# What Is A Typical Revenue Multiple?

A revenue multiple is simply how much you expect your business to make in revenues compared to what it made last year. It’s not hard to calculate, but there are some factors that can have an impact on the numbers you come up with.

In this article we will be talking about two different types of multiples which have very unique names. One is the price-to-earnings ratio or PE for short and the other is what we refer to as dividend yield ratio (DYLD). Both of these ratios apply directly to the income statement, the main component of any financial statements.

We will also take a look at both ratios using examples so that you get a better understanding of how they work. When doing so, remember that no matter whether you are looking at high, medium, or low market capitalizations, the average values of either ratio stay relatively stable.

## Differences between a financial and a non-financial multiple

A revenue or market capitalization multiplier is an intuitive way to determine if a company is overvalued or undervalued. Simply put, it factors in how much money a company makes compared to what price a stock or commodity goes up or down.

Conversely, you can use the inverse of this ratio to determine whether the stock or commodity is underpriced. For example, if a company’s stock is priced at twice its annual earnings, then the market is assuming that it will keep making more money in the future.

A common critique of this theory is that companies need to cut costs to make more profit, which is why some stocks are consistently oversold. Even though they may be cheap now, many believe that they will not remain so for very long.

Another reason that markets sometimes get out of balance is when investors begin to run from a stock because it is expensive. This creates a domino effect where other people buy the stock to try and “break even” on their investment.

There are several ways to calculate the average revenue multipler for a given time frame. The most popular method uses either one year, three years, five years, or ten years as the length of the calculation period.

With all of these different lengths, it becomes difficult to know what number to compare the current value to. To solve this problem, we can compute an adjusted average using the same process but with two changes.

## Examples of revenue multiples

A common way to describe the ratio between company sales and earnings is what’s called the “revenue multiple.” This term comes from finance, where it refers to how much money you would have to invest in a stock to earn as much income as the market is paying for that stock.

The same concept applies here — only instead of investing in a business, you are investing in the market price of a particular company’s shares. The higher the market price, the more income you will make with your investment!

By comparing the two numbers (the market price and an average annual profit per share), we can determine what the revenue multiple should be for a given company. More specifically, we can calculate what the “fair value” or “intrinsic” valuation of a company is by using its current market price as a reference.

From there, we can use this intrinsic value as our base number to come up with a normalized or “effective” revenue multiple. By effectively lowering the price of the stock, potential investors get a better deal than if they were buying at the already inflated price used in the original calculation.

Importanceof having appropriate revenue multiples

Having correct revenue multiples is important because it impacts how well executives are paid, investor sentiment towards stocks, and the overall performance of a fund.

## Calculating a revenue multiple

A popular way to determine if a company is over or undervalued is by calculating what we call a “revenue-multiple”. This can be done by dividing the company's monthly average net income by their monthly average sales.

This ratio gives you an indication of how much money the business makes per unit sold, and how expensive each sale is for the firm. The lower this number, the less expensive each product is to make!

The opposite would be if the numbers were very high, which suggests that the seller pays a lot to make a single item. A low MV raises our suspicions about whether or not the company is well managed, as it seems they spend a large amount of money to make a small amount of profit.

Given that sellers usually pay a premium for a product, this becomes important information when deciding if this stock is worth investing in. It helps determine if the market has underestimated the value of the company.

## Applying a revenue multiple

The term ‘revenue multiples’ comes from finance, where it is referred to as ‘dividend yields.’ When talking about dividend yields in investing, we usually look at how many times an investment pays out per share compared to another investment.

For example, if you owned both General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), then your GM stock would pay out more dividends than P&G stock. Therefore, its dividend yield would be higher!

In business school courses, this concept of dividing up a company by its earnings or dividends is called calculating their respective revenue multiples.

The word ‘multiple’ comes from multiplication, so the term ‘revenue multiplier’ refers to how much additional money a company brings in relative to its income.

This ratio is important because it tells us something about a company’s profitability. A high revenue multiple indicates that a company makes lots of money for what it sells, which is good. It also implies that people are buying the products very well, leading to increased sales.

But with all of these riches, there must be some way to measure the efficiency of how the companies spend their profits. This process is known as compressing the revenue stream into a meaningful number — the revenue multiple.

## Determining a company's value using a revenue multiple

The term'revenue multiple' comes from finance, where it is defined as how much investors pay for a stock relative to its own market price. A higher ratio means that the stock is overvalued compared to what people are paying for it now.

A revenue multi-lue (or valuation) uses one or more of three different metrics to determine how expensively shareholders should be buying a company. These include: the price/earnings ratio (PEG), the dividend yield and the risk premium (RSI).

The PEG compares the current share price with the earnings per share (EPS) of the past twelve months. This gives you an indication of whether the shares are currently underpriced or if they're still at a reasonable level.

Dividend yields refer to the average amount of money paid out in dividends each month. Investors tend to compare the cost of investing in a stock with their income, thus determining how rich a business the company is. More often than not, stocks with high dividend payments are seen as good investments because owners get paid every month!

The last metric used to calculate a revenue multiple is the risk premium. This looks at the volatility of the past year to see if the investment is risky or safe. Companies that have experienced large swings in performance are considered risks since they can go up or down very quickly.

## Calculating a company's return on investment using a revenue multiple

A ratio used to determine how much a business can grow relative to its current size is called its revenue or earnings growth rate. The average growth of a firm’s revenues over a specific time frame is referred to as their revenue growth rate.

A higher number indicates that the company is able to grow at a faster pace than it did in past years, which is what allowed it to remain successful. A lower number suggests they are unable to keep up with increasing competition or internal limitations.

With this information, we can calculate how likely it is for the company to experience positive changes in income.

## Applying a market multiple

A market multiple is determined by looking at how much money an investor would make if they invested in the stock as their only investment. This includes investing in just that one company, or buying a few shares of the same company.

A market average ratio is also used to determine the market multiples for any given industry. These averages are weighted towards more expensive stocks, because investors tend to pay higher premiums for strong companies with bigger dividends and growth potential.

The cost of these premiums will vary depending on what type of investor you are and what size investments you want to make. Some people may not be able to afford them due to expense limits, or limited income.

It’s important to do your research and understand all aspects of each company before making an investment. You should always keep your spending budget in mind when doing this so you don’t invest beyond your means.

## Determining a company's value using a market multiple

When determining how much you should invest in a stock, one of the most important numbers is the revenue growth or decline compared to past years. More importantly, what the company can achieve over time is often referred to as its 'valuation' - this is determined by looking at how many dollars it makes per year and comparing those results with previous years.

The ratio between these two values is called the price-to-sales (or sometimes earnings) ratio or valuation. This ratio is typically given a number that reflects how expensive the business is. A higher number means the business is more expensive, while a lower number indicates it is less expensive.

A low number for the price-to-sales ratio does not necessarily mean the stock is a good investment, however. It could indicate that the business is running out of money, for example. Or perhaps the shareholders are no longer willing to spend money to grow the company.

In such cases, investors may be able to get their share prices lowered through a sale of all the shares or a dividend payout. Such actions would result in a drop in the price-to-sales ratio, making the stock look better due to the reduced cost.