
Economic Margin and DCF
Companies with high excess returns are likely to attract competitors in the marketplace. This will lead to a shorter competitive advantage period in the company's valuation. Traditional Discounted Cash Flow approaches rely on terminal values and perpetuities. Unlike such traditional valuation approaches that utilize highly sensitive eternity assumptions, the Economic Margin approach can use the following widely accepted economic principle: that over time its competitors will compete away excess returns. The EM Framework thus explicitly models the effects of competition to gradually eliminate the excess margin which a firm generates above or below its cost of capital (Economic Margin).
Roots of Economic Margin framework
The Economic Margin framework is grounded in the widely agreed theories
of Nobel price winning Merton Miller and Franco Modigliani. EM can help to
identify companies trading above or below their intrinsic valuations. Across
sectors and market capitalization groups and growth/value universes.
EM, EVA and CFROI
When one is calculating Economic Margin, one has to bear in mind that the numerator of the Economic Margin (like EVA), is based on economic profit. This helps managers focus on value creation. Unlike EVA, however, Economic Margin adds depreciation and amortization to cash flow and instead incorporates the return on capital explicitly in the capital charge. Also (like CFROI), Economic Margin is based on gross assets, which helps to avoid the growth "disincentive" typically associated with net asset based measures. Unlike CFROI, however, the Economic Margin's cash flows are not leveraged (i.e. all equity financed). Also, EM cash flows treat operational decisions and financing decisions in a separate way.
Compare with Economic Margin: Economic Value Added | Market Value Added | CFROI | CVA | EBIT | EBITDA | P/E Ratio | PEG Ratio | Cash Ratio | Current Ratio | Return on Equity | Fair Value | TSR | PRVit | DCF
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